Olive Oil and Your Skin

Olive Oil is a staple supply in our kitchen.  It makes our pasta, salad and other dish more juicy.  But the ever-reliable olive oil is not only good for your health, it is also good for your skin.  It can moisturize and serve as anti-aging since it contains Vitamin E and anti-oxidants.

According to Women’s Health, people often think that adding olive oil to already-oily skin will worsen the problem, but that’s not actually the case. “Olive oil grabs onto other oil-based products, making it a great makeup remover,” says Julie Russak, M.D., a dermatologist in New York City.  “Use it as a pre-cleanser (followed by warm water and the face wash of your choice) or by itself—it’s gentle enough for everyday use,” says Russak.

You can also use olive oil to exfoliate and moisturize your face and body.

All you have to do is to mix one tea spoon of table sugar to about two to three tea spoons of olive oil.  Mix them well and there you have an instant exfoliant.

Scoop a small amount and start scrubbing your face gently.  Scrub it in a circular motion, avoiding your eyes.

At first you will feel a bit coarse with the sugar being abrasive in the skin.  So be gentle until you get used to the scrubbing.

Let the sugar and oil stay for a little while on your face.  Be sure not to walk around the house or the sugar granules would be everywhere as well as the ants!

After a while, rinse your face in warm water using your favorite facial wash.  Follow it up with cold water to close your pores.

Right away you can feel your facial skin softer and smoother.

Sugar works as an exfoliant agent and helps hydrate your skin.  Brown sugar is softer so it’s good for your facial skin.

Olive oil and coffee grounds are good alternative as well for facial and body scrub.

After you have used your ground coffee for your morning drink, put the ground coffee on a plastic container and pour some olive oil into it.

Again, mix it well and scoop some to scrub your skin.

You will feel invigorated with the smell of the coffee as you shower, or scrub your face.

Rinse and then soap as usual followed by a cold water rinse to close your pores..

It will be a bit soiled in your bathroom after you scrub your body but it is all worth it after you feel your skin a little softer and smoother.

Rub some moisturizing lotion after you pat yourself dry.

This can be done twice a week to maintain soft, smooth and  hydrated skin.


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