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.