So I’ve been wanting to write something about jojoba oil since I’ve recently started using it. I decided after a particularly bad breakout that I wanted to try something different and chose the natural route since I’ve never done that before. This stuff is a real treat and I don’t see myself without it ever again if it remains as effective as it is now.
A little background on this stuff:
Jojoba oil comes from the seed pod of a shrub in the southwest US and Mexico. The product is a wax inside the seed pod that is melted down and added with water to get the liquid you put on your skin. Native Americans used it to treat skin conditions and cuts among other things. The chemical makeup of jojoba oil is very similar to human sebum, that is the oil that we produce on our skin. The good part about this oil is that it is very gentle and does not irritate the skin because of how similar it is to sebum. If you have sensitive skin this is an ideal moisturizer for you and I will explain how to apply it further along. The moisturizing properties of jojoba oil also help with wrinkles and stretched skin. It is also anti-fungal so if you are unlucky enough to acquire a fungal infection this can help with that. The oil is also very beneficial to your hair. The moisturizing properties will make your hair shine and look and feel softer because of how it lubricates the hair and its follicles. This stuff is absolutely non-comedogenic and should not clog your pores at all. I have very oily skin and have used a ton of moisturizers before and this one is leaps and bounds better and has yet to cause me a single blemish. For me this is unheard of by a moisturizer hair oil.
I have found the simplest way to apply this is directly after bathing. Gently dry off and pat the skin on your face dry. Now I use 100% jojoba oil and would recommend the same unless you have mixed your own cream with it and other ingredients. However, for the pure stuff what you will want to do is make a cup like shape in your hand and squeeze one drop into it. Be careful because this stuff is runny! If you tilt your hand at all it will drip right off. I’ve done this on numerous occasions. Now that you have a drop in your hand, use a finger from the other hand to spread it around on your face evenly. You will feel where it is because its slippery in texture. I cover my entire face with a light coat of it. Your skin might be shiny for a few minutes afterward but because of the makeup of the oil, it will absorb into your skin quickly. If enough of it remains on your skin after five to ten minutes you can blot it off gently. If you want to try it in your hair repeat the same procedure except instead of using your finger to spread it just spread the oil on both of your hands and run your hands through your hair. I personally do this when my hair is wet and it works well. You should notice relatively soon (in a couple of days) that your skin and hair will look and feel softer.
You can find this stuff relatively easily on the internet but you wont find it at your local cvs or walgreens. If you have an organic grocery or a nutrition store you might be able to find it there. This oil does last a very long time so you won’t need to continually purchase it. Be careful when handling it because it is so slippery that it can easily slide out of your hand and make a big mess. This is a product I will not be without because after using so many chemically formulated moisturizers I have yet to find one that is even remotely as close to it in effectiveness.