Everybody wants clear, glowing skin. Unfortunately, conventional skincare products often contain harsh chemicals. These chemicals are not only dangerous, they can also damage your skin. When it comes to effective skincare, it is far preferable to use natural products for cleaning and cleansing. Found in virtually every kitchen around the world, olive oil is an inexpensive and highly effective way to maintain skin that is clean, clear, and glowing.

The Secret To Clear Skin 

It might sound counterintuitive to use oil as a facial cleanser. However, contrary to common believe, oil doesn’t actually cause breakouts or blemishes. Hormones or dirt and bacteria trapped deep within the skin are usually the culprit. An olive oil face wash is highly effective as a facial cleanser, dissolving any dirt, debris, or makeup that might be hiding deep within your pores.  It also works to dissolve “bad” oils found on your skin, or oils that lead to dirt and bacteria build-up.  Oil is a non-polar solvent compound, meaning that it is composed of two or more compounds whose negatives are approximately the same. The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent compound is by using another non-polar solvent compound similar in composition. “Like dissolves like” is a basic principal of chemistry.

Olive oil face wash works to dissolve “bad” oils on found on your skin, as well as dirt and bacteria. However, it doesn’t over clean it. The natural oil your skin produces, known as sebum, is actually good for you. It is meant to protect your skin from the outside environment and keep any harmful substances from seeping in.  So when it comes to skin care, stripping your skin of its natural oils isn’t the way to go, especially if you are prone to dry, flaking skin.

Research also suggests that adding reasonable amounts of oil to your skin actually prevents your body from overproducing its own oil, minimizing unsightly greasy skin. And overall, olive oil is an incredibly effective moisturizer, as it has the same pH balance as human skin.

How To Use Olive Oil As A Face Wash 

If you’re planning to use olive oil face wash to clean and clear your skin, make sure you only use a small amount. You don’t want to over do it— a tablespoon or two should suffice. You want to spread the olive oil out into the palm of your hand and rub it into your face in gentle, circular motions. Pay special attention to the spots that are especially prone to blackheads, like your nose and forehead.

Next, you will need to use some kind of exfoliator in order open your pores—sugar is a good option. Continue massaging your face with the exfoliator for about two minutes. Once you have finished let the oil sit on your face for an additional minute or two. Next, cover your face with a hot washcloth. This will further open your pores and promote deep cleansing.

Lastly, use the washcloth to gently remove any remaining olive oil face wash. Once your skin is free of any residual oil, it is a good idea to rinse your face with cold water. This will help to clean and tighten your pores. When done daily, this olive oil face wash cleansing technique can help to eliminate and prevent unsightly blackheads. And as an added benefit, it also helps to moisturize dry skin and remove bags under the eyes.

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