Jojoba oil is the liquid produced in the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis (Jojoba) plant, a shrub, which is native to southern Arizona and California, and to Mexico. We call this liquid an “oil”, but it’s actually a wax. It’s very similar to the oil produced by our skin. It’s an emollient, which means it softens and soothes the skin. Use jojoba oil by applying directly to the hair, skin, or nails. Or blend it with essentials oil make it even more useful.
Since jojoba oil’s properties are similar to that of the oil naturally produced by our skin, it “tricks” the skin into producing less oil. This makes it ideal for oily skin. Its uses are as rich as the vitamins and minerals found in the oil, including Vitamins E and B-Complex, iodine, chromium, among many others.
Using Jojoba Oil
- Combat Signs of Aging: Improves the look skin, especially fine lines.
- Moisturizer: Being light, non-sticky and odorless makes it a great moisturizer with its high amount of ceramides (waxy lipids). It is ideal for morning use to give you a nic,e dewy look.
- Shaving: Use before shaving to prevent razor burn.
- Make-Up Remover: Pour a few drops on a washcloth and use to remove make up, including stubborn eyeliner and mascara.
- Cuticle Oil: The Vitamin E in the oil helps to soften the cuticles, reduces breakage, and encourages healthy nail growth.
- Moisturize Scalp: Moisturizing the scalp will get rid of dry, flaky skin that is often confused mistaken for dandruff.
Jojoba oil is very easy to find. It is, however, important to make sure it’s pure and not a blend. There are no adverse effects to blending. But it’s best to make the blend yourself. By doing so, you know exactly what is going onto your skin. Also, remember to use sparingly. Less is usually more.
Do you use this magical oil? What’s you’re favorite way to use it?