Jojoba oil is a liquid wax extracted from the nut of an indigenous American shrub that goes by the scientific name Simmondsia chinensis, a misnomer as the plant has nothing to do with China. The shrubby tree still grows wild in the United States, mainly in the arid regions of the Southwestern states.
Jojoba oil is indeed a blessing as it is rich in important vitamins and minerals, including vitamins E and B-complex, zinc, copper, selenium, chromium, and iodine. And guess what? It suits all skin types. It is light, non-sticky, odorless, and has a long shelf life.
Here are some of the best uses for this multi-purpose beauty must-have:
1. Face moisturizer
Consider using jojoba as your daily or overnight facial moisturizer. The oil may initially leave a slight sheen, but just blot away residual oil to reduce excess moisture. Use 4-6 drops on your skin for a daytime moisturizer, increase the amount for an overnight hydrating skin mask, or try it out as a lip balm!
2. Hair conditioner
Replenish moisture and improve the texture of your hair with jojoba. The oil is great for dry scalps and will get rid of dandruff. Use it to add shine and naturally soften your hair, or in place of an anti-frizz product to manage unruly hair.
3. Facial cleanser
Similar to coconut oil, you can use jojoba as your daily face wash. Apply a few drops onto dry skin, let it set, and then simply rinse your face with water. This process will clear away all the impurities that the oil extracts from the surface of your face and neck.
4. Scar and stretch mark minimizer
Unsightly skin issues including scabs, scars, and stretch marks may be reduced by massaging the vitamin-E rich oil into the problem areas. Plus, it may speed the healing process of wounds and cause scars to fade over time.
5. Treats Skin Disorders
Are you suffering from skin disorders like eczema and rosacea? Jojoba oil to the rescue! This oil is considered to be a natural cure for eczema. Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory properties, which help in reducing redness caused by dryness and other skin conditions like rosacea. Dip a cotton ball in jojoba oil and apply it directly to the infected area. Use it twice daily for quick relief.
6. Makes Your Hair Shine
Jojoba oil works great as a serum and imparts a healthy shine to the hair. This natural oil smoothens the hair cuticles and tames dry, frizzy, and dull looking hair. It helps to seal the natural moisture in the hair shafts. It also adds luster and shine to the hair by minimizing the damage caused by pollutants and chemicals
7. Reduces Under-Eye Dark Circles
Tired of panda eyes that make you look drowsy and sick all the time? Go the jojoba oil way! Many studies have proven that oils are a new way to reduce and even remove these ugly circles, and one such oil used was jojoba oil. Mix equal quantities of jojoba oil and chamomile essential oil and massage it gently under the eyes for 10-15 minutes. Wash thoroughly afterwards with warm water.
Jojoba oil will help in reducing the inflammation present in the area, providing you with a smooth and even skin tone.
8. Reduces Wrinkles And Signs Of Aging
In addition to making the skin firm and moisturized, jojoba oil is also effective in reducing the appearance of wrinkles, thus making you look younger. It is rich in vitamin E, which is potent in eliminating the free radicals that are responsible for skin aging. The continuous use of jojoba oil can decrease fine lines and wrinkles by up to 25%. Also, the linoleic acid and antioxidants present in jojoba oil help in regenerating the skin cells.
It is highly effective if used with a face wash or a moisturizing cream. However, direct topical application has proven to show the best results.
9. Sunburn relief lotion
The oil has long been used in ancient medicine to treat sunburn, heat rash, and other minor skin irritations. It may make you more comfortable and will reduce flaking and peeling of the skin.
10. Makeup remover
Waterproof mascara and liquid liner wipe away with ease when you use jojoba as an eye makeup remover. It may also be helpful for clearing away foundation, powders, and stubborn lip and cheek stains. All you need to do is soak a cotton ball with jojoba oil and rub it all over your face and lips. Remove the oil residue from your face with a moist cotton ball afterwards. Jojoba oil is also helpful in removing eye makeup like kohl, mascara, liner, and eyeshadow.
11. Body lotion
Try jojoba oil out in lieu of your regular body moisturizer. Apply a few drops of the oil right after a bath or shower. Lock in the hydration benefits by adding a layer of a natural cream, such as shea or cocoa butter, over the jojoba oil. This will also reduce winter itch and chapped skin, since the anti-inflammatory properties of the oil work to reduce dryness and irritation.
12. Shaving gel
Apply the oil onto your legs to soften the skin and provide a smooth landing for your razor. The liquid wax makes for an easy shave and you’ll escape the pains of razor burn and skin redness.
13. Hair regrowth serum
Jojoba oil may unclog hair follicles, which can in turn reduce hair loss and promote more hair growth. The oil’s antioxidant qualities may also help protect your scalp and hair from breakage, split ends, and future damage.