There are a lot of ways to use olive oil to stay beautiful—here are two of Candice’s favorites:
1. Deep conditioner: Massage one teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil into dry, clean hair (pay extra attention to the ends). Then, wrap your hair in a warm, damp towel and let the oil absorb into your strands for up to 20 minutes before rinsing it out with warm water.
2. Eye makeup remover: Dab a few drops onto a cotton ball, and then swipe it over your eyes to gently wipe off your makeup. Bonus: It serves as a great moisturizer, so no need to rinse it off.
A cheap and easy way to exfoliate your skin, this ingredient helps slough away dead skin cells from the neck down, leaving your body with a gorgeous glow.
1. Sugar and Spice Rub: Mix 1/2 cup of brown sugar with two tablespoons of extra-virgin olive oil, two teaspoons of instant oats, 1/2 teaspoon of ground cinnamon—this ingredient brings blood flow to the surface, causing a plumping effect on the skin and helps zap zits—and 1/2 teaspoon of freshly grated nutmeg, which has anti-inflammatory properties, in a small bowl. Apply it to your skin in circular motions mid shower for two minutes, then rinse.
2. Maui Sugar Scrub: Place 1/4 cup of guava or mango in a food processor and process it until it’s smooth (or mash it in a small bowl with a fork). Then, scrape the mixture into a small bowl and stir in 1/4 cup of brown sugar, one tablespoon of coconut milk, and one and 1/2 teaspoons of extra-virgin olive oil. Apply it to your skin in circular motions mid shower for two to three minutes, then rinse.
*You can use these same recipes on your face, but substitute the brown sugar for white granulated sugar, which is gentler on your complexion—plus, it contains antibacterial properties, so it won’t break you out.
Got avocados? Turns out they’re a great ingredient to use when your hair is in desperate need of a deep conditioning treatment. One recipe Candice recommends:
Yolk and avocado hair mask: Whisk one egg yolk, one teaspoon of extra-virgin olive oil, and one teaspoon of honey together in a small bowl. Using a fork, mash in 1/2 of an avocado. Then, while you’re in the shower, apply the paste first to your ends and then all over your hair. Let it soak into your strands for 15 to 20 minutes, rinse it out, shampoo, and then rinse again.
Cinnamon contains anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties, as well as a natural grittiness that helps clear out clogged pores. (Translation: It’s great for battling breakouts.) Side note: Cinnamon can cause irritation though, so be sure to try the treatment out on your inner arm before applying it to your face. We love this scrub:
Cinnamon-ginger body scrub: Mix 1/4 cup of granulated white sugar with one tablespoon of extra-virgin olive oil, one teaspoon of ground cinnamon, and one teaspoon of freshly grated ginger root (this decreases inflammation) in a small bowl. Next, massage it onto your skin in circular motions mid shower, and then rinse.
Eggs are great for your complexion, especially the whites of them, which temporarily help to tighten your skin. One way to use them:
Egg white and honey mask: Whisk together one tablespoon of an egg white and one and 1/2 teaspoons of honey. Next, pat the blend onto your face and let it set for 15 minutes (you should feel a tightening effect). Finally, rinse with warm water and a washcloth.
We heart oats. Not only do they help calm sensitive skin, they also condition an oily complexion without making it greasy. Here are two ways to beautify with them:
1. Comforting oat face wash: Mix two tablespoons of quick oats with one tablespoon of plain yogurt and 1/2 teaspoon of honey. Gently massage the mixture over your face (avoiding eye the area), leave it on for two minutes, and then rinse well.
2. Oatmeal and banana moisturizing mask:Mash 1/4 of a ripe banana in a small bowl and mix in two tablespoons of instant oats, one teaspoon almond or soy milk, and a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg or ground cinnamon. Pat onto your face (avoiding the eye area) and then leave it on for five to 10 minutes before rinsing off with warm water.