Many mainstream moisturizers use ingredients that may harm your skin and your health. Not products using natural ingredients, like olive oil moisturizers.

Today we want to look at olive oil moisturizers, and examine the use of natural oils as skin moisturizers compared to the use of artificial chemical moisturizers commonly found in the big brand skin care products.

The benefits of olive oil as a moisturizer have been known for centuries. Olive oil moisturizers work very effectively to moisturize and rejuvenate skin that can be low in essential oils.

Many big name skin care products use chemical and petrochemical ingredients as moisturisers. A good example of this is petrolatum.  Petrolatum is a petrochemical product derived from crude oil. It is used in many skin care products primarily because it is very cheap, but also because it is supposed to have some moisturising properties.

Petrolatum can also be known as petroleum jelly or Vaseline. It does not penetrate the skin and so does not have any direct moisturising properties. What it does do is coat the skin with a thin film of oil thereby preventing some moisture loss. This isn’t health and can lead to acne.

We won’t go into all the details of petrolatum as we have done so in a dedicated article about petrolatum in skin care products.

There are many excellent natural essential oils which work very effectively as natural moisturisers and which do not have any of the risks to your health, or your skin, of petrochemical ingredients such as petrolatum. We always recommend that you buy natural skin care products using safe natural ingredients, both because these are safe for your health and they work better.Olive Oil Moisturizers

Olive oil moisturizers are a fine example. Olive oil is obviously safe to eat, and in fact is nutritious and healthy, particularly because of the nature of the fats found in it. However it also works effectively to moisturize the skin.

It has anti-inflammatory properties and also works effectively against some skin conditions such as eczema, skin rashes, psoriasis and more. It’s natural oils show the closest compatibility with human skin of all the natural essential oils.

It is rich in nutrients and antioxidants and is particularly high in vitamin E. It is beneficial for sensitive skin, oily skin and dry skin. As a facial treatment it helps fight wrinkles and improve overall skin health that declines with age.

It is quite possible to use olive oil on its own for it’s skin health benefits. For instance you could add a couple of teaspoons of extra virgin olive oil to your bath at night. Don’t forget to splash some of the bathwater on your face.

However it is also possible to get excellent natural skin care products that incorporate olive oil. The best available, (though not actually a moisturizer, if you’re interested to find out why then read our article about the best moisturizer) uses an emulsifier developed from olive oil that is highly effective for improving skin health and reducing the effects of aging on your skin.

Using olive oil on its own can be quite effective for your skin, however the best natural skin care products combine an olive oil formulation with a range of other ingredients to increase the moisturising properties of the products compared to using olive oil alone.

The big name skin care brands make use of a wide range of cheap chemical and petrochemical ingredients, and here at Restore My Skin we seek to alert you to the risks of these types of products. Feel free to read more about this using the categories at the right.

But there are also some outstanding skin care products on the market using safe natural ingredients that are usually more effective than the chemical alternatives. We also hope to point you towards safer more effective alternatives to the big brands. A good olive oil moisturizer is a good start.

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