Olive Oil as a Moisturizer

by Jenn @ Frugal Upstate on April 2, 2013

Did you know that you can use olive oil as a moisturizer?

Back in February of 2011 I decided to try using olive oil as a moisturizer. Up to that point I had been using the store brand “Oil of Beauty” (like Oil of Olay) with an SPF 15.  The “Oil of Beauty” was a pretty cost effective moisturizer (and I totally believe that moisturizer is a necessity for anyone wanting their skin to stay smooth, supple and young looking)–but I wanted something more natural and even LESS expensive.  After some reading and research I decided to try good old olive oil.  After all I knew exactly what was in it, and I figured if it was safe to eat it wouldn’t be dangerous to apply to my skin.  olive oil used as a moisturizer

I did have some questions.  Would it work? Would I feel oily?  Would I break out with a million blackheads?  I figured nothing ventured nothing gained and gave it a shot.

It’s now been two years and I can say I really enjoy using olive oil as my main moisturizer.  I use it all winter long!  In the summer I use olive oil either when I won’t be spending much time outside or else after a shower/washing my face in the evening.  I just figure that applying oil to my face and then heading outside to bask in the sun is a good way to get a sunburn ala 1980’s babyoil sunbathing.  Remember those days?  So when I’m spending time out in the strong sunlight I apply my old brand of moisturizer with SPF.  Sometimes I apply the olive oil and then apply a sunscreen before heading outside.  Other times I apply the olive oil and wear a hat.  It kind of depends.

So what about my initial concerns?  Well,  I do not find that the oil feels, well, oily.  I only apply the barest amount–Seriously I just quickly upturn the bottle in my hand and then turn it right back over:

Olive Oil Moisturizer Collage

The barest sheen of oil is left in my hand:

olive oil moisturizer 4I then rub the oil between both of my hands–it will feel like it’s almost gone at this point–and then gently rub my hands over my face.  You will barely be able to see that you added anything. . . BUT it will make your skin feel hydrated and soft.  On the days I forget to do this my face feels all tighty and icky.

This picture shows me immediately after I’ve rubbed the oil on my face.  Notice that I do NOT look greasy.

olive oil moisturizer 6

I usually put on the oil, then blow dry my hair.  That gives it a few minutes to soak in before I apply my makeup.  Just in case.

Although I do not feel greasy after applying the oil, sometimes at the end of the day (especially if it’s hot and humid) my face feels a bit oily to me–but I don’t think it LOOKS particularly oily.

I have not had ANY issues with clogged pores or blackheads (which is nice).

It’s been a very cost effective measure as well–that bottle you see at the top of this post is the original bottle I purchased in February of 2011–I’m still using it and still have plenty left.  And it was the smallest size plain olive oil that I could buy in the store–about 8 oz I think.

All in all I think that the olive oil has been a success.  I would like it if there was an SPF quality–I have recently read that coconut oil has an SPF of 5–I’ll have to do some more research on that and see if some sort of mix might be useful.

Now I’d love to hear from all of you.  Do you use moisturizers?  How do you make it cost effective?  Have any of you used olive oil before?

Note:  More information on Olive Oil–How to Translate Olive Oil Labels


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