Protecting and healing dry skin is a must in dry locations and during the winter months. Dry skin can happen to the best of skin types. During cold winter months, or during seasons with low humidity, it can be all too easy for our skin to get dry, cracked, and flakey. However, there are steps you can take to protect your skin.
Your skin is your outermost organ. It protects the body by forming a layer to protect your bones, muscle, etc. So keeping your skin healthy is just common sense.
So what can you do when your skin seems to get extra dry & even lotions don’t seem to help?
Simple Home Remedy for Dry Skin
When the typical lotions don’t seem to help your skin, you may be worried that there will be nothing you can do. However, there is a simple home solution for dry skin that can make even the most dry skin come back to life with a slick, oily shine.
The solution….Olive Oil! Yes–you read correctly! That same oil that comes from olives that you may have cooked with can be applied to your skin for a healthy, youthful looking appearance.
How does Olive Oil Help Dry Skin?
Olive oil is derived from olives. Olives are natural healthy foods that grow on trees. This is great because most lotions, oils, and lubricants are made from chemicals that could harm your skin. Olive oil is made of oil from olives. Olive oil is well known for its health benefits. Some studies suggest that consuming 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil on a daily basis could reduce heart attacks & strokes.
The best type of olive oil to use as a skin moisturizer is Extra Virgin Olive Oil. This can usually be found at your local supermarket.
What does olive oil do exactly? Olive oil helps heal your dry skin by forming a protective layer of oil. This helps your skin retain moisture, and keep a light shine that gives your skin a radiant glow. This prevents excessive dryness & may even help with eczema or other skin rash conditions.
Olive oil is also a well known beauty secret that has been used for hundreds of years by Romans, Egyptians, and others. Even today, many people rub olive oil around their eyes and the rest of their face to prevent wrinkles & sun spots. Most people seem to report that olive oil gives them a much more youthful appearance.
Olive oil is great for the skin because most it is generally non-allergic (although you may want to try it on a small portion of your skin just incase).
It does not have a very strong smell, and its very light (hardly noticeable) fragrance is actually pleasant. You can always apply a perfume or cologne spray and you would not even be able to tell that you are using olive oil.
Also, it does not usually tend to cause zits, acne, or breakouts like other lotions or oils. And since olives are a natural food that is actually good for you, you could be helping your cells.
How to Apply To Olive Oil to Your Dry Skin
Applying olive oil to your dry skin is simple. You can apply the oil at any time, however, after a shower is most common.
After a shower, pour a small amount of olive oil in your hand & run onto the area of dry skin. Olive oil is safe to use on any portion of your body-including your arms, face, neck, back, chest, legs, etc.
Start with a small portion & rub into your skin just as you would with lotion. You can apply to your whole body, or just a small area. If you accidentally apply too much, or if you want to reduce the “oily” texture, then you can wipe away any excess with a towel until you feel comfortable.
Olive oil will give your skin a nice moisturized texture. It does not make your skin shiny, but rather it tends to add a radiant glow.
Other Great Uses For Olive Oil:
Apply to hair approximately 2 times per month as a moisturizer/conditioner. Then blow dry with a hairdryer.
Soak fingernails in olive oil for 5-15 minutes to soften nails.