If you’re of a certain age, you probably watched your grandmother slather on cold cream at night, swear by Vaseline, and do all other sorts of outdated beauty routines that you don’t typically find practiced today. But your grandmother had a point (as they always do): some old-school beauty secrets are definitely worth keeping around.
One of the most common old-school classic glamour secrets is olive oil. Olive oil is a super versatile, readily available oil, with little-to-no scent and an easy-to-use texture. According to classic starlets like Elizabeth Taylor, a cup or two of olive oil in a bath can soften skin, give it extra moisture, and provide a youthful glow. It’s true: olive oil is packed with amino and fatty acids that help build and maintain a healthy skin barrier, and it provides necessary moisture to keep your skin looking plump and beautiful.
Olive oil works wonders on the hair as well. Another classic starlet, Rita Hayworth, reportedly swore by hot oil treatments to her famous red mane once a week or so. To try this at home, heat up a cup or so of extra virgin olive oil in a clean saucepan, making sure it’s not too hot to the touch. In your shower, pour the warm oil on your head, and give yourself a long scalp massage: it’ll feel awesome, and will condition your hair in the process. For extra hair softness, don’t rinse your oil out–instead, wrap your hair in a turban, and sleep on it overnight. When you wash it out in the morning, your hair will be shiny and silky smooth.
Oil cleansing is a more recent phenomenon in the West, but classic beauty stars in the East have been using it for quite a while to remove makeup. In countries like Japan and South Korea, olive oil can be used as a cleansing step: on a dry face, massage a tablespoon or so of olive oil into your skin, rinse, then follow with a gentle foaming cleanser. Your skin will feel super-clean and moisturized.
Petroleum Jelly is another old-school glamour secret that is not only effective but very cost-efficient. Petroleum jelly is an occlusive, and can be used on top of moisturizers to keep in hydration: for instance, try applying your night cream, letting it soak into your skin, then applying a thin layer of petroleum jelly on top of it. The petroleum will act as an occlusive that forms a barrier between your skin and the environment, allowing your night cream to work even better than before.
Petroleum jelly is also great on rough cuticles, heels, and lips. Some people even swear by it as a lash-lengthener: at night, try a dab of petroleum jelly on your lashes to help condition and encourage growth.