There are many uses and benefits extra virgin olive oil has, but one way I have used it for over almost 2 months now is as a makeup remover. Yep, you heard that! But you say, “Eww, that feels too greasy.” It is greasy, but you’ll get used to it plus the overwhelming benefits are definitely worth than the icky part.
Olive oil is very rich in vitamins, minerals and natural fatty acids. It’s also convenient for a sensitive skin. Olive oil is a powerful ingredient of anti-aging skin care products; rich in antioxidants, it prevents skin aging, the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines, it also nourishes, rejuvenates and protects the skin.
Rich in vitamin E and A, olive oil helps prolong youth, hydrates the skin, maintains its elasticity and softness. Also, olive oil helps skin cells to regenerate. The list of olive oil benefits can go on and on, but let’s talk about how I finally decided to put this baby in my skincare routine forever. 🙂
I have watched Michelle Phan’s video about her skincare routine last year, where she said you can use extra virgin olive oil in place of your expensive makeup remover. I never really took that seriously until last month when I found out I left my makeup remover back in the Philippines (talk about last minute packing). I opened my kitchen cupboard and grabbed that extra virgin olive oil, I rubbed it onto my face to remove the makeup and boy, I felt like chicken that’s about to be fried or roasted haha! 😀 Nevertheless, I still moved onto my waterproof eyeliner and mascara, rubbed them and it sure did wipe off those nasty eye makeup, by this time I told myself this can be the cheapest waterproof makeup remover I have ever had. I told myself, “hmmm not bad.” I was thinking, I can make this now my makeup remover since I don’t really mind the rinsing part, just make sure you rinse with water first and then proceed with your usual facial wash, I don’t think the gentle face washes out there will cut it, it would be better to have oil control facial wash. Then, that’s it……
Wait, nope! After I washed my face and rinsed it, I have the smoothest skin everr… not exaggerating you guys. It worked as cleanser and nourished my skin at the same time.
See my photo below after using for over a month, I fully certify that this is not Photoshopped at all. Yes, I am wearing makeup, but if my skin’s condition is in bad shape you will see it through 🙂 (Warning: awkward poses and unruly eyebrow hairs ahead 😛 )
Use this every night to remove makeup and you’ll notice great results, we’ll for my skin type I did notice significant changes, I have combination skin, oily T-zone and normal skin the rest of the face, I have very rare small breakouts, happens when I skip washing my face. I have also mentioned in my post about the face brush, that I develop tiny bumps when I don’t take care of my skin properly so that’s it, in case you’re wondering about my skin type. Those things are lessened, I don’t have bumps anymore. I’m not sure if olive oil will break out people with excessive oily and acne-prone skin, but I heard that olive oil is mildly comedogenic meaning it will mildly clog your pores. We all have different skin types and reactions, what works for me may not work for you, but you can always give this a try. Since olive oil is all natural, who knows it can be life-changing. As for me, I have already noticed great results just from using it as a makeup remover. Other than that, I have tried using it twice as a night cream too, my skin is grateful. In what other ways can you use this cooking ingredient aside from makeup remover and face mask?
1. Body moisturizer- especially for dry areas like knees, elbows and dry feet.
2. Bath soak- mix around 5 tablespoons or more to your warm bath water.
3. Eye cream- wipe this under the eye before bedtime and wake up to refreshed and moisturized peepers.
4. Hair mask- mix 1 egg yolk and a spritz of lemon and massage onto your scalp and ends on your 3rd day hair, leave for 15 minutes, shampoo and condition and you’ll have shiny and soft hair.
I know there are a lot more ways to use olive oil, and it’s for us to discover.
Trust that the regenerative properties of olive oil will make our skin thank us. Oh, don’t forget to put it in your salad too, it’s good for the heart. 😉
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