Using Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

Dry skin is a common ailment that many people experience in the winter. Olive oil is a great natural moisturizer. This is a guide about using olive oil as a moisturizer.

Bottle of olive oil with olive branch in the foreground.
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Tip: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

By Laura Lynn Jump 11 9

I have psoriasis and have had it since I was 14 years old. I used to get so embarrassed about it. I don't bother with that anymore, I just wanted some of the pain and itching to go away. Well, I started to use olive oil on my skin.

I use it in the shower. I bought a spray bottle at the dollar store and now when I finish soaping and shaving, I spray it all over my body and rinse it off so it is not greasy. It feels so much better than the lotions and the expensive topical creams I used to have to buy. I keep it under control, of course there is no cure. If you suffer even from just dry skin, just try it. It really works!

I prefer not to put it on after because then your skin does feel greasy. When your done in the shower, just let the water rinse it off a bit then towel dry. It is wonderful.

Hope this helps anyone with psoriasis or dry skin

By l99lynn from Ocala, FL.

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Tip: Olive Oil for Sensitive, Dry Skin

I have really dry skin, and have tried many types of lotions to help. Most lotions that I used ended up leaving my skin slippery, which might leave a residue on fabrics I'm working with or get in the way of my work. They also didn't help my skin at all, they just kinda...sat there.

I've heard of Olive Oil being a good moisturizer for hair, so I thought I'd try it on my skin. It works amazingly well! It rubs in, even on my really dry hands, without making them oily (soaks in quickly)--so in a few minutes I'm free to go about my day. It also seems to help the skin heal itself.

I added some spearmint to a small coffee cup of olive oil and put it in the microwave for 10 seconds or so (to release the mint oil). It makes the oil a little scented, and also (since it is spearmint) acts as a mild astringent with the moisturizing oil.

Pretty inexpensive, and I'm sure you could add other scents as desired. I keep a coffee cup in the bathroom for frequent use. I would highly recommend trying this for anyone, but especially for people with sensitive, dry skin, and even with eczema (i have it on my hands and it helps a LOT).

By Davidicdancer from Spokane, WA

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Question: Using Olive Oil on Brittle Nails

By Margaret Gatt 1

When applying olive oil to brittle nails, can I wash my hands afterward? Do you apply nail hardeners before or after applying olive oil? Thanks.

By Margaret from Malta

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By Gale100 16 Flag

June 9, 2015

In cosmetology school, we would Soak our hands in warm sudsy water, (after removing any polish), then we would apply a cuticle remover, let it sit for several minutes, push all cuticles back, and remove as much of the cuticle as possible, wash hands well, and soak hands in warmed olive, baby oil or coconut oil, for at least 20 minutes. Then wash hands well, (make sure to remove any oil if you will be polishing your nails). We used a whitening pencil under the nails if using a clear polish. Using coconut oil around your nails at bed time will keep the skin around nails conditioned.

If you want your nails to grow, you can take gelatin capsules, or simply eat jello. I actually make the jello mixture , and drink it as a drink sometimes.

Keep in mind that polish actually make your nails brittle and will turn them yellow if you use it too much! If you can follow the steps above, once you soak your nails for 20 minutes, you can rub it in and let your nails go Without any polish for a couple of days. You can put a little olive or coconut oil on them and rub it in, right before bed time, Wash your hands as usual in the morning! (Try not to file the sides of your nails and don't shape them to a point, that weakens them.) PS; lack of vitamins can have a big impact on nail growth and smoothness! Good luck! I hope this helps!

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Question: Using Olive Oil to Condition Your Hair

Is it safe to oil my hair with olive oil and go in the sun?

By Nadia

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By Marg 3 142 Flag

June 2, 2011

Yes it is and the heat from the sun will work the olive oil in to the hair shaft. :)

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Archive: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

I have oily skin, with pimples and scars. Can I use olive oil mixed with water and massage my face? Please let me know how to keep my face glowing as I also have a dull complexion.



