Olive Oil Moisturizer Recipes for the Face and Body
Skin Care Secrets From the Mediterranean
Using olive oil in skin care is an absolute must for its moisturizing, healing and anti-aging properties, for starters! Used for centuries by Mediterranean women, it is a beauty secret that is coming full circle. By turning to the past, we can reap the full benefits that olive oil provides both in terms of skin and health.
Even if all you have is a bottle of good quality olive oil, I will show you that in fact that is all your skin needs. We have such a beneficial skin product at our fingertips; it makes sense to start using it in this way and not just as an ingredient in cooking. The savings this marvelous ingredient provides are immense—wait until you see just how many regular store-bought products may be substituted easily.
Many of us consider Extra Virgin Olive Oil (commonly referred to as EVOO) a staple in the kitchen cupboard, so we have had this wonder ingredient right under our noses all the time without realizing its skin care value.
1. Back to Basics Moisturizer Recipe
This is one super product that does not need any other ingredient in order to be an effective skin moisturizer if you fancy using it solo. Particularly beneficial for dry skins, this oil helps diminish fine lines and plumps out wrinkles, slowing down the ageing process.
- Virgin olive oil
Just pour 1–3 drops of oil into the palms of your hand and pat into the skin. It’s as simple as that.
- Start with 1 or 2 drops; a little goes a long way, and it is easier to use a small quantity of oil rather than to overuse and waste it.
- I recommend trying it at nighttime to start with, applying it after a shower or bath or 30 mins before bedtime to allow it absorb into the skin.
What If I Have Oily Skin?
Oily skins tend to age slower as the skin is naturally secreting oil. If you tend to have oily or acne skin, you may still use olive oil as a moisturizer, but do not buy those with a high acidic content such as Greek oils.
2. Age-Busting Moisturizer Lotion
- 1 small cucumber, peeled and deseeded
- 2 tbsp virgin olive oil (organic if possible)
- 1 lime (juice only)
- Combine the ingredients in a food processor until smooth.
- Pour into a glass jar and screw on the lid tightly.
- Use morning and night.
- Store in the fridge and use within 3 days.
3. Infused Face and Body Moisturizer
Do not use flower petals that may have been sprayed with chemicals as they may end up in your moisturizer and be absorbed through the skin.
- 1 1/2 cups flower petals
- 2 cups extra virgin olive oil
- 6 vitamin E capsules (400 IU)
- 2 glass jars with lids
- Put the flower petals into one of the glass jars.
- Pierce the vitamin E capsules and pour over the petals.
- Warm the olive oil and pour over the petals and vitamin E.
- Stir gently, screw on lid and shake well to start infusing the ingredients.
- Leave for at least two weeks on a shelf in a warm location, shaking daily.
- Strain the petals and pour the infused oil into the other jar.
- Use as a body oil after a shower or bath to lock in moisture. It may be used on any excessively dry areas of the skin, such as feet or elbows. You may also use it as a facial moisturizer, taking care around the eye area.
More Skin Care Products to Make With Olive Oil
- Skin Exfoliator – combine 4 tbsp granulated sugar with 3 tbsp of olive oil and use as a skin exfoliating scrub for face, body and feet. This combination is a winner for dry skin in need of smoothing by riding the skin of dead skin cells which promotes blood flow giving a fresh moisturized glow to the skin.
- Cuticle and Nail Cream - These often become brittle and dry through a variety of reasons including health, weather, diet and medication. For a quick and effective DIY repair treatment, soak hands in warm water before leaving them in warm olive oil for 5-10 mins.
- Cleanser – Suitable for all skin types (yes, even oily skins) this homemade cleanser recipe just requires two ingredients, EVOO and Castor oil with the ratio varying depending on skin type. This oil cleanser recipe is worth checking out.
- Eye Makeup Remover – Simple and effective just wipe over the eye area with a few drops of olive oil on a dampened piece of cotton wool (dampened cotton wool prevents dragging the delicate eye area). Use a cotton bud dipped in olive oil to remove hard core eyeliner or mascara.
- Shaving Cream – Yes even this is possible. Keeping the skin ultra smooth and moisturized this will also make it easier for the razor to glide smoothly, preventing nasty nicks.
- Hair Conditioner – For very dry or brittle hair warm ½ cup olive oil and apply all over the hair. Cover with a shower cap or saran wrap. Twist a towel around and leave for 30-45 mins. Rinse off and see your silky, shiny and healthy looking hair.
- Dandruff – Use a couple of drops of olive oil massaged into the scalp and then rinse off. You may combine with your favourite essential oil if you are not a fan of the smell.
- Bath Oil – Use alone or with your favourite natural oil for a soft supple skin.
- Massage Oil – May be combined with oils such as sweet almond or avocado to use as a deep muscle relaxing massage oil or used alone if you prefer.
- Body Butter – Warm olive oil combined with skin friendly shea butter gives a rich, nourishing ultra hydrating body cream.
Benefits to the Skin From Olive Oil
- Vitamins A and E
- Rich in Antioxidants
- Eliminates Free Radicals
- Removes Blackheads
- Treats Dandruff
- Treats Stretch Marks
- Prevents Stretch Marks
- Dry Cuticles
- Speeds up Cellular Rejuvenation
- Heals Diaper Rash
- Heals Scars, Burns and Cuts
- Natural Moisturizer
Our Olive Trees in Puglia
When we purchased our property in Puglia, a southern region in Italy, we were not fully aware of the valuable olive trees that grew there. Learning about the olives and methods of harvesting was fascinating.
With our small number of trees we were told they would yield enough oil to keep us stocked up for a year, which was music to our ears. My immediate thought was “How amazing to use oil from our own olive trees; it doesn't get much better than this”.
In fact the Puglia region yields the highest levels of olive oil production in Italy. A fact that is easy to understand when all you can see is thousands of proud olive tree groves for miles and that they are given tremendous respect and tender loving care by Italians. In fact it is illegal to dig up one of these trees unless for re-planting purposes. No surprise when you consider the importance of food, traditions and customs of Italy.
Would You Use Olive Oil for Homemade Skin Care?
This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.