Remove makeup with a cotton ball and sweet oil at the end of the day.
Sweet oil can be used as a substitute for a myriad of skin and beauty products, reducing the number of containers you have on your counter. Instead of using a makeup remover, add few drops of sweet oil to a cotton ball and gently wipe away your makeup.
- Olive oil, or sweet oil, can also improve your skin tone and clear up acne.
- Most makeup products are oil-based, which is why they can be hard to remove with gentle cleansers or soap and water. Luckily, oils can dissolve other oils, which is why sweet oil works so well to take off makeup.
Add a few drops of sweet oil to your hair conditioner for extra moisture.
Keep a small dropper of sweet oil in your shower so it’s easy to access. When you’re ready to condition your hair, put the conditioner in the palm of your hand and add 3-4 drops of sweet oil to it. Mix them between your hands before continuing to condition your hair like you normally would.
- This may be especially helpful to do every day if you’re dealing with dry, damaged hair.
Repair damaged and dry hair with a hot oil mask.
Carefully warm up about 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of sweet oil in a small microwave-safe bowl for 15-30 seconds. Let it cool down so it’s warm to the touch but not super hot, then gently comb it through damp hair. Clip your hair up out of the way and let the sweet oil work its magic for about 15 minutes before shampooing and conditioning your hair as usual.
- Try adding a hot oil treatment to your weekly beauty routine to help keep your hair soft and shiny.
Exfoliate your skin with a sweet oil and sugar mixture.
In a small bowl, mix together 2 tablespoons (25 grams) of sugar and 1 tablespoon (15 mL) of sweet oil. Gently rub the exfoliator over your skin, focusing on areas that are especially dry or rough. When you’re done, rinse the scrub away with warm water.
- Make a bigger batch of scrub to keep in your bathroom, simply use a 2:1 sugar to oil ratio. Store the scrub in an airtight container and mix it before each use.
- Be careful using this exfoliator on your face! It can be more abrasive because the sugar doesn’t dissolve in the oil at all. If your skin is uber-sensitive, you may want to use it primarily for your body and skip your face.
Use sweet oil as a natural substitute for shaving cream.
For your face or smaller areas, like your bikini line, just 2-3 drops should be enough. For your legs, you may need to reapply or add more oil as you go to make sure you don’t shave dry skin, which could cause irritation. The sweet oil ends up costing less than shaving cream because of how long it lasts.
- Sweet oil will also help moisturize your skin, hopefully giving you a smoother shave.
Condition your cuticles by rubbing a drop of sweet oil into them once a day.
After you shower or wash your hands, take a minute to gently rub sweet oil over the bottom of each nail to moisturize and soften your cuticles. 1-2 drops should be all you need for all of your nails. Keep rubbing in the oil until it’s been absorbed into your nail and the surrounding skin.
- This helps keep your nails looking nice and also prevents them from getting dry and cracking.
While sweet oil can keep your skin moisturized and soft, it won’t do much to reduce the appearance of stretch marks. If you’re looking for relief, you may want to talk to your dermatologist about getting a prescription for hyaluronic acid or tretinoin.
- Stretch marks are easiest to treat when they’re still pink and before they’ve turned white. It’s really hard to treat old stretch marks, and some stretch marks are inevitable because of your genetics.