Jojoba oil's diverse utility
Published: Thursday, March 7, 2013
Updated: Thursday, March 7, 2013 21:03
Jojoba oil is the only carrier oil that I would suggest for any and every skin type. Whether your skin is dry, oily, acne-prone or wrinkled, jojoba has something to offer.
Made from the seeds of the jojoba plant, the oil (in a cold-pressed, unrefined state) is yellow with a slightly nutty scent. It’s heralded in the holistic skin care community because it easily penetrates the skin. However, that’s not all the oil can do.
Jojoba is known to be chemically similar to sebum. Sebum is a naturally occurring oil released through glands, meant to keep skin and hair supple. Unfortunately, a lack of sebum leaves hair and skin dry, and an overabundance can cause the development of acne along with greasy hair.
Enter jojoba oil. Because of its similarity to sebum, when applied topically it acts as an oil regulator. If your body produces too much sebum, it will sense the extra layer being applied and reduce oil production. If it produces too little, the jojoba oil will increase skin hydration and make up the difference.
That’s not all. Jojoba oil also has many conventional uses, which make it a great economic investment. For example, one can use jojoba as:
1. All natural makeup remover – just two drops on a cotton swab can gently remove eye and face makeup.
2. Deep conditioning hair treatment – after shampooing, spray hair with very warm water. Step out of the shower and quickly massage a few drops of jojoba into your hair and scalp. Let it absorb (the warm water will expedite the process), then hop back into the shower and rinse.
3. Cuticle oil – once a day, rub a couple drops into cuticles.
4. Shaving treatment – works as pre or post-shave moisturizer. Won’t clog pores.
5. Chlorine protection – before jumping in the pool, massage a few drops into your hair to prevent chemicals from drying and stripping it.
6. Bath oil – put a few drops in a bath to help moisturize skin.
7. Lip balm – rub a small amount on for quick lip hydration.
The oil is moderately priced and easy to find. It’s sold at most natural food stores and available online. Amazon sells 4-ounce bottles of NOW Foods jojoba oil for $9.63 and Desert Essence brand for $11.59. When buying, just make sure the oil is cold-pressed and 100 percent pure.