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.
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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.
Extra-virgin olive oil offers lots of beauty benefits — combine it with a bit of coarse sugar to make a lip scrub or apply it generously to your hair and scalp as a 20-minute, leave-in pre-shampoo treatment. This age-old oil also serves as a cuticle conditioner and rub-on remedy for cracked, dry heels and elbows.
References and ResourcesBelmondo: Three Benefits to Using Olive Oil on Your Skin
Innovative Aesthetics: Dr. Cain's Blog: Vitamin K Shown Effective at Treating Under-Eye Circles
The Olive Oil Source: How to Pick an Olive Oil
Philly Fashionistas: Five Beauty Secrets the Stars Don't Want You to Know
AARP: AARP Blog: Better Beauty With Olive Oil? Yes!
Allure: 12 Unexpected Beauty Uses for Olive Oil
ResourcesCosmopolitan: “You Look Tired” -- Fixes for Every Eye Issue
Good Housekeeping: Eight Surprising Uses for Olive Oil