Olive oil is one of the healthiest oils we have around. It has fewer calories than most cooking oils plus it is known to prevent heart disease and cancer. Apart from those health benefits, did you know that olive oil is also good for your skin? It is actually widely used in Spain, Italy and Greece as a part of women’s skin care regimen.
If you want to give it a go, check out the following uses of olive oil for skin care below:
If you are fond of watching beauty videos in Youtube, you must have heard of the popular makeup guru named Michelle Phan. In one of her videos, she used olive oil as a makeup remover. This DIY makeup remover is great to pull off just in case you run out of your favorite cleansing wipes. To make your own gentle makeup remover, you need cotton pads, aloe vera water and extra virgin oil. The thought of using oil on your skin may not sound appealing but don’t worry because olive oil resembles the natural oils of our skin so it won’t clog your pores.
Pour about half a cup of the oil into the aloe vera water, shake the bottle vigorously and use the liquid before the two elements have the chance to separate again. Dampen the cotton pad with the mixture and remove your eye and face makeup. You’ll be amazed how well the oil and aloe water dissolve even waterproof mascara and eyeliner. This gentle makeup remover is perfect for those with sensitive skin or those who want a cheaper alternative to pricey makeup removers.
Olive oil for skin is also popular as a moisturizer for people who are suffering from dry skin. Because it is a natural ingredient, it rarely causes allergic reactions to most people. It effectively moisturizes the skin, giving it a nice healthy-looking glow. The oil is loaded with vitamins and antioxidant properties, protecting the skin against sun damage and skin cancer. Olive oil moisturizer is recommended for those who want to use natural ingredients on their skin.
You can use the oil straight from the bottle without the fear of applying harsh chemicals on your face or body. Not a big fan of the smell? You can put a few drops of your favorite essential oil (vanilla, lavender or rose) to one bottle of olive oil and use the mixture as a body moisturizer. The best time to apply it is after you take a shower when your skin is still a little damp. With continued use, your skin will feel silky smooth and soft.
So… is olive oil good for skin? Yes it is but just like anything else, it’s not for everyone. If you have oily skin, you may want to use another type of moisturizer because any beauty product made of oil can trap dirt, natural oils and bacteria, clogging the pores that can cause pimples and blackheads. Try it and see how it works for you!
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