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Benefits of a Serum & How to Use

written by: Ashley Parker


You are probably most familiar with the basic practices of skin care and skin care routines, wash your face morning and night, use moisturizer and always use sunscreen.  But there is a new rapidly growing addition to the skin care routine that you probably have heard of, but unsure about; using a serum.  Serums are the key addition to any good skin care routine. You can cleanse and moisturize until your heart's content, but if you're looking for active ingredients to help smooth, brighten, and lift, you need a serum.


What is a serum?


A serum contains a high concentration of active ingredients that you can get without a prescription.  Cleansers and moisturizers typically contain around 8% active ingredient, whereas serums can contain as much as 70%.  This means you are getting more results when you are looking to even tone, brighten, reduce fine lines, firm and rid dark spots.  


Less Breakouts


Active ingredients and the texture of serums can leave less residue that moisturizers might leave. Unlike most moisturizers, (which tend to be thicker and can leave residue on the skin), serums have a less thick watery consistency which increases the skin's ability to absorb.  This means serums absorb into the skin much deeper allowing the skin to absorb more active ingredients.


How to Apply Serums


Now that you know what a serum is and how it can benefit you, now it is time to talk about how to apply the serum for best results.  


Cleanse before Using Serum


A serum is most effective when applied to clean skin.  Throughout the day your face is exposed to dirt and air pollution build up that can block the pores and create a residue build up on the skin.  For maximum results, wash your face before applying serum.  This will allow the serum to better penetrate the skin to deliver the active ingredients.


Apply a Warm Moist Towel to Face


Apply a warm moist towel to your face to open pores and leave skin slightly moist.  This will help improve absorption of the serum.


Pat Serum into Your Skin


When applying skin care products, the natural urge is to massage the products into your skin.  Do not massage the serum into your skin as this will limit the amount of absorption.  For better absorption of the serum, put dots of serum on your face and pat the serum into your skin allowing the skin to absorb the serum.  




If you feel tingling on your face when applying the serum, have no fear as this is a common sensation when applying serum.  A tingling sensation can often mean the active ingredients are being absorbed by the skin. 


Follow Up with a Moisturizer


Once the serum is absorbed, wait for the serum to dry.  Follow up the serum with a moisturizer to help lock it in.  Don't forget to moisturize your neck!  The neck is often a forgotten area to moisturize.  When applying the moisturizer, apply moisturizer in upward strokes, some skin care experts suggest applying moisturizer in upward strokes to help combat sagging and wrinkled skin.


Beneficial Properties of Olive Oil

Olive Oil is a vital nutriment for the body's well being

Olive Oil is the natural oil extracted from olives, the fatty fruit of the olive tree.

Approximately 24% of the oil is saturated fats and omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids, with 73% being monounsaturated fatty acids, known as oleic acids.  These fatty acids are extremely healthy and when ingested, help to reduce the LDL cholesterol level, without reducing the good HDL cholesterol levels in the blood.

In addition to beneficial fatty acids, Olive Oil also contains natural vitamins A, D, E and K, which help to replenish moisture loss resulting in restored flexibility and suppleness of the skin.

Olive Oil is also loaded with powerful, biologically active antioxidants that allow it to maintain stability and neutralize the oxidant effect of free radicals that damage collagen and cause skin dryness and wrinkles.  This helps to reduce the look of fine lines and keep the skin youthful.

An important antioxidant action is performed by phenolic compounds (phenols, phenolic acids and polyphenols), which are found in abundance in quality Extra Virgin Olive Oils. Oleocanthal is beneficial phenolic compound unique to Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and is a known anti-inflammatory often referred to as ‘nature’s ingredient for pain relief’.

Squalene, another noted component of Olive Oil, is an antibacterial and antioxidant.  It has the ability to rapidly penetrate the skin and, once absorbed, helps prevent UV damage and the formation of age spots.  It also promotes cell growth and stimulates the natural production of collagen and elastin. 


My Skin and Olive Oil

Olive Oil is suitable for all skin types

At the Olive Oil Skincare Company, our home grown Extra Virgin Olive Oil is the base for our all natural skin and hair care products.  Cold pressed and unfiltered, which means it contains the maximum possible concentration of both monounsaturated fats and polyphenol antioxidants, this ‘liquid gold’, nutrient rich oil is a natural beauty booster.

Olive Oil has the highest compatibility with our own skin as the chemical composition is very similar. It spreads and lubricates exceptionally well and leaves a non-oily soft, rich feel on the skin as it deeply hydrates.

Rich in glycolipids and phytosterols, Olive Oil has both detoxifying and anti-aging benefits.  It blocks and fights free radicals, helping to reduce the look of fine lines and keep skin youthful.

A source of both natural Vitamin E and Vitamin K, Olive Oil helps to replenish moisture loss resulting in restored flexibility and suppleness.   It also assists in UV ray protection, and neutralizes the oxidant effect of free radicals that damage collagen and cause skin dryness and wrinkles.  It helps rejuvenate cells, improves the look of scars and soothes damaged skin.

Blended with selected essential oils, each chosen for their beneficial properties, our range of Olive Oil Skincare products has something to offer all ages and all skin types. 

Our pure, unscented range, is suitable for the most sensitive of skin types.  Ideal for baby’s delicate skin, or problem skin that is prone to dryness, the natural goodness of Olive Oil moisturises and enhances the complexion for a healthy-looking skin.

Floral, citrus, minty and woody essential oils are blended with our Olive Oil to create unique blends to soothe, hydrate, calm, purify, enhance, revive, restore and moisturise the skin.

Olive oil is nature’s ‘liquid gold’ for the skin and hair …







‘Except the vine, there is no plant which bears a fruit of as great importance as the olive’ – Pliny (AD 23 – 79)




We have started the harvest of our 110,000 trees at Hillston and are happy to report all is going well!  This is a process that can take up to three months to complete depending on the weather and the ripening of the olives.  It is a very busy time for everyone at the grove, but also a very rewarding time to finally see results of the care and attention that has been invested in the grove for the past year.

We use a mechanical harvester to remove the fruit from the trees.  This is done by shaking the trees, to allow the fruit to drop into the collection bins.  This method does not damage the trees and is the most effective way for us to manage the harvest.

We have four varieties of olive at the farm.  Each variety of premium Italian olive, chosen for its oil characteristics to produce top grade Extra Virgin Olive Oil.


·         Produces a medium, black -violet fruit, rich in oil 

·         Oil yield up to 23%

·         Ripening is late and gradual

·         Delicate, perfumed, fruity quality 


·         Produces a medium, black-violet fruit, rich in oil

·         Oil yield up to 22%

·         Ripening is early and simultaneous

·         Good quality and lightly fruity


·         Produces a rough, black fruit

·         Oil yield up to 23%

·         Ripening is simultaneous

·         Delicate flavour and very pleasant


·         Produces a large, long, oval fruit

·         Oil yield up to 26%

·         Ripening is fairly late

·         Very fruity 

The harvest is timed to pick each variety of olive at its optimal time, this ensures we achieve the best yield of oil from each olive picked. 


Once the fruit is picked, it is collected into bins and delivered straight to our on-site Frantoio – the processing facility for washing and crushing. 

Our Frantoio has provision for up to three processing lines, which ensures that olives are not left to sit for extended periods. It can be said that the standard time from picking to processing is 2 to 3 hours, ensuring that the oil produced is truly Extra Virgin.

Once processed, the 'Liquid Gold' is pumped immediately into selected vats for settling, blending, storage, and ultimately, distribution.

This quality Extra Virgin Olive Oil forms the base of all our natural skin and hair care products.

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