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Kitchen Beauty: Olive Oil As a Face Wash

By Ole & Shaina Olmanson |

Who knew that your favorite beauty product could be located in the kitchen?

Yes, oil as a face wash. While this seems counter-intuitive, oil will not cause your face to be greasy. On the contrary, healthy oils will dissolve the dirty oils that collect on your face, leaving you with clean, clear and moisturized skin naturally.

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Kitchen Beauty: Olive Oil as a Face Wash

Olive Oil Face Wash

You may be wondering how oil on your face will leave you with glowing, smooth skin. The concept here is backed by chemical processes but uses no chemicals. Oil dissolves oil, "like dissolves like."
From The Oil Cleansing Method:
"The basic concept of this skin care and cleansing method is that the oil used to massage your skin will dissolve the oil that has hardened with impurities and found itself stuck in your pores. The steam will open your pores, allowing the oil to be easily removed. Should you need it, the smallest drop of the same oil formula patted over damp skin will provide the necessary lubrication to keep your skin from over-compensating in oil production."

Many people have touched on this subject before. Tsh’s how-to post on washing your face with oil is very informative, and you can also find helpful tips on The Oil Cleansing Method.

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About Ole & Shaina Olmanson


Ole & Shaina Olmanson

Shaina Olmanson is the food writer and home cook behind Food for My Family. Shaina can usually be found in one of three places: cooking, at the computer or behind the camera. These three things occur in the kitchen simultaneously with her four children hanging from her apron strings as she teaches them to cook and the importance of eating locally, seasonally, organically and together. She is a former Babble Food blogger.

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7 thoughts on “Kitchen Beauty: Olive Oil As a Face Wash

  1. Emily says:

    I used this method for more than a year and my skin never looked better. Over the past few months I stopped using it and went back to some of my old products and my skin definitely changed for the worse. Today’s the day I get back to using oil as my cleanser!

  2. Tracy says:

    I never knew this about oil! Thanks so much for sharing this!!

  3. Casey@Good. Food. Stories. says:

    I’ve always been intrigued by the idea of oil as a cleanser but too chicken to try it on my oily, blemish-prone skin. Maybe it’s time to finally take the leap!

  4. I did this and I love it! My skin is so soft. Thanks for the great idea!

  5. Allison@Something4Myself says:

    I have been told by dermatologists that my exzema was caused by skin that is too oily. After reading this article, however, I’m convinced that this is the way to go! I’m going to start today!

  6. stephanie says:

    Olive oil is pure and natural. It’s the best inside and out of your body. An ancient formula. For it in a lotion or body cream check out

  7. Elan says:

    I am allergic to olive trees, and olive oil products make me itch. So, I like to use safflower oil. I like it better too, because it is much lighter than olive oil. It’s great for our moist southern summers.

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