We all know, at times, it’s easy to forget to take care of ourselves. After a busy day, our first instinct is to put everything aside and climb into bed. When we’re exhausted it is often difficult to entertain thoughts about pampering ourselves. Life gets hectic but it is so important to treat our bodies and minds well. Facial masks can provide a small yet powerful way to raise self-confidence and relaxation. The wonderful fact about facial masks is that they can be made from a variety of household ingredients. Today, we want to focus on the power of olive oil (an ingredient almost everyone has in their kitchen…)
Although it may seem odd to put olive oil on your skin, especially your face, it has been proven beneficial in more ways than one. Olive oil is great for keeping the skin soft and moisturized, calming irritation, maintaining a younger appearance, as well as providing the skin with antioxidants (vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols). Don’t worry, olive oil will not clog your pores. In fact, it has a “cleansing effect” that will sooth the skin.
Here's a great demonstration video:
Here's a great recipe by Nicole Gaffney found on "ColeyCooks.com"
· 1 large, raw egg yolk
· 1 tsp raw honey
· 1 tsp extra virgin Olive Oil from Spain
· 1 tsp baking soda
Mix all ingredients together in a small bowl.
Gently massage into to clean dry skin using a circular scrubbing motion.
Leave on skin for about 15 minutes, or until it starts to tighten up.
Rinse off with warm water and use your fingers to gently exfoliate as you wash. Use a
wash cloth if necessary. Pat skin dry then follow up with the moisturizer of your choice.
This mask will make enough for 3-4 applications. Leftover mask can be stored covered in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Here are a few other great ways to use olive oil:
1. Take a few drops and apply directly to the skin as a moisturizer or add a small amount to your favorite over the counter moisturizer (the neck and hands will benefit from it too)
2. Use to exfoliate. Combine 1 Tbsps. of olive oil with a small amount of natural sea salt and gently rub over skin.
3. Use as a substitute for shaving cream
4. Use as a makeup remover
5. Use for nail care (it will help keep cuticles healthy)
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Quote to take with you for the week:
“Dwell on the beauty of life. Watch the stars, and see yourself running with them.”
-Marcus Aurelius, Meditations