As an avid foodie, I’ve long been a fan of drizzling extra-virgin olive oil on my pastas and salads. But it was only recently that I started to consider using it on my skin. It turns out that olive oil is an unbeatable source of vitamin E, which is an antioxidant that fights off free radicals and helps reverse the negative effects of too much sun exposure. It also has naturally skin-softening properties and it’s allergen-free, so it’s great for people with chronically dry or hypersensitive skin (I consider myself to fall into both categories). Since I’d rather avoid the greasiness and drip factor associated with using the oil itself, Denizia Olive Oil Soap from MicrodermaMitt is a nice alternative.
While most soaps are full of artificial fragrances, dyes, and other harsh ingredients that strip your skin, MicrodermaMitt’s soap is made with only four ingredients: olive oil, water, mineral salts, and sodium hydroxide (aka lye). I’m willing to wager that it’s the most minimalist formula around. I love how the bar only has the faintest, hardly detectable natural olive scent, so I don’t end up smelling like I doused myself with a gallon of oil. I’ve been using it in the shower and I’ve found that I no longer need to apply body lotion after toweling off. You can also keep it by the sink to wash your hands (bonus: olive oil acts as a natural cuticle softener) or treat it as a facial cleanser. And since each bar of the soap will last at least a month or two, it’s a more economical way of getting your skincare fix than emptying your precious jug of extra-virgin oil.
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