Olive Oil: More Than Just A Kitchen Staple!

Just so you know, Olive Oil is so much more than just your average cooking oil. The uses for this nutrient rich oil are numerous, but I will share a few of the many ways I use it in my home. Not only will you find Olive Oil in my kitchen, but you will also find it in my upstairs bathroom. Yes, you read that correctly. I keep a small bottle upstairs to use as part of my daily beauty regimen. See how below!

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Makeup Remover & Facial Cleanser

Do not be afraid of applying oil to your face. Blemishes are a result of many different factors including bacteria, environmental factors, clogged pores & hormones, but the skin naturally produces oil for our benefit. Not only does our skin produce oil to prevent it from drying and flaking, but our natural oils help to keep our skin smooth and supple thus warding off wrinkles. But like with all things, there is always a balance that needs to be maintained. The over production of oil or sebum can clog pores leading to breakouts. Those with oily skin tend to over wash their face, which in turn leads to the over production of oil, creating a vicious breakout cycle. The oil cleansing method works on the principle of using cleansing oils to draw out impurities that build up on the skin’s surface. The result is cleansed, balanced, moisturized radiant skin.

Begin by placing a hot damp washcloth onto your face. Massage olive oil (i always use cold pressed organic) onto your face for about a minute, before gently wiping away with your washcloth. Not only will this method remove all of the dirt and impurities from your skin, but it will also lift away makeup. Just a quick side note, if I am wearing a full face of makeup, I first remove as much as I can with my washcloth. Once I’ve done that, I begin cleansing with my oil to remove any remaining makeup and dirt. If you are not too keen on using this method to cleanse your entire face, applying olive oil to a cotton ball to remove stubborn eye makeup is a good place to start. Not only will it gently dissolve and remove eyeliner and mascara, but it will keep the delicate skin around your eye moisturized. Over time it will help tighten the skin and soften fine lines.

Hand, Nail & Cuticle Oil

Olive oil penetrates skin and nails, to help strengthen & moisturize, which leads to overall improved nail health. Warm olive oil on the stove or in the microwave. The added warmth to the oil helps to aide and speed up absorption. I pour the oil into a dish that allows me to soak all of my nails at one time. I soak my nails for about 1 minute before removing and massing the olive oil into my nails and cuticles. I also massage the oil onto the rest of my hand before removing with a warm washcloth.

Wood Polish

This isn’t another beauty tip for you, but it’s sure to help bring out the beauty of your wood furniture! I have a beautiful wood dining table that belonged to my grandparents. It’s a cherished heirloom and I maintain it’s beauty and shine with my own DIY wood polish.

1 1/4 cups of Olive Oil mixed with 1 Cup Lemon Juice (i add a couple drops of essential lemon oil)

1 Glass Spray Bottle

This homemade wood polisher has a wonderful fresh scent without the added chemicals of store purchased polishing products. It creates a lasting shine on my table that lasts for weeks before I need to reapply.

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