I’ve been using olive oil for dry skin on my body for as long as I can remember. It’s a really handy go-to oil that is very affordable. It’s also very effective.
Olive oil can be used on its own to treat all of the conditions listed below. However, if you want a quick but powerful solution, mixing it with other oils will do wonders. See below for three extremely beneficial blends using olive oil for dry skin.
Simple Homemade Blends Using Olive Oil
Soothe Itchy Skin with Olive Oil and Chamomile
Do you suddenly have itchy skin and aren’t sure why? Mix a few drops of German chamomile essential oil into a handful of olive oil and rub it on your skin. Chamomile is a soothing oil, so you’ll find that if you use it, you’ll feel immediately calmer.
Note: This blend is meant for your body, not your face.
Soften Dry, Cracked Cuticles with Sandalwood Essential Oil and Olive Oil
For dry cuticles, make a powerful blend using olive oil combined with sandalwood essential oil. This will really help to soften and strengthen the skin around your nails. You can do this treatment while watching TV!
A Soothing Application For Dry Skin
The Rub Down
Despite my obsession with homemade skin care, sometimes I just don’t have the time or ingredients to make up a proper scrub. So, to deal with dry skin on my body (which I tend to get a lot), I apply olive oil right on my skin. You can do this a couple of times a week.
For greatest effect, I do it immediately after getting out of the shower. If I have aloe vera gel, I add it to the mix as well. Aloe gel helps the skin to absorb the oil, so you don’t need to use as much.
* Warning: Be Careful When Using Olive Oil For Dry Skin
You Can Use Too Much!
Olive oil is fabulous for dry skin, but don’t go overboard. If you do, you could end up with oily, pimply skin. It’s too rich an oil to use in large quantities on an ongoing basis.
- Use it only two times per week, three at the very most if you have extremely dry skin.
- If you want to use it more regularly, make up a blend of 10% olive oil and 90% sweet almond oil.
Be Careful Not to Ruin Your Clothes or Furniture.
This is an important reminder for all oils. But, olive oil tends to be one of the more greasy oils that takes a little longer to be absorbed into your skin. This means that you’ll have to sit around in your towel or robe a little longer than you may want to, so make sure that you make time for this treatment.
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