This time of year our family suffers from super dry hair and skin. Chicago's freezing temps and dry indoor air does so much damage to our already parched skin. We have found a lot of relief from our homemade orange sugar scrub made from olive oil and sugar. We like to use it just before getting out of the shower or on dry chapped hands. We have also found that adding a spoonful to a facial cleanser makes a great moisturizing and exfoliating scrub.
Olive oil is so soothing and full of so many nutrients, that we have found other beauty uses for it. Before going outside rub a small amount of olive oil (we like to use light olive oil for beauty products because it has almost no smell) on your hands before putting on your gloves. Olive oil is a little greasy at first, but it is absorbed quickly. You can add essential oils like orange or lavender to add some fragrance to it. It is also nice to put on your hands and face before going to bed.
For dry hair, stir 1/4 cup of olive oil into 1 cup of your favorite conditioner. Keep it in a jar or other container with a tight fitting lid. You might have to give it a stir periodically if the oil starts to separate. Let it sit on your hair for 3 - 5 min. for deep conditioning. Rinse with cool water.
You can even use olive oil to shave your legs. You get a really close shave and your legs will be so soft and moisturized when you are done. Don't worry your husband will get used to seeing olive oil in your shower.
*** Make sure you wash your tub out when you are done using olive oil so the next person doesn't slip!!