What is jojoba oil?
- Jojoba oil is actually not technically an oil! It is a liquid wax that has been used in dermatology for thousands of years.
- Native Americans used it long ago for skincare and medicinal purposes.
- It is now used in the cosmetic industry as additives in skin and hair products.
- It is derived from the jojoba plant, which is a shrub endemic to North America, typically grown in desert-like areas.
Properties of Jojoba oil:
Let’s dive into the properties of Jojoba Oil, and talk about why these properties are beneficial for skin.
- Jojoba oil is actually a wax. More specifically, a wax-ester. Basically this means that jojoba oil acts as emollient. Dry skin is caused by loss of water in the upper layer of skin. Applying jojoba oil will result in less water evaporation from skin, and cause it to retain moisture, which improves the look and feel of skin. Your skin will look supple and glowing!
- It is is biochemically similar to sebum (the oily, waxy substance produced by your body’s sebaceous glands). This sounds like it would be comedogenic (pore-clogging), however when used regularly, will actually help to regulate the skin’s production of sebum. Think about it this way–when you wash your hair more frequently it gets oily faster. This is why I only wash my hair once a week. This same principle applies to skincare: when you strip your face of its natural oils, your skin goes into overdrive to increase its sebum production–resulting in oily and stressed skin.
- Jojoba is anti-inflammatory. Inflammation in the skin can cause acne, aging, and sometimes even skin infections.
- It also has antimicrobial and antifungal properties.
Ways to use jojoba oil:
- Facial moisturizer– Add a few drops to your clean skin and rub it in gently with your fingertips.
- Dry hair treatment– Use it on the ends of hair (wet or dry is fine) to soften the hair shaft and provide shine and strength. Only use a few drops! This stuff goes a long way.
- Cuticle oil– Place a drop on each cuticle to soften them.
- Body moisturizer– It’s best to use right after showering to lock in the moisture.
- Makeup remover– Apply a thin layer to your face, then gently remove with a soft cloth.
- To prevent stretch marks– this really worked for me in both my pregnancies! I got stretch marks elsewhere on my body during pregnancy where I didn’t use the oil.
- After-sun care– Use it on sunburnt areas to soothe sun-damaged skin.
- Skin tone evener– Apply a few drops to uneven skin tone and age spots.
- Lip balm or gloss– Place a drop or two on your lips as a lip balm.
- Carrier oil for essential oils.
- Baby oil– It is baby-safe, so use it for ultra-moisturized, soft skin.
- Dry-scalp treatment– On the scalp to help with a dry flaky scalp. Apply the oil to fingertips or directly to the scalp, then rub in and wait at least 30 minutes before showering. Wash and condition hair as normal.
- Foot treatment– Apply to feet, then put a pair of socks on for at least an hour
My jojoba oil story:
For many years I struggled with acne. From my early teens, all the way up to 3 years ago my skin was a mess.
I had tried almost every skin care product from every brand, and spent loads of money doing it. I always thought my skin was so terrible, but what I realized was that, for me, all these products were extremely irritating and disrupted my face’s natural biome.
I started using jojoba oil and the results were AMAZING. Really!
When I started using it on my face as a moisturizer, I noticed dramatic results. My blemishes started to disappear. My blackheads vanished. My pores had a smaller appearance, and the texture of my skin was smoother. When I started using it on my cuticles, they went from jagged and dry to soft and supple!
Is jojoba oil a good facial moisturizer?
Yes! You can use it as a stand alone moisturizer for the face, or you can add a few drops to an existing moisturizer.
Is jojoba oil good for oily skin?
Yes. It is similar to the skin’s natural oils, and it can actually help regulate overactive sebaceous glands, reducing the amount of oil you produce.
How do you use jojoba oil on the face?
You can use it as a stand alone moisturizer for the face, or you can add a few drops to an existing moisturizer.
As a stand-alone moisturizer: Place a few drops on your fingertips, then apply a light layer to the face. You can use a soft cloth after a few minutes to wipe off what has not been absorbed by the skin.
Can jojoba oil cause acne or breakouts?
Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic and not shown to cause acne breakouts. (4)
How is jojoba oil made?
It is made from the jojoba plant, by drying out the seeds an using an expeller press to extract the wax/oil.
Can jojoba oil help acne?
Yes! Jojoba oil is anti-bacterial, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and can help repair the skin barrier to prevent and heal breakouts.
What jojoba oil is best to use?
Organic, cold-pressed and unrefined jojoba oil.
Will jojoba oil go bad or expire?
It is “shelf-stable”, meaning it has no real expiration date. Some sources say that it expires in 5 years. Make sure to store it in a dark bottle away from heat.
Where should You buy jojoba oil?
I recommend shopping on Amazon because you can buy larger bottles for cheaper prices. This is the one I buy. I buy it in bulk because the price per ounce is less therefore you are getting more for your money!
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