My new beauty secret or why my face smells like Italian food

After being plagued with seriously dry skin, as well as some patchy red spots on my face for the entire winter, despite putting on moisturizer and Kiss My Face hand lotion (figuring I needed all of the moisture I could get in Colorado’s dry climate), I have finally found something that has fixed the problem. It’s natural, non-toxic and most likely located somewhere in your kitchen. What could this miracle moisturizer be? OLIVE OIL!

oil_extravirgin.jpgI recall reading something a long time ago about using olive oil as a skin moisturizer, but then, not having a need for it at the time, it slipped right out of my head. However, I’d been racking my brain the last few weeks wondering if I would ever get over this skin condition and if maybe I needed to see a dermatologist, when the olive oil idea popped back into my head.

It certainly couldn’t hurt, I thought. So I went to the cabinet, got out the bottle of extra virgin olive oil, put a small amount on my fingertip, headed to a mirror in the bathroom and applied it to the dry patches on my face.

The very next day my skin looked a little bit better, so I started a nightly regimen with the oil. It only took a few days for there to be a dramatic difference and I’m kicking myself now for not taking before and after pictures.

Before you think I’m crazy, I will tell you that I did a Google search on using olive oil as a moisturizer and came across this post at The Frugal Life where a woman says, “I use olive oil for a moisturizer on my skin. It does a great job and I get compliments all the time.” I also found this thread on Thrifty Fun where a woman advises, “You should never use on your face something you cannot actually eat!” Good suggestion, especially in light of the recent findings on sunscreen. (Check out Skin Deep to find your moisturizer’s or any other cosmetic or personal care product’s safety level.) And then there’s The Olive Oil Source that recommends, “You’re not going to be using that much so use the best olive oil; extra virgin. Pure and Light olive oil has been chemically processed, avoid it.” So I’m a little relieved to find I’m not the only one who is doing this, though I wonder what Rachael Ray has to say about using EVOO on the face? 😉

Honestly, my face doesn’t really smell like pizza. :oP The only possible bad side effect that I can think of is if you apply the oil before going out in the sun you’ll likely cook your face. So I advise only putting it on before bed, and only a very small amount at that.

And now I’m kicking myself again for buying nearly $11 Cetaphil lotion (recommended by a dermatologist) this weekend to treat the dry skin on the backs of Ava’s arms. I totally should have tried EVOO first!

24 thoughts on “My new beauty secret or why my face smells like Italian food”

  1. Olive oil works good as a non irritating oil on newborns peeling skin too.

    And I’m personally prone to sinus problems if my nose gets too dry, olive oil in the nose helps that.

    For my face I’ve recently tried pure food grade coconut oil, smells a little bit nicer and works similarly, though absorbs quicker which is kind of nice.


  2. Found this ingredient to be essential in the Miessence products I use:

    organic olive juice extract:
    Olive juice extract is a unique anti-oxidant from the olive leaf. It protects both your skin and the polyunsaturated oils in our products from free radical damage. It reduces skin damage caused by pollution and UV radiation, therefore protecting the skin from photo aging. It also improves skin hydration and elasticity.

    Here is the link from my site for more information:

    Cool to have the olive oil right there on your home shelf! Edible skin care…the only way to go!

  3. Hi Amy,
    I’ve used EVOO as a skin conditioner before but have recently switched to Coconut oil. My son has infant excema and it nourishes his skin really well, when he has a breakout. Just recently my husband broke out behind his knees and they usually itch like crazy. He rubbed a little coco oil on it and viola- took the itching away!

  4. It makes perfect sense to me. I think my own skin is too oily for that, do I would likely break out if I tried it, but I can totally see how it would work. I mostly use gel-based light moisturizers or disaster erupts.

  5. I use coconut oil on my own skin and my girls’. If you Google “oil cleansing method” you can find a method of cleaning your face that some people swear by using EVOO and castor oil. (I never got past that first gooey-ness and playing with the right blend of the oils.)

