Extra Virgin Olive Oil & Your Skin
Posted By: Lindsay Schroeder Posted In: Acne Home Treatment Date Posted: February 29th, 2012 Comments: 13

The skincare industry is a booming industry. Every year, consumers spend billions of dollars on cleansers, toners, and moisturizers with the goal of destroying blemishes forever yet and hoping to restore the beautiful youthful glow we see on models in magazines. The problem with so many skincare products is that many have harsh ingredients that irritate the skin, including bleaching agents and fragrance. It seems like a losing battle because to kill pimples – One has to dry the heck out of his or her skin to get rid of acne, which strips the skin of essential oils that are needed to hydrate the skin and balance the pH levels. Do you notice that many of these skincare products also have natural ingredients infused in them, like extra virgin olive oil, which we as consumers feel somehow comforted knowing that we’re putting something on our faces that includes “natural ingredients?” So what are we supposed to do?

Well it’s actually quite simple. Certain oils are good for the skin. Using pure extra virgin olive oil works as an amazing and inexpensive moisturizer for your skin day and/or night. I know you all are reading this and thinking, “You’re crazy! Put extra virgin olive oil on my skin? I’m oily enough!” or “I’m not going to make my skin more greasy so I break out more!” A main culprit of oily skin is when one does not use moisturizer on a daily basis. When you don’t moisturize your facial skin, your skin will become more oily because your skin pulls an excess of oils to the surface, trying to hydrate the skin that has been neglected for so long. Extra virgin olive oil is also loaded with amazing antioxidants like Vitamins A and E. These essential vitamins repair and refresh your skin that is damaged by all the pollutants in the air, is overexposed to the sun, suffocating from cigarette smoke, eating unhealthy and fattening foods, stress, and lack of sleep, just to name a few.

When using extra virgin olive oil as a moisturizer, apply a small pea size amount, and gently massage it into your freshly cleansed skin. Allow your skin to be slightly damp to minimize the “feel” of greasiness and it will also absorb into your skin more quickly. Also allow a little time for it to soak into the skin so it may be best to start adding extra virgin olive oil to your skincare routine at nighttime and eventually transitioning to daytime use as well.

Carol Firenze, of the best-selling book, The Passionate Olive, wrote that you can also use extra virgin olive oil as an exfoliator for dry, flaky skin. She explained to mix the olive oil with a bit of sea salt to make an exfoliating scrub and gently massage onto your clean skin with your fingertips in a circular motion. It will enrich your skin and scrub away the dead skin cells (cellular buildup) on your skin. When finished, rinse off with warm water, gently dry your skin with a soft hand towel, and apply an oil-free moisturizer. She also writes that you can use a little bit of olive oil as a makeup remover. Pour a tiny bit of extra virgin olive oil on a cotton pad to remove eye makeup gently and effectively. Also try adding a couple tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil to a warm bath with some lavender oil to hydrate and sooth your entire body.

You can also combine extra virgin olive oil with organic cane sugar or organic brown sugar and massage it onto your skin or lips as an amazing exfoliating scrub. It will gently remove dead dry skin and when rinsed off with warm water, your skin and lips will feel silky smooth.

Happy hydrating…

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  • Rhea_aznira91 - March 4, 2012 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Can olive oil get rid scars?

    • Opal - April 2, 2013 at 3:03 am - Reply

      Yes it can if you do it the right way! So, first you rub about a qaurter sized amount of olive oil on you face focusing on effected ares in circular motions using your two fingers for about 5 minutes, leave it on while you boil some water. After its done boiling, poor it in a bow(make sure its steaming if its not, its not hot enough). then, cover your face with a towel and lean your face in the steam for 5-10 minutes. This part sucks but its worth it! After your done with that wipe of your face with the towel before making a scrub. Put a teaspoon of olive oil and baking soda together then scrub over effected parts for 3-4 minutes. After that use a warm towel to remove the scrub. The steam and olive oil soften the scarred tissue and the scrub removes it. It won’t all disappear at once though! Try doing it a few times but dont irritate your skin to much! I had really really bad acne scarring all over one of my cheeks and I’ve only tried this once and i’m already noticing a vast diffrence good luck!

