Friday, January 22, 2010

I LOVE Olive Oil!

I love cooking with it and dipping my bread in it... but I really love olive oil as a beauty product!

I use olive oil for everything and you can too! I like to use Extra Virgin Olive Oil, as it is natural, pure, chock full of antioxidants, and there are no additives or preservatives.

Here are some ways you can use Olive Oil:
  • As a Moisturizer: Don't worry, you won't smell like a salad... In the morning, I take 2 drops of olive oil and massage it into my skin before I put on my sunblock (wait a minute for the olive oil to sink in). It keeps my skin supple and conditioned all day long and it also helps my mineral based sunblock go on very smoothly. Keep in mind that oil and water do not mix, so if you are using a water based product such as foundation over olive oil, there is a chance that it will cause the product to move around on your skin. Some people may want to add olive oil to their night time routine instead. Olive oil, along with some other non-fragrant oils such as jojoba oil; mimic the lipids found in the skin.
  • As Eye Makeup Remover: At night, I rub a couple of drops onto my eyelids to loosen the makeup, then I just rinse with my regular face wash.

  •  As a Face & Body Scrub: I mix olive oil and sugar together to make a face scrub which I use about once a week. Just make a bigger batch and use it in the shower as a body scrub.

  • To Clean Makeup Brushes: I put olive oil on a paper towel and rub the brushes around it until all the makeup comes off. The olive oil gets the dirt out and conditions the bristles. Then I wash them with shampoo.
As I said before... I love olive oil and for many different reasons. Remember, Sophia Loren was quoted as crediting spaghetti for her sexy looks(which she has denied saying) but I think it was the olive oil.