Learn About The Health Benefits And Uses Of Jojoba Oil
The jojoba plant is a shrub that is endemic to North America. It is native to Baja California, Utah, Arizona, and California. Jojoba oil contains liquid wax esters unlike other seed oils, which consist of triglycerides. This means it is technically a wax despite its name.
The liquid is extracted from the plant's seeds. In its purest form, the liquid is a clear golden color and has a slightly nutty aroma. When the liquid is refined, it loses both its color and scent. Because it does not contain triglycerides, it has a longer shelf life than vegetable oils.
The liquid wax is nontoxic and does not cause any allergic reactions. Because it is so similar in chemical make up to the oils secreted by the sebaceous glands, skin cells readily absorb it. It keeps skin supple and smooth without making it look or feel greasy.
Liquid from the jojoba plant helps balance the pH level of skin and provides protection against irritants. It does not clog the pores and does not cause allergic reactions. This makes it safe and effective for use on the face and even around the eyes as a makeup remover.
Skin that lacks sufficient moisture is vulnerable to germs and irritants that lead to dermatitis. The protective barrier created with the use of this oil locks in moisture and reduces the risk of dehydration caused by environmental pollutants. This also prevents germs from entering the body through cracked skin. For use on the skin, rub a few drops between the palms and apply directly to the face and other parts of the skin exposed to the elements. Warm a spoonful of oil, rub into the face and allow it to soak in overnight for a deep moisturizing effect.
This liquid is effective for treating oily skin on the face and scalp. The skin becomes too oily due to the overproduction of sebum by the sebaceous glands. Oily skin gathers dust from the environment and can lead to acne, dandruff, and seborrheic dermatitis. Keeping the skin well hydrated helps regulate sebum production.
This substance has antioxidant and antibacterial properties in part due to vitamins E and A. It can soothe inflamed, irritated skin. When used on a regular basis it controls acne breakouts. Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins in the oil make it effective for controlling damage and repairing sunburned skin. It is also useful for treating chapped lips, dry cuticles, and cracked skin on the feet.
- Toni McMahon