There are two compliments I get fairly frequently: “I love your hair, is it real?” and, “You have great skin.” So I’d like to thank my mother for my complexion and my father for my thick hair. Unfortunately, in the winter months my skin really dislikes my face and tries to peel away from it. My nose and forehead flake, or at least they did until I started slathering Extra Virgin Olive Oil on my face. I don’t have an old Italian grandmother, but I’m pretty sure if I did she would’ve taught me this secret long ago. I’d also have olivey skin and beautiful dark hair like Angie, but I don’t (thanks a lot for the resting bitchface though, German ancestors).
It’s weird that I oil up my face, you say? It kind of is, and the first time I tried it I felt a little bit like what I imagine a salad feels like when doused with dressing. I’d like to note that I am not a dermatologist and am aware that olive oil is moderately comedogenic, meaning it can clog pores. So like anything else you put on your face (exfoliating scrubs, heavy lotions or treatments, mayonnaise, egg yolks, etc.) be sure to use in moderation.
I get my olive oil in bulk at Lakewinds Co-op. That way I can fill up a cute little jar and keep it in the bathroom.
Warning: do not take your kitchen olive oil in the bathroom! Nobody wants to find stray hairs in their pesto sauce. Get yourself a separate container for the bathroom. I use it in the shower because it can be a bit messy. Here’s the routine:
- Wet your face
- Slather olive oil around face avoiding eyes and any areas that are especially oily (I typically avoid my chin because I don’t have dry skin problems there)
- Let oil sit for about two minutes while you do something else showery
- Wipe oil off with a wet washcloth
- I also like to put some oil on my legs after shaving and on my dry elbows
That’s it! My skin feels extra soft and doesn’t flake for several days after one of these treatments.
For good measure, here’s a picture of my face skin, fresh out of the shower and makeup free.