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I would not use olive oil on my face, because it is too oily. I have oily skin, I wash my face with witch hazel every morning, and then I apply St Ives Collagen-elastin Essential Moisturizer. I have used Oil-of-Olay in the past, but it was getting to be too expensive to buy. Every night before I go to bed, I wash my face with witch hazel and then I apply Vaseline to my face. The witch hazel keeps the acne under control. (01/07/2009)

By sickandsexy

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I think that Olive Oil would make your face oilier. Try Jason's Tea Tree Oil Moisturizer. You can find it online. It moisturizes but also keeps your face from breaking out. And it's an all natural product (01/07/2009)

By Mythi

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I do not have acne or oily skin, but it's very finicky. It does not like tons of products on it and it is very particular about certain ingredients. I keep it simple. I use Purpose bar soap it's so mild. I will then use (if I need it) a Cetaphil type moisturizer (or if you use the cleanser it acts as a moisturizer, too). That's it. At night, if my skin is looking dull and boring, I use Neutrogena with retin in it. The retin makes your skin absolutely beautiful, and Neutrogena is so mild. (01/07/2009)

By plo

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Olive oil is wonderful, on oily skin, normal and dry skin. Never use Vaseline on your face, it has petroleum in it and will dry your skin. Never use harsh chemical peels or astringents. It dries the skin and causes acne. Most of the products we purchase are expensive and abrasive to the skin, keep it simple! Buy yourself a bottle of extra virgin olive oil, put it in your bath water or shower. Put some in a spray bottle and spray after you shower or bathe and put it on your face day and night.

The only problem you will have is: You will have to clean the bathtub more frequently to remove oil buildup. Don't go to a doctor for dermabrasion or peels. It's a temporary fix but in the long run, it will ruin your skin, drying it out. Think about the word derma- abrasion. Why would anyone want to use this on their face? Or a chemical peel? It's a no brainer. Chemical being the key word; stay away from chemicals. Olive oil is safe and time tested and it works! (01/07/2009)

By Maureen B.

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I also have very dry skin and use the olive oil in the tub. I put about 2 tablespoons in the tub. It has worked wonders and really left my skin very soft. I also wash my face with a mix of brown sugar and olive oil. I massage this mixture into my skin and then wipe it off with a fresh wash cloth soaked with cool water. It leave my face feel soft. I hope this helps you. (02/11/2009)

By susan47

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Olive oil is good for the skin. It's a light moisturizer and it cleans out the pores while it moisturizes. Here's a little something I read:

Natural olive oil is full of antioxidants that every skin type can benefit from. Yes, even oily skin can benefit from olive oil! Oil can dissolve other oils. The olive oil mask is particularly effective at cleansing skin when combined with Castor oil. The combination cleans pores and rinses dirt and extra oil away, leaving skin soft and fresh.

I love using olive oil as a moisturizer. Again it is very light feeling, no suffocation that other moisturizers cause. Also, olive oil can be used to remove make up. If you have oily skin it dissolves the oil you have and replenishes your face. After you put it on you can massage your face to help the circulation in your face. If you don't want to do that you should blot your face after putting olive oil on as it is a very thick oil. I use it after my showers. I wash my face apply a non alcoholic toner and then olive oil and it works wonders. (02/18/2009)

By Hanna L.

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About 5 months ago I had dry skin problems. I am acne prone too, and have sensitive skin. Now before you think I am saying Olive Oil is a miracle ointment bear with me. My skin is so sensitive that I have tiny wrinkles around my eyes from smiling to much. I am only recently 22. Whenever, I used a lotion that said wouldn't clog pores I always woke up with small pimples or buried pimples. This result annoyed me and left me with marks that took months to go away. My elbows had brownish spots on them though not too dark.

However, my skin is much more soft and has a healthy glow with reduced spotting and roughness ever since I started doing the following:

  1. WATER: Drink half a glass of water every 2 hours (medically recommended to help it absorb better and not go entirely to waste when you pee) because if you drink 3 glasses of water at the same time you will realize that not long after you will be visiting the lady's room.

  2. BODY SCRUB: Sugar, honey and Olive oil, scrub 3 times a week when you shower, then PAT dry. Do not rub.

  3. BODY LOTION: Olive Oil as a moisturizer? OK, so this has to be extra virgin Olive oil. I know, some people say they have used it and it seems too oily. Now let me tell you, there are different brands of Olive oil. Although they may say they are extra virgin, the best is the Extra Virgin Olive oil with a greenish coloring. It's not as oily as others. I apply it to my skin every night after showering and it does not clog my pores. The only place I do not use it is on my face, because I have gotten the occasional little pimple, but rarely. I think I have only ever gotten 2.

