The Great Debate Face Oils vs. Creams

10 13 2015

Oils penetrate deep within the skin to the lipid barrier that diminishes as we age and is the source of dry skin.

A few years ago I wrote an article for The Huffington Post titled “The Great Debate: Face oils vs. Creams”. That was early on in the face oil frenzy.

Despite the fact that face oils have now been endorsed by everyone from dermatologists to aestheticians, celebrities to cosmetologists, many consumers are still scared of the idea of putting oil on their face.

So, I thought it would be a good time—with fall’s dryer, cooler weather upon us and winter fast approaching —to re-open the debate. We’ve also created a face oil skincare guide to help you sort face oil fact from fiction. And, because all face oils are not created equal, we want to help you find the one with the biggest bang for the buck when it comes to ingredients.

If you think about creams and oils from a personality perspective, you might say creams are superficial, while oils are deep. More scientifically, the waxes in creams and lotions form an occlusive layer on the skin. The upside of this, in the short term, is that creams help hold moisture in. The downsides are that this wax barrier prevents the truly beneficial oil component of the cream from penetrating the skin to the lipid barrier that’s in need of replenishment. In addition, wax build up can clog pores, leading to the ultimate aging insult: adult acne and wrinkles.

Natural face oils penetrate beyond the surface of the skin, to the lipid barrier, where dry skin starts. The vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids in oils go to work instantly and keep working over time.

They replenish the oils you’ve lost due to aging, repair free radical damage, reduce inflammation, and help the lipid barrier repel assaults from sun and wind.


Waxes stay on the surface of the skin, preventing any nutritive oils from penetrating to the lipid barrier where they’re needed. Over time, wax buildup also clogs pores. Oils penetrate deep within the skin to the lipid barrier that diminishes as we age and is the source of dry skin.


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