Seven Awesome Beauty Uses for Olive Oil

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Olive oil is a staple of every kitchen, as it has many uses for preparing and cooking food. Olive oil is so versatile, however, that is should become a staple in your bathroom, too. Here are seven awesome ways you can use olive oil in your beauty routine.

Deep Conditioner

Olive oil makes for an excellent conditioner for your hair. If you want to give your hair a deep conditioning treatment, after taking a shower and washing your hair, massage a small amount of olive oil all over your hair and scalp. Wrap a warm towel over your head, and let sit for about 10 minutes. After, rinse out the oil, and your hair should be shinier, softer, and more manageable.

Cuticle Moisturizer

When giving yourself a manicure, olive oil is excellent at conditioning your cuticles. Mix a little olive oil with water in a small bowl, and soak your fingertips for about five minutes. You can also simply rub a little olive oil into your cuticles. This will soften and moisturize your cuticles, which will improve their appearance and make it easier for you to trim them.

Makeup Remover

Waterproof makeup can be tough to remove, and you usually need makeup remover to make the job easy. Makeup remover is expensive, though, and you don’t need it if you have a bottle of olive oil in your kitchen. Just dab a little bit of olive oil on a Q-tip or cotton swab, and you have a natural and very effective way to remove all kinds of makeup from your face, waterproof or not.

Foot Moisturizer

If you have dry, cracked, calloused feet, olive oil can work wonders to soften and smooth the skin on your feet. If you can stand to sleep in socks, then try this trick: Every night before bed, rub olive oil on your feet, and then put on a pair of socks. Doing this regularly will dramatically improve the skin on your feet. If not overnight, try for a few hours during the day.

Body Scrub

You can make your own homemade exfoliating body scrub by simply mixing olive oil with a generous amount of either sugar or salt. Slather your body in the shower, and you’ll remove a great deal of dead skin cells, leaving your skin significantly smoother.

Lip Balm

If you can sense a pattern here, olive oil is great for moisturizing your skin. You can also use it on the delicate skin of your lips as a lip balm. In the winter, olive oil can help prevent and heal dry, cracked lips. Just don’t use olive oil on your lips when outside in the summer, because it can increase the damage of the sun’s rays on your lips. Use it inside all year round.

Shaving Lotion

Another way to save money is to skip purchasing shaving lotion, and use olive oil instead. Use a generous amount of olive oil to slick up your skin, and shave. It will help your razor glide smoothly, help prevent nicks, and moisturize your skin at the same time.

This is a guest post.  Cayla Crenshaw is a beauty expert and freelance writer who enjoys finding alternative beauty products in her home. She loves to write and can be found blogging about anything from the benefits of a health diet to getting good deals on cosmetic brush sets.

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