From chapped lips to dry elbows, olive oil has historically served as an all-around essential for natural skin care -- this dynamo in a bottle moisturizes skin and packs plentiful antioxidants. While olive oil lends itself to all-over skin care, its minerals and fatty acids particularly help plump up the eyes and give dark circles a little glow, as does its vitamin K content, which normalizes skin tone. Although olive oil won't instantly remedy dark circles, a regular routine of simple application helps reduce the intensity of their appearance over time, and you might just enjoy some additional skin-friendly benefits along the way.
Choose an olive oil that caters to skin care. Forgo pure or light olive oil, which is sometimes chemically processed, in favor of high-quality, extra virgin oil. You'll only use a dab per application, so a high-quality bottle will last a long time.
Remove eye makeup by dabbing your clean fingertip in a bit of olive oil and gently applying the oil to the under-eye area, carefully avoiding your eyes. Rub the oil between your fingers and give your eyelashes a gentle rub and pull to remove stubborn mascara. Not only does this process prep your face for a light olive oil massage, removing your eye makeup helps prevent unflattering under-eye irritation.
Wash any remaining makeup or oil residue from your face with the pH-balanced face wash of your choice.
Coat your fingertip with a thin layer of olive oil once again. Gently massage the oil into the under-eye area without getting any oil into your eyes. The oil should not drip or leave a thick residue; use just enough to leave the under-eye skin feeling soft and smooth. Repeat the olive oil application daily -- incorporating it into your nightly makeup removal routine, for instance -- to lessen the appearance of under-eye circles and fine wrinkles over time.