What is Jojoba Oil?
Jojoba (pronounced as hoh-hoh-bah) oil is a liquid wax derived from the seeds of the jojoba plant. This plant is usually found in the hot arid areas of U.S. including southern California and Arizona, as well as some parts of Northern Mexico. Jojoba oil is like the natural oil of the skin i.e. sebum. And yes, it is not exactly an oil, but a liquid wax.
Popular uses of jojoba oil came in existence in the 1970s when whales became an endangered species and whaling for their oil was prohibited. Jojoba oil that has similar texture and properties thus became popular and has been used in cosmetic and beauty products items since.
Benefits of Jojoba Oil
How to Use Jojoba Oil for Skin
As jojoba oil is just like sebum, odourless it is excellent for use in cosmetic and beauty products. It being odourless rules out the need to add a perfuming agent. Its moisturizing properties that suit all skin types making it an essential part of cosmetics these days.
1. Moisturizes Skin
Cleansing agents and soaps strip your skin of moisture (sebum) when you use them to clean your skin. The cold and dry air of winter or that of air conditioning dries our skin at a faster rate and our skin glands aren’t able to replenish the oil supply.
As it is waxy in nature, jojoba oil seals in moisture and creates an effective barrier between your skin and external elements. Its closeness to the structure of sebum helps in its easy acceptance and tolerance by the skin glands.
To Use It
Rub a few drops of jojoba oil between your palms and apply it on your face and other exposed part of your body to protect it from damage and moisturizing it. For deep moisturizing your skin, warm a spoonful of jojoba oil, and massage it on your face after washing it at bedtime. Leave it overnight. It will make your skin extremely moisturized, and deeply nourished and smooth.
2. Skin Disorders
Jojoba can provide a great deal of relief from skin disorders like eczema and psoriasis. Eczema is a condition of skin allergic reaction to various kinds of irritants like chemicals and dyes used in soaps and other products. Psoriasis is a condition due to the overactive immune system that causes scales and scars. Both the conditions have symptoms of dry, itchy and inflamed skin.
As a moisturizing product, jojoba oil helps with the dryness and the itching of the skin. As the oil has anti-inflammatory property, it also reduces inflammation.
The oil is also rich in antioxidants that help in modifying the immune system.
3. Control Oil Production in Skin
Oily is a problem for many. No one likes their oily skin collecting dust from here and there and then washing it at every chance they get. If you are trying to cover your shiny forehead or nose under layers of makeup, then give jojoba oil a try. It can bring wonderful results.
But, oil for oily skin? We know. It is a frequently confusing fact. But jojoba oil can help in reducing the oiliness of your skin by modulating the sebum production. Moreover, your skin remains well hydrated and smooth and there are some home remedies for oily skin with tips and benefits. So it is a win-win situation.
4. Treating Stubborn Acne
Acne and blackheads normally occur due to clogged pores. Jojoba oil helps in removing excess oil dirt and is gentle to your skin. It also helps in healing of the scars.
5. Reduces Skin Inflammation
As it is anti-inflammatory in nature, it soothes the irritated skin.
6. Reduce Wrinkles
Wrinkles and fine lines often appear due to age and dry skin. As jojoba oil is highly moisturizing, it has an anti-ageing effect on the skin and helps in reducing wrinkles and fine lines with medication.
7. Makeup Remover
Most makeup remover is hard on the skin, and strips it of its moisture and hydration. It can cause problems in the long run and can make your skin itchy and dry.
Jojoba oil, as it is almost like sebum and is very hydrating in nature does the task very efficiently. Place a few drops of oil on the cotton ball and remove your makeup. It can actually improve your cleaning process.
8. Use as a Body Oil
Due to its anti-ageing, anti-inflammatory and hydrating properties, jojoba oil in more than fit to be used normally on your body. Not only will it hydrate your body, but will also make your skin smooth and clear.
9. Heals Cracked Heels
Our heels are the areas which are most prone to dryness as there are no sebum generating glands there. Cold harsh winters or extremely hot summers can take a toll on them. Applying jojoba oil on your feet can make them smooth. To get the best benefit, soak your feet in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes and then dry them with a towel. Then massage the oil in. Results can be wonderful.
10. Keeps Nails Healthy
Though small, cuticles are an integral part of the human body and having healthy nails and cuticles is important. Still, they are often neglected.
Nails and cuticles are very tender and prone to drying up. Products like nail polish remover do more harm than good if used too often. So to keep your nails and cuticle in good condition try using jojoba oils. It contains vitamin E and is anti-inflammatory and antibacterial in nature. It keeps your nails healthy and prevents them from any kind of infection.
Try soaking your nails in warm water for 5 to 10 minutes and them applying jojoba oil on them. Do this once a week to see results.
11. Relieving Sunburn
Vitamin E and B-complex in jojoba oils help in reducing inflammation from sunburn on the face and can restore your skin back to its healthy self. Also, check out how to remove sun tan naturally.
12. Prevents Razor Burns
Jojoba oil has natural healing properties. It helps in reducing skin burns and inflammation. Rubbing a few drops of jojoba oil on your skin can assure you smooth shave each day.
