Have a love and hate relationship with olive oil. It once screwed me over and made me had cystic acne all over for a year and a half. But it save it's reputation by being a wonderful eye makeup remover, it conditions your lashes while removing stubborn makeup all at once. Trust me, my makeup is stubborn, especially my waterproof eyeliners and mascara
For years I have had the same routine when I wake up in the morning. I do a quick water rinse/splash and then go to the kitchen and pour a little olive oil in my palm and rub it in to my cheeks or wherever else I'm dry. It doesn't matter what I put on at night, I usually wake up with dry skin. Nothing, and I mean nothing, soaks in and moisturizes like Olive Oil. It feels so good and you really glow. Next step - eat breakfast, watch the news, whatever and then wash it off your face. Voila, your face is ready for it's regular skincare routine. You won't be disappointed.
There is literally nothing else I will ever use on my skin again.
Olive oil has made my skin perfect.
ANYONE WHO HAS TRIED EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL BUT DIDN'T HAVE GOOD RESULTS, PLEASE READ THIS.
I used to have severe oily skin from over washing. I would strip my face of it's natural oils, which made it over produce oil like crazy. This gave me terrible acne all the way through highschool, ranging from severe (when I wore a lot of makeup) to moderate. It was always red and blotchy and would flush very easily. I managed to ween myself off of any skin makeup (ie. foundation and concealer, etc). Then, I recently started working at a small specialty olive oil store, and began using olive oil on my skin and eating almost everything with olive oil. I now have NO breakouts, save for the odd tiny white head around my period, that fades in less than 2 days. My skin is smooth, even toned, not oily and has totally normalized (which is crazy). I don't wear any makeup except for on my eyes. I don't wash my face with anything except water. My skin glows and looks fuller. I have never felt more beautiful or had a beauty routine this simple (details below).
The interesting thing is that I have tried olive oil many times before because of it's reputation, but it always broke me out.
IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL to get a high quality olive oil to use on your skin. Almost 90% of whats available in the grocery stores is old, and therefore rancid and totally void of antioxidants.
When you have a high quality oil, it will smell like fresh cut grass, taste bitter and green, and give you a peppery burn in the back of the throat. That burn is extremely important and comes from the polyphenols (the antioxidants) that occur in olives. The stronger that burn, the more robust the oil is, the more antioxidants that are present in the oil, and the better it will be for your skin and for your insides if you consume it regularly. It will be very light and silky and absorb into your skin easily.
If your oil doesn't not smell or taste like this, not only is it doing your skin no good, it may actually be doing it harm. As olive ages it becomes thick and greasy. It will begin to smell (like must or old closet or even plastic) as it ages and the antioxidants break down. As it oxidizes, it will build up free-radicals, which are effectively the opposite of an antioxidant (they cause damage instead of preventing it).
Olive oil only last about 14-16 months after the olives are harvest. If you are buying olive oil and it doesn't tell you a specific harvest date DO NOT BUY IT.
Beyond this time frame the polyphenols break down and you loose the benefit.
If the oil is in a clear bottle or a plastic bottle, DO NOT BUY IT. Clear bottles don't protect the oil from light exposure. Light will begin to break down the polyphenols very rapidly. Plastic bottles will leach chemicals into your oil.
If the oil is not specified as extra virgin, or if it is virgin, pure, or light, DO NOT BUY IT. Anything below the extra virgin grade is the 2nd, 3rd or 4th crush of the olives, and is often made with low quality olives. Even worse, pure and light oils have been REFINED, which means they've been exposed to high temperatures and chemical solvents. These oils will be completey stripped of their polyphenols and nutritional benefits.
Almost everything available in the grocery stores is no where near the grade you need to get any results on your face or in your health. Find a store that allows you to taste the oils. There are several chains and privately owned stores that will allow you to do this (a quick google search will reveal any in your area). The one I work for is a privately owned store supplied by Veronica Foods. They are one of the best suppliers in the industry, and have all of their oils tested twice in two separate labs. They are a three generation family owned business that have been doing this since the mid 1920'. They knwo their stuff.
If you go into a specialty olive oil store and the staff can't tell you where the oil came from (don't be drawn into the trap that good olive oil only comes from Italy or Greece. They produce just as much garbage oil as they do good. There are beautiful oils coming from countries all over the world, in our store we've had Spanish, Californian, Chilean, Australian, Peruvian, etc. The quality of the oil is much more important than where it came from), or if they can't tell you when it was harvested (that is THE most important date to know, countries in the Northern Hemisphere produce oil in the fall, Oct-Nov, where as countries in the Southern Hemisphere produce in the spring, April-May. Do not accept a vague answer), or what type of olive the oil was made form, go to another store. Even better, they should have information about the olive oils specific chemistry, including polyphenol counts, FFA levels, oleic acids, DAGS, etc. Avoid stores where the oil is pre-bottled. There are many that keep the oils in lightless containers and only bottle the oil when you purchase it. This is ideal. Always go for the strongest extra virgin they have. A polyhenol count of at least 350 ppm is ideal, though we've seen oils as high as 700 ppm.
The difference of using a high quality oil on your skin vs. the junk is incomparable. I use olive oil every day. Typically I'll keep the bottle in the cupboard by the bathroom sink, and every morning after my shower (I now only use 1 product in the shower, plain olive oil soap, I've weened myself off shampoo and conditioner, etc) where I rinse my hair and face with warm water,I dry my skin, apply olive oil lightly on my whole face and in my hair, and then apply it heavily around my eyes and on my lips. Moderation is key, just like how your face moderates natural oil production, too much will give you blackheads, but just enough will normalize your skin and protect it from sun damage and aging.
