Known for its ability to restore and nourish the skin, jojoba oil is a natural oil produced from the jojoba plant (Simmondsia Chinensis), a perennial woody shrub native to the Southwestern United States. Since jojoba oil is similar to sebum, the oil produced by human skin, it can be the natural miracle oil for different skin types and conditions! Here are a few ways how this unique oil can act as a remedy for various skin issues.
1) Say Goodbye to Dark Circles
Discolored and puffy skin beneath the eye can make you appear sleep deprived and tired. Whatever be the cause, no one wants to have dark circles. The rejuvenating properties of jojoba oil help improve discoloration under the eyes. Moreover, the oil penetrates the different layers of the skin, which also helps to repair the rough patches around the eye area. Apply a few drops of jojoba oil before bed and massage for a minute or two. Leave it overnight and rinse off in the morning. Repeat daily for better results.
2) Helps to Treat Acne
Because of its anti-fungal and antibacterial properties, jojoba oil is effective against the growth of different types of fungi and bacteria. Not only can jojoba oil reduce the hyperpigmentation and redness caused by acne, but it will also help get rid of the bacteria residing in oily areas of the skin. This is possible since the similarity of jojoba oil and sebum can trick the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil, hence balance oil production as well. Besides, jojoba oil is also a non-comedogenic substance meaning that it does not contain ingredients that clog pores.
3) Soothes Drying Skin Conditions
Jojoba oil acts as a humectant (a substance used to keep things moist) by sealing the skin’s protective barrier and retain moisture. This is especially beneficial to those who suffer from skin conditions like rosacea and eczema. The oil provides relief to the itchy, cracked, and sore signs of eczema. Additionally, the vitamin E and vitamin B complex in the oil repairs the skin and lessen the symptoms of eczema by reducing nitric oxide production, a molecule that causes blood vessels to widen. Don’t go overboard. Too much jojoba will make the skin oily!
4) Reduces the Effects of Aging
Jojoba oil is naturally rich in vitamin E, a potent antioxidant that helps block unstable atoms that damage cells and cause illnesses and aging. Hence, it is effective in preventing premature aging. Furthermore, adding jojoba oil in your skincare routine also helps increase the skin’s suppleness by reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
5) Helps Increase Collagen
The use of jojoba oil helps increase collagen production, which is an essential protein providing structural support to the skin, muscle, and connective tissues. This is because jojoba oil contains amino acid, the organic compounds the body needs to grow and function correctly and which are also the building blocks of collagen. Dermatological tests even show that the skin’s elasticity increases by 37% within 30 minutes after having applied jojoba oil.
6) Soothe Sunburns
Jojoba is the only plant in the world that produces pure wax esters, which is an organic compound derived from an acid. The esters are commonly used in cosmetic and sunscreen formulations since they prevent UVB rays from affecting the skin. Hence, jojoba oil helps protect the skin against sun damage and reduces the risks of peeling.
7) Nourishes the Lips
Did you know that jojoba oil can be used on the lips too? When applied on dry or chapped lips, the waxy texture of jojoba oil creates a protective barrier and helps lock in moisture. A jojoba oil infused lip balm can be extremely useful, especially in cold winter months, to keep the lips smooth and soft. Moreover, moisturizing the lips with jojoba oil helps you achieve a flawless lipstick application afterward!
8) Makeup Remover
Commercial make up removers and cleansers are full of chemical ingredients like alcohol and artificial fragrances that strip the skin’s natural and protective oils. On top of that, some are even comedogenic; that is, they tend to block pores. Over time, the application of these substances causes more harm than good. Jojoba oil can be used as a natural and non-comedogenic makeup remover that keeps your skin hydrated and protects it from other pollutants. Besides, it has vitamin E and vitamin B complex as well as sulfur, zinc, and selenium, which all encourage healthy skin. It’s so effective that even celebrities remove their heavy makeup after performances using jojoba oil!
Do you also use jojoba oil as a part of your skincare routine? What are the other amazing benefits you know about jojoba oil? Share your experiences with us in the comments below!