Jojoba oil, also known as the “Gold of Desert” is an odourless golden coloured liquid wax, which is produced from the seeds of jojoba plant. Simmondsia Chinensis, the scientific term of jojoba plant, is a desert shrub that is found in the arid regions of the Arizona, Mexico and California. It is mainly extracted as liquid wax and is golden in colour. This is later refined into the colourless and odourless jojoba oil.
Jojoba Oil – Jack of All Skin Trades:
Jojoba oil has many uses when used alone or combined with other essential oils to make it more beneficial. This plant gained importance because of its moisturizing and emollient properties. Its versatility has made it an indispensable part of the hair care industry. It is also widely used in the cosmetic and skin care industry. It has amazing properties of balancing the skin and hair by keeping them hydrated always.
Jojoba oil is very similar to sebum – the oil that humans excrete to lubricate their skin and hair. It can be used as sebum substitution for people with decreased sebum production. It can also be used to remove excess sebum and build up from the hair. It is antibacterial, anti-inflammatory, non-toxic and comedogenic. This makes it extremely beneficial for the hair, face and the entire body.
Benefits Of Jojoba Oil For Skin:
Jojoba oil has many beneficial cosmetic uses too. It is one of the most extensively used natural ingredients in beauty products like lotions and moisturizers
- Jojoba oil contains many biological and mineral substances, which gives you healthy and naturally glowing skin.
- It helps to fight wrinkles, stretch marks and cellulite.
- It is also effective on problematic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
- Jojoba oil soothes irritated skin and increases the natural production of collagen.
- It also provides effective protection against sun and fights the signs of ageing like wrinkles and fine lines.
1. As a moisturizer:
Jojoba oil has high amount of ceramides which cover skin cells and are responsible for regulation of their hydration. It gets quickly absorbed into the skin and does not leave behind any oil residue This helps in creating a powerful barrier against moisture loss, as well as against allergens and dust pollution. It softens dry and pesky patches and restores the skin to its healthy condition.
2. As an anti-wrinkle treatment:
In addition to making skin firm and moisturized, jojoba oil is also effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles. It is rich in Vitamin E which is potent in eliminating the free radicals that are responsible for skin ageing. Continuous use of jojoba oil can decrease the fine lines and wrinkles by up to 25 %. It is highly effective if used fairly with face wash or a moisturising cream. However, direct topical application has proven to show the best results. Linoleic acid and the antioxidants present in jojoba oil helps regenerating the skin cells.
3. For treating acne:
Clogged pores often lead to pimples or acne. This is not just a common problem among teenagers but in adults as well. Many cosmetics which claim to reduce acne contain animal fat which only make the matter worse.
Jojoba oil is antiseptic and non- greasy in texture, hence it is a very effective treatment for acne. It helps to dissolve the oil production of pimples and blackheads and also helps to break the acne. Jojoba oil clears up the exposed areas and clogged pores and leaves no scar marks. This helps in clearing the blemishes. With extended use, jojoba oil reduces the pore size and controls oil secretion which prevents acne from reappearing.
4. As an anti-inflammatory:
With its anti-bacterial properties, it can bring down skin inflammation and is also helpful in killing skin bacteria. Its anti-inflammatory properties can be utilized for treating several skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis where skin gets inflamed. It has an amazing effect on skin and is used for healing wounds, cuts and minor infections like sunburns, cold sores and warts. Jojoba oil reduces painful swelling and redness that often accompanies an injury. You can also use it on your lips as a lip balm. This will keep the lips smooth and chap free.
5. As a facial cleanser:
Jojoba oil has good cleansing properties and can be used as a makeup remover and a facial cleanser. Soak a cotton ball with jojoba oil and rub it all over your face and lips. Then remove the oil residue from your face with moist cotton. This oil helps in removing all traces of makeup instantly. Jojoba oil is also helpful in removing eye makeup like kohl, mascara, liner and eye shadow. It will not cause any eye irritations.
As the eye area is very sensitive, make sure you apply it with great care and do not rub it harshly. Dip a cotton pad in the oil and apply it directly on the eye lashes. Regular application will make the lashes more beautiful.
6. As body oil:
Jojoba oil can be applied not just on the face, but all over the body prior to bathing. It gives adequate hydration to the body so you can safely skip body lotion after bathing. This quick and easy absorption into the skin also promotes blood flow which will give you glowing skin. You can use it for body massage as well. Its pleasant smell and non-greasy texture give a soothing feeling. Alternatively, you can even use it after bath. Apply it immediately after bath, while skin is still damp. It seals in moisture, leaving skin feeling soft and smooth.
7. Foot softener:
Regular application of jojoba oil on the feet will prevent cracked heels and keep the feet smooth. For an intense foot treatment, apply the oil and put on socks. Leave them on for one hour. Feet will be beautifully smooth and soft.
Benefits Of Jojoba Oil For Hair:
Our hair is often subjected to abuse with regular styling and heating. Each time you colour your hair, the hair strands are exposed to harsh chemicals which may damage the hair in the long run. Chemical laden shampoo, conditioner, styling gels and hair sprays also leave our hair dry, brittle and damaged. The simple act of combing and blow drying can also lead to hair breakage and damage.
