Benefits of Using Olive Oil for Skin
Olive oil is not new to the world of beauty, as it has been used on the skin, body, and hair since ancient times.
It has also proven useful in the kitchen when it comes to cooking various delicacies. Naturally, the substance contains significant amounts of anti-aging anti-oxidants as well as hydrating squalene to help benefit the skin, nails, and hair.
It is obtained when olives are pressed and their oil extracted.
The substance comes in various forms and can be used for several different purposes.
Many households today have some olive oil somewhere in their cupboards and use it for stir-frying or salad dressing. Most people are yet to consider using it for other purposes other than spicing up their meals. However, below are the benefits of olive oil.
Using Olive Oil for Skin
One study revealed that applying the substance to the skin of lab mice exposed to cancer-causing UV rays could help reverse the process, as the substance worked by fighting off the cells responsible for causing cancer.
This significantly lowers the susceptibility to tumours. Below is why using olive oil for skin is so beneficial.
It is well-recognised for its antioxidant properties and could help prevent the damaging effects of cancer-causing UV radiation.
The relatively high concentration of squalene, which is also found (in small quantities) in other oils and fats consumed by humans, provides the extra antioxidant boost.
Rich in Vitamins
There are numerous reported benefits of the substance to the skin. It contains several vitamins, including vitamin A, D, E, and K. The International Olive Council has also ascertained that the oil contains multiple vitamins that could significantly benefit the body.
Moisturises and Fights Bacteria
It is of great benefit to those who are prone to acne. Olive oil soap could decrease acne by fighting the acne-causing bacteria. It has also been very effective in hydrating and moisturising the skin.
There have also been concerns regarding whether olive oil can be applied to the face. Well, the ingredient can be used to make different face wash products. In fact, several face products and cosmetics sold on the market today contain olive oil bases.
Other skincare products that contain the ingredient include lotions, body wash products, and soaps.
The ingredient has significantly grown in popularity perhaps because it can be used as a moisturiser without having to add one or more ingredients to it before using the formulation on the skin.
However, if you use it as a moisturiser, you need to use a towel to blot off the excess oil.
You could use it before being exposed to the sun to prevent the harmful UV rays from damaging your skin or apply it after to help reverse the potentially damaging effects of UV rays.
However, despite all the benefits attributed to using olive oil for skin, there are a few risks and warning that users should consider before applying the ingredient to their skin. To begin with, it is not suitable for infants or individuals with sensitive skin.
You should also avoid it if you have any skin allergies. Otherwise, the substance is very beneficial.
How I Use Olive Oil On My Skin – By Kardy Laguda
- First of all don’t be scared of it because you do not need to use much when you apply it.
- Find a travel bottle preferably with a spray cap.
- Add olive oil to the bottle
- When using it spray a small amount into your palm and then add a few drops of water to the palm of your hand.
- Rub together and gently moisturise your arms legs and even face.
- Try to use enough water so it does not feel too greasy.
- Repeat the process for up to 30 days and test for results. (You may want to try this at night to allow the nutrients in the oil to do its work while you are sleeping)
Try adding olive oil to your bath and massaging it into skin while you are in the tub there.
Pat yourself dry when you come out.