Originally posted by Shifrah on AchooAllergy's Allergy Relief Blog
Olive oil, rich in history and used for a variety of purposes both internally and externally, has long been hailed for its health benefits. Through recent experience with using natural oils as personal care products, I began to realize that they may be optimal choices for allergy sufferers with sensitive skin.
I have recently done some reading on the Oil Cleansing Method, which in its most basic form involves using a mixture of extra virgin olive oil and castor oil as a cleanser and moisturizer for the face. I decided to give it a try for myself and have been extremely pleased with the results that were visible after just one use. After washing my face last night, I realized that using this blend of natural ingredients would be ideal for allergy sufferers with sensitive skin.
Today's beauty products are full of chemicals, including preservatives and fragrances that often do a lot more harm than good, whether or not a user reacts to them. Those with sensitive skin or multiple chemical sensitivities who experience redness, irritation, excessive dryness, or other ill effects from chemical-laded beauty or cosmetics products know this all too well.
Allergy-friendly personal care products like Vanicream Skin Cream and Vanicream Lite Lotion are excellent hypo-allergenic, fragrance- and paraben-free choices when it comes to moisturizing. But when it comes to cleansing, the Oil Cleansing Method could be just the thing for allergic individuals.
Thinking more about oil as a natural beauty product, I remembered my daughter's pediatrician recommending the use of both a humidifier and the application of almond oil to relieve some slight eczema that was developing during the cold, dry winter months. This "prescription" worked extremely well, and my daughter's eczema, caught in the very beginning stages, never progressed beyond small dry patches of skin.
Have you had any experience with olive oil or other natural oils used in your personal care regimen? We'd love to hear your stories.