I love it when a beauty product does double duty and well - lip/cheek tints, lip and cuticle balms, BB creams, cotton buds... I love it even more when DIY beauty turns out better AND cheaper than anything you buy!
I'm a big fan of oils, and olive oil is definitely near the top of the multitasking list. As well as salad dressing and bread dip, here are some things I use olive oil for...
1. Makeup remover - Put a few drops on a damp cotton pad, wipe over eyes and face, then wash off with warm water and pat dry. The oil dissolves any makeup that water can't.
2. Oil cleansing - Steam open pores (or if you're lazy like me, just use in the shower!). Massage about 1/4 teaspoon (a little puddle the size of a US quarter, Australian 10 cent coin, or base of an OPI bottle) into your damp face. If you have clogged pores, you should feel little bits of blackhead and other gunk loosen from your face - the oil helps the plugs glide out, and the massaging wiggles them loose. I rub for about 3 minutes, but I've heard that the longer you do it, the better the results! Rinse off with a gentle cleanser, pat dry and moisturise.
3. Hair conditioner - Mix a few drops into your regular conditioner, leave in for a few minutes then rinse off. Oil is a great conditioner!
4. Hot oil mask - Comb warm olive oil through damp hair. Clip up and wrap in clingfilm, allow to soak for at least 15 minutes. Wash out thoroughly with shampoo, condition. My hair becomes so soft and slippery :)
5. Body scrub - Mix some olive oil into a small handful of sugar (1 part oil to 2 parts sugar gives a nice crumbly texture). Add scent if you want (be careful if you're sensitive). Rub gently into skin, then rinse off with warm water - use cleanser if you feel too greasy. Be very careful if you decide to scrub your face, it can be too effective! Sugar doesn't dissolve in oil, so you get the scrubbing grains, plus the oil moisturises and softens old skin. My skin feels velvety smooth and soft afterwards!
6. Shaving - Rub a few drops onto wet legs, then shave. The oil lubricates and moisturises so you get less irritated skin.
7. Cuticle oil - After washing your hands, towel dry and rub a few drops into your cuticles for a quick conditioning.
Like with any other type of skincare, your individual reaction may vary! However, olive oil seems to work for most people who have tried it, but don't go nuts - incorporate any change in your skincare routine slowly.
Who else loves olive oil? What other uses have you found? Let me know! :)