In all this craze with coconut oil, another natural ingredient got neglected even though it is present in numerous beauty products: jojoba oil. This oil is so unique because it has a different structure than any other existing oil. Jojoba oil is the most versatile one as it brings vast benefits for any skin type and any age. Jojoba oil can be used for hair, as a moisturizer, makeup remover, product for cuticle and nails, lip balm and basically anything else you need for your self-care routine.
A lot of people do not use oils because they make their skin greasy and then cause breakouts. Jojoba, on the other hand, has a different cellular structure so it’s completely biocompatible with your skin. It gets absorbed fast and easily. Here are some of the main benefits of jojoba oil.
1. Healing Properties
Jojoba oil is extracted from seeds of a woody shrub that grows in hot climates like Arizona and Mexico. For thousands of years, indigenous people have been using seeds of jojoba plant for their healing properties. Jojoba is antibacterial so it fosters the healing of wounds and is good for sensitive skin.
2. Jojoba Cellular Structure Mimics Your Skin
Despite being so popular, most facial oils can harm acne-prone skin. Oils extracted from plant and nuts like coconut oil, argan oil and almond oil are all triglycerides and thus can be a bit heavy on the skin. Technically, jojoba oil is not even an oil but a crystalline wax that becomes liquid at room temperature. It gets absorbed by the skin easily because its molecular structure mimics the building blocks of the skin. This is why jojoba oil is good for any type of skin. It also regulates and balances your natural oil production. For instance, if you have a dry skin, jojoba oil will heal it by stimulating the needed oil production and if not, it will control the overproduction by sending signals to the body.
3. Multiple Purposes of One Product
Jojoba oil not only moisturizes your skin but reduces wrinkles as well. When we age, the interlocking cellular matrix of our skin collapses and wrinkles appear. Jojoba oil strengthens this matrix and prevents deep wrinkles from occurring on your skin. According to numerous studies done on jojoba oil, it inhibits the effects of UV exposure on collagen in our skin that is responsible for anti-aging.
Jojoba oil is rich in vitamin E, zinc, iodine and many other antioxidants. The oil draws water into the skin and gets absorbed by the deepest skin levels keeping the skin’s moisture and protecting from unwanted environmental factors.
You can use jojoba oil to remove makeup and wash your face as it perfectly cleans the pores and protects acne-prone skin. Another way to use it is for cleaning hair from the residue that gets build-up in it.
4. Environmental Purposes
In 1970s people finally realised that killing whales for oil was irresponsible and dangerous for the population of whales and then the interest in jojoba oil kicked off. Whale oil was previously widely used in cosmetics and environmental activists started protesting against this cruelty. The whole industry turned to jojoba oil then because it was the only oil with similar molecular structure. Environmental victory happened when instead of slaughtering whales for oil people started setting up sustainable jojoba farms in the desert.
5. Very Low-Maintenance
Jojoba oil is extremely easy to source compared to other natural ingredients. The shrub itself thrives in the desert and has very light ecological impact. It has a very long life span and can resist droughts and pests. To produce the oil, only seeds are harvested so there is no need to replant it every time. Good for skin and hair, and low-impact environmentally? That’s definitely worthy of some bathroom shelf space.