There has been an uproar in the beauty industry with more and more aestheticians starting to rave about the amazing benefits of using olive oil on the skin. You may be familiar with olive oil being extremely beneficial for health and it may be available in your kitchen pantry too. But, did you know that it can also be used on the skin topically and has amazing beauty-enhancing properties as well?
When was Olive Oil first Discovered?
Olive oil was discovered by the Egyptians about 5000 years ago. Famous Egyptian ruler Cleopatra was a fan of it too and used it on her face.
According to research, olive oil has many hidden benefits. From keeping premature aging at bay to protecting from sun damage and from fighting free-radical damage to providing hydration to the skin, olive oil has the potential to be your new drugstore skincare product. But a lot of people seem to be unaware of its benefits and are reluctant to use it on the skin. Keep on reading to find out everything about using olive oil on the skin.
Some Facts about Olive Oil:
Olive oil comes from extracting the oil out of olive, a kind of fruit. It is full of fatty acids and antioxidants that are really beneficial for the skin. Plant oils are used by people on the skin for ages, but, some plant oils are better than the others and olive oil is one of them. It contains moisturizing agents and has emollient properties. It is used in a lot of skincare products, from drugstore to high end and from facial serums to moisturizers. It is available in its pure form too and can be incorporated into your daily skincare routine. Below, we have lined up the most amazing uses and advantages of this amazing oil for you. Scroll down, read, and rush to your nearest pharmacy to get your hands on your new favorite skincare product.
Benefits of Using Olive Oil on Skin:
Olive oil is full of beauty-enhancing and skin-caring benefits. ‘Some’ of them are listed below:
- Rich in Antioxidants:
There are some really great antioxidants in olive oil like squalene and oleic acid which protect the skin from aging prematurely. Skin aging is caused by free radicals and olive oil helps to fight the harmful impact of it.
- Makeup Remover:
When it comes to removing stubborn wax-based makeup, long-wear eyeliners, and waterproof mascaras, most makeup removers either fail or sting the delicate parts of your face like the eyes and the area around it. Olive oil does a pretty nice job of removing tough makeup without causing any irritation. It Is increasingly being used as a makeup remover by a number of people and has proved to be really effective.
- Moisturizer For Face:
Olive oil contains fatty acids and hence, can be used as a moisturizer for face. It hydrates the skin, makes it glowing, and keeps it supple even in harsh weather. For the face, be sure to use only a small quantity and don’t smother yourself in olive oil. This will ensure smooth application, prevent breakouts, and will seal the moisture in.
- Moisturizer for Body:
Olive oil can reduce water loss. It moisturizes the skin and increases its water quantity. So, it can be used over the body as well. But, like face, it needs to be used in a limited quantity as the formula of it is not really that elegant cosmetically, and using a lot of it can cause breakouts and other skin problems. The best way is to reserve it for very dry parts of your body like cuticles, heels, and hands.
- Unclogs Pores:
Olive oil can take care of your blackheads and whiteheads’ problems as well. It goes deep into the skin, absorbs all the impurities that may have accumulated under the skin over time and thus prevent/reduce the occurrence of blackheads and whiteheads.
Breakouts too are normally caused by clogged pores and olive oil helps to reduce them as well.
- Natural Healer:
Stubborn marks on your face/body and acne and pimple scars can also be treated with regular massage of olive oil on your skin. It is also anti-inflammatory and is capable of reducing inflammation which can be external as well as internal.
Some Downsides and Side Effects of Olive Oil:
If your skin is acne-prone or congested in nature, you should stay away from using olive oil on the problematic areas of your skin. Acne is caused by bacteria and yeast and both of them get their food from the fatty acids present in plant oils, butter, and essential oils. Olive oil is rich in fatty acids and can very well become the cause of forming acne.
Olive oil also contains oleic acid and can aggravate dermatitis. So, it should not be used near infants and children. It can be used as a makeup remover but it should be combined with some other makeup remover as olive oil doesn’t have antibacterial properties like most plant oils do. The last and final side effect of it goes without saying that if your skin is already oily, it produces excess sebum and oils on its own, so, there is no need to use olive oil on skin that is already oily.
How should Olive Oil Be Used:
When picking up olive oil to use on the skin, make sure to pick up extra virgin olive oil. Extra virgin olive oil is not refined and so it has all its beneficial properties and nutritional values preserved in it.
You can use olive oil just like that or mix it in with your regular moisturizer. It works its charm best when it is sealed into the skin, so it is nice to use it as the last step of your daily skincare routine. Prevent using olive oil on dry skin, instead, use it on damp skin, preferably right after showering.
Lastly, as mentioned above, olive oil should not be slathered on your skin. Little goes a long way in using any kind of oil over skin and using too much oil can clog pores and can cause acne and breakouts.
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