One of the more widely-known facts about olive oil is that it presents a wide array of health benefits for your skin, heart, hair, and face. Read on and discover some of the benefits of using olive oil on your face and discover how to apply it for different effects.
Olive oil is rich in vitamins D, E, and K, which are the best vitamins for your skin to maintain a healthy and youthful glow. Wrinkles, dark patches, dry skin, or redness are common skin defects or signs of ageing. Using olive oil on your face on a regular basis can be hugely beneficial. To fully understand the benefits of the vitamins found in olive oil, read this article with more nutritional information on olive oil.
Olive oil is a natural antioxidant. Antioxidants help combat ‘free radicals’ which act negatively on the skin and damage healthy skin cells. As a result they help reduce the signs of ageing, help prevent skin cancer and sunburn, and help reduce pigmentation, fine lines, and wrinkles.
Olive oil hydrates the skin and protects against bacteria. Olive oil acts as a natural moisturizer and kills off many forms of bacteria, including that which causes acne. A word of caution though: olive oil works wonders on most people, but may not work for you if you have sensitive skin or suffer from skin allergies. Dermatologists do not recommend applying olive oil to infants, for instance. In the vast majority of cases, however, olive oil will fight off those unwanted bacteria and make your skin glow.
Uses and how to apply the olive oil
Here are three of the most common uses of olive oil for your face and how to apply it for your desired effect.
Use olive oil as a facial moisturizer.
You can use olive oil to hydrate your skin, applying it gently with your fingertips and the palms of your hands. Make sure to remove any excess oil with a towel or cloth to unblock pores. Applying olive oil is particularly useful after excessive exposure to the sun.
Use olive oil as lip scrub.
Add a little sugar to olive oil and apply the mix on your lips by lightly massaging the oil-sugar mixture with your fingers for a minute. Rinse with water and your lips will be softer, hydrated, and without cracks.
Olive oil for skin blemishes.
Olive oil helps reduce the visibility of skin blemishes. Mix half a teaspoon of olive oil and half a teaspoon of lemon juice and apply to your dark patches. Leave to act for between 10 and 15 minutes then rinse with water. Apply regularly, anywhere between twice a day and twice a week depending on your needs.
We hope this article provided all the information you were looking for on the benefits of applying olive oil on your face. If you would like to expand on this subject, you may be interested in reading our related articles on the benefits of olive oil for your hair and the benefits of olive oil for your skin.