I love using olive oil as a moisturiser and make up remover. It cleans well and moisturises well leaving me with a glow when I'm up in the morning. It is my HG product!!! I gave it only 4 lippies as I don't like the smell.. even until now after so long I still can't quite get hold of it.
I've had such outstanding results I just had to write a review. I'm 31 and have acne which flares around ovulation. My skin is never clear. I have combo skin that's oiler in the summer, drier in winter. I always have at least a few inflamed blemishes in various stages of healing. I also have lots of post acne red marks that take months to disappear, as well as blackheads and noticeable clogged pores which give my skin a somewhat bumpy appearance up close. Even though I've been plagued with acne all my life, I've been lucky enough to have minimal scaring even though I'm a picker. I also get cystic acne on my jawline and underneath my chin when stressed. Those are the worst because they stay for weeks and weeks. Months sometimes. My routine for the past 2 weeks is wash with my soap of choice at night, use evoo straight on my face for moisture. I use a washcloth to exfoliate in the morning shower, then a generous coating of evoo all over. I let it sit for a few minutes then wipe off the excess. Around ovulation I'm used to breaking out every month and then trying to heal it until next time. This time, I did still get a couple of pimples but it was not the inflamed gross breakout it usually is! And the pimples were smaller and healed quicker than usual. The texture of my skin is smoother, and my skin feels more balanced and just better over all. I'm so amazed! Also, those clogged pores you can see when you very really close have been reducing and are so easy to extract now! I am theorizing that the oil has softened and opened otherwise closed pores allowing for more efficient exfoliation. Give it a shot!
I revisited extra virgin olive oil after watching videos on you tube. My skin gets flaky and dehydrated during the winter. Year round, I am oily and I struggle with mild adult acne that can become moderate at times as well as inflammation. I had a complete failure with olive oil years back when using it as a cleanser. The brand was Filippo Berio and it caused a ton of clogged pores and a breakout. I did some researching at acne.org and found that a lot of cheap commercial brands aren't 100 truthful with their claims. I can't say that I know that for a fact but all I know is that I never purchased that brand again. I now use a brand called Carozzi and it is a product of Chile. I use the Extra Virgin Olive Oil Intense one. It has less of that salad dressing smell and I love the flavor of this one better for food. A win win for me.
What I do: I use this more like a serum after my toner and before my moisturizer. I partially dampen a jumbo cotton ball with the oil and apply it all over the face. I massage it into the skin for about two minutes or so. I then top with my moisturizer. It is winter and very cold here so I've been doing this now for a week AM and PM and I have no clogged pores or breakouts from it. In fact, it makes my skin appear more clear and takes down the redness almost completely. Also, it is doing wonders for my makeup applicaton! Flakes are less of a problem now.
What I do for an acne flare up: Same routine except I mix the olive oil with a small amount of tea tree oil. Works great with overnight results!
What else you can do: Mix the olive oil with organic honey and apply it as a mask. Leave it on your face for an hour and rinse. Skin will be super soft and hydrated.
I searched online desperately for solutions to dermatitis on the butt. Looks like pimples and is totally gross and embarrassing even to ask a doctor about, in my opinion. I found an article in an old forum where someone had posted that she got rid of the condition simply by regularly exfoliating the area and using olive oil (EVOO) to moisturize. This same method worked for me as well. I exfoliate in the shower every day with regular bar soap (you could probably use any soap) and a loofah type sponge on a handle that I got at Bed Bath and Beyond. Once or twice a week I'll use a peppermint salt scrub. After showering I apply the olive oil liberally. Put your pajama pants back on in between putting on your jeans or whatever because there will be some residue. For a while I was putting the olive oil on at bedtime as well and I still do this, alternating with different body oils just for variety. All irritation on my skin on my thighs/butt has gone away, along with the incidental ingrown hairs I used to get, and my skin looks great.
The best ingredient to use for my dry, patchy skin during winter. Great for make up removal especially heavy eye make up
As a face or body moisturizer, I cannot use olive oil as a standalone option for my dehydrated (lacking water) skin. I have used a couple drops mixed into my regular moisturizer, or as a second layer with some success. While it moisturizes well enough and I have not experienced any adverse effects such as acne or other reactions, it doesn't absorb entirely and it can get onto my sheets or clothing or just make me look and feel too greasy.
As a makeup remover, I find it is much too greasy. It is the only straight oil that I've ever used (out of mineral, avocado, almond, apricot kernel, grapeseed, etc.) to remove eye makeup that has found its way into my actual eyes causing my vision to be blurred. It is effective, but not as easy-to-use as other options.
For my hair (low-porosity virgin Asian hair), I have tried some on my dry ends when I had longer hair, but again I found it didn't absorb well and just left the ends looking and feeling lank and greasy.
Overall, while I think EVOO is an attractively available option, there are other oils I much prefer for my face, makeup remover, and hair (rosehip seed, mineral, and argan oil respectively).
I needed extra moisture since the weather has been so cold and dry so thought I'd give evoo after washing my face. My eyes looked plump and moisturized my skin looked dewy. Then the next day I woke up to two painful cysts, I never get them usually. I'll stick to evoo capsules and frying my garlic, not recommending for the face.