They are said to be sticky and greasy. They are blamed for stains on the clothes and greasy strands. Surprisingly, cosmetologists claim that oils are the best face, body and hair-care products. They are believed to moisturize, brighten dark spots and even replace a moisturizer or a hair mask. Is that true? Let’s debunk the oil myths and confirm the facts. See the benefits you can get.
OILS ARE GREASY, LEAVE STAINS AND DON’T HAVE A HYDRATING EFFECT
FALSE. Of course oils are greasy but they are also perfectly absorbed by the skin. Their effect is better when you apply the oil onto damp skin after a bath. Oils seal the epidermis so water molecules are trapped inside the skin leaving it super-hydrated. If you spot greasy marks on the skin after applying oil, you must be using it all wrong. Try mixing it with a body lotion first.
OILS HELP GET RID OF ACNE AND BLEMISHES
TRUE. If you’re bothered by acne breakouts, then you can make use of many oils which fight acne, soothe the skin and even minimize appearance of post-acne marks. You must have heard that acne skin needs harsh dehydrating products to dry pimples out – this is obviously untrue. By choosing such treatments you only intensify the inflammation, attract the bacteria and cause oil overproduction. If you’re struggling with post-acne marks and hyperpigmentation, try argan oil. On the other hand, green tea oil prevents acne breakouts.
OILS CLOG SKIN PORES AND ARE UNSUITABLE FOR OILY SKIN
FALSE. Even though some oils are bad for oily skin, you can get ones that are made for the skin with blemishes and oil overproduction. If this is your type, feel free to use sunflower, argan, hemp, tamanu, black seed or passion fruit oil. Avoid oils that may have a comedogenic effect on your skin: avocado, wheat or olive oil.
DRY OILS ARE NOT SUITABLE FOR DRY SKIN
FALSE. Dry oils don’t leave a greasy coating but they do nourish the skin. They are designed to penetrate the epidermis fast and nourish it. Oils are emollients so they are natural hydrators, preventing epidermis from losing water.
OILS REMOVE MAKE-UP EFFECTIVELY
TRUE. There is a rule saying that “like dissolves like” so oils prove to be best for clearing skin of the grease, excess oil, foundation, lipsticks or eyeshadow. Plus, they are great for removing make-up regardless of your skin type: oily, dry or sensitive.
OILS ARE GREAT HAIR TREATMENTS
TRUE. Note: they enhance hair provided that you get 100% organic, pure oils. Hair oil treatment has been performed and appreciated in India for ages. Oils give you lovely, resilient hair and a clean scalp. Natural, cold-pressed, unrefined oil (e.g. argan oil, jojoba oil, macadamia nut oil) is a brilliant therapy for any hair. Just remember to wash the oil out thoroughly while shampooing.