The (Many) Uses and Beauty Benefits of Olive Oil

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If there’s one ingredient that you need to ensure is in your beauty arsenal at all times, it’s olive oil. This amazing natural product does so much more than just flavor dishes, working wonders on seemingly every part of the body – from your hair to your skin, your lashes to your feet. It’s no wonder the likes of Gwyneth Paltrow, Miranda Kerr, and Emma Stone swear by it for all things beauty.

Packed full of antioxidants, vitamins A and E, and essential fatty acids, olive oil can be used on all skin types, from super sensitive to problematic. It does everything from fighting free radicals and preventing damage to helping skin stay younger for longer by keeping it nourished from deep within. It moisturizes, soothes, heals, and softens, making it an all-round beauty booster that deserves a place in your kitchen cupboard and your makeup cabinet. Read on for Savoir Flair’s top suggestions on how to use olive oil in your beauty routine.

1

Makeup Remover

Forget the notion that oil on skin translates to oily skin, because that’s a big beauty myth. In fact, using oil on skin helps balance sebum production as it doesn’t strip your skin of natural oils, thus ensuring your skin doesn’t overcompensate by producing more. This means that olive oil makes for one mighty makeup remover as it helps draw oil-based products out of pores without clogging and congesting the skin. Pour onto a cotton pad and sweep over skin. Simple.

2

Lash Strengthener

For longer and more luscious lashes, skip the falsies and opt for this natural remedy instead. Olive oil helps to fortify lashes and promote hair growth, making its use the perfect way to accentuate your peepers. Pour a few drops onto a clean cotton bud or spooly and gently apply the oil to your lashes from root to tip. It may take longer to see results than using a lash serum (approximately a couple of months), but it is 100 percent natural, won’t damage lashes, and really does work.

3

Brow Booster

Just like olive oil can work wonders for your lashes, it can do the same for your eyebrows, too. Give your brows a boost and rub a little olive oil into them every night to get thicker, bolder brows – perfect if you have over-plucked or are hoping to fix sparse areas.

4

Frizz Fighter

A common problem in humid countries likes ours, frizz can be a nightmare to control – but not if you have a little olive oil at hand. The next time frizz and flyaways are ruining your ‘do, rub a bit of oil in your hands before smoothing it gently over your hair. Avoid rubbing it directly into the roots so that you hair doesn’t end up looking greasy.

5

Hair Treatment

A beauty hack that’s been used since ancient Egyptian times, olive oil makes for an ideal nourishing treatment. It helps the hair lock in and retain moisture and works wonders on smoothing and treating pesky split ends. Apply to dry hair, focusing on the mid lengths and ends, and leave on for at least 15 minutes before shampooing out. You can also use it as an overnight mask before washing it off in the morning for silky, luscious locks – just make sure you put a thick towel over your pillow.

6

Body Moisturizer

Looking for the ultimate body lotion? Look no further than your olive oil. Used on wet, damp, or dry skin, it works wonders at deeply nourishing and moisturizing the body, giving you a gorgeous glow and natural shimmer from top to toe. Just be sure to give it time to sink in before you get dressed as it can leave you feeling a little greasy for a while.

7

Bath Oil

A secret shared by Italian stunner Sophia Loren, olive-oil baths are one of the best ways to reap the beautifying benefits of olive oil – and the most relaxing way too! It’s as simple as pouring a few tablespoons into your bath, stepping in, sinking in, and switching off. Try rubbing the water into your skin as you soak and you’ll emerge feeling super soft.

8

Shaving Cream

Okay, so it’s not actually a cream, but it works just as well as one – if not better. The next time you’re out of shaving foam, simply slather your legs with olive oil and shave as usual. This is also a great way to ensure that bumps and burns are kept at bay thanks to the oil’s totally natural lubricating properties.

9

Nail and Cuticle Treatment

With the ability to strengthen nails whilst preventing dryness and splitting, olive oil is great for softening cuticles and leaving nails looking and feeling strong and shiny. Simply rub it into the nail bed and let it work its manicure magic.

10

Foot Fixer

If dry, cracked heels are leaving your feet feeling not so fabulous, apply a generous amount of olive oil to the hard area after you’ve given them a good ol’ scrub. Next, put on some socks and put your feet up while the oil works to soothe, soften, and relieve feet.

11

Earwax Remover

Stop sticking cotton buds into your ears (they often do more damage than good) and, instead, turn to olive oil to help rid you of any unwanted earwax build-up. It works to gently soften wax that’s inside the ears, making it easier to get it out. Gently warm the oil first before adding it into an eyedropper or pipette, then tilt your head to the side and squeeze a few drops into your ear. Try to keep your head tilted for 30 minutes (this is best done when you’re lying on the couch with a load of Netflix to catch up on) before sitting up and catching the excess with some cotton wool. Repeat for three to four days for the best results.

12

Super Scrub

For your very own at-home exfoliator, olive oil combined with sugar makes for one super scrub. Not only does it rid your skin of dry, dead cells, but it does so without aggravating it or causing soreness and redness, and it deeply moisturizes at the same time. Combine three tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil with two tablespoons of brown sugar and a teaspoon of honey (which has amazing antibacterial properties), mix it all up, and buff into your skin.

13

Lip Lover

Just as it makes for a super skin scrub, your olive oil and sugar blend can also be used on lips to help cure and prevent chapped, unsightly dryness. You can also use a little oil on lips alone as an intense lip balm – just try not to lick it off.

14

Wrinkle Wrestler

Thanks to olive oil’s high levels of fatty acids and polyphenols, skin retains its moisture for longer and so appears plumper and smoother, thereby diminishing the appearance of wrinkles. It also helps with anti-aging over time thanks to its ability to preserve skin elasticity and resilience. Either use olive oil alone or mix it in with your usual cream or serum for a beautifying anti-aging boost.

15

Dandruff Remedy

Dry, itchy, flaky scalp? Have no fear because simply massaging olive oil into your scalp at least once a week can leave you with a happy, healthy head in no time.

16

Stretch Mark Savior

With regular use, olive oil can help lighten and blur the visible signs of stretch marks as it acts like a lubricant, helping skin expand during pregnancy or weight loss or gain, which in turn helps skin cope with “stretching” without creating marks. Because of its high levels of antioxidants and fatty acids, it helps the skin repair faster and keeps it hydrated and conditioned, so try massaging it onto stretch marks daily to help them fade away.

SF Tip: Try to buy organic extra-virgin olive oil whenever possible, and always opt for one that comes in a can or dark glass bottle. Olive oil shouldn’t be exposed to heat or light as this can change its structure, so be sure to store it somewhere cool and dry.

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