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How Good Is Olive Oil For The Skin?

Updated on November 16, 2015

Olive Oil and Your Skin

They said olive oil is the best oil for the skin because it is capable of keeping the skin healthy and beautiful. But I really would like to know more about olive oil and the skin. Really, how good is olive oil for the skin?

Yes olive oil is the best oil for the skin – maybe alongside coconut oil. Olive oil works wonders for the health and beauty of the skin. It is for this reason that people who use olive oil a lot tend to have very beautiful skins. Whether you add olive oil to your meals and eat it or you apply it topically, it is good for both your health and your skin.

But why is olive oil very good for the skin? There are so many reasons why this oil is considered by many to be the best oil for keeping the skin healthy and beautiful.

Top Reasons Why Olive Oil Is Good For Your Skin

Olive oil can protect you from the harmful rays of the sun

The ultraviolet rays of the sun are bad news for the skin. When your skin comes in contact with these harmful rays from the sun, your skin not only gets damaged and rough but it also increases your risk of developing skin cancer. Since olive oil is loaded with powerful antioxidants, it is believed to be capable of protecting the skin against the harmful ultraviolet rays of the sun when it is applied topically. Antioxidants are natural or man-made molecules that fight free radicals in the body. Free radicals are substances in the body which cause harm to healthy cells in the body. Free radicals in the body may come about as a result of things such as pollution or too much exposure to the harmful rays of the sun. In addition to increasing your intake of olive oil, applying it on the skin can protect you against the ultraviolet rays of the sun and keep your skin healthy and smooth.

Olive oil is a good moisturizer

Moisturizers are very good for the skin since they help in preventing water in the skin from escaping and causing dry skin. There are so many great brands of moisturizers in the market such as Eucerin and Cetaphil which do a great job in keeping the skin hydrated and preventing dry skin. But did you know that olive oil is capable of doing the same work these famous brands do? YES olive oil is very good for keeping the skin moisturized. All you have to do to achieve a moist skin throughout the day and avoid suffering from dry skin is to apply olive oil on your body. In order to get the maximum benefit of olive oil, make sure you apply it when you have just finished bathing and drying yourself with a towel. When it is applied on the skin while the skin is still moist, it forms a seal over the skin and prevents water from escaping from the skin thereby leaving the skin moist and smooth. I recommend using organic olive oil since it is the best. But doesn’t applying organic oil on the skin clog the pores of the skin? No it doesn’t clog your pores.

Olive oil fights wrinkles and the aging process

Olive oil has very high amounts of the antioxidants: vitamin E, phytosterols, and polyphenols. These antioxidants are very effective in the fight against free radicals in the body that damage healthy cells and cause the skin to age quickly. Ingesting olive oil or applying it topically to the skin helps fight the aging effects caused by the free radicals and helps one’s skin to be healthy and maintain its youthful appearance.

A good substitute for lip balm

Our lips tend to get extremely dry and can even crack when they are exposed to things such as cold winds or dry winds. When you apply a good lip balm on your lips, you save your lips from becoming dry and cracking – especially during the cold winter months. But did you know that applying olive oil on your lips works in protecting the lips the same way as any good lip balm on the market does? Applying olive oil on your lips is a great way of preventing the skin on your lips from drying out and cracking during unfriendly weather conditions. So if you ever find yourself in a situation where you have run out of lip balms and are in desperate need for some, why not try using olive oil the skin of your lips.

Prevent rashes, razor burns and bumps on your skin

When you don’t use a shaving cream to shave and you shave using only soap and water, you massively increase your risk of suffering from razor burns and bumps. You can also get a rash on your skin from doing that. But using olive oil as a shaving aid can save your skin from developing razor burns and bumps when you shave without a shaving cream. I guess not too many people were aware of the fact that olive oil can also be used as a good substitute for shaving cream! I myself wasn’t aware of this until one day I run out of shaving cream and called a dermatologist neighbor of mine and asked her if she could spare me any. It was then she told me that if I had olive oil, I could use it as a shaving cream. I followed her advice and put a generous amount of olive oil on my hairy legs and waited for a few minutes before I started shaving. I was totally amazed by the way this natural lubricant worked in giving me a smooth shave. It even seemed to work better than some shaving creams that I had bought in the past.

Use olive oil to fade acne scars on the skin

Acne scars on the face can really be embarrassing and can dent a person’s beauty. Luckily, we can use olive oil on these acne scars to make them less visible to people. There are so many methods to use olive oil to try to remove scars or fade them. One of the most common ways is by gently massaging the olive oil on the scar(s). As you massage the oil into the scarred skin with your finger, move the tip of the finger in circular motions while adding some decent amount of pressure. Keep massaging for about 5 minutes so that the affected area totally absorbs the olive oil. Wait for some few minutes before using a clean tissue to wipe the oil off the affected area. Repeat the process again for the second time and let the olive oil remain on the scarred part of the skin for about 20 minutes before wiping it off again. Doing this in the morning and at night before you go to bed can help in fading out acne scars. At least it helped me with some acne scars on my face.

NOTE: Readers should note that this is not the only method available to use olive oil to remove scars. There are several methods out there. And although there is no strong evidence that supports this method of removing scars or fading them, many say olive oil has helped them in reducing scars on their skin.

Conclusion

After reading this, I guess you’d agree with me that you do your skin a huge disservice when you prevent it from coming into contact with olive oil. I really can’t stress enough how olive oil is extremely vital for the health and beauty of the skin. Not only does this amazing oil keep you healthy but it also nourishes the skin, keeps it beautiful and healthy, making it one of the best natural beauty products ever.

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