Extra Virgin Olive Oil For The Face: How To Apply At Home

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The healing properties of olive oil were recognized by the “father of medicine” Hippocrates. This oil was rubbed by athletes of the Mediterranean, soap and cream based on it were used by the great Egyptian queen Cleopatra, and even the Italian movie star Sophia Loren has repeatedly admitted that she regularly uses it. 

What is the use of Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

In addition to the antioxidants that you get by including Extra Virgin Olive Oil in your diet, you can also apply it topically to maintain external beauty. It is not without reason that it gained such popularity as a cosmetic product. The oil contains a large amount of vitamins necessary for the skin. For example, E and A, which prolongs the youthfulness of the skin, makes it more elastic and hydrated. Also, olive oil contains vitamins D, K, B, as well as beneficial monounsaturated fats, which are essential for maintaining good skin.

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is not an allergenic substance, so it can be used even for sensitive skin. It is especially recommended for aging and dry skin. The oil not only moisturizes but also significantly slows down the aging process. In addition, it accelerates the process of cell regeneration, which contributes to its rejuvenation.

The use of olive oil allows not only to prevent the appearance of wrinkles but also to smooth out small ones that have already appeared.

How to choose?

Before applying olive oil on your face – pay attention to the following:

  • The date of manufacture must be as recent as possible.
  • Choose a product whose place of manufacture coincides with the place of bottling.
  • Buy extra virgin olive oil, it should say “extra virgin” on the label. It is of the highest quality.  
  • Oil does not tolerate sunlight, so it should be stored in a closed cabinet.
  • 6-9 months after opening the bottle, the concentration of nutrients in the oil decreases. Therefore, you should not buy large containers if you are not sure what to use during this time. 

How to use Extra Virgin Olive Oil?

Extra Virgin Olive Oil is primarily used to cleanse the face in the morning and evening. To do this, you need to warm it up a little, then moisten a cotton swab, wipe the skin. If you perform this procedure in the morning, leave the oil for 20-30 minutes, then wash with warm water or dab your face well with a napkin. If in the evening – you can not wash it off until morning. Thus, olive oil can be used instead of face cream from time to time.

Pay special attention to the skin around the eyes. The oil moisturizes this area very well and smoothes small wrinkles. It is enough to lubricate the skin around the eyes with warm olive oil, gently driving it into the skin with your fingertips.

Face masks with Extra Virgin Olive Oil

For dry skin 

Take 1 tbsp. a spoonful of olive oil, 1 tbsp. a spoonful of fresh gruel from vegetables or fruits (you can use cucumber, carrots, potatoes, cabbage, zucchini, radishes, bell peppers, banana, melon, persimmons, apricots, lingonberries and black currants). Mix everything and apply on face for 20 minutes.

To soften dry skin well, rub 1 tbsp. a spoonful of fat cottage cheese with 2 tbsp. tablespoons of olive oil and apply the resulting mass on the face, after 20 minutes, wash with warm water.

For combination to normal skin 

Take 1 tbsp. a spoonful of olive oil, 1 tbsp. a spoonful of fresh fruit gruel (you can use tangerine, orange, grapefruit, kiwi, raspberry, red currant, peach, apple, grape, watermelon, strawberry, mountain ash). Mix and apply on face for 20 minutes.

For cleansing and nourishing normal to combination skin, masks with olive oil and flour are well suited.

Just add to 1 tbsp. a spoonful of wheat, oatmeal or rice flour, such an amount of olive oil that when stirring, a homogeneous pasty mass is obtained. Apply it on your face, and after 15-20 minutes wash off with water at room temperature. You can also use white cosmetic clay instead of flour.

With fading skin, it is good to add 1 teaspoon of honey to such masks.

Use Extra Virgin Olive Oil and have smooth and fresh skin!

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