7 Tips To Improve Your Skin With Natural Ingredients

By: Mariska Nicholson

Headshot Photo by: Ashlyn Allison

Mariska Nicholson is the founder of Olive +M, a successful and beloved beauty products company in Austin, Texas. When she started her company with natural ingredients, she always had a primal rule in mind: «If you can eat it and it’s good for your body, then it’s good for your skin.»  Mariska never thought that with this overriding rule she would establish her company, with a product that she would find in her own kitchen! Here she shares her beauty tips:

Our skin has a way of changing over the years. The natural aging process and environmental stressors like UV rays from the sun and pollution play a key role in changing the texture of our skin. Being proactive in keeping your skin protected and moisturized can help maintain a smooth, even texture, making your morning and evening skin routines vitally important. Here are some of our favorite natural ingredients to help improve your skin’s appearance and texture, and the best news is: you can find these in your own kitchen!

Olive Oil

We’re big fans of olive oil over here, as it’s the main ingredient in all of our products, and for good reason! Olive oil is an antioxidant powerhouse with its high levels of hydroxytyrosol and squalene. Hydroxytyrosol, one of nature’s most powerful antioxidants discovered to date, combats oxidative stress by absorbing cell-damaging free radicals 15x more than green tea and 3x more than CoQ10. Olive oil is also easily absorbed into the skin due to its similarities to your skin’s own natural sebum. It contains anti-microbial properties protect the skin, while Vitamins A and E help repair and renew the skin.


If you need a way to prevent the appearance of wrinkles, turn to cucumber! This veggie can nourish skin while reducing the appearance of acne scars and other marks. Cucumbers also lock in moisture, keeping skin hydrated and reducing dark circles. Lay cucumber slices under your eyes and on areas of your face as needed, then rinse your skin with warm water. Our eye serum is packed full of cucumber oil, perfect for bringing new life to those tired eyes!


Avocado is nourishing enough to serve as a protective barrier in addition to providing the skin with moisture. Vitamins A and E found in avocado oil can help soothe irritated or sunburned skin. Avocado oil also contains sterols that can be effective in boosting collagen production and treating age spots. Find it in our Body Oil and Eye Serum!


This superfruit is a great benefit to your skin’s tone and texture. Papaya has a number of skin beautifying qualities, like the repairing and rejuvenating enzyme papain. It is also rich in Vitamin C, antioxidants and other benefiting nutrients to improve your skin texture. The best way to use papaya is to mash the fruit and apply it directly to your skin. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes and then wash off with warm water.

Lemon Juice

Lemon juice is a great natural treatment for dark spots and blemishes due to its astringent properties and ability to brighten your complexion. Its high levels of Vitamin C can help aid in improving your skin’s texture by evening skin tone and reducing the appearance of acne scars. We suggest mixing equal parts olive oil and lemon juice and applying to the skin. Leave on for 10-20 minutes and remove with a wet washcloth.


Bananas work wonders for your skin! From preventing breakouts to improving skin texture, this fruit nourishes and revitalizes skin. Mash a ripe banana and apply the fruit directly to your skin. Let the banana rest on your skin for about 10 minutes before removing with warm water. Use a light moisturizer afterwards.


Improve your skin’s texture by minimizing acne scars and blemishes with tomato. The juice from a tomato can greatly improve skin’s tone. Extract the juice from a tomato and apply it to your skin. Let the juice sit for roughly 20 minutes before washing away with warm water. Tomato juice is safe to use on your skin on a regular basis.

It’s easy to improve your skin and feel beautiful and fresh with ingredients you can find in your own kitchen! Healthy skin doesn’t have to be hard work. And what are you waiting for?

Foto: Lucero Salinas

O+M products are ethically grown in the country and sustainable, with 100% natural ingredients that go with the rest of our natural lifestyles, and that really work. This year 2019 Olive + M, has been selected as one of the 10 brands to participate in the Target Takeoff Program. We celebrate Mariska as an example of a woman businesswoman and single mother who has excelled since she started her business in her own kitchen!