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Pantry Beauty: Olive Oil

Your pantry is a convenient place to find inexpensive and effective beauty products. Olive oil, for example, is one of nature’s wild gifts readily available in almost every kitchen cabinet. For centuries resourceful seekers of health and beauty have used olive oil to nourish their skin and hair.

Olive oil works miracles as a facial cleanser and, as a bonus, can eliminate the need for moisturizer. I use olive oil in the shower every morning to cleanse and moisturize my face and then I use it again in the evening to remove make-up and the day’s residue.

Simply rub a quarter teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil in the palm of your hand and spread gently over your face and neck. Go about the rest of your bath or shower routine and then remove the oil with your fingertips when you are finished bathing. You will feel a thin sheen of the oil on your skin which may free you from needing to moisturize.

If you are searching an affordable and effective exfoliator, try adding a quarter teaspoon of baking soda to your quarter teaspoon of olive oil, mix them together in your palm, and rub on your face and neck. Rinse away as you normally would.

Other beauty uses for olive oil include hair conditioning and treatment, shaving lubricant, and cuticle softener. For the intrepid adventurer, there is seemingly no limit to the possibilities offered by this generous oil.

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  1. Just a little warning about using olive oil as a night time moisturizer: it gets on your pillow case and makes your hair oily.

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