We all know that EVOO has a plethora of uses in the kitchen, but what about in your beauty or skincare routine? Extra virgin olive oil is produced without the use of heat or chemical refining and contains the highest concentration of olive oil's beneficial compounds. As a result, EVOO contains antioxidants that fight free radical damage and may prevent signs of photoaging and sun damage. All the more reason to use olive oil on your skin! We have compiled a list of 6 ways to use olive oil in your skincare routine, so keep reading to learn more!
1. Eye Makeup Remover
For a simple, effective, and natural eye makeup remover, use a couple drops of EVOO on a cotton pad. While effectively removing makeup without any irritation, it also helps to smooth out wrinkles around the eyes.
2. Use it in a Face Mask
Try using EVOO in your next homemade face mask! For youthful-looking skin, try an avocado and olive oil face mask using 1/2 an avocado, 1 tsp of EVOO, and 1 tsp of honey. Or, try an olive oil, honey, and turmeric mask using 2 tbsp of honey, 1 tbsp of EVOO, and 1/2 tsp of turmeric. The honey and turmeric both have amazing antibacterial properties to help fight blemished, while the olive oil will help moisturize dry skin.
3. Homemade Lip Scrub
For a simple (and delicious) homemade lip scrub, combine 1.5 tbsp EVOO with 1 tsp of honey and 2 tbsp raw sugar. The honey in this mixture will help the scrub stick to your lips better! Apply to clean lips in a circular motion, and continue for about 30 seconds. Wipe off with a warm washcloth, and then apply your favorite lip balm.
4. Rub into cuticles
Here's how to soften your cuticles naturally, with kitchen staples: First, soak your hands in a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and warm water for five minutes. Pat hands dry. Then, apply a few drops of olive oil to each cuticle and allow it to absorb for about 10 minutes.
5. As a moisturizer
To moisturize dull and dry skin, pour 1 tsp EVOO on a cotton pad and gently rub into your skin. Olive oil is non-comedogenic, so it will not clog pores. However, it is not generally advised for daily use for those with acne-prone skin. Olive oil is also said to help fade scars due to its high vitamin and antioxidant content.
6. Face Scrub
To make a simple face scrub, mix 1/2 cup of sugar with 1/4 cup of EVOO. To use, spread all over the face and gently rub all areas to slough off dead skin. If needed, use warm water to spread the mixture around. Rinse off with warm water and pat skin dry with a dry washcloth. Store in a glass jar for future use.
And that's our list! If you have any other creative ways that you use olive oil for beauty or skincare, leave them down below in the comments section!