Extra virgin olive oil is great for a lot of things. I’ve mostly only used it for cooking until I realized how great it is for a ton of other things, too!
“So, why is olive oil so great?” Well, aside from the fact that it has been used for centuries, it’s very rich in minerals, natural fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamins E and A, and it nourishes, rejuvenates, and protects your skin!
“You’re right! That is pretty awesome. But it is oil, and that’s scary.” Yes, that is a bit scary since your face naturally produces it’s own oils – and we so often remove excess oils to get rid of that afternoon shine! But olive oil is better for your skin because it’s actually too big to clog your pores. You get all of the benefits and no clogged pores! Awesome, right?
“Totally awesome! How do I use it?” There are so many ways to use olive oil that this list could go on forever. I’ve narrowed it down to my favorites! Try these methods out for yourself and see what wonderful things can be done with a little EVOO (extra virgin olive oil!) and your beautiful skin.
1. Use it to remove makeup.
Drip a small amount of olive oil onto a cotton pad and gently wipe away your eye makeup in slow, smooth strokes. If you are wearing heavy foundation or have more than just eye makeup, massage a small amount of oil onto your hands and work it over your entire face. The makeup simply melts away! Grab a warm, damp wash cloth and wipe away any excess oil. Rinse your face with warm water and pat your skin dry. The oil will remove even the heaviest of waterproof makeup, and it will leave your skin moisturized afterwards! This is the only way that I remove my makeup because it’s an all-in-one remover and moisturizer! I love it!
2. Use it instead of eye cream.
After washing your face or in the mornings right after your shower, dab a small amount onto your ring finger and gently pat the oil onto the skin around your eyes. This will reduce wrinkles and soften fine lines. The vitamins in olive oil will do wonders for your dark circles!
3. Use it to shine your hair.
Mix 1 egg yolk and 2 tablespoons of olive oil with 1 teaspoon of lemon juice. Apply the mixture all throughout your hair and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wrap your hair in a towel if it’s long to keep the oil off of your clothes. Your hair will become softer and shinier! If you don’t want to go through all of that trouble, just apply olive oil directly to your hair and leave it for an hour.
After your treatments, just shampoo and condition as normal. Shiny, luscious hair is easy with olive oil!
4. Use it as a face mask.
Similar to the hair treatment, add 1 egg yolk to 1 tablespoon of olive oil with an optional teaspoon of lemon juice for an extra kick of antioxidants and vitamin C! Apply the mixture to your face and let it sit for 10 minutes. Rinse it off with warm water and enjoy the beautiful glow! This is great for a weekly pick-me-up and will do wonders for your skin.
5. Use it to strengthen your nails.
Keep those cuticles healthy by using olive oil to soften the skin around your nails! Grab a bowl and add in olive oil until there is enough room to soak the tips of your fingers and cover the nails. Warm the oil up before soaking your nails in the oil for 10 minutes. Aim for completing this treatment once a week!
Olive oil is such a diverse product, and the best part about it is that it is natural! No added chemicals or fragrance is present to do any harm to your skin. That’s what I love about it! It’s my all-in-one beauty product that makes my skin, hair, and nails all the more radiant!