You've probably seen it everywhere and you know that it’s good for your skin, but what, exactly, does jojoba oil do? Where does it come from? Is it actually an oil? How is "jojoba" actually pronounced? To celebrate the launch of The Jojoba Company here at Nudie Glow, we're filling you in on everything you should know about jojoba!
What is Jojoba oil?
Jojoba or botanical name Simmondsia chinensis—also known as pignut, goat nut, deer nut, wild hazel, and coffeeberry—is a desert shrub found in northwestern Mexico, as well as in the southwestern portion of the United States, including California and Arizona. (FYI, we know you're probably wondering, it's pronounced "ho-ho-ba"!)
The Jojoba Company's products are all carefully handcrafted using only the finest jojoba beans from Beresford, a family-owned farm located in the small rural town of Yenda in Australia’s Riverina region.
Native Americans as far back as the 1400s have long utilised jojoba oil for skin, hair and medicinal purposes. Teeming with antioxidants, omegas and vitamins A, D and E, jojoba "oil" isn't technically an oil, but a wax ester. Wax esters are naturally present in our skin to keep skin cells plumped, maintaining open pores and deeply cleaning the skin, resulting in an overall healthy complexion. Jojoba has the same molecular structure as the natural wax esters in our skin, so it is able to penetrate deeply, reaching below just the top layers of skin for maximum nourishment!
Jojoba is also naturally antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, analgesic (reduces pain), anti-inflammatory and hypoallergenic. It can be used on any skin type, from dry and sensitive to oily and acne-prone. And perhaps, best of all, Jojoba is one of the most versatile all-natural ingredients out there. It is so gentle, safe and naturally packed with beneficial vitamins and antioxidants that there are literally 100 uses (or more), from skin care and baby care to hair and home care:
- Jojoba is primarily used as a face moisturiser.
- As an antioxidant, add jojoba oil in your morning skin care routine to help protect your skin from everyday pollutants.
- Apply generously at night and leave on for a nourishing overnight face mask.
- For an intense moisture boost, apply under your favourite hydrating mask. Use before a special event or to combat winter dryness.
- Use a small amount to help refine and tame brows.
- Apply a drop onto freshly-plucked or freshly-waxed eyebrows to calm the area.
- Condition and promote healthier eyelashes by applying a small drop of jojoba on them.
For skin care:
- Jojoba oil is perfect for deep cleansing. Despite its name, it’s not an oil but a liquid wax, and is completely noncomedogenic so it won’t clog your pores. Apply over skin then gently remove with damp cotton pads or clean washcloth.
- Jojoba also works as a carrier oil, so when you combine it with your favourite face oil, like rosehip, it carries nutrients deeper into the skin's layers.
- Jojoba is also antibacterial and a natural preservative to help promote product stability, making it ideal for mixing and adding to your favourite facial oils to help prolong its shelf life.
- Perfect to be used with your beauty tools!
- Can be used to replace your Vitamin E serums, as Vitamin E is naturally occurring in Jojoba already.
- You can add jojoba oil to your exfoliating pad to help remove stubborn makeup and unclog pores.
- Love DIY skincare? You can substitute coconut oil with jojoba in almost any beauty recipe. Jojoba also takes much longer to expire!
- Add a few drops to your foundation/BB cream for smoother application.
- Dab a small amount under your eyes to prevent makeup caking in the area.
- Mix jojoba and a drop of dish soap to clean your make-up brushes. Jojoba can also help condition brushes and keep them soft!
- Gently remove stubborn makeup with Jojoba oil. Use on a cotton pad or apply jojoba directly to skin, massage gently and wipe over with warm damp cloth. Perfect for removing Halloween makeup!
For skin concerns:
- Jojoba can help reduce fine lines and wrinkles.
- Got oily skin? Jojoba can actually help control oil production for a more balanced complexion.
- A jojoba a day can keep dark spots and pigmentation away!
- Because of its antibacterial properties, jojoba is also great for acne-prone skin.
- Helps calm skin redness.
- Can also help soothe dermatitis or eczema.
- Reduces the itching, burning and tenderness associated with rosacea.
- Eases the symptoms of psoriasis by treating red patches and scaly skin.
- Soothes blepharitis eyelid inflammation, irritation and itchiness.
- Can be applied daily to help with Keratosis flare ups.
- Dry, broken or scaly skin is open to infections and triggers flare-ups. Jojoba can help break the cycle of skin irritations by deeply moisturising.
- Rub into lips and use as a protective lip moisturiser.
- Apply to your cold sores for a natural treatment.
- Apply to your lips after lipstick for a glossy look.
- Mix a drop of jojoba oil with some sugar to create your own DIY lip scrub that keeps your lips smooth and hydrated.
- Try adding an extra moisture boost under your lip balm during cold, dry weather.
- Your delicate neck & décolletage area needs some daily TLC too! Regular moisture helps minimise wrinkles and sun damage around these areas.
- You can use jojoba oil as an all-over body moisturiser.
- You can also add a few drops to your current body cream or moisturiser to boost its benefits.
- Use jojoba as a body oil for massages, so while relieving aches and pains, you are also left with silky smooth skin!
- Add a few drops to your body wash for an extra nourishing shower treat.
