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Believe it or not, a natural, hydrating skincare miracle can likely be found in your pantry. For centuries, olive oil has been suggested as a way to prevent aging and sun damage and repair dry skin. It has been said that Cleopatra added it to her skincare routine. Olive oil is full of antioxidants that are believed to counteract free-radical damage to your skin that can occur due to air and sun pollution. Also, olive oil naturally contains squalene, which is very hydrating and restorative for the skin’s own ability to protect itself. Cold-pressed, un-refined extra-virgin olive oil is the most beneficial because it hasn’t been chemically refined or heat-treated, retaining the most nutritive parts of the oil.
It is also important to look for organic olive oil because it contains zero preservatives and with an organic designation, you can be assured that the olive trees were not sprayed with pesticides that could be potentially harmful to the skin.
When using olive oil, a little goes a long way. A small drop applied to damp skin after freshly washing can return moisture to the skin and give you a youthful, dewy glow. Try to avoid application to very dry skin, because it can sit on the surface rather than be absorbed. Olive oil is also an amazing makeup remover. Massaging a couple of drops of olive oil after dampening your skin can quickly and easily remove even the most stubborn waterproof mascara. After using olive oil as a makeup remover, you’ll never again use harsh makeup wipes at the end of the day to rub your eyes raw trying to remove makeup. One of my favorite uses of olive oil is in place of shaving cream or gel. Once you try shaving your legs with olive oil, you’ll never go back to using drying, irritating products full of additives and artificial fragrances.