Beauty Bite // Olive Oil is your Friend

May 25, 2012
olive oil
One of the many things I’m passionate about in life is holistic health, and lately I’ve been looking for more ways to incorporate natural and organic ingredients into my life, beyond just by paying attention to my dietary choices.  Any time I can successfully bring in a plant-based or naturally occurring substance as a stand-in for something synthetic, it’s a win for me, but when that substitute is more effective than what it replaced, I figured it probably merits sharing here with you!

Which brings me to my next item of business…

Friends – I’d like you to meet my new gal: Olive Oil.

You might as well give her a hug, because I have a feeling you’re about to become besties.  See below for some of the ways she lends a perfectly manicured and effortlessly moisturized hand to many of my daily beauty routines!

 Olive Oil Awesome-ness:

  1. Cuticle Softener & Nail Polish Quick-dry: If your cuticles are looking a little ragged, simply rub a few drops into each of your nails after a manicure (self-done or professional!) for a long-lasting moisturizer that also protects your nails from smudging and somehow magically makes polish dry quickly and set harder.  I’ve also read that soaking nails for 30 minutes in a small cup of olive oil can strengthen brittle and dry nails, but haven’t tried this one yet. 
  2. Hands, Body & Feet: Smooth on some olive oil before getting ready for bed, and by the time you’re ready to crawl under the covers, your skin will be ready for a night of healing and repair.  If you are worried about the mess, just massage a small amount into skin whenever you need softening and moisturizing and be sure to wait a while before coming in contact with other porous surfaces.  I apply lightly to my legs and feet before putting on my running gear (socks/shoes/cotton leggings) and the heat from my body seems to help it to soak in especially well.  Not a runner?  You could easily do the socks/leggings thing before bed, as well – less mess! 
  3. Kissable Lips: I’m a big fan of Fresh Sugar Lip Polish, but after realizing the fairly simple main components, I decided to try making my own, and it seems to work just as well!  I start with a small dollop of brown sugar and add a few drops of olive oil until it forms the consistency that I want, and then use it to exfoliate and moisturize my dry, chapped lips.  Because it’s so inexpensive and easy to make in large quantities, I have to think this would make a great body scrub as well, and would be a fun gift when wrapped up in the right packaging.   
  4. Handy Hair Treatment: These simple tricks can help smooth split ends, heal dry scalp (which can cause dandruff), and makes your hair shiny, silky, and healthy.  I only use a small amount (just a few drops!) and simply rub it all over my hands, and then run my fingers through my towel-dry hair from mid-shaft to ends after getting out of the shower.  Blow-dry and style as usual and I swear you’ll be able to notice a difference.  I also have heard that olive oil can make a great deep conditioning mask, and all you have to do is massage a few tablespoons into scalp and hair, cover with a plastic bag and leave on for at least 30 minutes before shampooing as usual. 
  5. Super-smooth Post-shave Treatment: Olive oil is a great follow-up treatment for after you de-fuzz your legs!  While still in the shower, spread a small amount all over your newly shaved legs, and then rinse off with warm water.  It leaves your legs feeling SUPER soft, and has somehow completely stopped me from getting razor burn, and the glow lasts all day leaving legs looking tan because they reflect light more easily!

A few other olive oil uses that I have yet to try, but am interested in testing out:

  • Makeup remover – Not quite sure yet, but I think it’s just swipe on, wipe off… anyone know?
  • Leg shaving oil – Slather it on before you shave it all off and be careful not to slip in the shower!
  • Bath soak – Add a couple of drops to a warm bath and hop out post-soak with instantly moisturized skin.

Alright, now it’s your turn: Have you tried any of these olive oil beauty tricks for yourself?  Any others that I’m missing out on all together?  You guys always have the best ideas, and I’d love to hear your own take on the topic!

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12 Comments

  • Reply Sarah May 25, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    Thanks for those tips! I have to try some of those :)
    I had heard about the hair thing, but I always worry about it looking to greasy. I guess moderation is the key.

  • Reply Elizabeth May 25, 2012 at 2:45 pm

    What great suggestions! I can’t wait to try the lip scrub. I too am a fan of the Fresh lip scrub but find it a bit expensive for what it is. I’m excited to try it both as a lip and body scrub! Happy Friday!

    Cheers, Elizabeth @ The Corner Apartment

  • Reply Consider Me Lovely May 25, 2012 at 2:54 pm

    I love olive oil!! I’ve used it since I was a girl on my hair.

  • Reply Natasha Fatah May 25, 2012 at 2:59 pm

    When we were little kids, my mom used to massage olive oil into our hair, it made our hair so glisteny and soft. It’s a total south asian thing! :)

    xoxo
    ~Natasha Fatah~
    ~Natasha Fatah~

  • Reply Erin May 25, 2012 at 3:54 pm

    These are all so helpful! I’m excited to try the scrub idea.

    -Erin-

  • Reply Bon Bon May 25, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    LOVE this! I love using it as an eye makeup remover, since it’s so moisturizing. Also, great for using in homemade facial scrubs:-) xoxo

  • Reply Krizia May 25, 2012 at 8:52 pm

    #5 is definitely holy grail advice. I do the same and never get razor burn!

  • Reply A Stylized Hysteria May 26, 2012 at 12:31 am

    I do all these things with coconut oil- it’s my favorite thing ever! And it must be working because I flat iron my hair daily and people always comment that it looks healthy and strong.

  • Reply Adin B May 27, 2012 at 12:10 am

    I use Olive oil too on a lot of things and for that eye make-up remover. Works really well! :) Skin and hair treatment works great as well. :) Gotta love it!

  • Reply Ashley June 12, 2012 at 1:30 pm

    I use Coconut oil for a lot of these things, and I LOVE it. My favorite is a long soak in the tub with a good book, especially after a long run. Just drop about a tablespoon of coconut oil into the running water (it melts almost immediately) and add a few drops of organic lavendar oil (or any other essential oil you wish)! So luxurious!

    I’ve never tried olive oil as a conditioning hair treatment, but I think I will try it today! Thanks for the tips!

  • Reply Johny Marsh July 17, 2012 at 6:49 am

    These tips is too good and useful.I can try some of these tips.Thanks for giveaway.

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  • Reply Laurel Autumn August 24, 2012 at 4:39 pm

    Awesome post! Holistic living is a huge interest of mine as well so I LOVE hearing tips like this!! Would love to see more of these posts!

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