I was at a conference in NYC meeting the newest innovators in the beauty product world when I came across a company called Olive + M. I met the company’s founder, Mariska. With a culinary background, Mariska explained to me that she dedicated four years to mixing and blending just the right ingredients to create her all natural, olive-oil based skincare products.
I tested several products to see how quickly they absorbed into my skin and whether there was an oily residue left behind. I was impressed. Olive oil is rich in antioxidants including Vitamin E and polyphenols, which help to fight free radicals to keep your skin looking healthy, smooth, and even dewy. Olive oil could potentially even be beneficial in treating and preventing certain forms of skin cancer. Studies also suggest olive oil can speed wound healing by accelerating collagen production.
I often hesitate to recommend coconut oil to my acne prone patients because many people break out when they use coconut oil on their face, chest and back. I have found that olive oil rarely presents the same issue when applied topically. In contrast, in my clinical practice, I have found that patients frequently share their positive experiences with intermittent olive oil use in their skincare regimens. If you have sensitive skin, atopic dermatitis, or are considering using olive oil on your baby’s skin, check out these relevant – though small – studies. Some are favorable (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18429773, while others warrant a more conservative approach in specific populations such as neonates or those prone to eczema https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26551528/, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22995032.) Particularly as the weather gets colder and drier, I love to have a facial oil on hand to help trap moisture in my healthy skin. Check out my post on how to use facial oils right here: (https://drwhitneybowe.com/whats-the-right-way-to-use-facial-oils/).
As I was testing the products and having a truly engaging conversation with Mariska and her team, I came across a product that spoke right to my heart and which I knew you guys would love too. I’m talking about a golden, shimmering, lightly scented body oil (think a gentle scent combining oil of sweet orange peel, vanilla, and deeper notes) that leaves your skin with a nourishing and hydrating glow. You shake the product well to ensure even distribution of the shimmer mica particles and then apply a small amount via a dropper.
I’ve been using this body oil on my chest and shoulders (when exposed) to keep that healthy summer glow even into the winter, but Mariska’s team was telling me that they even use a little drop on their hair for hydration and shine. When I think of a subtle, goddess-y glow for the holidays, this product is top of mind!
Olive + M describes this product as a “star in a bottle” and I’m here for it!