13. Makes Lips Soft
Jojoba oil can make taking care of your lips to a new level. It can easily replace your lip balm which is usually petroleum jelly based. By looking in the moisture it protects your lips from the harsh environment and V rays making them soft, pink and supple.
14. Reduces Under-Eyes Dark Circles
Dark circles under your eyes often can often look ugly and reduce your confidence. Luckily jojoba oil can help you with it. Its high nutrients and nourishing power can reduce your dark circles to a great deal making your eyes beautiful, helping you in regaining your confidence.
15. Pregnancy Stretch Marks
Many women face stretch marks post their pregnancies. Jojoba oil can help them in hydrating, soothing, irritated stretched skin.
How to Use Jojoba Oil for Hair
Jojoba oil has versatile healing properties which are not limited to skin only. It has been observed that jojoba oil can work miraculously for hairs too. Jojoba oil has numerous benefits for men's beard too.
1. Cleanses Scalp
Jojoba oil helps in cleansing your scalp by keeping the pores clean. It reduces the excess production of sebum preventing your hairs from becoming oily and keeps it moisturized in case you have a dry scalp.
2. Makes Hair Shine
Due to its healing and nourishing properties jojoba oil provides nourishment t your hairs. It makes them strong and adds natural shine to them.
3. Hair Growth
Jojoba oil prevents excess sebum production which clogs hair pores which restrict hair growth and promotes hair loss. As the pores are unclogged, they allow nutrients to enter resulting in stimulated hair growth. Scalp massage with jojoba oil can increase blood circulation and can leave a soothing effect on your hair.
4. Conditions Scalp
Jojoba oil helps in forming a protective layer on your scalp helping it in keeping the moisture locked in. it works as a natural conditioner and keeps your hair mighty fine and healthy.
5. Good for Dry Scalp
Do you have frizzy and tangled hair? Tired of figuring out ways to improve your hair condition? Worry not. Jojoba oil is here for your rescue. It moisturizes and conditions your hair. As the structure of jojoba oil is similar to that of sebum, it works almost naturally to keep your hair moist and nourished.
Apply oil before or along with the shampoo. It will prevent your hair to get off the dry scalp and helps in becoming extremely dry and frizzy after the wash.
6. Treats Oily Scalp
Jojoba oil is very similar to the sebum produced by our body to keep our hair moisturized. Sometimes gland producing serum goes into an overdrive making our scalp oily. Jojoba oil helps in moisturizing our scalp at the same time sending a signal to the glands for stopping production of sebum as our head is already moisturized enough.
Jojoba Oil Recipes
Now that you know about the endless benefits of jojoba oil, it is time to learn about some DIY recipes of jojoba oil that you can use to make the most of its goodness.
1. Lip Balm
Now protect your beautiful lips from all types of harsh weather conditions by using this easy homemade recipe of lip balm. Heal your lips, keeping them soft and plum.
- 2 teaspoon beeswax
- 2 teaspoon jojoba oil
- 3 drops of peppermint oil
- Melt 2 teaspoons of beeswax into a double boiler, until it is fluid.
- Mix pure jojoba oil and peppermint oil into the mixture. It should be noted that peppermint oil is only for fragrance and flavour.
- Pour the blend in a glass container. Do not use plastic as it may melt.
- The product is ready to be used as soon as it cools down.
- Cover the balm when not in use as it may attract dust from outside.
2. Makeup Remover
Jojoba oil works excellently as a makeup remover as it doesn’t strip your skin off of its natural oil and in return only moisturizes it better.
- 4 tablespoons of hazel
- 2 tablespoon of pure jojoba oil
- 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil
- 3 tablespoon of purified water
- Pour hazel in a clean and dry container
- Now add jojoba oil and extra virgin olive oil to it
- Now add purified water to it
- Close the container and shake well.
- Your makeup remover is ready. Dampen a cotton ball and wipe off your makeup.
3. Hair Mask
Jojoba oil is nourishing and moisturizing to your hair, providing them shine, strength and improving their health. This homemade deep conditioning hair mask can work miracles for your hair.
- 3 tablespoons of coconut oil
- 2 tablespoon of honey
- 1 teaspoon of pure jojoba oil
- Mix all the ingredients in a bowl
- Place the bowl in the microwave for a few seconds until warm.
- Apply the mask to clean and damp hair.
- Leave it for about 20 minutes
- Remove the mask with warm water and shampoo
- Use it once a week for good results.
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4. Swimming Protectant
Swimming lovers know how skin can get just after a dip in lakes or the ocean. So it’s better to prepare beforehand rather than looking for treatment afterwards.
- 2 tablespoons of pure jojoba oil
- 1 cup of water
- Add jojoba oil to warm water in a spray bottle.
- Close the bottle and mix well.
- Spray the solution freely on your hair and skin before going for a dip.
- Spray once again to prevent your hair and skin from getting dry.
Side effects of Jojoba Oil and Points To Remember
- Use pure jojoba oil and it will be great for most of the issues and benefits discussed.
- If you doubt whether you're sensitive to jojoba oil, consult a doctor before using.
- Always do a small patch test before using it to check for allergies.
- While jojoba oil for external use is safe, it should not be consumed internally.
Written by - Saumya Bansal