You use it to whip up a salad dressing or sauté up some chicken and garlic spinach. It resides in your kitchen in a glass bottle or one of those fancy spray cans. Olive oil is versatile when it comes to its culinary uses. But did you know it was equally amazing and useful for beauty uses? Allow me to share some of the more glamorous uses of this adaptable oil, so you can stash a bottle in your bathroom and on your bedside table for later!
Hot oil hair treatment – if you love whipping up your own hair products and potions, you know all about the powers of olive oil. It makes a great base for additional oils, a great addition to your conditioner if it needs a little extra slip and detangling power, and a restorative moisturizer as a warm pre-shampoo treatment.
Body scrub base – Do you prefer salt, or sugar? Either way, olive oil makes an excellent base for an at home body scrub. Use coarse turbinado sugar or coarse sea salt, add your favorite skin-safe essential oils for fragrance, and scrub away!
Makeup remover and skin cleanser - If you’re like me and you rock tear-resistant eyeliner and mascara meant to stay put despite the elements, you need a little effort to remove your handiwork at the end of the day. Using a cotton pad saturated with olive oil will help to loosen up and wipe away the hard to remove makeup, and many people use olive oil as their cleanser of choice in the oil cleansing method of skincare.
For shaving – If you’ve got dry skin, a little slick of olive oil will go a long way to ease your leg-shaving struggles. Olive oil is great for sensitive skin or super dry skin, but it can do a number on your razor blades. You can learn how to extend the life of your razor blades – by using your jeans! – via Lifehacker.
Healthy hairspray - Try this DIY Leave in Conditioning Hair Hydration Spray:
- Coconut oil
- Castor oil
- Vitamin E
- Essential oils
Contributing Editor, Patrice Grell Yursik is the creator of Afrobella.com, one of the first blogs to celebrate the beauty of natural hair and ladies of all skin tones and sizes. Affectionately called the Godmother of Brown Beauty Blogging, Patrice takes her readers inside unique beauty, fashion and cultural experiences.