While olive oil is tasty in cooking, this powerful oil also contains powerful health and beauty benefits: It contains anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties that help soothe and soften the hair and skin. Overnight beauty never tasted so good.
Having a clean face while you sleep is an essential part of a healthy skin care routine. Remove stubborn eyeliner, mascara, lipstick and foundation by applying a teaspoon of olive oil to a clean cotton round and sweeping the oil over your face.
The oil breaks down makeup compounds and is gentle on skin. Follow up this makeup removal technique with your usual face wash to remove any leftover makeup residue and dead skin cells.
This natural oil also works wonders on facial skin if you want an added boost of moisture while you sleep. Apply to your lips or the outside corners of your eyes for a moisturizing spot treatment.
Mix olive oil with a couple drops of lavender or mint essential oil and apply all over your clean face before you sleep. The oil soaks into the skin and leaves it soft and refreshed in the morning, while the essential oils add a soothing scent.
Give your skin a fresh glow by mixing together a tablespoon of regular sugar with a tablespoon of olive oil. This scrub can be used anywhere on your body, including your face when applied gently. Rinse promptly after use.
Olive oil gently moisturizes skin cells and softens any rough or dry areas, such as elbows and heels. Run a warm bath and add a few tablespoons of olive oil to the water. Soak in the mixture for at least 10 minutes. Pat down your skin after the bath and let the remaining olive oil soak in overnight. Since olive oil tends to be a little oily when applied first thing in the morning, you get the moisture boost without the slippery feeling.
Apply olive oil to your feet if they are dry or chapped, especially during winter. Put on a pair of socks and allow the oil to soften your skin overnight. You can also apply olive oil to your fingernail cuticles for an overnight nail makeover.
The natural deep conditioning properties of olive oil go far beyond benefitting skin cells. Dry hair shafts and split ends can also benefit from olive oil. Wash and towel dry your hair in the evening. Comb about a tablespoon of olive oil through your damp strands, focusing a little extra attention on your ends.
Twist the hair up into a high, loose bun or into a loose braid to give your hair texture in the morning. If you have short hair, simply wrap it in a silk scarf. Gently unfurl your hair in the morning for soft, heat-free shaped strands with a shiny, healthy sheen.
For a lightweight, quick fix, apply the olive oil just to your ends for a moisture boost on the driest part of your strands.