Technically jojoba oil is a wax, but because it has a low saturated fat
content it is usually in a liquid state. The wax is extracted from a nut which grows on the jojoba shrub (Simmondsia chinensis), a desert plant that grows in the American South West and in Northern Mexico.
One unique property of jojoba oil is that it closely resembles sebum. Sebum is an oily substance which our Skin
produces to keep the Skin
moist. When we have too much sebum on the Skin
, then we can suffer outbreaks of Acne
, and if we have too little, then our Skin
dries up and cracks.
Because jojoba is a wax, rather than an oil, it means that it doesnít leave the Skin
feeling greasy. Jojoba oil also contains vitamin E and B, as well as minerals to protect Skin
from the effects of aging and the environment.
As Iíve already mentioned, our Skin
needs a layer of sebum to moisturize and protect it. In order to keep healthy, good-looking Skin
we need to keep a layer of sebum on our Skin
However, the problems can arise when we cleanse our Skin
because that strips a layer of sebum away. Our Skin
is then exposed to many environmental conditions which can damage and dry out our Skin
The best way to protect your Skin
is to keep it moisturized, and for that, jojoba oil is perfect for it. Jojoba oil acts as a two-way barrier on the Skin
. It protects the Skin
from harsh environmental factors and also locks in moisture.
In fact, research backs this up. A study showed that jojoba extract together with glycerol can help keep the Skin
moisturized for up to 24 hours.1 The fact that it closely resembles sebum means that it works perfectly on Skin
The amazing moisturizing properties of jojoba oil means that it can help treat a number of Skin
complaints. Here are a few cases where jojoba oil can not only provide relief for the condition, but also treat it.
conditions are usually associated with dry, itchy, and flaky Skin
which can become inflamed and affected. The moisturizing effect of jojoba oil help protects the Skin
from irritants and Infection
s. However, jojoba oil can also help reduce Inflammation
. The journal Pharmacological Research published studies on the Anti-inflammatory
effects of jojoba liquid wax. It was found that jojoba oil is effective in reducing Inflammation
Another interesting fact having to do with jojoba oil is that it contains a large quantity of iodine3, which is a natural antiSeptic
. Therefore, it can also help in reducing Infection
s and provide needed relief to dry and itchy Skin
Our hands and feet donít contain any sebaceous Gland
s and because we use them so much every day, they are prone to dry out and get cracked. Also, frequent hand washing, while essential for good hygiene, can cause the hands to dry out. By massaging a little jojoba oil into your hands after washing and whenever they feel dry, you can help to keep them in good condition. If you suffer from cracked heels, then rub a little jojoba oil in for needed relief and also check these natural remedies for cracked heels.
Jojoba oil has been used for centuries by Native Americans as a way to treat and heal Wound
s. There has also been a research published on the Wound
healing properties of jojoba oil. It said that jojoba oil can help heal Wound
s in clinical settings.
You can also mix jojoba oil with other oils that help with Wound
healing such as Niaouli essential oil and Frankincense essential oil.
If your Skin
has suffered some sun damage, then the vitamin E and the soothing effect of jojoba oil can provide relief and speed up recovery. Jojoba oil will provide a layer of protection to your Skin
, protecting it from further damage and also locking in moisture so that the Skin
heals quicker. Its Anti-inflammatory
properties will also help reduce redness.
You can also mix jojoba oil with rosehip oil which is an Anti-inflammatory
oil, so you should feel immediate relief when rubbing the oil directly on the burn.
When used as a pre-shave and after-shave treatment, Jojoba oil can also help prevent and treat razor burn.
is a problem that can affect adults as well as adolescents, and one of the reasons for Acne
is that the Skin
produces too much sebum. The pores can become blocked and then infected, leading to spots and Boils
Many may think that the last thing the Skin
needs if there is too much sebum is to put more oil on the Skin
. However, the amazing properties of jojoba oil make it one of the best ways to help treat Acne
flare-ups. Some studies on extracts of the jojoba plant have shown that it contains AntiBacteria
l properties which can help fight Skin Infection
This is how jojoba oil is good for Acne
: It works to deeply cleanse the pores, unclogging them from impurities.
l and Anti-inflammatory
properties help fight Bacteria
l growth and reduce redness and Swelling
Interesting studies have also been carried out which have shown that a clay mask using jojoba oil can also help reduce Acne
Jojoba oil is one of the best natural oils for your Hair
. Jojoba oil works just as well for your Hair
as it does for your Skin
. There are many ways that it can benefit both your Scalp
and your Hair
Obviously, the fact that jojoba oil contains Anti-inflammatory
l properties along with being a great Moisturizer
means that it can do amazing things for your Scalp
. It can help control and treat Dandruff
, relieve itchiness, and clear up Eczema
Jojoba oil has also been shown to be effective in stimulating Hair
One study showed that in trials, jojoba oil showed some positive effects in helping Hair
However, it wasnít as good as peppermint oil, which was proven to be even more effective than Minoxidil Ė the most popular chemical in Hair