Besides lemon, milk, sugar, aloe, turmeric, sandalwood and honey, olive oil is another household item that has multifarious uses as a beauty aid. It is a mild, non-irritant, antibacterial oil that is rich in antioxidants; hence is ideal for the skin. Here are a few things that you could do with olive oil.
Olive oil for dry skin
For an extremely dry skin, which is in dire need of a moisturizer, apply olive oil liberally all over and watch how your parched skin laps it up instantly to become smooth, elastic and hydrated. Olive oil is almost like the natural sebum (oil) that our skin secretes and hence feeding your skin with this oil does wonders to it. When you run out of moisturizer anytime, olive oil is a safe bet.
Face packs with olive oil for dry skin
For dry skins, ageing skins and in winters, it’s always good to put a few drops of olive oil in your face packs/masks before application. That way, your skin won’t feel dried up after you wash it off; but will remain hydrated and nourished throughout. A simple and effective mask with olive oil is to add a few drops of this oil to a tbsp of honey and 2 tsp of milk, blend well and apply it to your face and neck. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes before rinsing it off with cold water.
Olive oil for nails
For strengthening weak and brittle nails, just soak them in a cup of olive oil and see how it helps your nails and cuticles. For stained nails and fingers, add a few drops of lemon juice to olive oil and soak your fingers in it.
Olive oil hair massage
Take slightly warm olive oil in your palm and gently rub it into your scalp with your fingers using gently movements. Do not forget to oil the ends as well. Read the post oil massage for hair, for the correct procedure. This helps with split ends, dandruff etc. and provides bounce and shine to dull, limp hair.
Olive oil hair pack
Once in a while our mane needs a pack which will nourish and moisturize it and minimize the harsh effects of pollution and/or sun exposure. One such recipe for an amazing hair pack is this: Take 1-2 egg yolks, beat them well, add 2 spoonfuls of olive oil and beat the mixture again so that all ingredients blend well. Apply this pack all over your hair, leave on for 20-30 minutes. Then shampoo it off.
Olive oil in baths
You can even pamper your skin with an olive oil massage for the whole body before taking a bath. Alternatively you might even add a few drops of olive oil in the water before stepping into your bath tub. Also read Aromatic oils in the bath.
Olive oil for dry, chapped lips
Our lips are always vulnerable to cracking and chapping, irrespective of the seasonal climatic changes, due to their prominent position on the face and the lack of sufficient oil glands. The problem worsens in winter, though. So you can apply olive oil over them and as this oil edible, it’s perfectly safe to use. Regular application lubricates and heals your lips.
Olive oil home remedy for crow’s feet
Take a tsp of olive oil in your palm; prick a Vitamin E capsule to squeeze out a few drops in it. Mix well and gently apply to the crow’s feet and area around the eyes. Leave on for 10 minutes. Then wipe it off gently with a cotton swab soaked in warm water.
Olive oil for smooth hands and feet
To exfoliate the skin on your hands, you can mix sugar with olive oil and gently rub it all over your hands. Also you can massage olive oil on your hands and feet (cover it with socks) a few hours before going to bed. You will awaken with smoother and softer hands and feet in the morning.
Olive oil as a shaving cream
Did you know that you could use olive oil, instead of the shaving cream? For removing unwanted hair from your arms and legs, just smear olive oil over them and glide the razor for a smoother shave. You could use this home-made after-shave lotion afterwards. While shaving gets rid of the superfluous fuzz and gently exfoliates the top layer of your skin, olive oil nourishes and lubricates it; so you have this added advantage when you use olive oil for shaving. Men can use it on their faces while shaving and find their skins actually looking younger and younger day by day.
Olive oil as a makeup remover
If you run out of your makeup remover, olive oil is a good substitute. Use it to remove your make-up at night; it leaves a fine layer of oil to nourish your skin all night long.
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