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Olive oil is a very popular product that people use for
centuries and, nowadays, it still goes strong and is wide-
ly used in cosmetic industry. Olive oil is very rich in
vitamins, minerals and natural fatty acids. It's also con-
venient for a sensitive skin.
Olive oil is a powerful ingredient of anti-aging skin care
products; rich in antioxidants, it prevents skin aging, the
appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, it also nourishes,
rejuvenates and protects the skin.
Rich in vitamin E and A, olive oil helps prolong youth,
hydrates the skin, maintains its elasticity and softness.
Also, olive oil helps skin cells to regenerate. The list of
olive oil benefits can go on and on, but let's talk about
practical things: how can you use olive oil for beauty?
1) Olive oil bath
Sophia Loren, gorgeous italian actress, once shared her
beauty secret -- she loves taking olive oil baths.
To prepare the olive oil bath, just add 5 tablespoons of
extra virgin olive oil into your bathtub and you are done!
(You can add more if you like). This simple, yet amazing
beauty secret can make your skin soft and very smooth.
Here is another variation of the olive oil beauty bath:
massage your body with the extra virgin olive oil before
hopping into your bathtub, after you finish taking your
bath, pat your skin dry and wipe away the excess oil; you
won't recognise your skin! It will be amazingly soft and
smooth, like a baby skin.
2) Olive oil body lotion
Olive oil is my favourite body lotion! (I don't buy body
lotions and body creams anymore, because I found the
one that is very efficient and all natural). I love to apply
olive oil all over my body, while in the shower, right after
I used the shower gel; after the application of olive oil
body lotion my skin feels extremely soft and very smooth!
This simple beauty secret is a very quick and easy way to
make your skin look and feel healthy and tender to touch.
3) Olive oil makeup remover
I love using olive oil as my makeup remover in the
evening. It gently removes makeup and nourishes the skin
at the same time. Apply a little bit of olive oil on a cotton
pad (or on a damp cotton pad) and gently wipe away all
the makeup from your face. If you have a heavy makeup
on, then to remove it massage olive oil all over your face
first, and then wipe it off with a washcloth saturated with
warm water. Repeat a couple of times if necessary and
remember to be gentle, never treat your skin harshly. Rinse
your face with warm, then splash with cold water; cold
water will help stimulate the blood circulation and close
You can also use olive oil as a gentle eye makeup remov-
er; it will easily remove even the waterproof makeup.
4) How to strengthen nails with olive oil?
A warm olive oil bath for nails is an excellent way to
strengthen them. It takes only 5 or 10 minutes. Just soak
your nails in slightly warmed up olive oil (it shouldn't be
too hot, just a room temperature). Do this treatment once
or twice a week and enjoy strong, shiny and healthy nails!
5) Olive oil eye cream
Yes, you can use olive oil as an eye cream. It will nour-
ish the tender skin around your eyes and soften fine lines.
Gently dab some olive oil under your eyes before bed time
or in the morning. Keep your olive oil eye cream in the
fridge and enjoy refreshing, vitamin filled beauty treatment.
6) Olive oil homemade face masks
One of my favourite homemade face masks with olive
oil is this: mix one egg yolk with a tablespoon of olive oil
(you can also add a tea spoon of lemon juice, if you want
to whiten and brighten your skin, as lemon juice is rich
in antioxidants and especially vitamin C).
Apply this mixture to your clean face for 5 -10 minutes;
rinse with warm, then cold water (cold water will help to
close pores). This olive oil homemade face mask can be
used for normal or dry skin types, it will nourish and
soften your skin, adding wonderful glow.
Here is a cleansing and refreshing olive oil face mask
for normal skin type: mix a tablespoon of white cosmetic
clay with one tablespoon of olive oil. Apply it to your face
for about 10 minutes; rinse with warm water.
7) Olive oil for hair
Olive oil hair treatment is quick and easy to make; it will
take you only 15 minutes to do it. Mix one egg yolk with two
tablespoons of olive oil and a teaspoon of lemon juice. Keep
this mask on your hair for about 15 minutes, then shampoo
and condition. Your hair will become shinier and softer.
Here is another simple olive oil hair treatment that will
make your hair silkier and shinier: it's easy, just apply
slightly warmed up olive oil to your hair, let it sit on your
locks for about an hour, then shampoo and condition, as
usual (you might need to shampoo your hair two times to
get rid of greasiness). This hair treatment will make your
hair healthier and will add shine.
8) Don't forget to add olive oil in your salads!
Olive oil will improve your skin, hair and nails, and will
nourish your body from within. Remember, beauty starts
8 WAYS TO USE
OLIVE OIL FOR BEAUTY
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