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You may know it as the tastiest way to crisp up an onion, but olive oil is not just a treat for your insides – it has a multitude of uses in terms of beautifying yourself. Skin, hair, nails and body can benefit from this visco-liquid, hydrophobic, lipophilic substance. And the best part? You probably already own it.

EYE MAKEUP REMOVER

Oils are the quickest way to break down heavy makeup. But rather than use an expensive cleansing oil to simply remove the bulk of the pigment, a splash of olive oil rubbed over the eyes breaks every speck of makeup down almost instantly. You can then go in with a dedicated cleanser to treat your skin. Bonus – it’ll condition your eyelashes to make them soft, shiny and strong.

SHAVING

Nothing achieves a closer shave than using an oil as lube. Olive oil will help the razor slip over the skin and avoid nicks, all while adding moisture to the skin. Post-shave, you’ll be positively glowing.

MASSAGE OIL

In order to get maximum slip (and infuse skin with some much deserved hydration), using an oil to massage is highly recommended. And why not one packed with anti-ageing antioxidants and nourishing squalene? Add a couple of drops of a scented essential oil like lavender to treat all the senses.

LIP OR BODY SCRUB

Mixing olive oil with equal parts coarse sugar makes an all-natural and brilliantly effective exfoliant. And if some just happens to get into your mouth, no worries!

HAIR TREATMENT

If your hair is feeling fried, applying a generous amount of olive oil through the ends overnight can work wonders at restoring vitality. Just make sure you shampoo twice the morning after to avoid greasy residue.

AS A CARRIER OIL

If you’re wanting to apply something stronger like antibacterial tea tree or invigorating lavender oils to the face, you shouldn’t use them neat. Mixing a drop or two with ten drop of olive oil makes for a diluted but still potent mixture that will be effective but not irritating.

ON YOUR CUTICLES

Nothing makes hands look more groomed than neat and nourished cuticles – and a regular oiling session is undoubtedly the best way to get there. And healthy cuticles can also help your nails grow harder, better, faster and stronger.

TO CLEAN YOUR BRUSHES

Because of the makeup defeating prowess of olive oil, it can be a great way to get all traces of slap out of your brushes and sponges. Mix half and half with antibacterial soap for a formula that’s tough on makeup but keeps brush hairs super soft.

FOOT MASK

Is there a phrase in the English language less appealing than foot mask? However, if your feet are looking Hobbit-esque, a coating of olive oil plus some fluffy socks can make everything much better. Now, let’s never speak of this again.

SHINE SERUM

Olive oil is a naturally sheeny substance – so naturally, it adds sheen to whatever it touches. A drop through the lengths of hair will make it look significantly healthier, while massaging it into legs, arms or décolletage gives a J.Lo glow. Remember, though, that less is more – shine can quickly start to look like grease.

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