Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Manicure While you do Dishes!

Before settling in for your next dish-washing session, apply a few drops of olive oil to your cuticles, then rub the remainder into your hands. Put on a pair of rubber dishwashing gloves, and proceed. Aside from protecting your hands, the gloves trap the heat from the water. Heat helps to dilate the pores in the skin, allowing the emollients in the oil to penetrate better.

Olive oil is rich in anti-oxidants that help to fight signs of aging like dark spots, wrinkles, and loss of elasticity. Many women spend tons of time and money fighting those signs on their faces, only to be betrayed by crepey, thin skinned, spotted hands. Olive oil also has high levels of the emollient squalene, which is a key component of our skin's own oil; because of this it absorbs easily and is great for sensitive skin.

For best results, use Extra Virgin Olive Oil, which is less processed than other versions and therefore retains more of the olive's beneficial properties. Though it may be a pricier option, in comparison to other treatments out there, it's a steal. Try this at least once a day and I promise, you'll be perusing new polishes in no time!

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