Jojoba (pronounced “hoh-hoh-buh") is a shrub that can be mainly found in the southwestern United States and Mexico, bearing seeds that are the source of oil – jojoba oil – which is primarily used in cosmetics and as a lubricant. Jojoba oil is biodegradable and non-toxic in its pure form. Currently, its uses are primarily cosmetic.
Jojoba Oil for Skin
Healing the Skin
Jojoba oil helps promote healing of the skin in numerous ways. It has antimicrobial properties, which are helpful in the healing of sores and wounds. The oil contains vital nutrients, such as vitamin E, B complex vitamins, and the minerals silicon, chromium, copper, and zinc. Moreover, it contains lots of iodine, which may be what makes it useful in fighting against bacterial and fungal infection. Jojoba oil has also been used to treat canker sores, cold sores, athlete’s foot, and warts – conditions often caused by fungal microbes attacking the skin. One of the most popular uses of jojoba oil is as a natural moisturizer for the skin and hair – jojoba oil can banish frizzy hair!
Preventing Skin Problems
Jojoba oil inhibits the growth of some bacterial and fungal microbes that attack the skin.
Additionally, jojoba oil is often used in the treatment of acne. The oil blends well with the natural sebum of the skin, which curbs natural overproduction. This overproduction is often what leads to oily skin which is more prone to acne. The oil actually tricks the skin into producing less sebum, which can clog pores.
Jojoba oil is composed of liquid wax esters rather than oil. Wax ester production decreases in humans with age, leading the skin to appear dull and wrinkly. A reduced ester content in the skin can lead to psoriasis, dandruff, and rosacea; the use of jojoba oil to restore ester content helps prevent these conditions.
Finally, jojoba oil penetrates the skin and rapidly reduces water loss while softening the skin. This makes the oil beneficial for reducing and preventing wrinkles and stretch marks. It can also be used for lightening marks or scars on the skin and restoring the skin’s natural pH balance.
Jojoba oil in its purest form is hypoallergenic. The chemical makeup of jojoba so closely resembles the skin’s natural sebum that it rarely causes allergic reactions. It is easily absorbed by most skin and hair types. Therefore, not only is jojoba oil natural, it’s also safe.