Dry winter weather used to get the best of my skin. Jojoba oil can help skin -globally- by moisturizing and softening it. Jojoba oil is extracted from bean-like seeds that are produced from a Simmondsia chinesis shrubs which are grown in hot climates like Arizona and Mexico. It is not actually an oil, but a wax ester, similar to human skin oil (sebum). It is odorless, hypoallergenic, non-toxic, and has non-comedogenic, antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties.
I use jojoba oil because of its amazing benefits to skin health. I use this oil for multiple purposes, eliminating the need to buy expensive (and toxic) products.
1. Facial cleanser/moisturizer- Squirt a dime size amount of jojoba oil into your hand and apply to your face. A little bit goes a long way! Your skin will soak this stuff up! I like placing a wet, steamy, hot wash cloth over my face after I let the jojoba oil sit for a few minutes to several minutes. I was pleasantly surprised, after just one use, how soft my face was. Jojoba oil is also a very effective make-up remover.
2. Body oil- Apply jojoba oil to your entire body prior to bathing. Your skin will be moisturized and eliminate the need to lotion your body after you bathe.
3. Massage- Jojoba oil is a great carrier and/or massage oil. Perhaps the best massage oil on earth! Add your favorite essential oil to jojoba oil and you will be in heaven!
4. Foot softener- Apply jojoba oil to the bottom of your feet and heels to prevent and help get rid of painful cracks and dry skin. Especially great for this time of year!
5. Anti-inflammatory- Rub jojoba oil on inflamed areas of skin such as acne, eczema, burns, cuts, minor infections, cold sores, and warts. Jojoba oil reduces painful swelling and redness that occurs with injury.
6. Dry scalp- Jojoba oil is an excellent scalp moisturizer. It moisturizes your scalp down to the pores and does not evaporate. This lasting moisturizing effect, helps balance the scalp pH level. This is great for treating dry scalp, dandruff, and psoriasis with its anti-bacterial properties.
7. Oily hair- Many products on the market advertise for “grease free scalps” and end up over-drying our hair. Jojoba oil balances the oil in hair by controlling sebum excretion and regulating the flow of sebum excretion in clogged pores. By doing so, jojoba oil helps maintain overall scalp health and cleanses clogged and crusted pores.
8. Hair detangler/conditioner- When jojoba oil is applied to the ends of hair, it serves as a hair oil and conditioner. Hair frizziness will be reduced, improving its texture and appearance. A few drops is plenty. Apply it to dry hair and wear as is or apply to hair just prior to showering and your hair will be left with a soft shiny (not greasy) look. Remember-a little goes a long way!
9. Before swimming- We all know that swimming pools are loaded with chlorine. And toddler urine?? :) Applying jojoba oil to your hair before swimming helps prevent harmful chemicals from stripping your hair color.
If you are a first time jojoba oil user, here are a few tips:
*Jojoba oil can be stored indefinitely in a cool, dry place. It is stable and does not become rancid or loose anti-oxidants, even after long periods of storage.
*Use 100% pure Jojoba oil. This is what I use here. If contaminated with other oils, your skin may become worse.