Jojoba Oil Benefits

Known scientifically as simmondsia chinensis, jojoba (pronounced as ho-ho-ba), is a type of perennial shrub that grows in Northwestern Mexico as well as in parts of California and Arizona.  Its oil is a liquefied form of vegetable wax found in the seeds of the jojoba plant. It’s interesting to note that half of the jojoba seed’s weight comes from its oil content. Light golden in color and odorless, this naturally-occurring oil doesn’t have any toxic effects and rarely causes allergic reaction.

Because of its components that have striking similarities with the sebum, which is an oily substance secreted by the oil glands that gives soft and smooth texture to the human skin and hair, jojoba oil is widely used in the same said areas of the body. Here are some of its specific benefits:

1. As Face Moisturizer

Jojoba oil as a moisturizer supplies the skin with adequate moisture without blocking pores. The best part is it’s suitable for all skin types, which is made possible because it restores normal oil balance of the skin.

  • Oily/ Combination skin – It controls the excess production of oil by the oil glands.
  • Dry Skin – It meets the requirements of additional amount of moisture
  • Sensitive Skin – Even if you get breakouts easily, jojoba oil is still safe to use as this is hypoallergenic in nature.

Moreover, jojoba oil is rich in Vitamin E, a natural antioxidant that prevents the onset of wrinkles on the skin’s surface. Jojoba oil can be applied directly on the face or you can mix 2 drops of it with your regular face moisturizer before applying.

2. As Facial Cleanser

With its good cleansing properties, jojoba oil can be used regularly for removal of makeup such as foundation, lipstick and blush. To do so, rub a soaked cotton ball over your face and lips gent;y and the oil will dissolve out all the makeup instantly. After which, remove the oil residues, along with the makeup, from your face, using a moist tissue.

In connection with what’s discussed above, here’s a video from youtube that tells about how to mix essential oils with jojoba oil to make a moisturizer and a cleanser which you might find a good option for your skin.

3. As Eye Makeup Remover

Also helpful in removing eye makeup like liner, mascara and eyeshadow, what’s great about jojoba oil is it doesn’t cause any eye irritation. To use, dip a cotton pad into the oil and apply directly over your eyelashes. You’d be amazed that it has already removed all the makeup within just a few minutes. Regular application can also make your lashes more beautiful. A word of caution though is to make sure to apply the oil carefully and not to rub it harshly as the eye area is very sensitive.

4. As Body Oil

Apart from the face, jojoba oil can be used for the whole body before or after a shower. Quickly absorbed by the skin with a hydrating effect, it’s preferably used as a body oil because it doesn’t leave you feeling greasy after application. Its quick absorbent quality into the skin promotes blood flow which gives you a glowing skin in no time. It can also be used as a body massage but it’s suggested that you mix it with another massage oil because it doesn’t come with a slippery effect common after having a massage.

5. As Hair Conditioner

Say goodbye to dull and frizzy hair with jojoba’s quality hair care. Serving both the purpose of hair oil as well as hair conditioner, it moisturizes the scalp. providing protection against dandruff and adding strength to hair roots; hence also being able to control hair fall. To apply, after shampooing, pour a few drops into your conditioner,  apply on hair then rinse thoroughly. Another way is to apply the oil straight into your damp hair to make it thick and soft with a healthy shine.

Furthermore, jojoba oil can kill certain skin bacteria with anti-inflammatory properties that can be used to treat skin conditions like acne, eczema and psoriasis where skin gets inflamed. With its healing effects, it can treat wounds and minor infections like sunburn, cold sores and warts. Likewise, it serves as lip balm for dry, chapped lips.

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