Have you ever seen the ingredients list on your daily facial cleanser? I'll bet you can't pronounce more than half of the harsh chemicals that you wash your face with every day, sometimes even twice a day. Is this really what you want you to be exposing your delicate skin to on a daily basis? Probably not.
Thanks to our mom, we've said good-bye to commercial facial cleansers and turned to an alternative, more natural way to keep our skin clean - Extra virgin Olive Oil [EVOO]. EVOO is packed with antioxidants which naturally gives it anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, and anti-aging properties. Vitamins A, D, K and E protect against the free radicals that produce cell oxidation, making it effective in treating common skin disorders like acne, psoriasis, eczema, and diaper rash. Squalene is another component found in EVOO. It promotes skin elasticity, diminishes age spots, and boosts cell regeneration and oxygenation. This keeps our skin smooth and youthful.
We recommend this routine once a day, preferably before bed.
Here's how to wash your face with olive oil:
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Hot, running water
Step 1: Pour a quarter size amount of extra virgin olive oil into the palm of your hand and rub together until oil becomes warm.
Step 2: Gently, but firmly massage oil into your entire face for about 30 seconds.
This action removes make-up, dirt and other impurities collected throughout your day. No need to use a makeup remover at all. During this step, be sure to focus on massaging problem areas - this will help relieve stress from the skin.
Step 3: Run washcloth under hot water, ring out and place over entire face.
This acts as a facial steam allowing your pores to open and the oils to penetrate deeper than the skin's surface. Keep washcloth over face until it becomes cool.
Step 4: Wipe off remaining oil with washcloth.
The oil acts as a moisturizer so it's unnecessary to moisturize after this method. If your skin feels dry or tight, you can always take a drop of the oil and use it as moisturizer.
Step 5: Repeat steps 1-4. (Optional)
For a deeper cleanse, you may repeat the process again. If your skin has been through a lot that day, we recommend two washes.
TIPS TO TRY:
- Our favorite Olivespa Lavender Body Oil is a perfect facial cleanser. Lavender calms and soothes skin and it's a perfect way to relax just before bed!
- Add 1 drop of tea tree essential oil if your have problems with acne - tea tree oil has strong antibacterial properties that have been known to help clear up skin.
- Add other beneficial oils to your EVOO such as a few drops of sweet almond oil (anti-inflammatory) or castor oil (fights acne-causing bacteria).
This is just one of many alternative uses of EVOO.
What do you do with your EVOO?
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