Not many people know that olive oil is not only great for cooking but it is also beneficial to the skin. This oil has been used as a folk remedy for hundreds of years now to treat several skin conditions. You can find different skin care books and websites that enumerate the benefits of this green oil to the skin and so many women are using olive oil face moisturizer as part of their skin care regimen.
2 Ways on How to Use Olive Oil Facial Moisturizer:
1.) Use it in Place of Your Regular Moisturizer
Olive oil is cheap and it has proven to work on dry skin. If you are suffering from very dry skin, you can apply the oil once in the morning and once at bedtime. However, if you are wearing makeup during the day, I would recommend putting it on only at night instead as the oil tends to make the face sleek. Your makeup might just melt especially if you use too much. Wash your face with warm water and your favorite cleanser to open up your pores. Pat your face gently with a clean towel.
Grab a cotton pad and dampen it with a little extra virgin olive oil and rub it on your face in a circular motion. If the smell of the oil turns you off or if you want to add a little extra something to your olive oil for face moisturizer, you can always add your favorite essential oil. Some of the best essential oils for the face include tea tree oil (it has antibacterial properties that can clear acne), grapeseed oil, chamomile oil, blackcurrant oil and argan oil.
2.) Use it as Facial Mask
Making your own facial mask at home can be a more practical alternative to costly spa facials and high-end products. The best part is that you know what ingredient’s you are putting on your face! If you want a mask that will moisturize and brighten your face at the same time, try a mixture of olive oil and lemon. You probably already have these 2 ingredients in your pantry right now.
To make a mask, combine 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1/2 tablespoon of fresh lemon juice. If you want to firm up your skin, throw in 1 egg white and 1/2 cup of cooked oats into the mixture. Apply it on your face and neck, leave it on for at least 15 minutes. Rinse off with warm water and pat your skin dry. This olive oil face moisturizer mask is great for any skin type (normal, dry, oily, combination or acne prone).
The idea of putting oil on your face may sound weird but any cold pressed oil is actually good for the skin. When using olive oil for face moisturizer, make sure you go for “First Press” or “Extra Virgin” so you can take advantage of its full benefits. First pressed oil does not contain harsh chemicals that can cause irritation and dryness. Remember, the greener the better!