22 Ways to Use Jojoba Oil for Self-Care
In modern times, jojoba oil is usually used as a carrier oil for other essential oils that are too strong to use directly. This helps to make the essential oils mixed with the jojoba oil to be absorbed by the skin. Like other carrier oils, jojoba oil doesn’t evaporate making it a good base for body oils, lotions, baby care products. On its own, jojoba oil can be used as a skin moisturizer and to condition to the hair. Here, I listed 22 uses of jojoba oil to improve your skin and shower yourself with lots of self-love and self-care.
What is Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil comes from goat nut or jojoba shrub (Simmondsia chinensis), native to the deserts of North America. To the O’odham people of the Sonoran Desert, the nut is known as Hohowi, from which the name jojoba was derived. The O’odham also use the nuts as part of their emergency stash for food and for medicinal purposes.
As a wild plant, its leaves are a good source of food for many wild animals and livestock but they do not eat the nuts since it contains an indigestible wax.
Technically, jojoba oil is not an oil - it’s a wax ester. Wax esters are a combination of fatty acids and fatty alcohol. Plants with high wax esters lose water less than plants with low wax ester, making them more tolerant to drought and long dry spells. Desert plants have high wax esters on the leaves, making them more resilient.
Components of Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is rich in vitamins A, C, E, and B-complex. These are known to be good antioxidants that increase the immune defense of the body against free radicals.
Zinc is one of the essential trace minerals present in jojoba oil that helps in strengthening the immunity, healing of wounds, and functioning of the thyroid. It is also good against common colds and herpes virus.
Chromium is another essential trace mineral important for the treatment of people with atypical depression and bipolar disorder although the evidence is not yet sufficient to prove these theories.
Copper also helps in the formation of collagen, supports the immune system, protects cells from damage, and prevents bone loss in women.
Selenium is not produced in the body but it helps in the proper functioning of the thyroid and immune system. Iodine is yet another mineral that the body does not produce but is very essential for treating wounds and preventing infections by killing bacteria around the wound.
Jojoba oils are known to help increase the good cholesterol levels of the body. It can also activate the hormones that control your hunger, making it a great help for weight-loss programs.
22 Reasons to Use Jojoba Oil for Self-Love and Self-Care
Hydrates the skin
Unlike other moisturizers, jojoba oil gives your skin 24 hours of effective moisturizing. The wax esters lock in the moisture in the skin so it is best to apply after a bath or shower when the skin is still damp. Keeping the skin moisturized is the first step in protecting it from almost every kind of distress and disease. It does not leave a greasy after-feel because it is absorbed by the skin. You don’t have to worry about the scent also because it does not have any, making it a good ingredient to many skin products. Pamper your skin with Rose Gold Face Oil and feel its soothing effects while taking care of your skin.
Protects the skin from free radicals
The high antioxidant content in jojoba oil helps to remove free radicals from the environment. By nourishing the skin from the outside makes it an easy and affordable way of keeping the skin and the whole body healthy.
Effectively removes makeup
Jojoba oil makes a very effective makeup remover since it does not contain chemicals, it is hypoallergenic and has antibiotic properties that not only cleanse the face but also protect it from acne, blackheads, and other facial skin problems. It is also mild enough to be used for cleaning eye makeup. Not only that, but it also removes dark circles under the eyes. Just massage jojoba oil and chamomile essential oil under the eyes and wash it off with warm water. Sacred Mood Mist is daily toner with jojoba oil and essential oils like clary sage, neroli, spruce, and bergamot to free the face of dirt and oil.
Protects from UVB rays
UVB rays damage the outer layers of the skin, resulting in sunburns and eventually, skin cancer. Using products with jojoba oil or the oil itself will protect the skin from UVB damage. By damaging the skin’s DNA, the skin becomes more vulnerable to cellular mutation and skin cancer. UVB is also the cause of premature aging. UVB can be unprotected exposure to sunlight and also from tanning beds.
Balances natural skin oil production
Jojoba oil is non-comedogenic, meaning, it does not clog the pores. Since the chemical makeup of wax esters is close to the oils produced by the body’s sebaceous glands, it balances the natural oil production of the skin. Apply Rose Gold Face Oil on damp face and neck to condition the skin and give it enough oil to coax the sebaceous glands to produce what is needed by the skin.
Tightens the skin
Jojoba oil also contains linoleic acid and antioxidants that help to regenerate skin cells, making the skin look tighter and younger. It also helps in the production of collagen so your face structure doesn’t change that much, leaving it firmer and more youthful. Applying it directly on the skin can do wonders to keep wrinkles away. Rose Gold Face Oil contains pomegranate, rose, rose geranium, and rosehip essential oils that help in collagen production.
Keeps the nails and cuticles healthy
The nails made of keratin, just like the hair. Keratin is a protein giving the hair strength and the nails rigidity. Dry cuticles limit the health and growth of the nails and applying jojoba oil after each bath to the nails help moisturize the cuticles, encouraging the growth of healthy nails, and thickens the nails to reduce breakage.
Helps in hair growth
The keratin in the hair needs makes it strong and lustrous but when the scalp and the hair are too oily, the hair follicles are blocked and results in hair fall and breakage. Hair, when too dry, becomes dull and frizzy but the right amount of oils in the hair keeps it healthy, shiny, and lustrous. No need to apply chemical-based conditioners. Just massage the jojoba oil on the hair and scalp for better effects.
Applying jojoba oil also reduces split ends. Abuse of the hair by too many chemicals, harsh temperatures, extreme weather conditions, and dry hair can all end up in split ends. The only solution to split ends is to cut off the affected hair. Since jojoba oil is lightweight, it can be applied to the hair as a leave-on conditioner to protect your hair from the harsh environmental threats.
