We’ve written about the health benefits of EVOO in many posts before. How using EVOO gives you a healthier living. But what about your skin? Can you be be healthy on the outside, too?
EVOO has properties and antioxidants that can also improve the health of your skin to help you be glowing and confident as you eat right.
From your head to your toes, EVOO can be used in a variety of skin care routines that provides an all-natural alternative to soaps and creams that contain harsh chemicals. While you can always be on the lookout for products that have EVOO listed as an ingredient, in some cases you can use straight up olive oil for healthier skin.
Here, we share five quick and easy ways using one simple ingredient.
1) Prevents Signs of Aging
One of the top health benefits of extra virgin olive oil is its antioxidants that can improve your health inside and out. The antioxidant hydroxytyrosal helps to improve your skin including preventing aging, according to olive oil expert Paul Vossen. With its Vitamin E properties, olive oil protects from harmful damage and can help prevent wrinkles and fine lines.
2) Soften Cuticles
Protect your nail cuticles from drying and ripping in the cold winter months and soften them up with some EVOO. By caring for your cuticles, you can also strengthen your nails and improve the softness of your hands, all at the same time with one natural ingredient.
3) Prevent Cancer
We love the sun, but sometimes, our skin doesn’t. If you’ve spent a little too much time in the sun and have a resulting painful sunburn, the antioxidant properties in extra virgin olive oil can help alleviate that painful sting. These antioxidant properties also could reduce potential UVB-ray skin tumors. Just be sure to put the oil on after your time in the sun, not before. With the protection from free radicals, EVOO provides a great after-sun care routine. An article from Livestrong also notes how oil application can also fight off cancer-causing cells. The powerful properties in EVOO make it a great choice for protecting your health both inside and out.
4) Remove Makeup
Looking for a way to take of your day’s makeup without strong chemicals? A few dabs of oil cling to the oil on your skin to free pores and remove that stubborn makeup. Follow it up with a facial cleanser for a great skin care routine.
EVOO’s smoothing properties make it a great option for an all-natural moisturizer. For especially dry skin, you can massage some oil on your slightly damp skin. Doing so not only adds much needed smoothness to your hands, it also protects your skin
from further damage. Be sure to not use too much oil on your face, which may lead to clogged pores. For a great hand scrub, mix sugar and oil together to make a natural exfoliant that keeps your hands super smooth.
For itchy, dry skin, the compound found in EVOO called oleocanthal calms and soothes irritated skin. When regular body lotion isn’t enough, slathering on some EVOO can be a great way to get back that silky smooth skin.
i) But it’s Not For Everyone
While the properties in olive oil can help improve your skin in a variety of ways, the use of EVOO may not be for everyone. An article from Healthline notes that those with sensitive skin may not see results from using olive oil in their routine. The article also mentions how olive oil may not be helpful for use on infants. Before utilizing olive oil to get better skin, be sure to take your own skin conditions into account.
ii) Get on Your Way to Better Skin
To achieve better, glowing skin, you don’t need to spend hundreds of dollars on specialized care products. The properties found in olive oil can help boost your health from the inside out.