- Rub into ashy and rough elbows to help smooth and brighten skin.
- Blemishes on your back? Use as a cleanser in your shower, Jojoba's antibacterial properties will help reduce the bacteria that causes backne.
- Can be used to hydrate freshly-inked / newly-tattoed skin
- Add a few drops to some old coffee grounds for a DIY body scrub.
- Before fake tanning, use Jojoba to smooth out dry elbows and knees for a more even, natural finish.
- After a day of sun, surf & sand, apply jojoba all over your skin to help restore hydration levels and add a layer of protection.
- Apply jojoba oil all over to recover from sunburn. Reduces redness and prevents peeling.
- Use as a hydrating hand moisturiser.
- Keep your nails and cuticles healthy by massaging jojoba into them.
- Can be added to your favourite hand moisturiser to enhance its benefits.
- Massage into hands to help soften calluses.
- Apply to cracked knuckles to help deeply hydrate.
- Apply as a hand mask with a glove to soften hands overnight.
You can also apply jojoba under protective gloves when doing housework or gardening. Apply jojoba oil to cuticles then wear cotton gloves under your rubber ones. You’ll have baby soft, smooth hands after hours of housework!
- Smooth on a little jojoba before & after shaving for less blade friction, irritation and red bumps.
- Can also be used as an alternative to shaving cream when using razors.
- Massage after leg waxing to minimise irritation.
- Jojoba oil is naturally antibacterial, so it helps protect against in-grown hair infections.
- With its anti-fungal properties, rub a few drops into your feet to minimise fungus.
- Rub into toenails to minimise breakage.
- Massage jojoba into your feet to help soften corns.
- Gently massage jojoba into your feet, then pop on a pair of socks and let soak overnight for a restorative treatment.
- Soak your feet in warm soapy water; add a few drops of jojoba oil to begin loosening tough skin. Gently rub with pumice stone (don’t rub dry skin – it causes more damage). Then pat your new smoother and healthier feet dry.
For babies & mummies:
- Use as a baby oil. Jojoba pampers and soothes your baby's skin irritations without any artificial chemicals or fragrances.
- Heals and soothes nappy rash, without irritating inflamed and broken skin.
- Reduces and moisturises cradle cap.
- Relives those tender cheeks from wind chap without the use of harsh creams.
- Jojoba is the perfect bath oil for sensitive baby skin. (Take extra care when getting them out of the bath as they may be a little more slippery)
- Create a little baby massage routine by very gently rubbing all over to protect skin.
- Jojoba has the added bonus of having naturally occurring Vitamin A, which unlike synthetic formulas is safe during pregnancy and for babies. Vitamin A is important for skin regeneration.
- Apply to your pregnant belly to help deter stretch marks.
- During pregnancy you may become sensitive to odours or fragrances. Jojoba is the perfect substitute to your fragrance-heavy skincare as it has an extremely neutral odour.
- Massage jojoba oil into your scalp to help prevent hair loss and promote hair thickness.
- Deter dandruff by applying a few pumps of jojoba to the affected area.
- Add a few drops of jojoba oil (naturally anti-fungal) to shampoo for added moisture.
- Use as a scalp conditioner by rubbing a small amount of jojoba oil onto your scalp and hair. It’s quickly absorbed and will loosen dandruff or flakes. Leave-in as long as possible, then very lightly shampoo hair, without scrubbing scalp.
- Smooth down frizzy hair and flyaway ends by rubbing a small amount of jojoba oil into ends
- Apply a few drops to your hair before using the hairdryer or other heating tools to retain moisture.
- Smooth onto dyed hair to help extend colour saturation and softness.
- Add a few drops to curly hair for the perfect textured curls.
- Jojoba is also a popular ingredient when making DIY hair tonics!
- Apply to a scab to minimise scarring.
- Soothes newly pierced earlobes by protecting them against infection.
- Apply to a burn after cool water to help soothe and heal.
- Apply to a minor cut for anti-bacterial healing.
- Apply a few drops to a black eye before applying cold compression to protect the skin from swelling.
- You can also soothe blisters with jojoba oil.
- Some people have had success treating warts with jojoba.
- Use on insect bites to ease the itch and inflammation.
- Jojoba naturally contains myristic acid which has been known to relive some arthritis and rheumatism pain.
For men / beardcare:
- Jojoba oil helps soften skin before shaving, and calms sensitive skin after shaving.
- Can also be used as a beard oil to encourage growth, hydration and health.
- Rub a small amount through beard before washing to loosen dirt and tangles.
- If you have flaking skin under your beard, gently massage jojoba to heal the irritated area.
- Apply beard oil to tame a fuzzy beard. Remember to only use a pea size drop; you don't want it looking greasy!
- Apply very thin layer of jojoba oil to beard and leave overnight for intense treatment. Rinse & comb as usual for a healthy, luscious beard.
- Mix lemon oil with jojoba to polish and clean wooden furniture.
- When making your own soap, add a few drops of jojoba to boost its hydrating benefits.
- Can be used as a carrier oil with peppermint oil as an all-natural insect repellent.
- Jojoba is a natural fungicide, so you can use it to help control mildew.
- It your pets have dry or crack paws, use a small drop to help hydrate the area.
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