The Skincare Benefits & Side Effects Of Olive Oil

Dec 30, 2020
07:20 A.M.
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A little olive oil added to our pasta recipes makes them all the more healthy and delicious, but is it good for our skin?


We are all familiar with the benefits of olive oil when it comes to our diet. People generally regard it as a healthy option for cooking compared to other oils, which contain more cholesterol and might affect our heart health.

However, olive oil’s importance is being questioned now more than ever, thanks to J.Lo. The Hollywood celebrity admitted to olive oil being the main ingredient of her beauty products. Let’s have a look at the potential pros and cons of olive oil as a skincare ingredient.

Rich Source Of Vitamins

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Photo by jonathan ocampo on Unsplash


Olive oil is considered a rich source of essential vitamins. The International Olive Council says that olive oil contains vitamins A, D, K, and E.

People have used olive oil as a moisturizer for their hands, legs, and other body parts. However, applying olive oil directly to the face has not been a popular trend in the skincare and beauty arena.

A Good Antioxidant

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Photo by Priscilla Du Preez on Unsplash

Olive oil is a rich antioxidant, making it the right skincare agent in fighting the harmful UV rays from the sun. It also restores the radiance, dewy, and glowing nature of the skin.


Olive oil comes in many forms, but it generally contains large amounts of squalene. The presence of squalene adds to the antioxidant-rich nature of olive oil.

A Source Of Hydration

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Photo by Curology on Unsplash

Olive oil gently moisturizes your skin and helps remove patches and dryness. It also has a gently soothing effect, which renews skin texture.

It is a preferred moisturizer for the body during winters. However, people with sensitive skin and acne problems might not find olive oil as an effective moisturizer. It is best to consult the dermatologist in such cases.


Olive Oil In Skincare Products

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Photo by Viva Luna Studios on Unsplash

While some people prefer applying olive oil directly to their body, it is also present in skincare products. It is used as an ingredient in making soaps, face wash, skin lotions, body washes, and even beauty products like lipsticks.

The people who are not comfortable with using olive oil directly can opt for products that contain olive oil.

Side Effects Of Olive Oil

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Photo by Lina Verovaya on Unsplash

Olive oil might destroy your skin’s protective layer, and it usually happens with people having sensitive skin or breakouts. If olive oil doesn’t suit you, substitutes are available, such as glycerin, ceramides, and hyaluronic acid.

It can also block the skin pores and cause flakiness in some people. The best thing to do is to find out what your skin type is and whether or not olive oil is suitable for you.

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