Check out your beauty products and see if they contain any of the following ingredients:
- Sodium Lauryl/Laureth Sulfate (SLS/SLES)
- Propylene glycol
- Diethanolamine or DEA
These ingredients may not only be irritating, but continuous exposure can lead to various disorders, check out Dr. Mercola’s article for more information. The good news is that you can find much of what you need right in your own kitchen. Today, I am going to highlight olive oil and it’s many uses.
- Body Moisturizer: Olive oil can be used as an all over moisturizer; just mix 1/3 olive oil and 2/3 water in a spray bottle and spritz it on after your shower. Let it really soak into your skin before you towel dry. Alternately, you can just use olive oil straight!
- Face Moisturizer: Less is more, just a few drops will do.
- Foot Moisturizer: Rub some olive oil into your feet before bed, put on some white cotton socks and by morning your feet will be smooth and soft.
- Bath Oil: Just a teaspoon of olive oil added to a warm bath will moisturize. Add a few drops of essential oil for a wonderful treat.
- Lip Treatment: A dab of olive oil will helps to moisturize and repair chapped lips.
- Cuticle Conditioner: Massage a drop or two of olive oil into your cuticles daily.
- Bye Bye Lice: No kidding, lice cannot stand olive oil. Rub a generous amount from scalp to ends (really work it in!) and let it sit for 30 minutes of more. You may have to shampoo several times to get all the oil out.
- Hair and Scalp Conditioner: Do the same as above, once a week, for a wonderful hair and scalp treatment.
- Makeup Remover: Throw out mineral oil based removers; olive oil works wonderfully and is a friend to you and your tender skin.
Think about how many less bottles (and less dollars!) you will need if you use olive oil instead. These ideas and more can be found in Michael Dejong’s book, Clean Body: The humble art of zen-cleansing yourself.