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5 Myths About Face Oils

Face oils are one of the most misunderstood skincare products out there. We spoke to our Head of NPD about some common misconceptions when it comes to face oils, what ingredients you should be looking out for and how best to incorporate an oil into your routine, whatever your skin type.

By Susie Willis

Why You Shouldn't Be Scared Of A Face Oil

At Romilly Wilde, we whole-heartedly believe that one of the best ways to achieve radiant skin and to get that ‘glow’ is through the use of a face oil. But despite the ever-growing trend in the skincare world to embrace dewy and glowy complexions, oils are still feared by many.

Face oils are one of the most misunderstood skincare products out there, with many sceptics believing that adding a face oil to their routine will clog pores and cause breakouts with no added benefits. In fact, a clean and intelligently formulated face oil can help transform the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles whilst boosting hydration, resulting in radiant, plump and healthy skin.

“In the past, facial oils had an (undeserved) bad rap for adding additional oil to complexions and exacerbating existing greasiness. However due to developments in cosmetic technology and dermatology, these myths have largely been debunked and the value and benefits of deploying an oil in one’s skincare routine is now, thankfully, acknowledged. The modern oil doesn’t just add moisture but can be used as the foundation for cleansing as well as being the base for potent anti-ageing retinoid too. Shine on, in the best way possible.”
- The Glass Guide to Facial Oils.

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We spoke to our Head of NPD about some common misconceptions when it comes to face oils, what ingredients you should be looking out for and how best to incorporate an oil into your routine, whatever your skin type.

5 Myths About A Face Oil

1. Oils will clog pores

Well formulated oils are light and non comedogenic. Your pores will only become clogged when there is a build up of excess oil and dead skin cells. Using our Light + Energy cleanser twice a day cleanses and renews the skin, upping your cell turnover for healthy skin. Coupled with a face oil, your skin will be radiant and glowing thanks to all that locked in hydration.

2. Oils will make skin greasy

Whilst it might feel wrong to add oil to an already slick complexion, a good facial oil can actually help regulate excess oil production whilst also soothing inflammation.

3. Oily skin is already hydrated

Oily does not = hydrated. Your skin still needs to protect against moisture loss (aka: Transepidermal Water Loss) to stay hydrated and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Face oils help prevent water loss and lock in hydration, keeping skin hydrated whilst balancing the skin without increasing natural sebum production.

4. Oils will cause breakouts

Natural oils are not the culprit when it comes to breakouts. Avoid mineral oils or synthetic oils, and focus on being kind to your skin barrier. Our skin barrier is partly made up of oils, so our skin already naturally contains oils. The more oil you feed your skin, the less sebum and oil your skin will create.

5. Oils are hydrating

Oils are hydrophobic so your facial oil can help seal in water, but will not hydrate the skin. Oils are great for dry skin when layered with water, but you still need water based hydrating products underneath your oils such as our Advanced Supercell Serum, followed by the Active Boost Face Oil.

Shop our Active Boost Face Oil here.

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In fact, a clean and intelligently formulated face oil can help transform the skin, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles whilst boosting hydration, resulting in radiant, plump and healthy skin.

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Mateja Weber - Head of NPD and Cosmetic Scientist

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A highly moisturising Active Boost Face Oil by all-natural chemical-free skincare brand Romilly Wilde has a rich texture which is absorbed into the skin instantly without feeling greasy at all. It leaves the face hydrated, soft and smelling heavenly”

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- Caroline Simpson, Glass Magazine

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