Now we've all heard of using white vinegar as a DIY cleaning hack, and oatmeal and avocado as an impromptu hair mask, but what about olive oil?
Not content with livening up our salads and cooking, the mighty cooking oil is also actually a fantastic source of moisture for parched hair and skin – as Cleopatra and Sophia Loren knew, and Julia Roberts recently discovered.
Vogue Italia reported that the 52 year-old actor is a big fan of using olive oil in her skin regime – creating an emulsified mixture of extra-virgin olive oil with a little warm water and leaving it on her hair as a DIY mask for around half an hour. She also reportedly rubs it into her feet neat, before pulling on a pair of old bed socks and leaving the oil on all night to sink in.
Long before this, one of history's greatest beauties - Cleopatra - was rumoured to use olive oil in one of her many routines, and Sophia Loren used it in every part of her daily life. Incorporating it in her skincare, adding it to her baths and following a strict Mediterranean diet; ensuring she consumed at least two tablespoons of the oil in her food every day.
How to use olive oil in your beauty regime:
Take off your makeup with it
Sufferers of acne-prone skin have likely heard the comedogenic dangers of using household items like coconut oil to take off your makeup, But, olive oil does not block pores and is safe to use when taking off make-up. Simply rub in, as you would your normal cleanser and wipe off with a damp face cloth.
Add it your bath
Add a few teaspoons to your next bath, like Sophia Loren, who reportedly added a few capfuls into a hot bath for a nourishing skin soak.
Mix with a couple of drops of lavender for a relaxing and soothing, hydrating bath experience.
Add a few drops to your moisturiser
Same as above, olive oil is non-comedogenic, so can be used all over your body, as well your face, but if you're prone to oily skin, wash off after half an hour of using. Extra-virgin olive oil provides a strong dose of antioxidants to skin, including vitamin E & K, as well as repairing skin that's been exposed to sun, air pollution and modern-day environmental hazards.
Loren routinely rubbed a small amount into her skin to keep her complexion glossy and moisturised!
As a hair mask
Do as Julia Roberts does, and add equal parts extra-virgin olive oil and water to create an emulsified mixture. Olive oil can be a super powerful hair conditioning treatment. 'It can be applied to the scalp and hair for ten to 20 minutes after you shampoo regularly,' says New York City-based dermatologist Marnie B. Nussbaum. Plus, a few drops can be applied as a serum to freshly blow dried hair for a bit of shine.
Apply to hair after shampooing, leave on for half an hour and rinse out.
Exfoliate with it
Simply add rough sea salt or brown sugar to olive oil for a highly effective, DIY face and body scrub.
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