  • Sheldon Cook - March 11, 2012 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    I’ve been using Olive Oil on my skin and hair for months and haven’t seen any results on getting rid of dry hair or wrinkles. I don’t have any acne though.

  • Tony Lee - March 12, 2012 at 3:31 am - Reply

    I find it funny sometimes when I hear about people putting on all these different kind of oils, You don`t need that much oil on your skin because your body has enough natural oils. Sometimes that can make things a lot worse and thats never fun!

    • Anna - March 24, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

      have you actually tried it? I have acne, or used to, until I cleansed with Olive Oil. My proactive is buried under my bathroom sink…bye bye! I know have beautiful, glowing skin….no blackheads or pimples!

  • Anne - March 24, 2012 at 11:19 pm - Reply

    I’ve tried this regimen on my hair once and it has worked for me well. It’s more than having a hot oil treatment Fun and inexpensive. ♥

  • becky - May 19, 2012 at 2:34 am - Reply

    I use it on my skin to remove makeup and moisturize. I also use it for my hair – pre-shampoo, after and also when I need touch-ups as my hair is very curly and prone to dryness. It is wonderful!

  • phen - May 19, 2012 at 8:09 am - Reply

    I love olive oil! My skin used to be dry and dull looking until I started following ‘the oil cleaning ‘method (Google it) . I am in my mid thirties and continuously get mistaken for mid 20’s. My skin is glowing. I used to get frequent and large painful acne. Now I only get a small one, once in a while during the cicle and they go away much faster. I am AA and each new pimple would leave behind scaring. I haven’t had any new scaring in months and I am just doing natural treatments for the old ones.

    I’ve been doing the oil cleansing method for about 8 months and can’t find a reason to stop.
    Fyi -I mix olive oil with a couple of different oils based on my skin needs like Castor and tee tree for acne.

  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil - June 4, 2012 at 9:58 am - Reply

    I live in a Mediterranean country, where olive trees grow in public parks and boulevards.

    Sad to say, the best olive oil in the country is exported for hard currency.
    Is it possible to make superb olive oil from ‘standard’ olives?

    If you DON’T know, please DON’T answer.I ALWAYS get cold-pressed oil, with acid content < 1%. That doesn't guarantee taste.

  • NYC maven - March 15, 2013 at 6:36 pm - Reply

    I have acne prone skin and I was nervous about using a new moisturizer, but quickly found that my skin actually CLEARED UP while using the Lady Soma Renewal Serum. Totally cleared up – and smoothed out any redness! Likely, it was due to my regimented focus on skin care in general, but this did NOT contribute to any breakouts at all.

    After one month of daily use, here is my verdict: Lady Soma Serum works. It’s not magic, it’s not a miracle, it doesn’t transform every wrinkle and age spot. But it makes your skin look BETTER than before, which is all we can really hope for, isn’t it?

    I’ve noticed a somewhat dramatic change in the fine lines around my eyes (no, I don’t use a separate eye cream). They are smoother and much less noticeable. The few age spots I’ve developed seem to be lighter. Overall, looking at my face in the mirror now, I sometimes have to do a double-take because my skin looks so much better and brighter. The permanent dark circles under my eyes are even lighter.

  • alekhya - April 24, 2013 at 11:10 am - Reply

    can we use la pedriza extra virgin olive oil for skin

  • Farah Shah - April 29, 2013 at 2:03 am - Reply

    I use an amazing product by bacaro Skin Care, it lightened my acne marks, cleared up my acne and removed my under-eye circles! Product is revolutionary, try it, it works wonders! As for olive oil, ehhh…not a good idea

  • yemisi - June 16, 2013 at 10:12 am - Reply

    My kneel, elbow and back of my fingers are very dark to other part of the body. What can I do?

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