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Better Beauty With Olive Oil? Yes!

olive-oil photo for AARP articleInteresting fact about turning 50: Things change surprisingly fast.

For example, everything’s just a tad bit … drier. My hair, skin, eyes and, umm, other places, too (get more info on dealing with this issue right here).

When doing research for my first book about living a healthy life after 50, I had the opportunity to pick the brains of some of the best skin care experts in the country. Most said quite simply that the keys to great skin are: exfoliate, moisturize and protect.

There is an overwhelming amount of products on the market that could handle these tasks, in different price ranges. Not one who likes to spend money unnecessarily, I managed to ply a few very inexpensive beauty secrets out of these experts. And one of the most-often mentioned products was . . . olive oil.

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Now, my favorite beauty “secret” (which sure wasn’t a secret to the ancient Greeks or my grandmother) is using olive oil – inside and out.

Here are just a few of the reasons why olive oil is the “liquid gold” we should all have in our bathrooms for better beauty after 50:

Tip: Buy a plastic squeeze bottle (the kind you find in old-fashioned diners that hold ketchup) and fill with the finest extra-virgin olive oil you can find. Add a few drops of lavender oil for fragrance, and keep in your bathroom. Here’s what you can do with it:

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For more tips on using olive oil for health and beauty . . . watch this:

I want to hear from you! What are some of the ways you use olive oil for better health and beauty? Share your ideas in the comments section!

Subscribe to The Best of Everything After 50 Web series on the AARP YouTube Channel! For more tips on living your best life after 50 (or 60, or 70…) check out bestofeverythingafter50.com. Find Barbara on Facebook or on Twitter at @BGrufferman.

And remember this . . . we can’t control getting older . . . but . . . we can control how we do it!

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