Olive Oil for Dry Skin
I use Olive Oil to Moisturize my Dry Skin Every Day and I Love It!
Olive oil is loaded with skin loving nutrients and is a natural humectant that actually helps attract moisture to your dry skin. Olive oil contains antioxidants, squalene, clorophyll,vitamin e, vitamin k, phenols, oleocanthal and more. Learn more here. Olive Oil Nutrients and Olive Oil Skin Care
My skin is dry. I wouldn't call it severe, although it does get pretty bad sometimes. In the summer I spend a lot of time camping at the lake. We relax on the beach, swim, and do some boating. My skin is exposed to the sun, sand, water, and wind. The shins and calves of my legs are particularly bad because I shave my legs nearly every day during the summer months.
I also suffer from winter itch. About five or six years ago, I began getting these tiny little bumps. First on my upper arms, then on my back below my shoulder blades and the last couple years on my belly. It was terribly itchy especially when I showered and at night. I woke up in the morning sometimes to find I had scratched enough to break the skin and bleed...
My doctor suggested an over the counter cortisone cream. I know using cortisone isn't a good thing, you don't want to be using it for an extended period of time, but I was desperate and tried it - no luck!
Then the Doc suggested I try Selsun Blue. You know, the shampoo for dandruff. Again, I reluctantly tried it. I was to spread it on the affected area and leave it there! Okay, it smelled very strongly, was blue and full of harmful chemicals. Forget that! I also tried shea butter ( I love shea butter, but it didn't work for this)and tea tree oil.
Finally, plain old extra virgin olive oil and guess what? You bet, last year I had hardly an itch - what a relief.
How I use olive oil for dry skin
Every morning after I shower (I use olive oil soap to wash and shave too) but before drying off, I rub olive oil all over my skin. I keep a small container in the shower because the light and heat will diminish its benefits over time. I pour small amounts into the palm of my hand, spread it on my palms and rub it in. It blends with the water left on my skin and spreads more easily and evenly. If I miss a day or two, I really notice a difference. Olive oil has been the best thing for my dry skin.When I'm camping...there are no showers, but I swim everyday. After my first and last swim of the day, I apply the olive oil just as I would after a shower. I am not using it as a suntan oil or sunscreen. I choose not to use sunscreen for reasons I talk more about on the sun protection page, but I wear a light cover up or stay in the shade for the most part.
Olive oil can be used for skin care in so many different ways.