To counter the damage caused by such hair products, you can indulge in deep conditioning of your hair in a natural and healthy way by using natural oils in your hair.
- Jojoba oil is highly effective in treating dry and damaged hair and several other hair problems like hair loss, dandruff and greasy hair.
- Jojoba oil is a natural balancer.
- It is good for all hair types but it especially good for hair that is dry and damaged, has split ends and is prone to tangling and breakage.
- The oil is non-greasy and is very similar to hair serum in consistency
- It helps keep the hair tangle free.
- Jojoba oil keeps the hair moisturized and retains the length of the hair.
8. As a great scalp cleanser:
As a scalp cleanser, jojoba oil helps to clean the traces of clogged and crusted sebum. This in turn may help to reduce hair fall and breakage. Its anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties help to keep the scalp clean and healthy. It has excellent soil solubilising agents which can remove sticky build up from the hair as well as air borne particulates. Jojoba oil leaves the hair clean and supple. Its keratoplastic effect leaves the hair shiny and brings out the natural colour of the hair.
9. For hair shine:
Jojoba oil works great as a serum and gives a healthy shine to the hair. It is a great boon for dry hair. You can apply a few drops of oil to seal the moisture. Apply it all over your hair for added shine. Alternatively, you can just apply it to the ends. Jojoba oil smooths the hair cuticles and hides the appearance of dry, frizzy and dull looking hair. It helps to seal the natural moisture in the hair shaft It also adds lustre and shine to the hair by minimizing the damage caused by pollutants and chemicals.
10. For hair growth:
Using jojoba oil for hair growth is an excellent way to provide that extra boost. Our hair secretes sebum or oil to keep it moisturized. Many a times, excess sebum is secreted by the gland which blocks the hair follicles. This leads to hair fall and hair breakage. The rate of hair growth is also adversely affected because of the clogged follicles.
Jojoba oil prevents and stops hair loss and thinning of hair caused by the clogged hair follicles. It dissolves and clears these blockages and promotes development of new hair cells which leads to hair growth. You can also use jojoba oil to give your hair a hot oil treatment, prior to shampooing, in order to stimulate hair growth. Using jojoba oil to massage the scalp can help to improve blood circulation which stimulates the hair follicles to grow rapidly.
11. As a conditioner:
Those who are bothered by their dull and frizzy hair can use jojoba oil to improve its texture and appearance. It serves the purpose of both hair oil as well as hair conditioner. Massage the oil into the scalp and hair by paying attention to the ends also. The proteins and minerals present in the hair act as a natural conditioner leaving the hair soft and shiny. It moistens the entire hair follicle and fortifies it against further damage. The oil conditions the hair and prevents it from becoming brittle and dull when exposed to unfavourable conditions.
If your hair is very dry, add a teaspoon of jojoba oil to your regular hair conditioner and apply it thoroughly to the hair. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then wash your hair. You can even take a few drops of oil and apply it on your wet hair. This will act as a leave in conditioner. You can also rub a few drops of oil on your palm and run your fingers to the dry hair to make it more manageable.
12. For dry scalp:
Jojoba is an excellent moisturizer for the scalp. Dry scalp is often mistaken as dandruff, causing flaky and tight skin and severe itching. Jojoba oil moisturizes your scalp deep down to the pores and doesn’t evaporate. This causes a deep and lasting moisturizing effect balancing the pH level of the scalp. It also promotes a healthy scalp with its anti-bacterial properties. This is particularly soothing for those who have issues of dandruff, dry scalp and psoriasis on the scalp. It moisturizes the scalp well and keeps the hair strong from the roots.
13. For oily hair:
Oily scalp problems can really wreak havoc on our hair. Most of the products available in the market for an oily scalp usually end up over drying the hair. Shampooing further increases the problem by making the hair dull and unhealthy. Jojoba oil helps to control the sebum excretion by our scalp glands It regulates the flow of sebum in clogged pores. It balances the amount of oil in our hair.
Other jojoba oil benefits:
14. Apply jojoba oils on the rough, dry cuticles and nails daily to maintain soft cuticles and to treat ragged nails.
15. Apply jojoba oil lightly on knees, heels and palms to prevent sunless tanning.
16. For those who have coloured hair, apply jojoba oil on your hair before swimming. This will help close your hair cuticles and will prevent harmful chemicals from stripping your hair colour.
17. Use jojoba oil before shaving. It will help prevent razor burns and will leave the skin smooth. You can apply it directly after shaving to soothe and moisturize the skin.
Jojoba oil has numerous uses that can be used to treat your entire body. However, there are a couple of things you need to keep in my mind while using jojoba oil for the first-time.
Things to keep in mind before using jojoba oil:
- Make sure that the oil you are using is 100% pure jojoba oil and is of the best quality.
- If jojoba oil is contaminated with any other oil or substance, it can make the skin problems worse.
- Use the oil sparingly. A little goes a long way.
- The skin should absorb the oil completely and there shouldn’t be any greasy residue left behind. If it fails to absorb, stop using the oil.
Jojoba oil and its benefits have been used to treat skin for a long time now. Make sure you keep the above points in mind and enjoy its use to the fullest!
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