Fact Or Myth: Do Facial Oils Work?


With all the different skincare products on the market, it can be difficult to sort out which ones work, and which ones don’t. Facial oils, in particular, lend themselves to much debate over their usefulness. You can see the appeal: a natural skincare solution that could work just as well, or better, than a cosmetic product. But do they work? Are they as good as brand cosmetics? Are they better for you skin or perhaps even harmful? Let’s take a look and decide together.

What is a Facial Oil?

The short answer is, it is exactly what it sounds like: oil for your face. This doesn’t sound too appealing, since most of us have spent so many years trying desperately to fight oily faces. However, the oil that is intended for your face is a natural oil made up of the essence of a plant. This kind of oil is called an essential oil, and is intended to be a sort of intensive moisturizer for damaged and distressed skin. A few of the most commonly used essential oils include lavender, chamomile, frankincense, and rosemary.

What do they do, and do they Work?

Different oils can each do different things for your skin. For example, geranium is a good oil to target dry skin and wrinkles, whereas lemon oil is a good one for acne and oily skin. You can use lavender for a variety of purposes, and chamomile is often used to treat sensitive or overly dry skin. Do they work? Well, there has been a lot of positive feedback from people who have used them, some of whom swear by the use of essential oils for your face. However, there is no solid proof as to whether or not they work. It can differ from person to person, depending on your skin type, but it is more likely than not that you will notice a difference to your skin when using essential oils.

Should I Use Facial Oils Instead of a Regular Moisturizer?

Unfortunately there is no firm evidence either way, so we are left to our own devices when deciding. If you are thinking of introducing a facial oil into your beauty regime, your best bet is to give a few different kinds a try, and decide which works best for your skin. Some people decide to replace their regular moisturizing cream with essential oil, but the most recommended option is to use both of them side by side. This will allow you to nourish your skin in the best way possible. Will facial oils work for you? They are more likely to help, than hurt, your skin, while they may in fact do nothing at all. The best way to find out is to give them a try!


About the Author: Paisley Hansen is a freelance writer and expert in essential oils and beauty. When she isn’t writing she can be found reading a good book.


Note:  All views expressed in this blog post are the personal opinions of the guest blogger. mySkin.com doesn’t favor any particular skincare brand or take advertising from any of them. Our scientific algorithm is entirely unbiased based on your skin profile.


  • http://www.facebook.com/shrutts Shruti Sood

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  • http://www.facebook.com/natural.soap Natural Soap

    Olive oil is great works on body and face.

  • http://www.myskin.com mySkin Inc.

    Yes, love olive oil. Do you know of a good organic olive oil cleanser?

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