I think its funny that some people shy away from using this on their faces. I know it seems weird to put OIL on your face (especially if it's already way oily like mine), but it really does help cut down on the shininess factor of your face. Now, don't slather it on in the morning, or you WILL be slippery and shiny! One of the ways I use it, is to put it on at night, just after washing your face (also a great eye makeup remover). In the morning, just wash and reapply with a tiny bit of EVOO, along with my moisturizer. Voila! Dewy, moisturized skin. My Everyday Minerals foundation goes on like butter, and I NEVER have any problems with my makeup slipping off during the day. Since I've started using EVOO on my face, the amount of oil on my face has drastically decreased. It also works very well as a conditioning treatment for your hair, and a body moisturizer.
After reading about Olive Oil on another board, I tried it after I broke down my skin barrier, after using a certain product. I gently massaged it in, let it sit for about 45-60 secs., then I cleansed with my normal, chemical free cleanser. Brought my skin barrier back in tack after a weeks use, after trying other products for two weeks, that seemed to degrade my skin barrier even more.
I now use it everyday after showering, mixed with safflower oil with the extra vitamin E added in and grapeseed oil (both organic), that I found at Walmart in the cooking section! I massage it completely in, after showering. Honestly, my skin has never been so dehydrated in my life. I never have to moisturize throughout the day! I have just now added organic rose hip oil to it, and it is even more wonderful. I've seen dark spots on my body lightening. I do thouroughly scrub my skin in the shower with a lactic/glycolic cleanser with a wash cloth, to remove any old oils and debris. Huge bottles and all 3 cost me together, around $15.00! I have to buy my organic rose hip oil on line, because I can't find it locally.
Not only that, I have found it has made my eye lashes longer and thicker, because the only thing I wear on my eyes is a bit of sunscreen. So I dab olive oil on with a cotton ball and then just rinse, I use no other cleanser or anything there. I noticed my eyelashes are healthier and fuller! I'll be dang, wouldn't have believed it, if I hadn't tried it. Now every other day, after cleansing, I use a q-tip and just dab a bit of olive oil on my eyelashes, before bedtime.
I've since gotten rid of a lot of useless products and olive oil is a staple not only in my kitchen, but in my bathroom. I also mix it with a chemical free lotion, if I want to use a lotion. Olive oil to me is a must have. My skin is normal/dry it works for me.
Here's an EVOO tip for my fellow perfume junkies: When I try a fragrance that turns into a real stinker/scrubber (usually on my wrist), I rub a bit of olive oil on it then tissue off. It breaks up the fragrance, even if you've applied a really strong perfume oil (hello BPAL!). If there is any scent remaining I do another quickie rub & tissue then follow up with mild hand soap. Saves your skin from the scrubbing and irritation.
I have been using EVOO as a mu remover for about three weeks now. In the past the pores on my nose have always been congested reguardless of what I try, I can say that is no longer a problem. I apply the EVOO on my face while it is dry, let it sit while I brush my teeth, rinse with warm water and then use my regular cleanser. I normally have one or two blemishes a month, this has not changed for me.
Update...week five and have not had a blemish in three weeks.
I put this in my hair and it did fantastic. My curly hair has trouble holding moisture and I often frizz out of control. Common problem. Here's what I do.
1. apply the oil to my hair, just enough to cover it. Excess tends to run down my face.
2. run the hair dryer over it on low heat
3. wrap my head in an old towel and leave it for a fer hours. You can mop, fold laundry, whatever. just do your thing
4. Wash it out with shampoo. You really don't need conditioner after you wash it out, but if you condition the the next day you should be pretty much frizz free.
Been using it as a make up remover for a week, so far so good! I pour the EVOO into a small bottle with a pump so it's much easier to pump it onto a cotton pad. 2 pumps on 1 cotton pad is enough for the whole face =) It melts off 90% off my make up (Foundation, Blush, Eye shadow and even Mac liquid Eyeliner!!!) in 1 second. Yes, 1 second, when you wipe, it's gone! Luckily I love the smell of olive oil too so I looove to wipe my face over and over again hahaha
The only thing it cant remove is my Fasio mascara (OK I dont blame the oil, that mascara is evil, only Fancl cleansing oil can remove it)
Anyway instead of just using Fancl for my whole face that I have to pump 3 times and that's expensive, now I save a LOT because I use only 2 pumps of EVOO + 1 pump of Fancl for the eyes =D
I dont wanna use EVOO as a moisturiser because it's too greasy. Also my bf hates it. took 1 lippy off because I notice some little red spots on my face, I didnt have them before so I think it might be caused by the EVOO. They're really tiny and not painful. Maybe my skin is purging like some other reviewers said? I hope so! I'll update :)
Edit: Can't use it as a make up remove anymore. Just like some reviewers, my face broke out. Now I stopped and my skin is recovering. Oh well maybe this oil is really too heavy for not very dry type of skin. Now I use it to shave and it's nice :) Result is sooo smooth as well!
WOW I've been using EVOO for a few weeks now and it is wonderful. My skin feels much softer and far less dry than before. It seems to work best after washing/rinsing/showering, so that my skin is moist. It seems to "sink in" best this way, seems to sort of sit on top of my skin more if it is not already moist. I have been putting it on my poor old, dried-out hands and it's been really helping. Of course I can't touch anything for 5-10 minutes. I just went on a trip and I forgot moisturizer, so I put a spoonful or so EVOO from the kitchen in a cup and it lasted for days. I did not miss having any other product.
I've been using this for a few days as an eyemakeup remover and I have to say I'm very pleased. I hold a cotton ball with a little EVOO over my eyelashes and the mascara wipes right off- no tugging or rubbing like I have to do with my store-bought remover. Then I wash my face like normal to get rid of leftover greasies. As an added bonus, the skin around my eyes feels nice and soft, so I haven't even had to use an eye cream.
I also used it today as an addition to my regular Boots body butter (on legs, elbows, and feet). I just added a bit to the body butter in my hand then rubbed my hands together and applied like normal. Already my feet and legs feel soft and moisturized, though you have to give the oil a few to sink in. Honestly, Johnson's baby oil works just as well and smells prettier so I'll probably keep using that for most of my body.
As an eyemakeup remover though, I'll probably keep using this. For those who say it's a mess, I've found that you can either squeeze it into a smaller bottle or just put a cotton ball over the tip and apply it that way. I had no problems with messes.
Edit: I used a really cheap bottle of EVOO that I got at aldi's. No need for the expensive stuff I think.
So glad am I that evoo works for me because it is like nothing else. I have used some type of face lotion or cream since I was 15 due to dry skin. I have never had an acne problem (but i will say i break out more NOW than i did in my teens) and myskin is pretty nice anyway so I was not looking to improve it. I just wanted a nice night cream and i got that garnier lift stuff which is moisturizing and great but i decided to add a few drops of evoo to a bit of that every night and i can already tell a difference after less than 2 weeks! My skin looks so supple and healthy. I will say it like everyone else has : glowing. I just put a few drops with a tiny bit of my garnier stuff and rub into skin. I have also started adding some to my body creme. So soft. I will try the brown sugar body scrub soon!
Hated this-made my skin coarse and dry and being honest after using it my skin hadnt looked this bad in a while. It got into my eyes and stung -very painful.
Definate NO for me. Would not recommend.