Friday, August 19, 2011

Olive Lovin'!

Homemade beauty treatments have long utilized olive oil. Rich with powerful antioxidants and known for its skin softening properties, this simple ingredient can make all the difference in keeping yourself looking and feeling amazing! Here are a few beauty tips for making the most of olive oil:

Sunburn Relief!
Though summer is coming to a close, there are still many of us using our last free moments to hit the lakes, and that means baking and burning under the sun in the process. Olive oil is a natural way to soothe and repair sun damaged skin because of its wonderful healing properties (We recommend an Organic variety such as "Field Day Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil") . Try adding a cup to your bath water and soak for 30 minutes. This allows the olive oil to penetrate deep into the skins pores and work more effectively. Pat dry with a soft towel to avoid aggravating any soreness from sun damage.

Be a Softy...
When it comes to your skin, that is! Olive oil has natural properties that moisturize and soften the skin. Apply to areas of dry skin and it can definitely help relieve any dryness or flakiness you might be experiencing. Treat yourself to a mini-manicure by soaking fingers for 30 minutes to soften cuticles until they are supple enough to safely push away from the nail bed. Or apply a thick layer to your heels to repair those cracks that lotions just can't handle. Even massaging a generous amount in hair, and leaving in for 30-60 minutes, can greatly help in alleviating itchy scalp, dandruff, and split ends.

Treat yourself to a spa night every once in awhile with this one, simple ingredient (Men, don't forget to try these out, too!). You deserve some TLC! And your body will appreciate it!

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