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Monday, November 18, 2013

Benefits of Jojoba Oil

What is it?
Jojoba oil is obtained from jojoba plant, which is a perennial shrub that grows in northwestern Mexico and parts of California and Arizona.  The oil is a liquefied form of vegetable wax and is found in the seeds of the jojoba plant in which half of the seeds weight is the oil content.  In results this substance is a light golden in color and is odorless.  Some argue that it is not actually “Oil”, but rather what is called a wax ester.  It is theorized that applying jojoba to the skin can "trick" the skin into thinking it is producing enough oil, thus balancing oil production. The bottom line for acne-prone people is that jojoba oil is non-comedogenic so you can use it without fear.

Eye and Face Makeup Remover
Add a few drops of jojoba oil to fingers or to a cotton ball and wipe over eyes and face. Rinse off with water and follow with regular cleanser.
Facial Cleanser and Moisturizer
To cleanse normal to dry skin, apply with a few drops on fingers or cotton ball. Remove with water. Pat a few more drops on to damp skin for a lasting moisture treatment.
Body Moisturizer
Apply immediately after shower or bath, while skin is still damp. It seals in moisture, leaving skin soft and smooth.
Massage and Bath Oil
Great for a massage therapist or for use at home. Perfect for sensitive skin. Add a few drops to your bath to leave skin moisturized, soft, and smooth.

Foot and Hand Softener
Use alone or add a few drops to your regular moisturizer. For an intense foot treatment, apply oil, wrap in gauze and put on socks. Leave on for at least one hour. Feet will be beautifully soft and smooth.

Hair and Scalp Massage
Add a few drops to hands. Massage into scalp to relieve dryness.

Deep Conditioning Treatment for Hair
Smooth a quarter-sized amount of oil over damp hair, focusing on ends. Wait 5-10 minutes before shampooing out. To help mend split ends, rub one or two drops onto ends.

Lip Conditioner
Apply to finger and smooth onto lips. Works great as an overnight treatment

Cuticle Oil
Apply a few drops to rough, dry cuticles at least once per day.

Shaving Prep and Aftershave
Apply to beard or desired area beneath your shaving product. Helps prevent razor burn and leaves skin smooth and soft. Apply directly after shaving to effectively soothe and moisturize skin.

Carrier Oil
Dilute a few drops of your favorite essential oil, such as Tea Tree Oil or Lavender, in Jojoba Oil prior to massaging into the skin.

Summer Hair Protection
Massage a quarter-sized amount to hair before going swimming to protect it from chlorine and salt water.

At high amounts (over 6 drops) it can lend a shine to the skin. It is best to be conservative with it during the day (5-6 drops at a time). Moderate usage should actually balance oil production and reduce shine. At night before bed, feel free to use as much as you like.

My Own Personal Opinion
I took me a while to finally try Jojoba Oil because when I see/hear the word “Oil” I instantly thought it will be greasy, shiny and will just sit on top of my skin and never be absorbed and will cause breakouts.  After hearing several rave reviews I thought I give it a shot and that changed my opinion completely to the point where I can’t get enough of it!  Usually I don’t apply the product directly to my skin, what I do is mix it with my moisturizer and sometimes with my toner and I can feel my skin feel extra moisturized especially during cold windy seasons.  Did I also mention I use this product for my hair and hands as well?  It’s multifunctional! 

How I use it
For me I don't like to apply Jojoba oil directly on my skin, I usually prefer to mix it with my face or body moisturizer, toner and serum.  Otherwise for my nails and hair I would apply it directly.  

With a moisturizer
If I feel my moisturizer needs an extra push of hydration I like to mix the jojoba oil in them.  Especially the gel moisturizers, since they’re only good for summer due to its light consistency but if you mix jojoba oil it can be used during colder seasons.

With a Toner
Same as the moisturizer I use it with a toner to give that extra boost of hydration.  What I do is put the toner on the cotton squares and then add a few drops of Jojoba oil on top and directly pat them over my skin. 

Where to Purchase and Costs
You can buy Jojoba Oil at any organic or health food shops and even online.  I purchase mine from iHerb.com.  The cost varies from $8 - $30 depending on the size, brand and where you purchase it from.   Price is good consider that you only need a few drops of the product.

Final Thoughts
Overall Jojoba Oil should be a stable product for everyone, if it doesn't work out on your skin at least try it on your hair or nails.

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Thank you for reading!

Disclaimer: I purchase the product with my own money.  Please note that everyone's skin is different, what may work well for me doesn't mean it would work well for you, please do your research before trying out a new product.

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