How to Pamper Your Face With Extra Virgin Olive Oil

Have you ever thought that the olive oil that’s sitting on your kitchen counter is good for your skin? Well, it is! In addition to being excellent for your internal health, it’s also a great base for face masks, giving you a beautiful external glow!

What are the benefits of using extra virgin olive oil on the skin?

Researchers have found that extra virgin olive oil holds an array of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties (1). Additionally, its thick consistency locks in the moisture and prevents signs of premature aging. It also gives a nice hydrating glow.

Here are some quick and easy ways you can use olive oil to pamper your skin (and get the all you can from it):

Olive Oil n’ Honey – for dry and sensitive skin 
For those battling with eczema, a study has proved that a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and honey can help calm irritated skin conditions (2). Due to honey’s humectant and antimicrobial property, it will provide extra hydration and leave the skin free of bacteria (3). 

What you need: 

  • 1 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil (EVOO)
  • 1 Tsp of raw honey 
Directions below.

Olive Oil n’ Turmeric – for hyperpigmentation and fine-lines 
Adding turmeric will enhance extra virgin olive oil's anti-inflammatory effects by helping fade away unwanted dark spots due to hyperpigmentation and reduce the appearance of fine-line and wrinkles

What you need: 

  • 1 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 Tsp of turmeric powder 

Directions below. 

Olive Oil n’ Vitamin C – for dull skin
If you’d like to deep clean your face to get rid of those flaky dead skin cells that have been hanging around then this mask is for you! The vitamin C in oranges will help regenerate new skin cells by exfoliating old cells off (4,5), giving you a radiant glow.  

What you need: 

  • 1 Tbsp of extra virgin olive oil
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 2 tsp of freshly squeezed orange juice 

Directions below.

Instructions for preparation and application

Mix extra virgin olive oil and honey, turmeric or orange in a bowl until well combined. Wash your face with soap and warm water. Pat dry with a clean towel. Evenly spread the mixture on your face and let it dry, roughly 15 minutes. Using warm water, wash the mask away. Let your skin breathe or follow with your normal routine.

Disclaimer: because olive oil has a thick consistency, it can clog large pores for people that already have oily skin. Be sure to do a patch test before applying the face mask to make sure it is safe for your skin. 

Whether applying extra virgin olive oil alone or as a mixture, it will deliver the benefits of reducing wrinkles and inflammation while providing extra hydration. 

Written by Nitchamon Chuajedton
Reviewed by Kelly Powers, MA, RDN, a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist who takes a holistic approach to nutrition and health. Kelly is a recipe developer with a food blog highlighting whole foods, simple recipes, and her life in San Francisco. She’s the creator of 52 Weeks, a weekly meal plan program that helps users get back in the kitchen and feed themselves well. Kelly is also a co-founder of Olivaio.