The actress Chloë Grace Moretz, gave away her top secret for gorgeous, glowing, clear, and youthful skin. That secret was olive oil.

Olive oil not only improves skin, but also improves your hair and nails.

The 4 main benefits of olive oil for the skin is:

  • Antioxidant Protection – olive oil contains three antioxidants; vitamin E, polyphenols, and phytosterols. When applied to the skin, it may help protect from premature ageing. Vitamin E helps to restore skin smoothness and protects against ultraviolet light, and hydroxytyrosol which is found in olive oil, prevents against damage to the skin.
  • Improves Exfoliation ­– if olive oil is mixed with natural sea salt and rubbed over the skin, it turns into a common exfoliating method. Sea salt combined with olive oil will remove dead skin cells, and leave the skin looking transformed and glowing.
  • Pores Stay Clear – some moisturises clog pores and ends up making the skin worse. Olive oil enters deeply into the skin whilst providing a cleansing effect. A method would be to apply a teaspoon of oil to the face and neck, and lightly dab the skin with a paper towel to wipe away any additional oil.
  • Multi Use – olive oil can be used for nail and cuticle care, eye makeup remove, homemade facial masks, shaving cream-gives an excellent aftershave, treats dandruff, and soften hands.

All of this would be great if it came with no negative effects. But of course, like anything too good to be true. It does. Although only if you don’t apply it properly, or if you have oily skin. Some of the problems it can cause are;

  • Acne – if it isn’t absorbed into your skin properly, it creates a layer on your skin, and can trap dust and sebum with can cause acne and spots.
  • Rashes ­if you have oily skin, it is normally the result of excessive sebum secretion. If this is mixed with an oily substance, you can have rashes, redness, and itching.
  • Blackheads – the oily nature can cause blackheads if not washed off properly as it will trap dirt and dead skin in the pores.

Whilst olive oil comes with negative effects, it’s still worth a shot (if you don’t have oily skin-or your skin problems will multiple rapidly), as it’s cheap, and easy to do. If it doesn’t work, you can just ditch it knowing never to put that stuff on your face again. Easy.

Written by Emily Bennett