Thanks to Cleopatra, olive oil has been regarded as an excellent beauty aid since ancient times. It is packed to the brim with anti-ageing antioxidants and is rich moisturising agents like squalene. This makes it an excellent DIY ingredient for skin and hair alike.

If you are a beauty junkie who knows the importance of keeping her skin well-moisturised, especially in the coming winter months, read on. Here we list some uses for olive oil that you never knew about.
Pre-shampoo hair treatment
 

Pre-shampoo hair treatment

Gently warm two to three tbsp. olive oil in the microwave and massage it on to your scalp in circular motions. Run the oil through the lengths of your hair as well. Leave it for 20-30 minutes and wash it with a mild shampoo.

Lip and body scrub
 

Lip and body scrub

Mix brown sugar and juice from a lemon with olive oil and use this as an exfoliating body and lip scrub. The sugar granules exfoliate, the olive oil moisturises and the lemon gently targets pigmentation.

Makeup remover
 

Makeup remover

Natural ingredients are always better when you have sensitive skin that suffers when you change your products. Olive oil will not harm your skin, and is light and easily absorbed by the skin. Take a few drops of olive oil and massage it on your face, until it breaks down the makeup. Now use an oil cleanser or a regular foam or gel cleanser to wash away all remaining traces of the makeup.

If you are afraid that you have oily skin and using an oil as makeup remover might be counter-intuitive, think again. Like attracts like. So oil dissolves the oil in your makeup and the oils on your skin, making it all the more effective.

Eczema treatment
 

Eczema treatment

If you have excessively dry skin, olive oil is a safe and natural alternative for your skin issues. It is full of vitamin E and helps calm inflammation, acne and dry, itchy skin.

Makes your nails grow stronger and longer
 

Makes your nails grow stronger and longer

Use olive oil on your nails to soften your cuticles. Keep a little jar of olive oil next to your sink so you have a natural hand moisturiser ready to be applied after washing your hands.

Makeup brush cleaner
 

Makeup brush cleaner

Use equal parts of olive oil and a mild shampoo to clean your makeup brushes. If your makeup brushes have natural bristles, the oil and shampoo combination will gently clean them without drying them out.

Cracked-heel treatment
 

Cracked-heel treatment

Soak your feet in warm water and exfoliate gently using a pumice stone. Apply olive oil and put on socks to wake up to soft, moisturised feet.

Shaving cream
 

Shaving cream

You can easily use olive oil as a shaving cream. Just apply olive oil on your legs before you use the razor.