Olive oil is no longer just for pastas and salads! Though it’s gained popularity in the last decade in the skin care realm, it’s said that even folks from 69 BC like Cleopatra (coming at cha!) were on the olive oil train for their beautiful skin. Olive oil is just a fat obtained from the olive. Olive trees have been grown around the Mediterranean since the 8th millennium BC. Spain is by far the largest producer of olive oil, followed by Italy & Greece (that surprised me). However, the country with the largest consumption of olive oil is actually Greece! Olive oil is rich in monounsaturated fatty acid loaded with nutrition and antioxidants like vitamins A & E.
Why is olive oil so good for your skin? Let’s take a little at this little fruit’s versatility –
#CheekyConfidential extra virgin olive oil has the highest nutritional value because it has undergone the least amount of processing
Moisturize – when used as a moisturizer, olive oil penetrates deep into the skin providing it with needed moisture all while protecting your skin and keeping it smooth. Vitamins A & E can help repair skin damage from years of sunning, cigarette smoke and outdoor pollutants. Olive oil is also very good for eczema and other skin conditions associated with dry skin.
Exfoliate – mix extra virgin olive oil and sugar (or sea salt) together to make a natural exfoliator for that beautiful face of yours.
Tone – when massaged gently on your skin, it can help promote skin’s elasticity.
Makeup remover – put one or two drops of extra virgin olive oil on a cotton ball and remove your eye makeup.
Chapped lips – apply a light coat to your lips a few times daily to help heal the damage and give you smooth & soft lips.
Eye cream – gently dab olive oil under your eyes before bed time – consider even refrigerating it for a refreshing beauty treatment.
Shaving lubricant – use as an alternative to traditional shaving cream for soft & dewy skin.
Wrinkles – mix olive oil with an appropriate anti-wrinkle essential oil to help diminish wrinkles – lavender, ylang ylang, coconut, argan, carrot seed.
Acne – consider mixing olive oil with tea tree oil and manuka honey to help combat the occasional breakout. Leave on for 5 minutes & rinse.
Itchy skin – get a bottle of olive oil for the shower & use to help sooth itchy skin. Use 2-3 times a week.
Skin whitening – mix olive oil with lemon juice to help lighten dark spots & uneven skin tone.
UV Rays – it’s said that olive oil can protect against UV rays (we’d still suggest you use sunscreen though!).
There are truly so many benefits you can gain from using extra virgin olive oil directly on your skin. You really can’t go wrong!
I went to an olive oil store the other day & what do ya know, not only do they sell oils used on food, but also products designed specifically for your skin (Queen Creek Olive Mill Arizona). I took a pamphlet for the Cheeky community to read!
Let us know how you plan to use olive oil on your skin in the comments section below!