People are often shocked when I say that I use coconut and olive oils as moisturizers and conditioners, but they are most shocked when I say that I put them on my face! In fact, recently I was asked by a reader if the olive oil on my skin didn’t make me break out! Well, the answer is of course no, or I probably would have stopped using it a long time ago. There are so many moisturizing products that advertise being “oil free.” I think it must be the marketing that has made people believe that putting oils on their skin is just about the worst thing they could do, but I’m going go out on a limb and disagree. Let me tell you why.
The skin has natural oils in it that keep it healthy. When we wash our skin with soaps and harsh detergents we strip the natural oils from our skin which triggers more natural oil production. It is actually this over production of oils that causes break outs. So you see, the more we rid our skin of oils the more oil our skin will produce to keep itself healthy. I happen to wash my face with olive oil to preserve the oil balance in my skin. By doing this I can ensure a proper oil balance in my skin and not have to worry about my skins natural oils becoming so over abundant that they clog pores or cause breakouts.
There are a number of oils that are great for the skin. Here are just a few:
Tea Tree oil (acts as a natural astringent as well.)
Vitamin E oil
It may seem a little crazy to those of you who are used to using top of the line oil free moisturizers, but I encourage you to try this out for a month. Stop using harsh soaps. Wash your face with extra virgin olive oil.
1. Splash your face with some water. While your hands are wet, put about a teaspoon of extra virgin olive oil into your hands and briefly “lather”. (I keep my extra virgin olive oil in a sink cabinet so that it’s in a cool, dark space and retains its nutrients.)
2. Gently wash your face with the extra virgin olive oil.
3. Rinse your face gently with tepid water.
4. Use a soft white wash cloth to pat your face and remove any makeup. If you need a little more help removing eye makeup, place some non-petroleum jelly under your eye and gently wipe with a white wash cloth.
You can use a gentle, natural toner such as rose water and a drop or two of oil for a little added moisture. It will take about 3-4 weeks for your skin to adjust its own natural oil levels, and yes you may end up with a blemish or two in that time, but using naturally sourced oils to preserve your skin’s moisture is not only one of the best ways to ensure having glowing, flawless skin in the long run but it will also preserve your skin’s elasticity. So, don’t be afraid of the oils, my friends. In fact try this money saving beauty tip for yourself and I’ll bet you’ll be pleasantly surprised with the results.