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Pure Olive Oil As a Body Moisturizer

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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.
Pure Olive Oil As a Body Moisturizer
A small bottle of extra virgin olive oil is a good moisturizer. Photo Credit Liv Friis-Larsen/iStock/Getty Images

Instead of buying a moisturizer from the cosmetic department at the store, buy a small bottle of extra virgin olive oil and use this to moisturize your skin. Olive oil is a natural product that can be used on any part of your body, and its effects may be comparable to more expensive store-bought products.

Significance

Olive oil, as a moisturizer, is good for almost every skin type, according to the Wrinkle Free Skin Tips Web site. When you apply it to your skin before going to bed at night, it helps hold your skin’s natural moisture in and prevents it from drying out. Leave your skin just a little bit damp after showering and massage a small amount of olive oil into your skin. Olive oil contains vitamins A and E, which help repair sun and environmental damage done to your skin, according to the Olive Oil Source Web site.

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Function

Polyphenolic compounds in olive oil act to reverse free radicals, which can cause premature aging. These compounds have been compared to traditional antioxidants used by the cosmetic and pharmaceutical industry to keep skin looking young and healthy, according to the Olive Oil Source Web site. The secret of olive oil as a natural, effective moisturizer was known by the ancient Greeks. They knew that this product, all by itself, was all they needed to use to keep their skin looking young.

Effects

Use natural olive oil straight from the bottle and massage it into your skin anywhere on your body. Because olive oil is natural and hypoallergenic, there are few risks of skin allergies to the oil.
Add other natural ingredients to your olive oil and use them in place of beauty products you buy at the store. Add lemon juice for a refreshing feeling, says the Olive Oil Source Web site. Mix olive oil with sea salt to make an exfoliant, then rub this into areas of your skin that are dry and scaly. This will slough dead skin cells and reveal new skin underneath.

Considerations

Use olive oil for much more than moisturizing your skin. Moisten a cotton pad with a small amount of olive oil and use it as an eye makeup remover. The oil is gentle as well as effective and can soften the delicate skin around the eyes, says the Olive Oil Source Web site. Massage a few drops of olive oil into dry cuticles to keep them moisturized and healthy.

Benefits

Olive oil’s chemical composition is very close to that of human skin, according to the Wrinkle Free Skin Tips Web site. Because of this similarity, your skin may absorb olive oil more easily than it would a commercial moisturizer. Olive oil can also cost less than store-bought moisturizers. Many people enjoy the natural scent of olive oil but you can add essential oils if you prefer.

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