Olive oil. Great for cooking with and great for removing makeup.
When I mentioned that I used olive oil to remove my makeup in this post, a few of you were a little freaked out. I admit that when I first heard about using olive oil on the face, my first reaction was ‘HELL TO THE NO! THAT SHIT’S GON’ BREAK ME OUT EVEN MORE!’. However, I kept hearing good things so I thought is was worth a shot.
Now, while I have a lot of acne, my skin can hack pretty much any product I throw on it. I’m not sensitive or overly oily – I’m pretty normal. My acne is caused by internal issues so please keep that in mind.
Anyway, this shiz is good. It completely melts away all traces of makeup (including waterproof stuff), moisturises me well and doesn't give me any sort of negative reaction. Plus, I love how it feels when I massage it in. It’s best to slap it on a dry face, starting with the skin and ending with the eyes. If you have a hell of a lot of eye makeup on, it might be a good idea to do that first with a few cotton pads.
If you have really oily and/or sensitive skin, it may not be the best option for your entire face but might be great for your eyes.
Olive oil can be cool for other things, too:
- It apparently works wonders on really dry skin but I can’t imagine being comfortable with the oily residue. Maybe if you use a teeny tiny amount?
- If you soak fingers in a bowl of warmed oil, it can help icky, dry skin and cuticles and strengthen weak, brittle nails.
- No shaving cream? Grab some oil and slick it on. Never tried this but it sounds awesome! Seems like it would be especially good during Winter. Will report back.
- You can also use it on dry and damaged hair. I tried this a really long time ago but my hair turned into an oily disaster and the whole process was an epic mess. Maybe I used too much? Who knows.
- You can use it as a base for a scrub if granular exfoliants are your thang.
- Lube. I just had to add this on because it made me laugh.
There’s a lot on it helping wrinkles, too. Hmm. A bit dubious on that one…
Anyway, a simple Google search will bring up a bunch of recipes and other ideas so go investigate!
So, tell me – do you guys use olive oil in places other than the kitchen? Any good or bad experiences?