Maintains scalp health
The scalp and either be dry or oily. It is actually the extension of our facial skin and so it tones the scalp as it does the facial skin by improving the balance of oil production of the scalp. Build-up from chemicals from shampoo, conditioners, hair treatment, hair dyes, and colorants all pile up on the scalp and the hair. This build-up can result in hair fall due to breakage and slow growth of the hair from clogged hair follicles due to sebum build-up. Massaging jojoba oil to the scalp effectively removes these built-up chemicals and oils.
Sometimes dry scalp can be mistaken for dandruff. Dry scalp sometimes results in psoriasis of the scalp which is an even bigger problem than dandruff. Keeping the scalp moisturized balances the amount of oil produced in the sebum produced in the scalp without stripping off the oils that keep the hair and scalp healthy. A too oily scalp, on the other hand, can be gross and sometimes result in breakouts on the face and back.
Helps minimize the appearance of scars
By speeding up the healing of wounds, the appearance of scars is minimized. Apply jojoba oil directly to the wound or around the wound to help the wound heal faster and prevent the darkening of the scars.
Heals viral infections
Treating viral infections with essential oils can be done through topical administration or inhalation. For topical application, add 2-3 drops of chosen essential oil in jojoba and apply it as a lotion. Cold sores or “fever blisters” are open wounds on the mouth caused by Herpes simplex virus and while there is no cure for HSV, you can help lessen the pain by applying jojoba oil added with 2-3 drops of tea tree, oregano or peppermint essential oil.
Relieves chapped lips
locking in moisture, giving you irresistibly kissable lips. Refrain from using petroleum jelly since it that chemicals that may cause allergies. As a by-product of petroleum, it is also not environment-friendly. Check out the drawbacks on petroleum jelly here and decide if it’s worth it.
Moisturizes the whole body
Instead of using lotions to seal in the moisture on your body, use jojoba oil instead. Aside from hydrating the skin and giving you a youthful glow, the application of jojoba oil on the skin promotes blood flow. There is no greasy feel, leaving a light and freeing feeling.
Another very important function of jojoba oil is to relieve the pain from injuries and wounds.
Heals fungal infections
Some common fungal infections we suffer are nail fungus, warts, ringworm, yeast infections, jock itch, athlete’s foot. The scalp may also be affected by ringworm and piedra, both caused by fungi. By applying jojoba oil to the infected area, it speeds up healing and reduces the size of wounds, reduces swelling and inflammation, and reduces the formation of scars.
Because of the antibacterial and non-comedogenic properties of jojoba oil, it helps to control breakouts by clearing the clogged pores and blemishes. It also tightens pores for more youthful skin, controls oil production on the face, and heals the acne without leaving scars. Cleanse and pamper your skin with jojoba oil and essential oils like lavender, bergamot, and oranges in Brighten Mood Mist.
Helps prevent inflammations
Swelling and redness may result after an injury if proper care is not given immediately to the wound or injury. The antibacterial properties of jojoba oil make it a good choice to apply on small wounds, cuts, cold sores, and even warts. It can be applied directly to the wound or around it to prevent the spread of swelling. It helps in the fast healing of wounds, reducing the incidence of scars.
Protects the feet
Dry feet and cracked heels are every woman’s bane and mood killer, especially if wearing slingback heels and sandals is your style. Cracked heels are unsightly and unhealthy since it can be an entry for disease-causing germs. Instead of petroleum jelly, jojoba oil applied after a shower and putting on socks is a good way to keep the moisture in the feet.
Provides relief against eczema and psoriasis
Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, jojoba oil is a great natural cure for eczema, rosacea, and psoriasis. By locking in moisture on the skin, swelling, and redness caused by these skin conditions are reduced, giving you relief from pain and itchiness. It’s like feeding your skin so it becomes healthy enough to fend off the symptoms of these skin diseases. A simple application of jojoba oil on the affected areas brings you relief.
Psoriasis of the skin may progress to psoriasis of the scalp if left untreated for a long time. Unlike other preparations that target a specific form of psoriasis, jojoba oil can be used to control and heal psoriasis of the skin and the scalp. When your scalp gives off silvery flakes that may be painful or at least uncomfortable, it can be scalp psoriasis instead of dandruff. Apply jojoba oil on the scalp then wash off after massaging it on. The antioxidant properties of jojoba oil make it effective against psoriasis and other chronic skin conditions.
Maintains hair color
Colored hair next extra protection from the elements than natural hair. Applying jojoba oil to colored hair protects it from the harsh chemicals of the pool or the sea if you are planning to take a dip.
Reduces stretch marks during pregnancy
Some essential oils are not allowed for pregnant women but jojoba oil shows no contraindication to pregnancy. It is recommended to apply jojoba oil twice a day while pregnant and after giving birth. As the skin stretches and tries to return to its pre-pregnancy state, applying jojoba oil helps to keep the skin supple and moisturized. While stretch marks are not painful, they can be unsightly especially if they become too discolored and plenty.
Jojoba oil can be applied directly to sun-burnt skin. It relieves the pain as well as repairs the damaged skin with its rich vitamin E and B-complex content. Continue applying the oil on the skin until completely healed.
Who Should Avoid Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is hypoallergenic and no known side effects so it is safe for use by pregnant and lactating women, people with sensitive skin, and even babies.
Before You Go
Indulge in self-love and self-care with the jojoba oil used in Rose Gold Face Oil, Empower Body Oil, Indulge Mood Oil, and Tranquil Mood Oil. All these can be used not only to improve your skin’s condition but also to uplift your mood.