Sunday, May 4, 2008


Olive oil: A fruit oil obtained from olives, a traditional tree crop from the Mediterranean basin. It is commonly used for cooking, but recently its benefits have stretched from healthy cooking into the realms of beauty.

Here are 3 tried and true ways I have used olive oil for beauty:
1) Hair:
Before jumping in the shower, I rubbed a handful or two of olive oil into my hair. I then stuffed hair into a shower cap and left it on for 15 - 20 min. After shampoo and condition, my color-damaged hair felt silky and smooth.

2) Nails:
My cuticles have always been dry, which causes me to pick and bite, leaving nails looking rather unhealthy. Lately I have been rubbing olive oil onto my cuticles. They have significantly improved in unwanted dryness. Also, the nails themselves are looking shinier.

3) Eyes:
Wearing eye make-up have been a passion of mine since I was 14, especially mascara. But by bed time, I need all of those colors to come off. So I use olive oil to take off the make-up. Because I use extra virgin, there's literally no chemicals, so it doesn't sting even if it gets into my eyes. I used to take eye make-up off with expensive brand names, but olive oil is just as strong and kinder to the sensitive skin.

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