Debunking the prevalent myths surrounding face oils!

An all natural organic lifestyle has become all the rage today. A lot of people are seeking to go natural, cruelty-free, and organic in their food, clothing and other aspects of life. However, the organic alternative to beauty and skin care is still a matter of debate, thanks to the many myths and conjectures associated with organic health, beauty and skincare products such as face oils.
  • Myth 1: Face oils clog your pores!

As a matter of fact, ultra-light-weight, nutrient-rich face oils help to cleanse your pores and regulate sebum levels in your skin. A common misconception is that oil molecules get accumulated within the skin cells, clog your pores and thereby triggering breakouts. The truth is, however, different.

Your skin needs a certain amount of oil (whether naturally-produced sebum or through an external application) to prevent excessive moisture loss and to stay hydrated. If you deprive your skin of its fatty acid nutrient needs by stripping the oil away, the sebaceous glands present in the skin tissue will over-produce more oil than needed. This excessive sebum will accumulate in the cells, block pores and causes breakouts.

  • Myth 2: Moisturizers are a better hydrating option than face oils!

This, again, is far from reality. Face oils are rich in nutrients and extremely lightweight which allows better penetration and absorption of nutrients deep within the cells, unlike regular moisturizing creams and lotions that tend to form a layer over the skin surface.

The deeper absorbing capability of these oils facilitates the healing process from within, cleansing tissues and pores and allowing the skin cells to retain moisture.  Essential face oils are rich in various fatty acids such as Omega-3, 6, and 9 which when applied create a protective barrier and reduce the loss of water. This results in plumper, fresher and more hydrated skin.

  • Myth 3: All face oils are similar in characteristics!

Face oils are as diverse in characteristics as the sources they come from. This is the reason they have their own specific attributes that render different benefits for different skin types. For instance, a face oil that works wonders for dry, cracked skin may not be as good for oily skin. Likewise, each face oil has a different characteristic function – for instance, some oils are beneficial in cleansing your pores, some are super effective in treating acne and preventing breakouts, some face oils help even out your skin tone and some help retain moisture and keep the skin hydrated and nourished.
  • Myth 4: Face oils are too heavy for everyday use!

If you feel your face oil is too heavy for your skin, you are using the wrong face oil. Light face oils have a serum-like watery consistency and do not form a thick, condensed greasy feeling on the skin. High-quality face oils should be absorbed instantly and deep into the skin cells without accumulating or clogging the pores.
  • Myth 5: Face oils are only for winter use!

There is a common misconception that face oils should only be used during the cooler season as temps dip and the air becomes drier. Face oils can be used in any season and at any time of the year. If your skin type tends to get oilier in warmer weather, switch to a lighter weight face oil formulated for oily/acne prone skin.

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