Ask a Dermatologist: Can You Use Olive Oil for Your Skin?

We can talk skin all day. If you're as immersed in the beauty world as us, you know keeping up with the latest and greatest skincare products is a hard job. Another day, another skincare product launches. Constant Sephora and department store runs to snag your favorite skincare products are welcomed here. However, the secret to glowing skin could be a staple in your kitchen pantry.

Olive oil has many skin and health benefits. Studies show that fatty acids in extra-virgin olive oil can protect your liver from oxidative stress. Research also proves that applying olive oil to the skin can prevent signs of photo-aging and sun damage. It's true—using olive oil for your skin is a thing. According to aesthetic plastic surgeon Paul Lorenc, MD, it's been used on skin since ancient times. "Cleopatra was a fan," says Lorenc. "Olive oil contains antioxidants that fight free-radical damage and an ingredient called squalene, which is extremely hydrating."