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Is Olive Oil Good For The Skin?

I sometimes put Vaseline on dry parts of my skin, elbows and knees mostly. Now that winter is coming up I am thinking about this, because my skin tends to be worse then. I read something about olive oil being good for the skin-- and I thought that it really might be. Vaseline after all is a petroleum product, and olive oil is natural. Is my thinking right here? Anyone have any experience with this?


Thu. Sep 28, 12:42pm

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it has been my experience that olive oil is great for the skin, hair, nails and lips. it is a base ingredient in many of my hair care products. here is a link with some further info.


Thursday, September 28, 2006, 12:56 PM

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i know that by eating olive oil (and other healthy fats like those from avocado's and fish w/ omega 3s) your skin, hair and nails can look/feel better, but i'm not sure about using it directly.

i don't see why not though-if you don't mind smelling like it! i would avoid using it on your face though-i can see lots of breakouts happening!

Thursday, September 28, 2006, 1:04 PM

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breakouts are not caused by applying olive oil to the skins surface. i have used olive oil on my face with no negative results. please see link for more info on formation of pimples, if interested.

Thursday, September 28, 2006, 1:15 PM

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ooops! here's the link...


Thursday, September 28, 2006, 1:15 PM

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here is a link to a terrific website with many skincare tips-using products found in "the wild". it advises that olive oil is great for the skin...


Thursday, September 28, 2006, 1:19 PM

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I think it depends on your skin. If you already use vaseline and it's working fine for you then olive oil shouldn't be a big step. At any rate simply try it for a couple weeks and see how you like it - you can always go back.

If you suffer from drier skin in the winter several friends have recommended Lush's Sweet Japanese Girl. It has a bunch of oils that moisturize, oils that cleanse (tea tree and juniper berry), and ground almonds and aduki beans that exfoliate. (link provided below - and I think this thread has more links per response than any thread I've seen yet ;-)) It might be great for helping keeping those areas smooth, moisturized and exfoliated.


Thursday, September 28, 2006, 2:34 PM

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vaseline is TERRIBLE for your skin. It's a petroleum product. And it keeps moisture from being absorbed by your skin.

Olive oil is alright. I personally prefer almond oil. It's an oil that many massage therapists use- and a much better scent than olive. Because I swim regularly, I always put a moisurizer on, and then spritz an almond oil/essential oil mix into my skin. Skin like silk. BF can't keep his hands off.

Thursday, September 28, 2006, 10:16 PM

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grapeseed oil?

Vaseline is a great barrier. If you are in and out of the water a lot (surfing, rafting, etc.) it is a real lifesaver on preventing moisture loss from areas likely to crack, like hands and heels.

As an everyday, getiing-out-of-the-shower moisturizer vegetable oils are probably a lot more effective.

I was reading just this morning about grapeseed oil as a moisturizer. Has anybody tried this? liked/disliked the results?

Friday, September 29, 2006, 11:28 AM

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Thank you all so much, this is such a help!

Friday, September 29, 2006, 11:32 AM

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To the 10:16 poster, vaseline is not terrible for your skin. Maybe for a select few but for most is fabulous. My mom has put vaseline on her face every night for as long as I can remember. I am 38 and she's 64, and I shit you not people think we are sisters, I also have done it for the last 10 years and I still look like I'm at least 25. My grandmother as well does it and she look amazing. I guess it could be good jeans but I have used it for any number of things and it has always proved to be good.

Sunday, October 01, 2006, 3:16 AM

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