Jojoba oil is an odorless, golden-colored liquid wax that is extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant (Simmondsia Chinensis). This plant is native to southern Arizona and Californi, and northwestern Mexic, and it can grow up to 15 feet high. Jojoba plant likes hot, dry regions, and was used by the Native Americans for its various benefits.
Although it’s called ‘Jojoba oil’ it isn’t really oil at all – it’s actually a type of liquid wax. A special property it has is the resemblance to oil in human skin, called sebum. Before you think smearing oil on your face is counterintuitive, especially if you have oily skin, jojoba oil has shown to be very effective in treating greasy skin as well. This is due to its capacity to regulate the sebum excretion in the skin, by removing sticky buildup or excess oil. On the other hand, dry face and skin can also benefit from this oil. Jojoba is a very mild liquid, that’s why you can apply it directly to your face. But, it can also be used as a carrier oil, by being combined with other oils, such as grapeseed or tea tree oil.
Tips to use Jojoba oil for face and skin
There are numerous loads of ways that your face and skin, in general, can benefit from just a little bit of jojoba oil. To give you an idea, let’s get through some of the main ways you can use jojoba oil for face and skin:
1. Moisturizing your skin
If you have cracked or dry skin, jojoba oil is the perfect solution for you. Because our hands and feet don’t contain sebum glands, jojoba oil will substitute it and give your skin the moisture it needs. And, if you think your face needs a boost as well, give it a try.
How to apply: Rub a small quantity of jojoba oil on your face before you go to bed and wash it off in the morning.
If the aim is the hands, you can use it the same way you do with your face, or you can also add a little jojoba oil to your hand wash.
2. Balancing oil production
Despite being very similar to sebum, jojoba oil act as an oil production balancer, so whether you have oily skin or not, jojoba oil is just the right product to use.
Jojoba oil balances sebum secretion and stops the skin from producing excessive oil. It is non-comedogenic and does not clog pores.
How to apply: If you want to get rid of the grease and dirt from your face what you have to do first is to wash your face and pat dry. Then rub a few drops of jojoba oil all over your face and neck, and you’re done.
3. Removing your makeup
Time to remove your stubborn makeup? Use jojoba oil. This super-oil has good cleansing properties and can be used as a makeup remover and facial cleanser.
How to apply: Soak a cotton wool pad in jojoba oil and as you would make up remover and gently wipe the makeup from your face. Remove the oil residue from your face with a moist cotton ball afterward. Not only will the makeup be removed instantly, but you will also have a soft and moisturized skin.
4. Treating skin disorders
If you have a skin disorder like eczema and rosacea, Jojoba oil to the rescue!
This oil is considered to be a natural cure for eczema due to its anti-inflammatory properties that help in reducing the redness caused by dry skin and other conditions like rosacea.
How to apply: Dip a cotton ball in jojoba oil and apply it directly to the infected area. Repeat this step twice daily for quicker results.
5. Treating acne
Jojoba oil will also help you treat your stubborn acne, by dissolving excess sebum and restoring the balance of your skin.
6. Removing dark circles
Many research have proven that oils are a good method to reduce and remove these ugly circles.
How to apply: Mix equal quantities of jojoba oil and chamomile essential oil and massage the blend gently under the eyes for 10-15 minutes. Wash thoroughly with warm water.
Jojoba oil will reduce the inflammation present in the area, providing you with an even skin tone.
7. Making your lips soft
If you want feather-soft lips apply jojoba oil instead of your regular petroleum jelly on your lips. Its waxy structure will help replenish the lost moisture from the lips. It also locks in the moisture for long hours, making your lips supple.
Here’s how you can make your own jojoba oil lip balm at home.
2 teaspoons jojoba oil
2 teaspoons beeswax
3-4 drops of natural flavors of your choice (apple, strawberry, rose, etc.)
How to apply:
Melt the beeswax in a double boiler.
Add jojoba oil after the beeswax melts completely. Mix well and turn off the heat.
Add the extra flavor and transfer it to a small glass jar and let it cool. Store it in the refrigerator.
You can also add coconut oil if you don’t have beeswax, but make sure that you keep the temperature below 750F.
8. Treating sunburn
If you have been burnt by the sun, then applying jojoba oil will speed up healing. Because of its anti-inflammatory, moisturizing and emollient properties, it can really soothe sunburn. On top of that, the fatty acids and vitamins in it can help to nourish the skin and strengthen it more quickly.
In our quest to get the perfect bronze glow, we don’t shy away from sunbathing. However, being in the sun for long doesn’t bode well for many of us, even if we slather ourselves with a strong sunblock. You might end up with sunburns and redness of skin and then start looking for various remedies to alleviate the pain.
How to apply: All you have to do is rub jojoba oil over the affected areas.
However, dealing with acne is a little more involved and personal than using jojoba oil for general purposes, so I recommend that you study and test different combinations and methods of application to see what will work best for you.