It’s fair of you to question the act of adding oil to your already over-oiled face. Well, until a while ago, cosmetic brands played big on the idea of a superior oil-free formula. But facial oils have undergone a revolution — these fancy bottled elixirs are concentrated antioxidant-rich potions that are targeted at rebuilding the lipid layer of your skin.
To convince you that adding this superstar to your skincare shelf is a wise upgrade, we’re debunking common (and rather ridiculous) myths about facial oils. By the end of this read, you’ll know better.
Myths About Facial Oils
Myth: A facial oil can replace my moisturiser.
Fact: Let’s start by talking about the fact that water content is key here. While moisturisers contain 60% to 90% water, facial oils are just that — oils. Your regular moisturiser draws moisture, and a facial oil acts as a sealant since the skin’s outermost layers are also oil-based.
Myth: Acne-prone skin and facial oils aren’t a good combination.
Fact: The need for an effective lipid barrier is not specific to a skin type. In fact, skin that’s prone to breakouts needs protective hydration to keep the sebaceous glands in check. But you gotta have a smart strategy up your sleeve. Firstly, opt for a formula that’s chock full of antioxidants, especially Vitamin A and Vitamin C. Next up, add it to your night-time skincare routine, do not apply it directly to your skin, and lightly pat it in instead of massaging.
Myth: Facial oils, face serums — same thing.
Fact: That’s false. The highlight of a face serum is its ability to target and fix specific skin concerns. A quick Google search and you’ll realise that there’s a formula for each problem — brightening, clarifying, hydrating… you get the gist. Oils, on the other hand, fortify the moisture barrier and keep your skin balanced.
Myth: Any facial oil would work for me, no biggie.
Fact: Reading the ingredient label before swiping right on a formula tops our list of best beauty practices. When investing in a facial oil, look for one that’s organic and unrefined with a smaller molecular size so it penetrates deeply. If you can’t smell the oil and the bottle shows an expiration date of five years, it’s probably not unrefined. Also, say yes to one with a shorter, simpler ingredient list and no to one with petroleum-derived ingredients, like petrolatum and mineral oil.
Myth: A facial oil can fit anywhere in my skincare routine.
Fact: Nope and nope. Skincare layering is critical, mostly because every formula has a different molecular structure. An easy way to trek through your vanity is by going thinnest to thickest, which is exactly why facial oils should be saved for last since they improve barrier function. If you layer it before a water-based moisturiser, be sure that the latter won’t be as effective as promised.