Women do a lot of things in the name of beauty that might otherwise seem crazy: burning off the top layer of skin to reveal smoother, undamaged skin underneath; mixing up homemade remedies to lighten freckles, treat acne, or improve radiance; or slathering on any number of creams and lotions to moisturize. So it was with a sense of adventure and a dubious, “Well, I’ll give it a try,” attitude that I started using DHC Olive Virgin Oil on my face.
DHC is the Japanese equivalent of Avon- a line of products that are sold primarily online and from a catalog. The company’s product line is founded on the natural benefits of olive oil. According to DHC, those benefits include neutralizing free radicals, creating a moisture barrier against the elements without clogging pores, and helping your skin naturally regulate moisture levels.
Olive Virgin Oil looks exactly like, well, olive oil. According to DHC, this formula is derived of 100% certified organic Flor de Aceite which is one of the purest forms of olive oil available. According to one of my favorite sources for the real low down on beauty products, Beautypedia, there’s no difference between what you’ll find in this bottle and what is probably in your kitchen. Using olive oil as a moisturizer is not a new concept and, while I would not turn to my bottle of Bertolli brand EVOO for anything other than sauteing garlic, I somehow feel fine about the DHC Olive Virgin Oil. Go figure.
Olive Virgin Oil is recommended for all skin types, but if you’re prone to oil skin I might think twice. After cleansing, toning and moisturizing, I pump one dollop of oil onto my finger tips and then press them over my face. My cheeks are typically the driest so I concentrate the oil there. But I also smooth a little of it over my t-zone. Since that area is frequently greasy, this seemed very counter-intuitive. But instead of zits or irritation, I’m left with soft smooth skin. It looks fresh and radiant. True, it takes a few minutes for the oil to sink into my skin but that doesn’t really bother me.
If you’re looking for something to refine your skin’s texture and infuse it with a dose of moisture that lasts all day, give - DHC’s Olive Virgin Oil a try. Or save yourself the $38 and hit up your kitchen cupboard.