Oil on skin? You’re probably reading that thinking that we’re crazy. But we’re big fans of applying olive oil to skin - but not just any olive oil, extra virgin olive oil. It’s actually been done for centuries. The ancient Romans used olive oil on their skin as a form of soap to scrape away all impurities. How many trendy skincare ingredients these days can you say were used in ancient Rome?
Our favorite ways to apply olive oil on the skin are: soap, body oil, lip balm and face oil.
Olive oil soap is worlds better than the majority of commercial soaps you find on shelves. Olive oil soap is hydrating, so it won’t strip the skin of essential moisture. Olive oil soap is also gentle enough to be used on newborn babies. Our favorite olive oil soaps are the lavender, sonoran spice, and eucalyptus mint that we hand make here in Arizona.
Next up: body oil. What’s the difference between body oil and body lotion? Body lotion is made with water and body oil is not. Body oil creates a protective barrier on the skin since it is more occlusive. One isn’t better than the other, we like to use both in super dry conditions: body lotion followed by body oil. That being said, there’s something strangely therapeutic about rubbing olive oil all over one’s body. It feels amazing and incredibly natural. To take it to the next level, we love using a naturally scented body oil like lavender, orange blossom, or vanilla.
Last but not least, we love using olive oil on our faces. This one is probably the most controversial, and each person is bioindividual - but hear us out. Extra virgin olive oil is packed with antioxidants, vitamins, and omega fatty acids. These properties make it naturally anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial. Vitamins like A, D, E, and K are great for nourishing the skin and aid in skin cell regeneration. Antioxidants in the form of polyphenols make EVOO an anti-inflammatory super power. Extra virgin olive oil also naturally contains a high amount of squalene, which is a powerful skin hydrator.
We love using olive oil in the first step of our double cleanse at night, and as a moisturizer during the day and night. Our daytime Nourishing Face Oil is lighter and contains ingredients like red raspberry seed oil which help protect against sun damage. Our Ageless Face Night Oil is a deeper moisturizer and contains bakuchiol, a natural retinol alternative treatment for fine lines and wrinkles.
Don't forget about the lips either! The skin on your lips is incredibly thin and sensitive so moisturizing the area is very important. Our amazingly great lip balms go on smooth and smell amazing.
Whether it be for your hands, body, or face - olive oil is a fabulous moisturizer and incredibly easy to apply to the skin.