9. Strengthens Weak Nails
Olive oil is also good for weak and brittle nails. Its moisturizing property helps repair damage and softens your nails and cuticles to keep your nails healthy and strong.
Olive oil can also prevent hangnails, the small bits of skin that hang off the cuticles that can cause a lot of pain and discomfort.
- Before going to bed, massage a few drops of warm olive oil into your nails for a few minutes.
- Slip on cotton gloves, then go to sleep.
- The next morning, wash your nails with warm water.
- Repeat this beauty remedy daily.
10. Heals Chapped Lips
To treat chapped and dry lips, olive oil is very effective due to the vitamin E in it. Being a moisturizer, olive oil also works as a lip moisturizer to make your lips smooth, soft, and supple.
Olive oil also helps lighten dark lips and make them shiny.
- Combine coarse sugar with 1 teaspoon of olive oil. If you want, add a little lemon juice to the mixture. Use the mixture to gently scrub your lips. Rinse your lips with lukewarm water, then pat dry gently and apply a little olive oil. Do this a few times a week.
- You can also apply olive oil directly on your lips daily before going to bed to keep them from becoming dry or chapped.
- When it comes to olive oil, choose a high-quality product that doesn’t contain additives or chemicals.
- Do not use olive oil for beauty purposes if you have sensitive skin, oily skin or suffer from conditions like dermatitis.
- Avoid exposing olive oil to excessive heat, light or oxygen.
- Don’t forget to add olive oil to your diet, as beauty starts from within!
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