4 Surprising Benefits of Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is commonly used in many beauty products… and probably more often than you think. Not only does its moisturizing qualities make it an excellent ingredient for conditioning skin, but jojoba oil also is more stable and has a longer shelf life than other natural oils. For these two reasons alone, it’s one of the most sought after substances in the beauty industry.
But if you think that’s all there is to jojoba oil, that’s where you’d be wrong. Along with its nourishing attributes and long shelf life, jojoba oil is virtually odorless, works well for people with sensitive skin, does wonders for your nails and so much more.
You may be surprised at the wide range of useful benefits jojoba oil has to offer— especially if you’re obsessed with those drugstore acne washes that strip your skin of all oil. In this post we’ll explore four super useful ways you can benefit from jojoba oil that you might not have heard of yet.
Jojoba Oil Helps Balance Oily Skin
One of the most common skin care myths is that the key to avoiding breakouts is to eliminate all oil. That’s just not true. Acne happens when your pores become clogged, trapping harmful bacteria inside. Jojoba oil can be a game changer when it comes to getting a clear complexion.
Firstly, stripping your skin of all oil can cause the natural oils from your sebaceous glands (sebum) to go into overdrive to compensate. This leads to a vicious cycle which usually goes something like: your skin produces too much oil, product strips all oil, skin freaks out and produces even more oil, repeat.
The problem with trying to keep acne prone skin moisturized and balanced, is that many moisturizers clog pores, which is a one-way ticket to acne ville. Even your own sebum can harden in your pores and plug things up. Jojoba oil can help keep your skin moisturized without clogging pores, which is not something any old moisturizer can do.
Jojoba oil is a unique oil in that it’s technically a wax esther and is also very close to the sebum your skin produces. Not only does jojoba oil not clog your pores, but regularly moisturizing with jojoba oil can help keep your sebum soft so it’s less likely to clog your pores too.
Soothe Chapped Lips with Jojoba Oil
You probably already know jojoba oil is a great moisturizer. Jojoba oil is fantastic for skin because it’s rich in like vitamin E, vitamin B-complex and zinc. These deeply nourishing nutrients can help soothe a variety of skin irritations including acne spots, sunburned skin, and dry skin.
Did you know you can use jojoba oil on chapped lips too? As the seasons change, cold dry weather and indoor heating can be extremely drying for skin. Especially lips as they’re more often exposed to the elements. Jojoba infused lip balm is great to use in the winter months to keep those lips soft and smooth.
Another great benefit of using jojoba oil to moisturize your lips is that it sets you up for flawless lipstick application. Adding lip color to dry flaky lips doesn’t look great, and trying to apply lip color over waxy petroleum lip balms is just setting yourself up for smeared lipstick.
Jojoba oil helps you avoid all that lip drama because it absorbs quickly into your lips to soften and smooth without leaving a greasy film. Store bought jojoba oil lip balm, and even just applying a drop of pure jojoba directly to lips both work. You can also make your own jojoba oil lip balm with our super easy 5 minute recipe.
Jojoba Oil 5 Minute Lip Balm Recipe
What you’ll need:
2.5 tsp jojoba oil
2 tsp beeswax pellets
3 10ml makeup pots
6 drops essential oil of your choice
Microwave safe bowl, spoon
Step 1: Combine jojoba oil and beeswax in microwave safe bowl. Microwave in 15 second intervals until mixture is liquid, stirring occasionally.
Step 2: Add essential oils to your mix and stir well.
Step 3: Quickly pour mix into makeup pots before it cools.
Step 4: Let sit until fully cool. Makes 3 pots of lip balm. Store unused pots in the fridge.
Jojoba Oil Works Wonders for Cuticles & Nail Beds
Dry, damaged nail cuticles can be a major pain. Nothing ruins a gorgeous manicure like dry cuticles and if they become bad enough they can even crack. Dry cracked cuticles can be really painful and often lead to nail bed infections.
The best way to avoid damaged cuticles is to keep them moisturized, which jojoba oil does wonderfully. But did you know jojoba oil can also soothe damaged cuticles and help prevent infection too?
Not only does jojoba oil deeply condition skin to avoid dryness and damage, but it also shows natural antibacterial activity. When bacteria is introduced to broken skin, it can easily become infected. Anything you can do to ward off germs helps reduce your chance of infection.
Tea tree oil also boosts antimicrobial action so we came up with this quick and easy DIY jojoba oil cream for fingers and toes. It’s perfect to chase away dry winter hands. As a bonus, you can also use it as part of your gym routine to avoid extra germs around your toenails.
1 Minute Jojoba Oil DIY Cuticle Cream
What you’ll need:
1.5 oz beeswax pellets
3 oz. jojoba oil
1 tbls honey
Disposable paper bowl
Spoon for mixing
Small mason jar for storing
Step 1: Add beeswax pellets, jojoba oil and honey to paper bowl.
Step 2: Microwave until liquid, stirring and checking every 15 seconds
Step 3: Slightly bend the paper plate in half so you can easily pour your jojoba oil treatment into the mason jar.
Step 4: Let cool until jojoba oil mix becomes solidified.
Directions for use:
Use your jojoba oil cuticle cream daily or as needed. Wash hands with water as hot as is comfortable, rub jojoba oil cream into your cuticles and nail bed. Let sit until fully absorbed.
Use Jojoba Oil for Sensitive Skin
Jojoba oil is good for all skin types because it is so close to our skin’s natural oils. If you have sensitive skin it’s even better because it’s one of the most gentle ingredients out there. Not only can you use jojoba oil neat in place of regular moisturizers, you can also replace some makeup products by making your own.
For more info about how to use jojoba oil for sensitive skin, check out our long-form article on jojoba oil. In the meantime, we encourage you to try our favorite recipe for jojoba oil makeup remover wipes. It’s simple, really works on stubborn makeup like mascara, and is ridiculously easy to do.
DIY Jojoba Oil Sensitive Skin Makeup Wipes
What you’ll need:
1/2 cup filtered water
2 tsp liquid castile soap
1 tsp jojoba oil
Organic cotton rounds
16 oz mason jar with lid
Step 1: Combine jojoba oil, water and castile soap in bowl and whisk together.
Step 2: Add cotton rounds to clean mason jar.
Step 3: Pour jojoba oil mix over cotton rounds, close lid tightly, gently swish around until the liquid is fully absorbed by the cotton rounds.
Step 4: Use individual cotton rounds to wipe away makeup as needed.
Jojoba Oil Saves Desert Habitats!
One of the greatest benefits of using jojoba oil is that jojoba tree cultivation is good for the environment. Jojoba trees are a sustainable crop that needs less water than other plants and resists pests (so less pesticide is needed).
Cultivating trees for jojoba oil has been found to be useful to help at-risk lands that are in danger of becoming deserts. Jojoba oil is such an eco-friendly crop that scientists are actually looking at it as a possible renewable energy source.
Jojoba oil is found in a lot of common beauty products (which sometimes have other not-so-good-for-you ingredients.) Of course you can use jojoba oil for hair and skin conditioning, but there are extra benefits to using jojoba oil you may not have thought of before.
Armed with your new jojoba oil knowledge you can try some easy DIY recipes to reap the benefits. Rescue chapped lips, swap out harsh products that irritate sensitive skin, and balance oily acne prone skin— all with jojoba oil.
All of that and help save at-risk ecosystems too! Get in touch and let us know how you’re using jojoba oil. You can even send us questions in the comments or email us at [email protected]. We might just answer your question on our YouTube channel.
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