Olive Oil to the rescue!

September 8, 2014

Recently, I got intot his all-antural everything kick. I talked about natural, inexpensive alternatives to expensive beauty products on ACCESS HOLLYWOOD LIVE, and it wasn’t no jive! I’m living my speak! Is that correct English? Likely not, but I do know using all-natural alternatives for portions of our beauty regimen can be quite beneficial to our bodies and wallets. So let’s start with something most of us have in our cupboards – Olive Oil.

Olive oil has been in existence for thousands of years. There is evidence of humans harvesting olives up to 10,000 years ago in the Mediterranean, and cultivating olives from over 4,000 years ago on the island of Crete). Legend has it that Cleopatra used olive oil in her skincare regime, and the ancient Greeks used it in sports massage.

So, how exactly can you use olive oil in your skincare?  Read on for some instructions and recipes for simple DIY skincare you can make at home now, using ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen!

Makeup Remover

Forget the latest drugstore brand makeup remover that is laced with chemicals, artificial scents, and who knows what else. You more than likely have a natural makeup remover in your kitchen right now!  It’s super simple to use olive oil as a makeup remover. All you need to do is dab some oil on a cotton ball or pad and swipe across your face to remove makeup for a natural makeup remover solution. Plus, it moisturizes your skin at the same time!

Hot Oil Hair Treatment

Want shiny, lush hair?  You can create your own hot oil hair treatment out of olive oil, which will leave your locks smooth and sleek. Simply heat 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil in the microwave for 15 or 20 seconds, or by placing the oil in a mug and then putting it in a pot of water and bringing to a simmer.  Carefully test the oil to make sure it’s not too hot (you don’t want to burn your scalp – or your fingers!) and distribute it evenly throughout your locks, then wrap your hair in a towel.  Leave in for half an hour and then wash and rinse your hair a few times until you’ve got all the oil out.

Moisturizer

Simply massage olive oil into your skin for a natural and inexpensive moisturizer. And if you have four legged family members who like to lick your skin, this is defintely non-toxic – which is a big plus in my home.

Shaving Cream

Ditch your shaving cream and replace it with olive oil for a shaving product that’s safe enough you could eat it (not that you’d want to, but still it’s a lot safer than traditional shaving cream if you – or your companion animal/baby – accidentally ingest it)!  Just a few drops will offer lubrication for shaving and leave you with soft skin afterwards!

Body Scrub

Finally, you don’t have to waste money on  tubs of body scrub when you can easily exfoliate your skin with ingredients you have in your cupboard right now. Simply mix olive oil with sugar (if you have dry or sensitive skin) or salt (for oily skin) to form a paste-like consistency, plus any essential oils (if you want an added fragrance) and you’re good to go!  Simple, cheap and natural!

Are you trying to be more natural in YOUR home? What are you doing?

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