How to Use Olive Oil for Glowing Skin...

Olive oil is a staple in cooking and part of a healthy diet. It has recently been discovered to be an important part of skincare. Using olive oil as part of our skincare routine can be beneficial to moisturize and prevent sun damage. Olive Oil contains antioxidants that fight free-radical damage, as well as an ingredient called squalene, which is extremely hydrating. 

Facts About Olive Oil

What is olive oil? Olive oil is made by pressing an olive fruit and getting the oil out of it. It is an emollient, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory. It can be used to moisturize most skin types and aids in preventing the signs of aging. Olive oil is safe to use even every day. It is rich in healthy fats that have benefits for our diet as well as our skin. Olive oil is an ingredient found in many skincare items, anywhere from serums to cleansers and it can even be used in its pure form.

Benefits of Olive Oil for the Skin

  • Olive Oil Helps To Heal Wounds - The ingredients found to be anti-inflammatory can aid in the healing of wounds. Triterpenes, which are present in many plant oils and in particular olive oil, aid in many biological reactions like those necessary for wound healing: cell migration, cell proliferation, and collagen deposition. They enhance wound repair by reducing the length of time for wound closure.
  • Olive Oil Prevents Water Loss - Olive oil’s main benefit is to moisturize the skin by reducing water loss, improving its health and appearance.
  • Olive Oil Lifts Makeup - Olive oil is great for breaking down waxy substances like waterproof mascara and eyeliner, With the added benefits of antioxidants and hydrating squalene, it moisturizes the delicate skin in the eye area, plus nourishes eyelashes the same way conditioner works on the hair. You will still need to use a cleanser because olive oil doesn’t remove the makeup, only lifts it.
  • Olive Oil Prevents Premature Aging - Olive oil is rich in vitamins A, D, K, and E, as well as squalene. The vitamins can aid with decreasing oxidative stress on the skin, which could lead to accelerated skin aging.
  • Olive Oil Protects Against Environmental Damage - Olive oil's antioxidant properties protect skin cells against environmental damage and inflammation. It protects against premature aging as well as signs of irritation or redness.

Don't Use Olive Oil When You have Acne

Its advised against using olive oil if you have a congested or acneic skin type. The fatty acids prevalent in olive oil and all plant oils and butters in general are a food source for acne-causing bacteria and yeasts to grow, Thus, olive oil is not ideal for acne-prone skins. Coconut oil is known to be antibacterial so use that instead if you have an acne problem.  

Can Olive Oil be Left on Overnight?

Similar to other emollients, olive oil can be left on for several hours, even overnight. Remember though that olive oil is an oil, so using a little bit goes a long way. There is no reason to walk around dripping with olive oil to receive its incredible benefits in fact, using too much may also lead to clogged pores in some skin types.

How to Use Olive Oil for the Skin?

You can purchase products that are made with olive oil, or you can add it to your moisturizer yourself. It is best to apply right out of the shower or right after washing your face when the skin is still warm and wet.



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