Face Oil Myths and Facts

Face Oil Myths and Facts

You've probably heard some negative talk about face oils – maybe even from your friends. Things like: "They're only good in the winter!" "They cause breakouts!" "They can't possibly be effective!" No! No! And no!

Read on for some of the myths we hear repeated all the time. It's time for us to debunk them for good.

 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 oil 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 (because your make-up may run off)

Fact: A well-absorbed face oil can actually 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 plant-based active ingredients can be more effective at giving the skin the wide-spectrum of nutrients it needs to look and feel its best.


Now you know that you can feel good about your Avoila Nourishing Face Oil. (And feel free to set the record straight whenever YOU hear trash talk about face oils!)


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