I am never without a bottle of olive oil. I’m Italian, so I wouldn’t even dream of using anything else for cooking. Why would you, when olive oil is so healthy, and makes any food taste delicious? But this kitchen staple is also one of my beauty must-haves. It sounds crazy, but it’s true! Take it from an Italian, whatever beauty emergency I have, it always comes to my rescue. Here’s how:
#1. Pre-shampoo treatment
My favourite beauty use for olive oil? Pre-shampoo treatment. Olive oil is one of the few oils that can actually penetrate the hair shaft, nourishing and strengthening it from within. But it needs time to work its best. That’s why I apply it on my locks a few hours before I wash my hair. When I shampoo it out, my hair is so soft and shiny!
In winter, when my skin gets drier and itchy, I soothe it with a few drops of olive oil. It’s greasier than a lotion (obviously!) and takes a while to absorb, but the slight discomfort is worth it. Olive oil is rich in fatty acids and vitamins, such as vitamins A and E, which have moisturizing and anti-aging properties that leave skin softer and smoother.
#3. Shine serum
Want shinier hair overnight? Olive oil can help. Just apply the tiniest amount on your locks to boost their shine. It’ll also tame flyaways and repair split ends. It’s perfect to revive second day hair. Sometimes, I put it on before I go to sleep, and seal it with a cap. The next morning, my hair’s extra glossy and silky soft.
#4. Makeup remover
Olive oil is one of the best (and most underrated!) makeup removers out there. It takes off even the most stubborn makeup, like waterproof mascara and long lasting foundation, quickly and easily. It works using the “like attracts like” principle, so it can bind to the oils in those products and melt them away. Unlike the harsh surfactants used in many makeup removers, it leaves skin very soft too.
#5. Shaving cream
Whenever I run out of shaving cream, I head to the kitchen and grab my trusted bottle of olive oil. It acts as a lubricant, allowing the razor to glide smoothly on the skin, and even prevents burns and bumps. Plus, my skin is much smoother afterwards!
#6. Lip scrub
Why splurge on a lip scrub, when you can easily make your own with olive oil? I simply mix a teaspoon with sugar, and use it to scrub away those dead cells. Bye bye chapped lips!
Do you use olive oil in your beauty routine or any other kitchen staples? If so, how? Let us know in the comments below, we can’t wait to hear about your DIY treatments!
By Giorgia Guazzarotti
Photography by CGD