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4 Common Myths about Facial Oils
4 Claims About Facial Oils That Are NOT True
Ever since we were pimply adolescents, we were taught that facial oils are the skin’s worst enemy. Oils were to blame for everything – from clogged pores and blemishes to allergic reactions. However, it turns out that everything we knew or thought we knew, about facial oils is totally wrong.
Luckily, judging by the rising trend of the use of vegetable oils in skincare, it looks like they are here to stay. And for a good reason – plant oils are actually awesome for your skin!
But they feel heavy on the skin and they break me out…
If you are unsure whether natural oils are worth the hype, let us convince you that they are by debunking 4 of the most common myth related to their use.
Facial Oils Clog Pores and Cause Breakouts
It is not surprising that the first thing that comes to our minds when we hear facial oils is “pimples and shiny skin”. How would you even think about putting oils on already oily skin, covered with breakouts? Well, truth be told, if you have acne prone skin, plant oils may be exactly what your skin needs…
Skin produces its own natural oil called sebum. Sebum’s primary role is to keep our skin moisturized and to protect it from aggressive external factors. When we strip the sebum away (by using harsh sulfate loaded cleanser or toners formulated with alcohol) our skin tries to compensate this loss by producing even more sebum, which ultimately leads to hyperactive sebaceous glands i.e. oily skin. Introducing vegetable oils into your skincare regimen can reverse these changes and help you achieve clear and healthy skin.
Struggling with acne? Do you know that there are incredibly effective natural and organic ingredients that are powerful enough to heal your skin and purify it in depth, leaving it fresh, soft, and glowing?
La Mav Purify and Clean Range is designed to prep, cleanse and exfoliate combination, oily or normal skin types. It effectively cleanses, detoxes, exfoliates and purifies without stripping sebum (sebum is your body’s natural skin protection). Our Purify & Clean range is formulated with potent ingredients to achieve balance in blemish-prone skin without the harshness of strong chemicals, leaving you with fresh, clean skin without excessive dryness.
Of course, there are always exceptions to any rule. There are indeed oils that can cause breakouts, but only if they are not the right ones for you. What matters when it comes to getting the most suitable oil for your skin type is the ratio of lanoleic to oleic acid. Since acne sufferers often have low levels of lanoleic acid in the skin surface lipids their skin produces sebum with altered composition – it’s much thicker, thus more likely to clog pores and cause breakouts. Therefore, to restore the balance what you need is oils that are rich in lanoleic acid. If this sounds confusing – here are 3 of the best natural oils for acne-prone skin. Not only they will balance sebum production, but will also suppress bacteria growth and minimize breakouts.
Facial Oils Can’t Really Penetrate The Skin
It has been thought for a long time that water-based moisturizers are better for the skin than oils. Facial oils are lipophilic, which in Greek stands for ‘fat-friendly’. What this means is that facial oils have the ability to pass through the lipid layer of our skin just as good as your favorite moisturizer. They are not just absorbed more easily, but they also form a thin layer that minimizes the evaporation of water (no more dehydrated skin!) thanks to the high content of omega fatty acids.
For an enhanced effect, try using your moisturizer or serum together with oils. Moisturizers provide hydration, while oils keep it locked in your skin. Besides, some oils (known as carrier oils) are actually able to improve the absorption of nutrients i.e. all the goodness from your serum/cream will penetrate in depth where it can work its magic on a cellular level.
Last but not least, because natural oils are rich in antioxidants they play crucial role in the fight with free radicals that are responsible for premature aging. In other words – applying plant oils daily is a great natural way to keep wrinkles at bay.
Always look for cold-pressed oils and make sure they are 100% organic – this is the ultimate guarantee that their qualities are fully preserved!
La Mav Pure Oil Therapy Range offers a variety of carefully selected, pure, organic, cold-pressed plant oil that are going to transform the appearance of your skin naturally!
Facial Oils Are Suitable Only For The Winter Season
As soon as the temperatures start to rise, our skin appears sweaty and shiny, particularly in the T-zone. The first thing we usually ditch is oils or any products with an oily texture, thinking that they are too heavy for the summer months and that they won’t let our skin breathe. Wrong.
There are many lightweight oils (like Rosehip oil and Camellia oil) that get instantly absorbed, leaving no residue on the skin. The only thing they leave behind is a beautiful glowing complexion (looks especially great in the summer).
What’s even better is that many oils have natural SPF, hence they will not only nourish and hydrate your skin but will also protect it from the harmful UV rays.
Facial Oils Are Bad Idea For People With Oily Skin
If your skin is so oily that you “shine like a star” daily, we understand that it is tempting to scrub it with soaps and alcohol-based cleansers. It seems all but logical to put more oil onto it, right? Well, in fact, plant oils are exactly what your skin needs in order to restore its balance.
Like we’ve mentioned above, when you use aggressive products you stress your skin out which makes your sebaceous glands go crazy. Fatty acids found in natural oils not only strengthen and nourish but also normalize sebum production and help you achieve shine-free skin.
Do you use any facial oils? What is your favorite facial oil and why? Tell us in the comments below!
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