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Benefits of Using Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the Face

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author image Genevieve Van Wyden
Genevieve Van Wyden began writing in 2007. She has written for “Tu Revista Latina” and owns three blogs. She has worked as a CPS social worker, gaining experience in the mental-health system. Van Wyden earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from New Mexico State University in 2006.
Benefits of Using Extra Virgin Olive Oil on the Face
Extra virgin olive oil can have benefits for your face. Photo Credit olive oil carafe image by jimcox40 from Fotolia.com

Extra virgin olive oil is loaded with nutrition and antioxidants like vitamins A and E. While this oil packs a nutritional punch, you can also use it on your face. The same qualities and benefits you experience on the inside can benefit your skin. This little fruit's versatility lends itself well to more than one use, so buy a small bottle and put it in your bathroom right next to your toothpaste and deodorant.

Moisturizer

Extra virgin olive oil penetrates deep into the skin on your face, providing needed moisture as well as a shield to protect your skin, keeping it smooth, according to the Olive Oil Source website.



Olive oil's antioxidants--vitamins A and E--can help repair skin damage from sun exposure, cigarette smoke and pollutants.



Olive Oil Source recommends that, when you use olive oil as a moisturizer, you massage it into skin that's still slightly damp so that the remaining water on your skin can help keep your skin from feeling greasy.

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Exfoliating Skin

Mix extra virgin olive oil and sea salt together to make a natural exfoliant for your face, especially if you're suffering from scaly, dry skin. Massage this exfoliator into the areas of your face affected by dryness and scaliness. It works to get rid of the old, dry skin, revealing new, younger skin underneath.



The ancient Egyptians, Romans and Phoenicians all used olive oil as a beauty aid. One historical figure who relied on olive oil was Cleopatra, according to the Natural Skin Care Secrets website.

Skin Elasticity

Olive oil, when massaged gently into your face, helps to promote your skin's elasticity. You don't need to limit yourself to external use. Incorporate it into your diet, and your entire body will benefits from the nutritional effects.



When you buy olive oil, whether you want to use it on your skin or in your diet, make sure you purchase the extra virgin formulation. Extra virgin olive oil has the highest nutritional value because it has undergone the least amount of processing.

Eye Makeup Remover

Put one or two drops of extra virgin olive oil on a cotton face pad and use it to remove your eye makeup at the end of the day. Gently remove your eye makeup without stretching and pulling the delicate skin around your eyes. As you use it, the olive oil works to soften the skin, especially when you use it as a makeup remover on a consistent basis.

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