By JILL SEIMAN | March 26th, 2013 at 11:40 pm
While most people think of olive oil as healthy to eat or cook with, its high concentration of mono-unsaturated fats, anti-inflammatory agents, omega-3 fatty acids, antioxidants, and vitamins make it a natural beauty remedy as well.
I recently received Celebrity Chef Cat Cora’s Kitchen by Gaea all-natural Extra Virgin Olive Oil and put the following inexpensive beauty uses to the test:
1. Moisturizer: Slathering on olive oil feels more concentrated than a lotion and it doesn’t absorb as quickly but if you have a little extra time, EVOO penetrates deeply to regenerate cells and soften the tissue. It contains the same healthy fats as avocado, which can plump lips and moisturize the skin with its combination of vitamin E and vitamin A. Apply daily to notoriously dry areas, such as feet and elbows, especially after showering. It’s also known to lessen the appearance of acne scars. If you’re a fragrance junkie, you can easily add scent with a few drops of essential oil.
2. Shaving Lubricant: Olive oil is an inexpensive and effective lubricant to shave facial and other body hair. The shave is a little more sticky and there’s less glide but clean up is easy and EVOO leaves the skin soft and dewy. Rub in an extra teaspoon after washing.
3. Body Scrub: Apply olive oil to skin then scrub with sugar or coarse salt, and rinse. Or, mix one part EVOO, one part sea salt, and a couple drops of essential oil (lavender recommended). Mix to create an old world paste that smells good, feels good, and costs pennies per application.
4. Ear Wax Softener: You can use olive oil alone or with water irrigation to remove wax from your ears. The AAFP recommends three drops of olive oil in the affected ear each day for three to four days. Place room-temperature drops of olive oil in the ears with an eye dropper in the evening right before going to bed; lying in bed on your side allows the oil to penetrate the wax more deeply. Use a bulb syringe to spray warm water gently into the ear on the day following the last treatment to encourage the lubricated wax to fall from the ear, if necessary.
5. Hair & Scalp Masque: If the change of season is causing dry hair or scalp, transfer some EVOO into a plastic bottle and place it in a bowl of hot water. Massage a generous amount of heated oil into scalp and hair and wrap hair in a heated towel or sit under a dryer for 10-15 minutes. Rinse hair thoroughly with a mild shampoo. I’ve spent a fortune on this treatment at spas!
6. Cuticle Softener: Rub a bit of EVOO into the cuticles to moisturize and prevent snags, or mix oil with water to soak hands before a DIY mani.
7. Makeup Remover: A few drops of extra virgin olive oil on a cotton ball or pad go a long way to remove makeup and impurities. Wipe face in a circular motion. Take extra precaution around the eye: place the cotton pad against your closed eye for 10 seconds and gently wipe.
With these 7 DIY treatments, you know exactly what ingredients you’re putting on your skin not to mention the potential cost savings of forgoing more expensive lotions, gels, scrubs, and masques!
What do you think? Will you be adding olive oil to your makeup bag?
Jill Seiman is the author of Glamamom, a personal lifestyle blog chronicling her adventures as a New York City mom. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and YouTube.