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Olive Oil for Face

Aastha Dogra
Olive oil is a natural oil derived from the fruits of the olive tree. For centuries, women have been using olive oil for hair and skin care. Unlike the skin care products that are available in the market, olive oil is pure and natural, sans any chemicals, and hence, has no side effects either, thus, making it an ideal choice for facial skin care.
Instead of using the various cleansing creams and face washes in the market, which by the way, contain chemicals, you can use pure olive oil for face cleaning.
Here is a simple method for its usage.

Step 1
Take a small amount of virgin olive oil in your palms and apply it on your face. You do not need to wash your face with any soap or cleanser prior to its application. Use circular motions so that the oil reaches all the parts of the face, especially the creases of the nose, which normally get overlooked.
Step 2
Continue massaging for about two minutes. There are many benefits of olive oil for facial skin cleansing. It helps in dissolving the oil, dirt, makeup or any other impurities that get deposited in the skin pores. Post massaging, leave the oil on the face for about thirty seconds.

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Step 3
Now take a washcloth and dip it in hot water. Rinse it slightly and then put it on your face. This will help in steaming your face and thus, remove the impurities in the skin pores which have already been loosened by the oil. Keep the washcloth on the face for about ten minutes.

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Step 4
After the face steaming has been done, remove the wash cloth. Splash cold water on your face and clean it thoroughly so that oil is completely removed. Remember not to rub or pull your face skin while cleaning. Regularly washing your face with olive oil, will make your skin soft, supple and fresh.

Olive Oil Face Mask

For skin that is dry or wrinkled or sunburned, this face mask works best. Take a bowl and put together one egg yellow, one tablespoon flour and half a tablespoon olive oil, in it. Now mix them properly to form a paste. Apply the face pack on the skin and leave it on for twenty minutes. After that, wash off with lukewarm water. Apply this face pack twice a week on dry skin, to keep it well moisturized.
For normal skin, make a face mask by putting together half cup yogurt, half cup cucumber juice and half tablespoon olive oil. Apply the face mask on the face, leave on for fifteen minutes and then wash off with lukewarm water. Since normal skin is already quiet healthy, applying this face mask once a week is more than enough for natural skin care.
For oily skin, make a face pack by mixing together one cup oatmeal, half tablespoon olive oil, sea salts and half cup sour milk. Apply the mixture on face for fifteen minutes and then wash off. This face mask will help in cleansing the pores thoroughly, thereby preventing pimples, acne, zits, which an oily skin is very prone to.
Take a tablespoon of sandal wood powder, add half a teaspoon of turmeric and half a spoon of olive oil to it. Next, pour enough milk in it so as to form a paste. Mix it properly and after that apply evenly on your face and neck. Let the face mask remain on your face for about half an hour.

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Follow this up by washing your face with lukewarm water. In the end, spray rosewater on your face. If applied every week, this face mask will give all skin types an unmatchable glow.
Besides being an excellent cleanser and an important ingredient in face masks, olive oil serves as a great moisturizer too. In order to use this oil for face massage, I prefer to use the one which is available in the market for cooking. Olive oil as a moisturizer helps in keeping the skin well-nourished, thus, making the face dewy-soft and glowing.