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Olive Oil: The Best Skincare Product You Probably Aren't Using

Updated on July 13, 2014

For more than just cooking

Do you know the many healthy uses of olive oil? While you probably know the many benefits of adding this rich, flavorful oil to your diet, you might not really know how great it is for your skin. The same anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and omega 3 fatty acids that are excellent for your insides can also be put to work for your outsides.

We often find skin care products that contain olive oil, but when we choose these items, we might not actually get the full benefits of this nutritious oil because it is often processed and loses much of its benefits.

Traditional cleansers and skin care products often contain chemicals that actually cause skin cancer in rats. They might also contain allergens and dry out the skin. Irritation, breakouts, redness and inflammation are often the result of these products.

That’s why many women are choosing to cleanse, treat and even moisturize their skin almost exclusively with olive oil. One bottle of top-of-the-line natural, organic, extra virgin olive oil to take care of all your skin care needs can last for months.

Thousands of Years; Millions of Women

For thousands of years, people in the Mediterranean region have enjoyed olives. They incorporate them in their food, and the oil from this fruit is packed with essential nutrients for both consuming and using for the skin.

A new routine for better skin health

Okay, so it might seem a little weird to use olive oil to wash your face and moisturize with it, and sometimes you might need to use an alternative cleanser, especially when the weather is extremely hot, but in most cases, rubbing some extra virgin between your palms and massaging your face with it (include your eyes – it’s great for removing makeup) for a few minutes and rinsing with a steaming hot wet washcloth is all you need to remove makeup and dirt from your delicate facial skin.

If you experience dry skin, simply rubbing a bit of extra oil on your damp face will add moisture. For those who want to add even more skin healing benefits, mixing a little bit of vitamin E oil with your olive oil at night will help to prevent the skin from being damaged by free radicals that cause damage.


Moisture from oil, without extra oil

Many people believe that if they cleanse or moisturize with oil, they will only be causing their skin to become oilier, but many are discovering that oils actually help to draw oily dirt in the skin to the surface so they can be washed away.

When applied to damp skin, oils such as olive oil actually work to hold essential moisture in the skin. This extra oil helps to keep the skin plump, soft and radiantly hydrated.

Top-of-the-line olive oil is best for skincare purposes.
Top-of-the-line olive oil is best for skincare purposes.


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    • FlourishAnyway profile image


      4 years ago from USA

      I didn't know this, but it sounds reasonable. Thanks for sharing the information.

    • Elizabeth Bowers profile image

      Elizabeth Wilson 

      4 years ago from Tennessee

      I had no idea that olive oil could be a skincare product! Thanks for the interesting Hub!

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      Shelley Watson 

      4 years ago

      Useful and interesting information you have shared here. I have used extra virgin olive oil on my skin when it has been a very winter. Works wonders! Up, interesting and useful


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