  4. FACE SCRUB: OK, so Olive Oil for some reason does not clog your pores per se. But, if you already have dirty pores or pimples, then it will make it worse. So don't use it unless you are completely acne free. You can use it around your eyes though. On my face I use St. Ives Exfoliating Scrub with Blemish and Blackhead Control. Leaves your skin rose petal soft. After about a month of using it you can get rid of your black heads and pimples, if you use it daily.

  5. FACIAL MASK for pimples, redness and roughness: Once a week an not more often because I have sensitive skin, I use the aspirin mask. This is basically 3 uncoated aspirin tablets with a tablespoon of water and enough honey to make it pasty. You mash the aspirin with your fingers after adding the water and the honey and apply it to your face avoiding the eye area. Aspirin contains acids that are used in face products to get rid or wrinkles, spots and pimples. It works by removing the top layer of your skin helping unclog pores. It can dry the skin if used too often (you know your skin best) and leaves it extremely sensitive to the sun, so use sunblock!

  6. FACE LOTION: For my eyes I use Pond's Triactive Eye Contour Lotion every morning and night. Sometimes I use Cocatricure cream. I noticed my left eye lost its small creases but my right eye is pretty much the same. I think it's because I sleep on my right side. For my face I use Pond's Clarant B3, which does not clog my pores at all. If you already have pimples it is important you try to get rid of them first. Otherwise, any cream will cause you to break out. So if you have a bad case of pimples then use the medicated lotions recommended to you by you dermatologist.

  7. SUNSCREEN: Last but not least, wear sunscreen. Any kind will do for your neck, arms and legs but for your face I highly Recommend Neutrogena Ultrasheer sunscreen. Use after you apply your preferred lotion. I use 50 spf but, don't use too much or you will be oily all day. Don't forget to let your facial lotion absorb before you apply it so you don't create a messy sticky combination of stuff on your face. Good luck everyone!

By Anna

A glowing face

How to get a healthy glow with makeup, moisturizing lotion and sunscreen.

Ok if you don't have severe acne issues then you can use:

  1. St. Ives Apricot Scrub with Blackhead and Blemish Control
  2. Ponds Clarant B3 Lotion on your face
  3. Ponds Triactive Eye Conture Cream around your eyes
  4. Let it absorb and use Neutrogena Untrasheer 50 spf sunscreen but not too much, barely cover your entire face. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  5. Makeup Time!

Conceal yoru dark circles and redness (don't use WHITE concealer as it could make you look washed out) use a salmon or skin colored one, it depends on your skin tone.

I use bare minerals fairly light foundation with my kabuki brush which I bought at Bare Escentuals and is totally worth the price (around 30 American dollars). Believe me, I used to think all brushes were the same but once I started shopping at Bare Escentuals I realized how wrong I was. Spend 30 dollars on one brush and you will not regret it.

You need just a bit of makeup. Tap a barely visible amount of makeup on your brush and dab the brush all over your face. Once you have dabbed all around your face (both cheeks, chin, nose, and forehead) go ahead and buff the makeup in. If you need more get a bit more, but less is more with this mineral makeup. This leaves my skin shining due to the sunblock, but not too shiny due to the mineral foundation. Just a healthy glow.

Finish with a light touch of shiny blush for a shinier finish. Remember: you must keep your skin clean and use the minimal amount of everything if you do not want to look cakey or dirty. Concealing is very important and underestimated. I love this makeup.

If this is too glowie for you you can use Lancome's Teint Idole Ultra foundation and apply it with a MOIST foundation brush. Finish with some translucent finishing foundation to help give it that glow. Again I love bare mineral's finishing powder. (02/24/2009)

By Anna

RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

If you have very sensitive skin be cautious with olive oil. I applied it over my entire face and woke up in the morning to swollen eyelids and very puffy, irritated skin. I have a rash over my entire face! If you're going to try it, try it along your jawline or one area rather than all over your face. (03/02/2009)

By Michelle

Archive: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

Olive oil is a great moisturizer. I remember watching a television show with Sophia Loren. She said that was all she used on her skin. Apply it after you have cleaned your face. Let your skin absorb the water then immediately seal it with olive oil.


RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

This is the only moisturizer I use!

By Nicole

RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

I clean my face with baking soda & water and follow with olive oil every day.

Never going back to "commercial products". (05/22/2007)

By Terry Lynn

RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

I heard this tip from a friend, who'd met a woman with lovely skin. My friend told her so. The lady's reply was, "I use olive oil as a moisturizer." My friend was just amazed. (05/22/2007)

By badwater

RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

May I know whether this is the normal cooking olive oil that is used?

Editor's Note: Yes, but probably the better the quality the better the results. Also you might consider buying organic olive oil although it is pricey. (05/22/2007)


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Note: Always make certain that your skin is totally cleaned with a freshly cleaned face cloth, then dry before adding oils or creams of any kind, otherwise you risk getting a fungus around the nose, mouth, ears, and/or hairline. Olive Oil barsoaps are
available and are very good for hands/feet cleaning.

I avoid all bar soap on my face because if it is purchased hard, even after wet, it return to hard and can cause pores to clog leading overnight to black/whiteheads/pimples. During the day, do not scratch or place hands on face/skin unless the hands are washed with soap. Make certain that your hands are washed well before WASHING your face, regardless, because dirt cannot often be seen and contains 99% of all bacteria. Keep your nails
clean, as well, because it can transfer germs/dirt to your ears, eyes and nose when you touch or rub there. Keep all makeup applicators VERY clean as these grow bacteria EVERY time you touch them. I use a drop or two of liq. hand soap, if I have it, or bar soap if not, to keep them clean.

If you have very oily skin, I do NOT recommend Olive or any OTHER oils after drying clean skin. I recommend lemon juice, strawberry, or cucumber
sliced/peeled and wiped on dry skin for ten min. then rinse with cool water and pat dry with CLEAN

If you have a combination skin, learn what areas are the oily ones and treat separately/individually differenly from each other accordingly.

Use Olive Oil only as a moisturizer for DRY skin and dry AREAS of combination skin. Most folks have combination skin, much to most of our surprise. This is why it's important to pay attention to what kind you have.

If you have acne, or any "soreness" in a single pimple, apply any peroxide or salicylic acid based
lotion TO THE SITE WITH A Q-TIP, and only touch
it ONCE, tossing the q-tip if another place/touch is needed. Do not contaminate your lotion by touching the bottle contents with a finger or used q-tip. One
touch to the skin means the q-tip is contaminated
with whatever microscopic bacteria/virus/fungus is there.

However, after well, and all soreness is completely gone, continue with your skin routine appropriate to your skin type(s). Rmember also, that ANY squeezing or pricking can scar, and is likely to spread the contents of the sore to other tissue
cells beneath the surface of the skin, causing the condition to worsen. Better to allow it to come to a head, then with warm water and clean tissue, carefully nudge the contents to a new spot on the tissue without touching that soiled spot to any other part of your hand or skin, because most often it is contageous contents and will ALSO cause a NEW
sore wherever it touches. Use new tissue for each touch, each liquid soiling, and each nudging.

touch with your bare fingers/hands or you can risk
worse problems all over your body.

Hope this helps someone. God bless you. : ) (05/28/2007)

By Lynda

RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

I add olive oil to my scented lotions. Its the best moistuizer I've ever used! When you mix it, it's not as oily and you still get your favorite scents. My skin has never felt softer or looked better! (06/25/2007)

By Michelle

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I have started on acne medication which has left my face and neck dry, red, itchy, and basically on fire. I have tried many different moisturizers this week trying to replenish what I am losing to get new skin. Every single one, including a $50 dr. recommended one, caused my skin to burn and stay on fire for hours afterwards. I live in a desert climate, so I am not really getting relief whatsoever. So I resorted to trying the Olive Oil. And to my surprise, it DID NOT burn and my skin is starting to feel at ease and less dry. I hope this helps. (09/10/2007)

By Brooke

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I swear by Extra Virgin Olive Oil (EVOO) for a moisturizer! I have extremely sensitive skin plus rosacea. Every single soap and moisturizer I used would irritate my skin - make it dry and painful AND cause acne. I started this regime:

I wash my face @ night using a Bare Essentials powder (very mild and all natural) face wash - pat my face dry (never rub!) - put on my metrogel (prescription for my rosacea) - let it air dry and then cover my face with EVOO.

In the morning in the shower I splash water on my face (but don't wash it!), pat dry, metrogel, then a spritz of EVOO gently rubbed in.

My skin has never looked better. No acne, no redness, no dryness. My skin hasn't been this soft since I was a teenager! I highly recommend it. (02/06/2008)

By Meglamaniac

RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

I'm Olga from Greece and I 'd like to say that olive oil is so precious to us, not only for cooking, we use it as a moisturizer too, that's why our skin is so beautiful. One advice from me? You should never use on your face something you cannot actually eat! (03/22/2008)

By Olga

RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

In the evening, I apply pineapple juice to my face and let it sit for 20 minutes before washing it off. Then, I apply Extra Virgin Olive Oil to my face. I have gotten a lot of compliments about my complexion, and I will never have to spend thousands of dollars on useless products again!

Note: I apply EVOO in the morning too! (04/02/2008)

By Theresa

RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

In my search for safe alternatives to commercial skin care products, I came across this site about a month ago. I've used olive oil on my kids skin since they were babies, whenever they had dry spots - so I decided to give it a try for myself. I also came across another site that recommended olive oil as a face wash, so I've been doing that too - mixing it with a little powdered milk dissolved in a few drops of water. It cleanse amazingly well! Once a week or so I add a little sugar (home made microderm abrasion facial!) After washing, I pat on olive oil to moisturize.

The results have been amazing! My skin is SO soft. I always thought I had combination skin, as my t-zone would become quite oily by mid day. But since I've been using the olive oil regime, this no longer happens. My skin looks like my pores have tightened, and my complexion is so much more even. I will never buy a commercial face cleanser or moisturizer again! (04/26/2008)

By Julie

Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

This really does work well as long as you don't break out too easily. If so just leave the olive oil on for about an hour then rinse well with warm water. (05/24/2008)

By FlaGuy

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I began using Origins Clean Energy as a facial cleanser years ago. It was my first use of an olive oil based cleanser. It completely turned my normally oily completion into a perfectly balanced masterpiece. I've since begun using organic EVOO straight to moisturize the rest of my skin. I'm going to try the other reader's recipe of olive oil, powdered milk and water. Sounds incredibly moisturizing.

I even apply a light amount directly to my hair and scalp before washing it - just a couple of drops in the palm of your hand, rub together and apply to dry hair. Let it sit for about 10 minutes and then wash as usual. Your hair will be incredibly soft.

Olive Oil - What a fabulous addition to my daily skin routine and cosmetic's drawer. (05/24/2008)

By Pam

RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

I am thinking of using this formula to help with my existing, and to prevent future, stretch marks.

1/2 cup virgin olive oil -
1/4 cup aloe vera gel -
liquid from 6 capsules of Vitamin E -
liquid from 4 capsules of Vitamin A.

I also get psoriasis. Hopefully the olive oil will help both problems as moisturizing is meant to be a key treatment for both.

However I was wondering if you can you add essential oils to the olive oil? Mostly to give it some scent. Wanted to add lavender and / or peppermint oil. Cause I like the smell and because it helps with my headaches :)

Thanks everyone (05/25/2008)

By Deb

RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

I'm 26 and last month I had chicken pox and now, the marks are still there, predominantly on my torso and thighs. They're small but scattered everywhere like freckles. I'm wondering whether a daily topical application of EVOO will help in diminishing those marks? Can someone please tell me if this method will work?

I figured out this is a better remedy than OTC scar creams since it's all-natural and olive oil is rich in natural vitamin e. My chicken pox marks are still reddish and they're not pitted at all. thanks so much. (06/07/2008)

By Gabriella

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I think its great that people are turning to olive oil for moisturizing. I pick olives every year. My dad has about five hundred trees and we work not stop, picking, cleaning,sorting and pressing. For the amount of olives we pick we don't get very much oil. This simple fact makes me realize how precious of a product it is. I add it to food daily use it as moisturizer and even take a tablespoon straight up from time to time. Keep up the olive oiling!! (07/15/2008)

By Gianni

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I read Marilyn Monroe used Olive Oil as Moisturizer, If someone as beautiful as her did it, It must be GOOD!

I've used it in my hair and on my skin and it dulled my stretch marks better than anything else I've used and I've spent thousands on creams and body wraps!
I can't bring myself to swallow a spoon full a day though so I have flax seed oil tablets instead and use EVOO in all my cooking when oil is needed. Olive Oil is fantastic! (07/28/2008)

By Vanessa

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I am 61 and my skin is age appropriate and has lost much elasticity. I started using small amounts of extra virgin olive oil as a facial moisturizer about a week ago and already notice a difference in the way I look. have read that adding a few drops of essential lavender oil enhances the olive oil. I bought some today and will try that, but at any rate I am happy with the effects of the olive oil on my face.

My daughter has patches of eczema on her face and neck and we bought the DHC deep cleansing olive oil and their olive oil moisturizer and are giving it a few weeks to see if it helps her but I know the basic oil has certainly made my face feel softer and look less parched. (08/15/2008)

By Deborah W

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I have scars and very little acne. I use olive oil after showering only. It gives my skin a glow and makes it look healthy. It doesn't cause any more acne as I dry it carefully with a cotton after i massage in the olive oil. I do this twice a week. (08/16/2008)

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I went into one of those beauty chain stores and got a make-up lesson from a make-up artist. Her skin was glowed. I asked her what product she used and to my surprise she said olive oil. She said she applies it all over after she showers. (A bottle is kept in her shower)

She also mentioned that she uses it as a facial moisturizer or anytime she has skin irritation.
I was concerned about oily skin or smelling like a salad. She told me not to worry. Apparently she got this tip from her 86 year old Grandmother, who passes for a 60 something! (09/12/2008)

By Lisa

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I have just started to use olive oil and really think its worth trying. I would love to encourage all women to stop spending a fortune on over priced skin care that never keeps the promise of youthful looking skin. I would love to start a campaign of boycotting overpriced commercial products. (09/27/2008)

By Rosemary guest

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I am a licensed Esthetician and have used many professional products. I tried the olive oil and my skin feels and looks great. I use Pompeian Classis Mediterranean Olive Oil. It does NOT smell and absorbs into the skin fairly quickly. I put it on my face and had my husband smell my face and he said there was no odor. It's also good for your nails. Stay away from the eyelid although it didn't bother my eyes and I am sensitive to some lotions, even hypoallergenic. (10/14/2008)

By Carol

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I get really dry skin in the winter, but every heavy moisturizer I have used made me break out. I read a story about some 90 year old woman with fantastic skin the other day, and she said the only thing she ever put on her face was warm water and olive oil. I figured what the heck, wiped my face with with a warm towel, put a few small drops of Organic extra virgin olive oil on my finger tips, and lightly massaged it all over my face.

It has been two weeks now and my face looks unbelievable. My pores are invisible, no red patches, no dryness, my skin literally glows. I am a self proclaimed addict to expensive skin care products, I love them, I love the packaging, and the smells, etc. But I have to admit, olive oil works better than any of them ever have, and that includes La mer.

I know it has antioxidants in it, which must kill free radicals on the surface of your skin, and the oil moisturizes your skin but is not synthetic so doesn't clog your pores or cause reactions. Organic olive oil is a tad more expensive, but worth it, because of the olives not being treated with chemicals. do this do this do this, it works so well!

Don't waste your time with moisturizers that include olive oil, it just has a bunch of junk it in that you don't need, that might cause a reaction anyway, just use pure olive oil. And this is coming from a girl who wanted it to not work! (10/23/2008)

By Lora

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This is specifically talking about Extra Virgin Olive Oil and preferably organic. (11/15/2008)

By Jessica

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OMG! I just started using organic extra virgin olive oil both as a cleanser and a moisturizer. I added a little vitamin E and essential rose oil for a pleasant scent and it works like a dream. I am constantly getting free product samples from the reps that come to my clinic and not even the high end products I've tried have given me these results. My skin has never looked better. Also for some natural exfoliation try a little EVOO mixed with sugar and lemon juice! (11/17/2008)

By Espy

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I have used olive oil as a moisturizer for 3 years now - I'm 37 years old, and I would never go back to high-end products. I can't seem to convince others to try it, everyone seems skeptical, but it is so logical. Go figure! (11/17/2008)

By jill

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Does anyone know if olive oil is non-comodogenic? I have just started using it on my face after many years of trying to find a moisturizer that helps my dry skin but doesn't make me break out. Reading these posts has been very helpful, but I'd like to point out that although organic EVOO might seem expensive. It's peanuts compared to the price per ounce/ml for commercial creams, lotions and cosmetics. (11/26/2008)

By Deborah S

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I believe that because the olive oil is so pure, you needn't worry about the 'non-comedogenic' labeling. Thankfully. Keep using it;you'll be delightfully surprised, I can almost guarantee it! (12/07/2008)

By Jill

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Hi, For all of you who are new to using olive oil on your skin let me offer my 2 cents. When I was young my mother would slather me with Crisco. I was an active outdoor kid and a competitive swimmer and to this day I am still active outdoor kid who now does sprint triathlons. At some point I graduated to olive oil and I have been using it forever. I am now 60 and although I have all the aging issues I have great skin quality. My skin is dry and I use it all over including my face.

I was raised in Europe and also spent a fair amount of time in Greece and many of the women there, as the lady here noted, used it. I just use whatever olive oil I can buy inexpensively because I use so much of it. No smell. But I spend time letting it absorb so as not to get greasy. If I overdo I will put a little cream on my body -- seems to absorb (or cover it). I use it very sparingly on my face during the day because it can cause your make up to run if you are not careful!

And finally, if you have a companion to help you, it is really nice after a shower when you are damp to have someone really rub the WARM olive oil in deeply. Cover your feet and wrap up and your skin is really velvety the next day! So this post is about as long as I have been using the OO. I have found the contains olive oil products to be not useful. Thanks for the tip about oo, sugar, lemon cleanser. Will try it. (12/15/2008)

By Paula60

Archive: Using Olive Oil for Dry Skin

What is the best olive oil to use on your face? I have extremely dry skin and nothing seems to work where it's manageable and comfortable. I have used high end products to drug store products and just cannot find the right moisturizer for my skin. I'm in my early 40's and experiencing very dry skin. Dry skin hurts too! Please help! Which olive oil has worked or not worked. I would appreciate your advise. Thanks.

Ro from San Antonio, TX


RE: Using Olive Oil for Dry Skin

I'm new to the olive oil bit but I use Walmart extra virgin olive oil. I've only been using it about a month and I THINK I see a difference. I don't like it at night because I don't want to mess up my pillow cases. I DO use it under makeup during the day. I haven't noticed a strong smell. (01/26/2009)

By Glenn'sMom

RE: Using Olive Oil for Dry Skin

Hi! I just started using Olive Oil too, after reading about it here on ThriftyFun!
I use an extra virgin olive oil, but no special kind -- actually, just the one I had in my kitchen!
I can honestly say I like it! It soaks in nicely, does not leave any smell, does not burn or sting as some creams might, and it really is very moisturizing!!
I hope it helps you too! (01/26/2009)

By carolb

RE: Using Olive Oil for Dry Skin

I always rubbed any kind on that I had in the kitchen and massaged it into the skin on my face and then washed once with dove (bar) soap. The dove just gets the extra oily part off and leaves the needed part on. (01/26/2009)

By Racer

RE: Using Olive Oil for Dry Skin

I use extra virgin coconut oil for everything. It's just as good or better. It is in white solid form in a glass jar in your health food stores, but just bring out a dab into your palms and rub to let it melt. Then apply. It's the better fat for your body. I quit buying makeup due to the chemicals and antifreeze found in them and went evco. (01/27/2009)

By Gail

Virgin coconut oil.....

Hi, this message is for Gail who wrote me a response on virgin coconut oil usage. I would like to ask you more questions if I may. How can I do this?

Thank you * Godiva (01/27/2009)

By Godiva

RE: Using Olive Oil for Dry Skin

Are you getting enough omega 3 fatty acids in your diet? Salmon is one source. Ground flax seed and Fish oil capsules are easier to use. You will see a difference in your skin in one month of taking fish oil capsules twice a day. (01/28/2009)

By guest

RE: Omega oils....

Unfortunately, I haven't given fish oil capsules a chance. I have started and stopped twice in taking them because I cannot get passed the belching effect. It seems when this has happened, I start freaking out at the taste of the fish oil. Do you know of a particular brand that has worked for you? What about the flax, do you spread it on yougart, salads or something else? Please let me know and thank you for the tips!

On another note, do you use olive oil on your face?

By Godiva

RE: Using Olive Oil for Dry Skin

I've heard Crisco works really well, but I haven't tried it myself yet. Sounds strange, but I know some who swear by it. (01/28/2009)

By Angie

RE: Using Olive Oil for Dry Skin

For years I have used the following..melt 2oz of lanolin. add 2oz of olive oil and 2oz of peanut oil. Shake and smooth on skin. Your skin will soak it up. I am 66 years old and no one believes it because I don`t have any wrinkles. This combination of oils actually "feeds" your skin. (01/28/2009)

By castorswind

RE: Using Olive Oil for Dry Skin

I have used sweet oil, which is pure olive oil, for years and really like it. I buy it at Walmart in the pharmacy shelves area. Some people use it warm for ear aches. (01/31/2009)

By PaulaK

RE: Using Olive Oil for Dry Skin

Using any type of oily product on dry skin will not work as good as rubbing it into warm, wet skin. Then carefully blot off any extra. Opening the pores with warm water first allows the moisturizing agent to penetrate the skin rather than just sitting on top. I learned this from an Elizabeth Arden's representative about 50 years ago, so have followed her advice ever since. I am 74 years old now, and no one believes it. No wrinkles. I use Pond's Cold Cream every night in really cold weather as well. That also is applied to warm, wet skin.

I have extremely dry skin, so I know how it can hurt. All the best.
Julia in Coconut Creek, FL

By Julia

Archive: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

I am Italian, 55 years old, and have heard about the use of olive oil as a facial moisturizer. I am certainly going to try it. Isn't the olive oil too heavy for small under eye wrinkles? I've had trouble with moisturizers being absorbed into my eyes and causing irritation and cloudiness. Any suggestions?

LuannD from Western, NY

Archive: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

I've been reading about using olive oil as a moisturizer, and I have one question: What about SPF protection? I don't want to trade wrinkles and dry skin now for skin cancer later. Thanks.

Judy from Leesburg, VA


RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

I've used olive oil to remove my eye and face makeup and I've also used it as a moisturizer. If I use olive oil as a moisturizer for during the day, I use the oil first and then put on the highest sunblock I can find. Then I put my foundation, powder, whatever on after the sunblock. (11/30/2009)

By metroplex

RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

Unless you spend a lot of time in the sun I wouldn't worry about SPF protection and there's always the alternative of wearing a cap or brimmed hat and loose cotton clothing if you do spend a lot of time in the sunshine :-) Also, the hype of a high SPF is just that, hype :-( (12/01/2009)

By Deeli

RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

I look for products without the SPF. Someday they will probably tell us that it was a bad thing. My granny worked as a farmer for 70 years, out in the sun everyday, and never got cancer anywhere! She lived to be 96. She is my role model. (12/01/2009)

By Karenhope

RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

Use a Noxzema type product first. An extremely thin layer prevents exposure to sun. That is I can't burn or tan when I use it. I have very sensitive skin and just driving in the car can sometimes burn my skin. This helps. I also use the olive oil all over with a little bit of shea butter. (12/01/2009)

By kimsukie

RE: Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

I have used olive oil for years for moisturizer, after I wash my face with pure honey. The honey is a natural cleanser, and the olive oil alone is a perfect moisturizer. This has been my only beauty treatment for many years and I am told I look no where near my 58 years of age. And since I am allergic to sunscreens, I use Bare Minerals as a base. (02/19/2010)

By winrock

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