Women and men have used olive oil for their skin and hair throughout history. This page named olive oil for face is going to show you how to best use olive oil on the face. Some use olive oil around their eyes and they have absolutely no sign of wrinkles. If you are interested read my other article about olive oil for hair.
Why olive oil?
Olive oil is a natural ingredient and doesn't have any chemicals, it's just 100% natural. Many beauty and skin products on the market today have a lot of artificially created and even toxic ingredients. These do little good to your skin and some may even damage your skin.
Olive oil is full of Vitamins and Antioxidants that help the skin cells to revitalize and heal. Olive oil is particularly rich in Vitamin E. This Vitamin is very important for the cells of the body. It prevents free radicals to damage cells and it protects the skin from Ultraviolet Light (UV). It also increase the communication between the cells so that waste products can be more easily and new nutrients can arrive to cells in need faster. This means that olive oil will prevent and reverse wrinkles in your face if you use it daily.
Your body doesn't manufacture Vitamin E but needs to get it from food. Olive oil is in the top 3 foods that is richest in Vitamin E. Sunflower seeds and almonds are the other foods.
You may think "well I purchased this beauty creme and it said to include Vitamin E so why should I use olive oil?". The answer is that many beauty products have artificially created Vitamin E instead of the natural. The natural form is actually made up of 8 different compounds were the artificially only has one. This is not always the case since some beauty products actually have real olive oil in them but they are usually expensive. Plus, olive oil has more natural Antioxidants and compounds than most beauty products.
A good rule of thumb is, "If you can eat it you can wear it" The oil will go inside your body to your cells so why use something that can be toxic.
What Type of Olive Oil Should I Use on my Face?
Now, when you are about to start using olive oil on your skin and face you need to be aware that not all olive oils are the same.
Extra Virgin Oil - This oil is from the first pressing and it usually contains the most Antioxidants, Vitamins and nutrients. The pressing is done without heat (cold pressed).
Virgin Oil - This oil comes from the second pressing and still contains some nutrients and antioxidants but less than Extra Virgin Oil.
Pure Olive Oil - This is olive oil that has been extracted by some type processing. It could be heat or chemical. This oil contains less Vitamins and nutrients than Virgin Oil.
Extra Light Olive Oil - This olive oil undergoes a lot of processing and not much vitamins and nutrients are left.
For this reason it is best to choose extra virgin olive oil for your face.
How to Apply Olive Oil on Your Face?
Drip a few drops of extra virgin olive oil in your hands and apply it in a circular motion to your face. The motion is to increase circulation of the skin cells as well as opening of the pores. Olive oil will dissolve many impurities of your skin so take your time and really massage the olive oil into your skin.
Put on a washcloth with hot water on your face to further open up the pores to remove impurities. Let it sit for 10 minutes or so. You can also change washcloths it it is starting to become cold. You can also heat some water in a pot and put your face over it for a couple of minutes and let the steam do its work.
Use the washcloth to wash off the excessive olive oil from your face.