This winter has not been very kind to our skin! A constant back and forth between unusually warm and brutally cold temperatures, sometimes in one day! How can our bodies adapt to these temperature changes and continue to be healthy? That glow we used to have has faded and we are left with itchy, flaking, dried out skin.
Hydration, hydration, hydration! Keeping hydrated is the first course of action! 2 liters of water a day will help plump up the skin, smooth out the wrinkles, and reduce the size of our pores. Our skin is mostly comprised of water and we must first keep our bodies hydrated by drinking water daily. Adding balsamic vinegar to your drinking water will give you antioxidants and probiotics to benefit your overall health. Taking showers at lower temperatures is gentler for your skin too. Using a body wash that has a good quality extra virgin olive oil as an ingredient will also increase the healing and softening of your skin. The Olive Oil Skin Care Company from Australia uses high quality, extra virgin olive oil in all of their products. We sell their products in our Niskayuna store. You can also use your Evergreen Olive Oil Co Extra Virgin Olive Oil with coarse sugar or salt to create an excellent exfoliating product for your skin. Here is a recipe:
As you are scrubbing, the oil permeates the skin and locks in moisture. Be careful to rinse the shower floor thoroughly as the oil can make surfaces slippery. After your shower, just pat dry and apply Extra Virgin Olive Oil directly to the skin which will also lock in moisture and protect the skin throughout the day. This is a wonderful solution for people who have sensitive skin and tend to have reactions to lotions.
Extra virgin olive oil is full of antioxidants that benefit the body in so many ways. It can also be used as a hot oil treatment for the hair and as a lip balm too.
The benefits and uses of extra virgin olive oil are plentiful! Try some of these tips to experience healthy winter skin. But be careful, just because a product says it contains olive oil as does not mean it’s good quality or good for you.
Important Criteria for Choosing Olive Oil Skin Care Products
Do your homework and compare!
The overwhelming majority of beauty and skin care products on the market which try to promote olive oil as a cornerstone ingredient are invariably cutting corners and/or using inferior products.
The cosmetic industry is a well known dumping ground for old, out of spec. and inferior grades of olive oil. In fact, it is the perfect place to dispose of unsold, aged olive oil, refined olive oil and/or adulterated olive oil – a place where there will be no scrutiny or questions about the traceability or authenticity of the olive oil being used. And if you think there’s a high level of dishonesty and a lack of transparency in the food industry regarding truth in labeling, the cosmetic and skincare industry’s record is absolutely abysmal by comparison.
In light of this, we urge you to check the label! Here’s a brief checklist of criteria you might want to consider when looking for high quality olive oil skin care products that truly offer the benefit that high quality extra virgin olive oil delivers to both skin and body.
1. What grade of olive oil, (if any) is being used?
2. If extra virgin olive oil is listed, where does it show up on the ingredient statement? – The more it contains, the better it is for your skin and hair.
3. What assurances do you have that the extra virgin olive oil used was fresh, of high quality, and not compromised?
4. Are there other oils in the product such as refined oils or filler oils such as coconut oil?
5. Does it contain preservatives or synthetics?
6. Are environmentally unfriendly products such as palm oil being used?
Our Extra Virgin Olive Oil Skin Care Product Checklist
NO artificial coloring or dyes
NO filler oils
NO Sodium Laurel Sulfate
NO palm, coconut or environmentally unfriendly products
NO chemical fragrances
NO chemicals or synthetics WHAT SO EVER
NO refined oils