Some of us go out and check every beauty store to achieve their skin goals; while others opted to keep it simple, looking for their skincare products right at home. As you may know, the kitchen pantry can be one of the best places to look for your next favorite beauty remedy.
Mayo, eggs, sugar, and baking soda are just some of our kitchen pantry finds when we do DIY homemade skincare. But have you also considered adding olive oil for skin benefits?
Olive oil, just like the other ingredients stated above, is one of our kitchen party staples. Even though it is known for its use in the kitchen, it can be used for more than just cooking.
Naturally, olive oil is packed with powerful anti-aging antioxidants and contains many vitamins, including A, D, and K, as well as vitamin E. It also has antibacterial and moisturizing effects that help skin heal from the inside out, making it superb for hair, skin, and nails.
Is it good to put olive oil on your skin?
Seriously, what is olive oil not good for? You can cook with it or simply use it as salad dressings. And there’s so much more you can do with it like slathering it pretty much from head to toe.
Diana Gall, M.D., a general practitioner at Doctor4U, said that “Olive oil has many health benefits, particularly for your skin. It’s an antioxidant, so it prevents oxidation of the skin and may prevent premature aging and sun damage.”
What can olive oil do for my skin?
Olive oil can help nourish and hydrate dry and parched skin. The beauty benefits of olive oil are amazing! Here are 5 amazing skin benefits of olive oil for your skin.
1. It moisturizes the skin without clogging pores
You know the struggles of crusty dry skin that summer and winter brings. Good thing that olive oil contains a good amount of vitamin E, which has an antioxidant that protects the skin from various external factors like the harsh sun rays or the wind.
The best and known use for olive oil is as an intense moisturizer. It works great as an allover treatment for extra-dry skin. Since it is natural, it's an ideal pick to treat eczema and more skin problems.
There are very few products that are safe for both babies and adults. Olive oil is one of the mildest, least irritating oils you can use and is perfect for the sensitive skin on a baby's bottom and as a moisturizing remedy for cradle cap too.
Olive oil penetrates deeply to regenerate cells and soften the tissue. This helps to retain the moisture and make this skin smooth and soft. Use olive oil lavishly on elbows, knees, and feet as these areas are drier than the rest of the skin.
2. Protects and improves your overall skin health
We only want the best products for our skin and it is a big plus if it is all natural and does not contain any harsh chemicals or toxins. Olive oil, aside from being all natural, it contains vitamin E which improves skin health by treating inflammation, acne, and protecting the skin from serious ailments like psoriasis and skin cancer
It also contains skin-healing vitamin K which helps balance your skin’s moisture levels and shield it from potential irritation as it creates a water barrier in the epidermis, ensuring that essential moisture stays trapped below the skin’s surface.
Like most other oils that are used on the skin, olive oil can be used as a natural moisturizer. It being the healthiest variety and offering the most skin benefits, it acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial agent and shows promising results.
3. Helps you maintain your youthful glow
As you age, your skin starts to sag and develop wrinkles. With the help of olive oil, you can delay these signs of aging.
Olive oil is a potent antioxidant and has anti-aging properties. This means it helps in protecting the skin from the harmful impact of free radicals. Since free radicals are the basis of cellular aging, using olive oil on your skin maintains the skin’s elasticity and tends to keep it smooth, supple, and glowing.
4. Makes the lips supple
When looking for ways to use olive oil beyond your daily skincare regimen, the options are endless. Olive oil contains healthy fatty acids that provide the lips with the essential moisture they need which leaves it soft and supple. This can be used in combination with our popular lipbalms that come in mint, grapefruit as well as Lavender
5. Heals and repairs cracked heels
Do not let your cracked heels stop you from putting your best foot forward. Rough and cracked heels need moisture to heal. Every after a shower, rub olive oil on them generously will add moisture and smoothness. You can wear socks for quick relief.
How much olive oil should I use on my skin?
Using too much (any type of) oil will lead to clogged pores and may trigger acne in some skin types. Starts slow. Only use a couple of drops of olive oil occasionally and apply a thin layer at first to see how your skin reacts. Just make sure to massage a few drops over damp skin or your usual moisturizer to seal in hydration, rather than apply it to a dry face.
If you are feeling a bit nervous about adding pure olive oil to your skincare routine, treat your body instead of with a product that blends multiple organic ingredients together to revitalize your skin.
We love the surprising combo of olive oil, beeswax, lavender and honey in Bobybees products. It really takes advantage of powerful organic ingredients to create an outstanding product.
These body balms treat and reduce dry skin and keep the skin moisturized, deeply hydrated, nourished, and at the same time, it has a calming effect that works to cool itchy-skin.