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Say ‘Olive You Very Much’ to Your skin!

The olive tree, Olea europaea, is native to the Mediterranean and is found in some parts of Asia. Olive oil is extracted from the fruits of olive and is available in various forms such as extra virgin olive oil, virgin olive oil and refined olive oil. It is majorly composed of oleic acid, phenolic constituents, and squalene and can be an important part of your skincare regime for its innumerable beauty benefits.


Olive Oil for Face

Virgin olive oil is especially beneficial for dry skin and keeps the skin healthy and moisturised. It not only offers anti-ageing benefits but also calms inflammation. Let us take a peek into the skin-specific benefits of olive oil.

  • Antioxidant-Rich
    Antioxidants can protect against UV rays, reduce the impact of free radicals and prevent premature damage to the cells of the skin. Olive oil has plenty of antioxidants such as Vitamin E and Squalene. They can help in protecting the skin from free radicals which speed up the process of skin ageing.
  • Anti-inflammatory
    Virgin olive oil contains many phenolic compounds that employ potent anti-inflammatory actions. Olive Oil is very effective for dry and flaky skin. When applied topically on the skin, it helps in calming the inflammation and relieving the dryness. [1]
  • Moisturiser
    Olive oil makes the skin soft and supple. Rich in fatty acids, Vitamin E and squalene, makes olive oil for the face an ideal one. It penetrates deep into the layers of skin, providing sufficient moisture and sealing in the hydration.
  • Antimicrobial
    The main phenolics that occur in olive oil include hydroxytyrosol, tyrosol, and oleuropein. The highest levels of these phenolics are found in virgin olive oil and have demonstrated antioxidant activity. The above mentioned phenolic compounds also possess antimicrobial activity. [1]
  • Barrier improvement
    Olive oil has been proven to repair the natural skin barrier function. The intense moisturising effect of olive oil can aid in lipid barrier repair. Itchiness and inflammation is a common symptom of the compromised skin barrier. It can be reduced with regular and topical application of olive oil. The oleic acid content of oil helps to make the skin supple. [1] [2]
  • Anti-Ageing
    Antioxidants in Olive Oil make it an effective anti-ageing agent. It helps in fighting the free radicals that speed up the ageing process. Regular application of olive oil may help prevent the signs of ageing. 
  • A valuable source of Squalene 
    Olive oil contains squalene, making it an easily available plant-based source of squalene. Squalene is an antioxidant as well as an emollient. Squalene is often used in treating skin conditions like seborrheic dermatitis, acne, psoriasis, or atopic dermatitis. [1]
  • Makeup Remover
    Olive Oil can be used as a substitute for removing makeup if you are looking for natural options. Olive oil is good for cleansing purposes and can help remove oil-based makeup, especially eye makeup. Most makeup removers irritate the sensitive eye area and can be replaced with olive oil as a substitute.

Various ways to use Olive oil for face and body

Olive oil can help in restoring skin elasticity by boosting collagen production with regular use. Olive oil is a little thick in consistency and can be used topically on the skin. However, you must perform a patch test to check whether it suits your skin or not. The easiest and simplest way to use olive oil for face is to take a few drops of olive oil and massage regularly on the skin. Avoid leaving olive oil overnight on your face, if the skin is prone to breakouts or congestion.

  • Moisturiser
    Massage olive oil into damp skin for a few minutes at night. Wipe excess oil with a soft cloth and leave overnight. Wash your face and body with lukewarm water and suitable face wash in the morning.
  • As a sealant in skincare
    You can dab a few drops of olive oil on your skin as the last step of your skincare routine to seal in the moisture.
  • Pre bath oil
    You can use olive oil on the skin 30 minutes prior to taking a bath or shower. You can wash off the oil while taking the bath. This will make the skin super soft and supple while relieving dry patches.
  • Post Shower oil
    You can also use it as an after-shower oil on damp skin. Massage a little olive oil onto your body. You may wash it off with lukewarm water if you want or leave it on, to seal the moisture in the skin.
  • Makeup remover
    Apply a few drops of olive oil on a cotton ball and gently swipe on the face and eyes. Do not rub the skin harshly. Wash your face with lukewarm water followed by a gentle foaming cleanser.
  • Cuticle Treatment
    Rubbing a little olive oil on the cuticle and nails can help retain the soft, supple skin and healthy nails.
  • Lip masking
    Applying a few drops of olive oil on your lips can make them uber soft. Dab a few drops of oil on the lips and leave it on for 5 minutes. Wipe off the oil once done and apply an organic lip balm to seal in the goodness of olive oil.

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Frequently Asked Questions on Olive Oil

  • Is it OK to put olive oil on your face?
    Olive Oil can be applied to the face if you have a dry to normal skin type. If your skin is acne-prone or gets congested easily, do not use it on the face.
  • Which type of olive oil is best for skin?
    Extra Virgin Olive Oil is best for the skin. It retains the anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory properties of olive oil as compared to virgin or refined olive oil.
  • Is olive oil good for your skin?
    Olive oil is rich in oleic acid, vitamins and antioxidants. When applied topically, it can help improve skin moisturisation, impart anti-ageing effects and give relief from dryness and flakiness.
    With this blog post of olive oil for face, we hope you are able to say 'Olive You' to your skin! 

References

https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/19167997/
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26840281/