Sometimes, face oil can be misunderstood. People think it’ll be too oily, it’ll make them break out, or that plant-based versions can’t be effective. We’re here to tell you – that’s wrong. We break down some of the most popular myths about face oil with help from our friends at Avoila so you can have the best, most hydrated skin of your life.
● Myth: Face Oil will clog your pores
● Fact: Some oils are more likely to clog your pores than oils, ahem, coconut oil. It comes down to two things – how comedogenic the oil is and the quality of the ingredients. Not all face oils are created equal! This is why it’s important to buy face oils from brands you trust or brands that talk specifically about using organic ingredients that won’t clog pores or cause breakouts.
● Myth: Face oils are only for those with dry skin
● Fact: Face oils can have many benefits beyond just hydrating and sealing in moisture. Depending on the ingredients and the type of plant oils used, some face oils can help decrease redness and inflammation, even out skin tone, smooth the texture of the skin and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
● Myth: Face oils will exacerbate acne for those with acne prone skin
● Fact: Using the right plant-based oils can actually benefit those prone to acne. Oils such as rosehip and grapeseed oil are anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial which are very good for reducing and healing breakouts. And some ingredients like Kalahari Melon Oil actually dissolve excess sebum and help balance sebum production.
● Myth: A face cream and face oil are one in the same
● Fact: While they both can help with hydration, face oils often have more concentrated levels of active ingredients making them more effective at increasing hydration. Creams and moisturizers are usually water based, so without an occlusive ingredient, they often evaporate faster which is why you feel like you need more so quickly. Oils sit on top of the skin to protect the moisture in the skin.
● Myth: Face Oils are a recent trend
● Fact: Applying oil to the face has been around for centuries. In fact, the Aztecs in Central America protected their skin from the hot sun and dry wind with avocado oil. Camellia oil was used by Geishas in Japan to cleanse and hydrate the skin. And women in Egypt were known to use a variety of seed oils to maintain the health of their skin. Thanks to them (and science!) we know which plant oils are most beneficial for the skin and why.
● Myth: Face Oils can only be beneficial in the winter
● Fact: It’s true that your skin may feel drier in the winter so you may use more face oil during the colder months, but your skin will benefit from the nutrient rich ingredients of a face oil all year long. In the summer time you may find that you need to use fewer drops, or to use it only at night. But, a light, well-absorbed face oil used consistently will keep your skin nourished and protected from oxidative stress in our natural environment all year round.
● Myth: Face Oils shouldn’t be used under makeup [as the make-up may run off]
● Fact: A well absorbed face oil can help prep the skin so that make-up will go on smoothly and evenly.
● Myth: Face oils made with plant based ingredients can’t possibly be effective
● Fact: Plants were our first medicine! Using them at higher concentrations can be just as effective as lab-made chemicals to see real results. And they can be more effective at giving the skin the wide-spectrum of nutrients it needs to look and feel its best.
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