May 31, 2012

5 Ways to Add Olive Oil To Your Beauty Routine

Olive oil is a fat obtained from the olive (the fruit of Olea europaea; family Oleaceae), a traditional tree crop of the Mediterranean Basin. The oil is produced by grinding whole olives and extracting the oil by mechanical or chemical means. It is commonly used in cooking, cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, and soaps. Olive oil is used throughout the world, but especially in the Mediterranean countries.

- Wikipedia

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Extra-virgin cold-pressed olive oils go through the minimum amount of processing/heating and hence retain most of the naturally present nutrients and antioxidants.
Rich in polyphenols and monounsaturated fats, olive oil (extra virgin, cold-pressed) is one of the healthiest oils to add to any diet, and its heart-healthy and anti-oxidant properties are quite well known.  This nutrient-rich oil is also quite a favorite, though, among makeup and beauty mavens around the world, and here are 5 reasons why you need to make space for this in your beauty wardrobe.

1.  Moisturizer:  Rich in vitamin E, oleic acid, hydroxytyrosol (a powerful antioxidant), and squalene (that closely resembles our skin's own natural oils), olive oil nourishes and protects the skin by fighting against free radicals that can cause skin discoloration and damage.  You could use the oil directly as a moisturizer or as a prebath oil massage.  Also, look for products where olive oil is listed as a major ingredient, like the Bodyshop Olive Body Butter - a must-have for anyone with dry skin problems!

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Olive oil works great as a moisturizer to nourish and give a healthy glow to the skin, but a convenient alternative to applying the oil is a moisturizer with olive oil as a key ingredient - TBS Olive Body Butter is my favorite!
2. Olive Oil pampering for your hands (or feet):
  • Soak your nails in a bowl of warm olive oil to instantly smoothen the cuticles and make nails stronger.
  • Give your hands/feet a generous massage with olive oil.  Soak a towel in warm water, wring out most of the water from it, and wrap your hands in it - this helps the oil penetrate better, leaving your hands much smoother and nourished in just 5 minutes.  You could also microwave the towel to lukewarm, but I have never tried it myself.  Check the temperature of the towel before using it to avoid burning your skin, and never put a dry towel into the microwave!
  • Mix up some olive oil and sugar for a quick instant scrub :D
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Any easy DIY coffee-sugar scrub with olive oil and cinnamon for a hint of spice.
3.  The OCM -  oil cleansing method:  This is a deep cleanse for the face using oils to draw out impurities from the pores.  My simple way of doing this is to do a 5-minute massage on clean, dry face with olive oil.  Then I take a warm, moistened washcloth and cover my face with it, allowing the warmth to open the pores.  Then, I wipe off most of the oil from my face and follow with a clay-based mask to remove excess oils and clean up the pores.  This is not something I do very often, since I am already blessed with sort of oily skin, but it is quite useful during the drier winter months and gives a healthy relaxed glow to the face.

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4.  Makeup remover:  While I do like to try/buy all kinds of makeup remover, I have to agree some olive oil (or coconut oil) on a cotton round would do just as good a job!  For use on my waterline, I rub some olive oil on to a Q-tip and take off any remaining bits of kohl.  I don't use contact lenses, but I guess it's safe to assume that you should be taking them out before starting with makeup removal.

5.  Deep treatment for hair.  Warm some olive oil in the microwave (check after a few seconds to avoid overheating or just take some oil in a bowl and sit it in some hot water to heat it up).  Apply generously to the scalp and along the length of the hair.  Wait about 30 minutes before washing it off.  To help the oil penetrate better into the hair shaft, wrap hair in a warm towel.

These are a few options that work for me, but depending on your skin type, it may or may not work for you, so tweak accordingly.  For instance, I would never try an oil cleanse in the summers - with my acne-prone skin, that's just handing out an invitation for pimple attacks!  Also, I prefer to use extra virgin, cold-pressed olive oil.

What about you - do you use oils as part of your skin/haircare routine?

8 comments:

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  2. Wish you all the very best with your blog!!

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  3. Nice ways to use natural at home treatments! I've tried the hair treatment, facial massage with it.. and almond oil for eye makeup removing.. should try other ways too..

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    1. Never tried almond oil for anything other than as a moisturizer..tried the TBS version once for my hair, but I just am too used to coconut oil to like anything else :D

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  4. I'm a HUGE fan of oils and using them for hair, face, body, cuticles, everything. Too bad I have extremely oily, acne-prone skin. I've tried using olive oil and coconut oil on my face and it really breaks me out badly. I limit it to emergency makeup removal for my eyes, moisturizer for my cuticles, and conditioning treatment for my hair. Some oil blends (like Caudalie's and Kiehl's) work well for me, but I've found that straight oil doesn't. Great post!

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  5. Hi Becca! I will definitely try Caudalie and Kiehl's next time..love trying out oils. It's the same issue with me too - I can't just leave them on my face like some people can. I do a massage and then wash them squeaky-clean off :D

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  6. great article ....I never tried using olive oil to remove make up. will give it a try soon.

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