  6. I’ve been using Organic Olive oil as a make-up remover and moisturizer for about 5 years now…I think my skin is just as good now at 35 as it was at 28! And I have what people would consider to be “combination skin” so I was worried about it being too oily, but it is perfect. I do apply it vary lightly, however. I use it as a lip-balm too!

    I also used it on my babies when i gave them massages…they never had mystery rashes or baby acne. Was it the olive oil or great genes? Who knows, but it is priced right and I think that it is as close to “all natural” as you can get! 🙂

    Great Post!

  7. I make a little olive oil / sugar paste and use it in the bath. Of course, then my bath is a slippery death trap and must be scrubbed, but it’s worth it.

  8. We used to use olive oil when I lived in MA. I would get down to -35 with wind chill and I had a mile to walk to work in that so my skin needed as much protection as I could get.

  9. I wash my face with honey 🙂

    I’ve also used the “oil cleansing method” with EVOO and Castor Oil with great results. Everyone tells me I have “great skin” but no one seems to believe what I do, lol.

    Coconut oil is also amazing, inside and outside your body 😀

  10. It’s fun to try other oils too – like apricot kernel or grape seed. The latter is “lighter” than olive oil so is probably better if you had oily skin.

  11. I might give it a try. I remember our son’s paediatrician telling us to use it on our son when he had eczema as a baby. He loved it too. The only thing is, does it make your face shiny/oily?

  12. I use it on my babies heads when they have cradle cap. That’s what the midwives in the UK used to advise, and we still do it. I find it strange that over here the Ped said to use regular shampoo (with all the perfumes and things that dry the skin more!) on the scalp and just scrub the cradle cap off! I was horrified at the suggestion.

    We just put olive oil on the baby’s head, rub it in and leave it overnight. It leaves a greasy stain on the bed sheet though! hehe. Then wash it out in the morning with a gentle baby shampoo and rinse it well. It clears it right up after just one or two applications usually. Though it often recurrs in a few weeks, but cradle cap just does that.

  13. *sigh* I found out the wonderful olive oil for cradle cap after the purchase of some super stinky “Gentle Naturals” cradle cap shampoo. Bleah. I’m with you on the kickin’ yerself for using the derm’s recommended product.

    Our former ped (don’t even get me STARTED on that guy) told me to just put mineral oil all over my son’s head and scrub it well. Um, first, can you say PETROLEUM PRODUCT? Secondly, OUCH. The Gentle Naturals one didn’t have a very gentle smell and it turned out to not be near as natural as I thought either. *sigh*

    And now that I’ve got plenty of EVOO, the cradle cap’s pretty much gone.

    Mommyhood. Ain’t it grand?

  14. I use it on my hands when I’m in the kitchen all the time! Works great. I need to get another bottle of it to use in the bathroom, but I’ve been putting it off cause my husband will think I’ve hopped on the looney train! 🙂

    (and Rachel Ray did say something a long time ago about her mom using it on her feet!)

  15. I used to rub it on my tummy to prevent stretch marks when pg with my first son…unfortunately, nothing prevents stretch marks when a 110 lb girl explodes with the growth of a 10 lb. baby! Maybe I’ll try it on my feet, though.
    I remember that I smelled yummy, but I could never get the smell out of my clothes.

  16. I used to use olive oil instead of lotion years ago. I occasionally use it now, or a nicely scented sage oil (almond oil base, I think) from a massage store.

    Sarah, instead of sugar, I mix salt with the oil for a bath scrub. After I’ve scrubbed all over, I fill the tub with hot water and soak in it. Still have to clean up the greasy mess but I feel great afterwards. ‘Course I haven’t taken a bath in ages because of the high water use. *sigh*

  17. That is too funny because I was going to blog about this after reading an article on it in an organic living book. I have done the sugar scrubs with great success, you just have to be careful to not slip when getting out of that oily shower 😉

  18. And if you do fry yourself in olive oil – jut put a little cider vinegar on it. Works wonderfully for cooling the burn. And you’ll really smell like a salad!

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