Add a dash of olive oil to your beauty routine!

Olive Oil (Image Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture)
Olive Oil (Image Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture)

Olive oil is a centuries old staple in the kitchen- but should it become a staple in your beauty routine? The same oil you use to stir-fry can actually help you look more beautiful. Olive oil can do wonders for your skin, hair and nails. According to The Olive Oil Source, olive oil is full of antioxidants that help repair skin damage and combat free radicals. It might seem a bit weird at first to add olive oil into your realm of beauty products, but once you do you will wonder why you never tried it in the first place!

Hair

Does it seem like your hair is stuck at the same length for months on end? Healthy roots are crucial for hair growth, and olive oil can help give your strands a powerful health boost. After a shower, massage a bit of olive oil with your fingertips through your roots to help repair damage.

If your hair is over processed, either from coloring or heat, try an olive oil mask to give it life again. After a shower, take one or two tablespoons of olive oil and run it through your hair. Cover with a shower cap and wash out after 30 to 45 minutes. Your hair will look shinier and healthier, even after all the torture it goes through.

Body

Olive oil is great at combating dry skin. After a shower, use olive oil as an all over body moisturizer. Use more on especially rough spots, such as elbows or heels. Add some essential oils to the mix if you don’t want to smell like an Italian restaurant.

Eye makeup won’t budge? Olive oil can actually work as makeup remover. According to Barbara Grufferman, author of the book The Best of Everything After 50: The Experts Guide to Style, Sex, Health, Money and More, olive oil is great for taking off any makeup- even waterproof mascara- and is less irritating then man-made makeup removers.

Nails

Add olive oil to your manicure routine to get smoother cuticles. Dab a little on your finger and rub it over each cuticle to help your cuticles gain some much-needed moisture. Wait 10 to 20 minutes before putting on polish to allow the oil to absorb.

You can actually help strengthen your nails by using olive oil. Eden Foods recommends soaking your nails in a mix of six tablespoons olive oil and two tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice for ten minutes. Do this treatment at night. After soaking, put loose fitting gloves on your hands so that the mixture can fully absorb overnight. This treatment can help prevent nail breakage and flaking.

Who knew olive oil could make you look so beautiful? It’s amazing to think that something so simple- and found in your kitchen- can add so much to your beauty routine. It might seem strange at first, but once you try it you will never think of olive oil as just a kitchen staple again.

 

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I'm a recent graduate from the University of Missouri (MIZ-ZOU!) with a degree in Journalism. I'm a beauty obsessed, coffee guzzling, owl loving, cat owning, retail working writer who wants to someday become a beauty editor, fashion director or stylist for a magazine-or something in that realm.

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