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Olive oil is a natural product and has amazing health and skin benefits. Over 5000 years ago Egyptians discovered the highly nutritive oil. Across the globe all the nutritionist recommend the use of olive oil in place of vegetable oil or other unhealthy oils. When applied topically olive oil has amazing skin benefits and helps you to get a naturally glowing skin.

Olive Oil and Skin Care

Olive oil is made by pressing olives and extracting their oil. The oil comes in different forms and has many uses. People make use of olive oil for salad dressing or stir-fry. They make use of it to enhance their dinner. The oil has increased popularity and people are looking forward to how it is beneficial as a facial moisturizer.

During a study conducted, it was found that when olive oil was applied to the skin of mice they were exposed to ultraviolet rays that could cause cancer and the oil actually worked to fight off the cancer-causing cells. Mice who had applied olive oil to skin had a significantly lower rate of tumors.

Skin Benefits of Olive Oil

  1. Oil is Rich in Vitamins – Olive has numerous benefits for the skin. Olive oil contains many vitamins, including A, D and K as well as vitamin E as the International Olive Council.
  2. Oil Has Antioxidant Properties – Olive oil is an antioxidant and helps in preventing or reversing damage from cancer-causing ultraviolet radiation. Squalene is an ingredient having high concentration as compared to other types of fats and oils that humans usually eat. Olive oil gets the extra antioxidant boost due to Squalene.
  3. Moisturizes and Fights Bacteria – Make use of soap made with olive oil if you are prone to acne as it helps in decreasing your acne by killing off the bacteria that causes the acne. Olive oil moisturizes and hydrates the skin.
  4. Cure from Blackheads and Whiteheads – Blackheads and whiteheads can be cured with olive oil as it opens the pores by absorbing the impurities accumulated.
  5. Healing and Rejuvenating – Scars and pimple marks are faded away with regular massage of olive oil and make the skin blemish-free.
  6. Repair Skin Cells – Like any other expensive beauty product, olive oil is said to repair the skin cells. The presence of vitamin E, flavonoids and polyphenols enhance the skin cells by making your skin healthy and glowing.
  7. Antimicrobial in Nature – Olive oil helps in treating skin infections as it possesses antimicrobial activity against various bacteria, fungi, and viruses.
  8. Reduces Inflammation – Olive oil contains anti-inflammatory properties and can be used to treat both external and internal inflammations of the body.
  9. Reduces Wrinkles – Wrinkles can be easily treated with Olive oil as it reduces wrinkles and makes your skin look younger. The anti-aging anti-oxidant properties of olive oil promote the elasticity of blood vessels to give you a younger and taut skin.
  10. Protects Skin from Sunrays– Consume Olive oil in diet to protect your skin from the harmful effect of sunrays and hence decreases the chances of skin cancer. The complexion of skin is also improved by consuming olive oil. Olive oil is a low-calorie oil and helps in shedding the extra fat you have around your body.
  11. Used to Treat Rough Nails – Extra virgin oil is used to treat rough nails and dull cuticles. Olive oil should be rubbed into the cuticles and the areas around the nails. After the first application, the nails and cuticles become soft and smooth. Regular use of olive oil will make your nails ad cuticles shiny and healthy
  12. Remove Eye Makeup – Olive oil can be used to remove the eye makeup. Take a bowl, with some olive oil in it. Soak cotton pads in olive oil and wipe your eyes with it. This not only cleanses the area around your eyes but also removes all the deep-seated dirt deposited around your eyes. Regular use of olive oil smoothens the wrinkles and dark circles around your eyes.

Ways of Using Olive Oil on Your Face –

Olive oil is one of the ingredients in face wash products. Today there are cosmetics that are olive oil based and they can be found in some soaps, body washes, and lotions. You can make use of olive oil directly onto your skin as a moisturizer without adding any ingredients. With a damp cloth or towel, you can blot off any excess oil. Olive oil can be used as a moisturizer after you have been exposed to the sun or suffered sunburn.

Risks and Warnings

There are various benefits of using olive oil for the skin but this does not mean that it can be for all types of skin. If your skin is sensitive particularly oily skin or a skin condition like dermatitis, olive oil is not the best choice. The study has been conducted which has shown that olive oil is not recommended for certain types of skin conditions for adults and should be totally avoided for infants. Try an allergy test, if your skin is sensitive to the olive oil before applying it on your face. You can also rub a dime-sized amount of olive oil on your forearm before you wish to apply olive oil. You can use olive oil, in case there is no reaction in 24-48 hours.

A recent study showed that the use of olive oil on infants has contributed to the development of eczema in their later life. Being a heavy oil, olive oil is not absorbed by the skin easily. Excess oil can be wiped off easily to prevent clogging pores or trapping bacteria. Select a high-quality product that does not contain additives or chemicals.

Takeaway –

Quality of olive oil should be checked before applying it on your face. During transportation, olive oil if exposed to excessive heat, light or oxygen Use of overripe olives can damage the quality of olive oil. Quality of olive oil can also be damaged if it is not stored properly. TO check for authentication, look for the label which has a certification from the International Olive Council. Before using olive oil on your face, apply a small part of olive oil on your skin to check for skin’s reaction and then only apply on your face.

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