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Smart Woman: Olive Oil Can Be Used For Your Skin

Coming out of the winter months with dry skin? Before you try over the counter creams and treatments, there's a look at a natural approach to fighting chapped skin.
Jennifer Burke has great skin. Her secret? 

"Right now, I use olive oil. It pretty much does everything I need it to do," said Burke.

For many people with dry skin, dermatologists may suggest creams and other treatments. But now doctors are finding that using olive oil can do wonders for dry or damaged skin.

"If you have very dry skin, particularly in the winter, or in cases with patients who have eczema or psoriasis, and they just can't get a good moisturizer, it provides moisture to the skin," said Dr. Howard Brooks.

And it has antioxidants that are nutrients that can help prevent and repair damage to your skin's tissue. Olive oil skin care actually dates back over 5,000 years ago, when it was used as an ancient beauty treatment. But over the years it got a bad reputation, because people thought oil would clog the skin's pores causing breakouts.

Dr. Howards said, "Studies don't show that at all, as a matter of fact, some studies even show that olive oil, the antioxidant properties of olive oil, can actually improve acne."

Doctors say a little olive oil goes a long way. When using it on the face, it can smooth the complexion, and give elasticity to the skin. It can also help heal brittle nails and soften the cuticles. 

And it's not as greasy as people think. You can mix it with water and it's still effective.

"Couple tablespoons of water with a couple tablespoons of oil," said Dr. Howard.
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