Facial Oil Myths You Have to Stop Believing!
From your early teens until now, it’s been firmly engrained in your mind that facial oils are the enemy and that you should avoid them at all cost! You’ve likely used all sorts of harsh astringents, scrubs, and oil-free products to ensure any and all traces of oils were duly avoided.
But, do you know what? Everything you’ve ever believed to be true about facial oils is about to be exposed! We’re going to debunk the most common myths when it comes to using facial oils in your skincare routine.
Facial oils aren’t the bad guy here! In fact, they should be number one in your skincare repertoire, since they are one of the most versatile skincare products in your beauty cabinet!
Face Oil and the Lies You’ve Been Told! Myths Debunked!
Face Oils Clog Your Pores
The myth that face oil will clog your pores is probably the most common of them all!
And simply said, face oils won’t clog your pores! In fact, some face oils, like marula oil for example, contain linoleic acid (omega-6 fatty acid) which is naturally found in your skin’s protective lipid barrier. If you are deficient in linoleic acid, your sebaceous glands tend to produce a thicker, stickier sebum (oil), which is the true culprit behind your clogged pores. Face oil, therefore, can alleviate this problem and you will actually benefit from using it on your skin.
Face Oils and Acne-prone Skin are a Big No-no!
Again, false! Acne-prone skin is often due to a combined number of factors (diet, health, hormones, etc.)! However, using face oil on your skin won’t worsen your acne. In fact, your skin may benefit from certain oils. A number of oils, such as tea tree oil, have antibacterial properties which can help destroy P. acnes bacteria and prevent breakouts from spreading or getting infected. Many face oils also have anti-inflammatory properties which can reduce redness and irritation that also comes with acne.
You Can Skip Moisturizer if You Use Face Oil
Not true. Moisturizers attract water into your skin, while face oils seal that moisture in. Moisturizers contain a number of ingredients that will hydrate and nourish your skin, but have limited oil content. Face oils, on the other hand, are entirely composed of plant-derived fats that have adequate lipid content necessary to build a barrier and create a waterproof seal to prevent water and moisture from evaporating. A great skincare regimen should include moisturizer followed by a face oil!
Face Oils Make Your Skin More Oily
Nope. Not true. In fact, it’s quite the contrary. Oils can help your skin regulate sebum production. For example, jojoba oil mimics your skin’s sebum so well, it can actually trick your body into thinking it’s produced enough sebum. For those suffering from overactive sebaceous glands, facial oil is a God send! Your skin can finally chill out and stop overacting!
Face Oils Shouldn’t Be Used Every Day
False. High quality, cold pressed oils are lightweight and easily absorbed into your skin. Using them every single day won’t be an issue! Apply your favorite nourishing face oil at nighttime and benefit from an ultra restorative beauty sleep.
Face Oils are a New Trend
Absolutely not! Face oil treatments date from centuries ago! The ancient Egyptians were obsessed with beauty and used various oils such as castor, moringa, and sesame in their anti-aging beauty routines. The Japanese geishas’ beauty secret was the use of camellia oil as part of their ‘double cleanse’ skin cleansing ritual. So as you can see, face oils are not a new thing by any means! They’ve been used for a very long time and deserve some credit! Face oils are incredibly beneficial in maintaining beautiful healthy skin!