Fresh From the Kitchen…Olive Oil

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We’ve all been there before.  Life gets so hectic and crazy.  You are running in all different directions between kids, work, school, spouse, hobbies, sports, whatever it may be that fills up your days.  We had that well-meaning post-it note with items we needed to get at the grocery store today, but when we got home, got everything situated and finally got a chance to pour a glass a wine, you glance over at your purse and find that the stickie note is stuck to the bottom of your purse and you say, “Oh $hit!”  It happens to us all.  And it never fails, there’s always a beauty product on that list that you are now out of.

Worry not though!  There are some great quick, last-minute substitutes for all sorts of beauty products that you probably have sitting in your kitchen right now.

Today we’ll discuss the benefits of olive oil as well as give you some tips and tricks for using it in a pinch.

Olive oil has been used for AGES! Cleopatra used to use it in Ancient Egypt.  Sophia Loren bathes in it.  Olive oil is packed full of anti-oxidents which help prevent cell degeneration.  There’s also ultra-hydrating squalene that helps increase elasticity in the skin.  Combine the two of those with vitamins E and A, minerals and fatty acids and you have a product that is wonderful for sensitive skin while it also helps to prevent skin aging.

So, now that you know how good olive oil is for you, here are some last minute things you can use it for…

Ran out of deep conditioner?  Heat about half a cup in the microwave for 30 seconds, add a few drops of lavender if you’d like, massage the mixture into your scalp and hair.  Cover with a warm towel, wait 20-30 minutes and then shampoo out.

No body scrub left?  Mix olive oil and granulated sugar for a scrumptious body or lip scrub.

Partied like a rock star and now you’ve got the mascara run too?  Use olive oil and a cotton pad to gently remove all traces of eye make-up including waterproof.

Ran out of shine serum for your hair?  Put 1-2 DROPS in your hand and smooth onto your strands(no more than that or you’ll be greasy).

Cuticle oil missing?  Smooth olive oil on your dry cuticles and hang nails for instant hydration that helps your nails too.

You can also use olive oil as a night cream, an eye cream, a shaving gel and to moisturize dry heels (sandal season will be here before you know it!).

So the next time you run out of a beauty product and you haven’t made it to the store yet, run to your kitchen!

What are your favorite uses for olive oil?

Photo from huffingtonpost.com

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