It isn’t often that you come across a skin product that can be used on any skin-type, relieving dry patches and calming oily patches with equal effectiveness. What about a skin product that you can also use on your hair, that will moisturize to a lustrous finish, and deal easily with those stubborn greasy build-ups? Meet the wonderful, versatile and restoring power of Jojoba oil!
What is Jojoba Oil?
Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax that is derived from the jojoba plant, a wax-rich shrub that is native to desert areas of North America.
Jojoba oil is used extensively in cosmetics and is an extremely popular alternative to petroleum jelly, since it is derived from plants rather than from fossil fuels. Its popularity has risen all the more since it has become unfashionable, and often illegal to use whale blubber in soaps and cosmetic products.
As well as being used extensively as a natural ingredient in beauty products like lotions, shampoos and moisturisers, the oil is also used widely in its pure state, since it has properties very similar to the sebum produced in our own skin- this makes it a wonderful moisturiser ,that is non-greasy and easily absorbed. Jojoba oil also has fantastic fungicide properties.
Let’s have a closer look at the uses of Jojoba, and its potential benefits to our daily beauty routine!
Jojoba: The Ultimate Moisturiser?
What makes jojoba so great is its similarity to the oil that our own skin produces, called sebum. This means that our skin knows exactly how to deal with it, absorbing it quickly and easily, and using it to create a powerful barrier against moisture-loss, as well as against allergens and irritants like dust and pollution.
For those pesky dry patches, this is just the thing to soften and restore your skin to a healthy condition. All of this makes jojoba oil a great treatment if you suffer from skin conditions that are caused by a lack of moisture, like eczema. Not only that, but jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which will take down the redness caused by dryness, or by skin conditions like rosacea.
If you’re reading this and wishing there was a moisturizer just as good for oily skin, then we have the answer for you, and that answer is….jojoba oil!
Yes that’s right- it goes against all instincts to put oil on an already oily surface, but jojoba oil mimics our skin’s sebum so closely, that it is thought to act like a signal to our pores to not produce anymore oil of it’s own.
And this isn’t just one for the ladies; For those men that dread that morning shave and end it with a face of raw skin and sensitive hair follicles, jojoba oil may well be your new best friend. Rubbed over the whole beard area, the oil serves to soften stubble and provide a smooth surface for the razor to run over, reducing friction and the chance of snagging or grazing. Plus, your face will stay soft and moisturized for the rest of the day!
Jojoba Oil For Your Hair:
If you’ve ever fought to get rid of that awful build-up of grease and hair product, but can’t seem to shift it with your regular shampoo, then try a bit of pure jojoba oil, massaged directly into your scalp, and we are confident that you’ll notice the difference!
This is because jojoba is great at breaking down oils, cleaning hair follicles and removing dirt; and when used on the scalp it can have that same wonderful oil-regulating effect that it has on greasy skin. So this could be just what you need if you find your hair getting greasy very quickly, as it will regulate sebum production in your scalp, and get you back on a balanced footing in no time at all.
As for the rest of your hair, the jojoba will moisturize it incredibly quickly, since it will soak up the oil as easily as it soaks up your natural sebum. Simply apply it to hair and massage in prior to your shampoo, and enjoy the results!
Are there any Side-Effects to Using Jojoba Oil?
There are only a couple of things to take into consideration when you are using jojoba oil. Firstly, make sure that it is jojoba oil that you are using! Look for 100% pure brands, which are cold-pressed, for the best quality oil. Jojoba oil that is contaminated with other vegetable oils will not be as effective, and may worsen any skin problems you have.
And be sparing! A little goes a long way with jojoba oil, so see how your skin reacts to it, and once it is no longer absorbing the oil then stop applying it. You shouldn’t be left with any greasy residue after using jojoba oil- if you are, then you are using too much., and you won’t be helping your skin.
What the Press Says:
Times of India: (Click article for full size)
Jojoba oil is becoming an effective and popular treatment for acne. Need a bit more convincing? Have a look at what these people think:
I’ve Always Had Spotty Skin!
I never leave reviews but I was so pleased with this stuff that I had to.
I can’t say I’ve ever had acne but always ALWAYS had spotty skin, large pores, dry patches etc etc Every night I would wash my face and rush to put on moisturiser before my face cracked. Now I can leave me face to re-balance itself at night without clogging with any creams
And this cleared it up within a couple of days;
– Fill sink a little warm water
– Add couple of drops of Oil and swish around
– Splash on your face pressing it in rather than rubbing – do that a good few times; repeat several times
– Get a muslin cloth (or clean flannel!) And run it under a very, very cold tap.
– Press the cloth over you – forehead – bridge of nose – cheeks – chin. If it starts to warm, run under cold tap.
After the first few days you may still need a little moisturiser to make you feel better! However after 2-3 days bare skin all the way for a good kip!– JB
If You Have Acne, This is Great!
If you have acne this is a great product. I mix this with everything an also use this in my night time skin routine. After cleansing with Garnier pure active wash & toner i use jojoba oil, a 5 pence piece amount to moisturize my face at night. My skin is smooth and soft the next day and I’ve noticed my complexion is a lot more even now. Also I have oily combo skin and I’ve noticed that my skin doesn’t get greasy any more towards the afternoon.– Love Sagas