Thursday, January 26, 2012

Using OLIVE oil as your daily beauty product

Olive Oil can be used for many different beauty recipes and natural remedies. It goes on your skin easily and naturally without leaving a greasy feeling after it is applied. The skin absorbs it readily and has no allergic properties. Olive oil nourishes the skin leaving it soft and supple. It is rich in Vitamin E and has wonderful healing properties, perfect for dry, cracked or chapped skin.

Here are some ideas to use olive oil in your beauty care regimen.

Gentle Eye Makeup Remover 
Olive oil is excellent for removing mascara, even better than petroleum jelly or baby oil and will be beneficial to the skin around your eyes. Just apply a few drops of oil onto a cotton wool and apply onto eye area. People with dry, dehydrated or mature skin will highly benefit from such a treatment.

Nourishing Clay Mask Shelf life: Use immediately
This particular recipe uses Kaolin as it is a 'gentle' cleansing clay which ideal also for dry skin types. The olive oil gives it extra nourishing properties and elasticity to mature skin due to it's high content of Vitamin E. (If you suffer from dehydrated skin, we recommend to add a couple of drops of glycerin to the following recipe as it acts as a humactant, thus attracting moisture to the skin)

Mix 2 tablespoons of Kaolin
1 tablespoon of olive oil
Add a few drops of Rose water to create a smooth consistency
Apply to the face, being especially gentle around the eyes
Leave on for 15-20 minutes

Rinse off and apply your moisturizer.

Healing Lip Balm Shelf life: Use within 3 weeks
Beeswax and olive oil melted and poured into a small tin makes wonderful lip balm that will keep your lips soft and smooth. Here's one of my favorite recipes.

1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 teaspoon of calendula oil
1 teaspoon of beeswax
3 drops orange essential oil

Melt the beeswax and add olive and calendula oils
Stir the whole time so the mass is consistent
Remove from heat, keep stirring and let it cool down a bit
Add the oil of choice and stir a bit more
Pour in a plastic container or jar and store properly

Softening Lip Scrub Shelf life: Use within 1 week
 For soft , flake free lips, mix 1/2 teaspoon of unrefined brown sugar to 1 small teaspoon to olive oil. Rub gently in circular motion onto lip and surrounding area. (We do NOT recommend salt as a substitute as it is too harsh for the lip and face area).

Anti-Cellulite Body Scrub Shelf life: Use within 2 weeks
Scrubs are renowned to improve circulation and even the appearance of the 'orange peel' effect. We highly recommend using olive oil as the base oil as it penetrates deeply into the skin, thus the cellulite busting essential oils mentioned in this recipe, will 'travel' much faster into the problem area thus one can see faster results. 
1/4 cup of green tea
1/2 cup of sea salt or sugar
1/2 cup of olive oil
2 drops of black pepper essential oil
3 drops of grapefruit essential oil
3 drops peppermint essential oil

Mix all the ingredients together. While taking a shower, scoop up some, not more than a teaspoon at a time, and gently, in circular motion distribute the scrub. Rinse well and pat dry.

Sore or Tired Legs and Feet Shelf life: Use within 3 weeks
Combine the following ingredients and apply as a moisturizer with upward strokes before going to bed. For best results we recommend to raise your feet with the help of a pillow when lying down in bed.

1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 teaspoon of Aloe Vera
1 teaspoon of Wheat Germ Oil
8  drops of Peppermint Oil
5 drops of Eucalyptus Oil
5 drops of Lavender Oil

Antiseptic Foot Soak Shelf life: Use immediately
The moisturizing properties of olive oil make it a popular ingredient in natural foot soak recipes while the bicarbonate of soda and the following essential oils deodorize the feet while also being help treat conditions such as athletes foot.

Combine the following ingredients in a small bowl:
1/2 cup of lemon juice
3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup of bicarbonate of soda
3 drops peppermint essential oil
3 drops of tea tree essential oil
3 drops of Lemongrass essential oil

Add to one gallon of warm water and enjoy this wonderful olive oil beauty foot soak!

Ingredients can be found on our website under the category ''DIY Cosmetic Supplies''

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