I don't know about you, but lip balm is a pretty important part of my daily beauty routine. I use it everyday, all day. I hate when my lips feel chapped or flaky... it's not a pleasant sight, either. Keeping the delicate skin of my lips hydrated is a full-time job that's done with the help of olive oil. Yes, you heard me... olive oil.
Topics: Feed your Skin
Not only should extra virgin olive oil be a staple in your pantry, but also in your bathroom cabinet. That's right, I'm telling you to add it to your daily beauty routine.
For centuries, extra virgin olive oil has been used topically to relieve every day skin ailments. It has anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-aging properties because it is packed with antioxidants and other nutrients. It hydrates the skin by building the skin’s moisture barrier to prevent loss of moisture.
Why Extra Virgin?
What are essential oils?
Essential oils have been used for thousands of years in ancient civilizations such as the Egyptians, traditional Chinese culture, Vedic Indian culture, and in the Roman Empire. The oils were used in different religious and ceremonial rituals symbolizing purification and used in healing therapies.
These oils are highly concentrated aromatic extracts that come from various parts of a plant. These oils are most commonly steam distilled, but can also be expressed (cold pressed), percolated, extracted with a solvent, or extracted in a number of other ways. These potent oils are used in aromatherapy and often used in many other holistic healing modalities. But knowing how to use them properly is key in getting the most out of your oils..
Extra virgin olive oil comes to the rescue, yet again, to help you through the summer! I wanted to share my favorite tips and uses for this magical oil with you all, to spread the EVOO summer love...
We all know that saying...
"your body is a temple"
...so, don't you think it's time we start treating it like one?
Let me tell you, when it comes to skincare, the best way to do that is to get back to basics. Take out those harsh, synthetic, chemical-filled creams, gels and cleansers and incorporate a little more extra virgin olive oil into your daily beauty routine. Your skin will thank you for it, trust me!
Here are 8 ways to use olive oil in your beauty routine:
Four simple ingredients make up this DIY Brown Sugar & Olive Oil Face Scrub. Each ingredient boasts multiple health benefits that gives your skin that much needed TLC. Here's why we chose the following elements to make up our scrub:
It has been brought to my attention that many people are clueless when it comes to what's in a typical (or commercial) bar of soap. Yes, the soap you use to wash your hands, face and body multiple times a day. Soap's soap, right? Isn't it all the same? No.
I was taught at a young age the benefits of a natural soap and the detriments of a commercial soap. Olive oil soap (a natural soap) is an ancient form of cleansing, nourishing, and protecting the skin from external toxins. It has been used by the Egyptians, Grecians, and Romans to cleanse hair and skin and even to clean clothes. My family, thanks in large part to my mother, has been using olive oil soap for almost 20 years.
Below is a comparison between olive oil soap and commercially produced soap. The results are eye-opening and we feel the need to share with our readers.
Use Olive Oil on hair? Why, of course! Revive, rejuvenate and repair damaged hair with an olive oil deep conditioning treatment because your hair needs olive oil, too!
The top 3 reasons we use olive oil to treat our hair:
- The fatty acids found in olive oil coat hair protecting it from harsh chemicals found in most hair products (think mousse, pomade, hairspray, etc.)
- It stimulates hair growth (because who doesn't want long, luscious locks?)
- It helps promote a healthy scalp (and keeps dandruff at bay)
Here's how to use olive oil on hair:
Have you ever seen the ingredients list on your daily facial cleanser? I'll bet you can't pronounce more than half of the harsh chemicals that you wash your face with every day, sometimes even twice a day. Is this really what you want you to be exposing your delicate skin to on a daily basis? Probably not.
Thanks to our mom, we've said good-bye to commercial facial cleansers and turned to an alternative, more natural way to keep our skin clean - Extra virgin Olive Oil [EVOO]. EVOO is packed with antioxidants which naturally gives it anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-aging properties. Vitamins A, D, K and E protect against the free radicals that produce cell oxidation, making it effective in treating common skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and diaper rash. Squalene is another component found in EVOO. It promotes skin elasticity, diminishes age spots, and boosts cell regeneration and oxygenation. This keeps our skin smooth and youthful.
We recommend this routine once a day, preferably before bed.
Here's how to wash your face with olive oil: