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.
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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.
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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Is it safe to oil my hair with olive oil and go in the sun?
Yes it is and the heat from the sun will work the olive oil in to the hair shaft. :)
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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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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)
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.
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 am Italian, 55 years old, and have heard about the use of olive oil as a facial moisturizer. Isn't the olive oil too heavy for small under eye wrinkles?