I got some Jojoba Oil recently and the first thing I did was to check for the consistency and smell. To be honest, I was a tad disappointed. I expected a thicker consistency similar to Castor Oil or even Coconut Oil. Instead, I got a thin sheet-like oil.
Anyways, my disappointment doesn’t make it any less functional.
Let’s find out what makes this oil tick.
What then is Jojoba Oil?
Jojoba oil is a botanical extract of the seed of the jojoba tree. Technically it is not actually an oil, but rather what is called a wax ester. Out of all of the compounds in nature, this wax ester is the most similar to human skin oil (sebum). 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 pure version of the jojoba oil has a bright, golden color whereas the processed version is clear and transparent. It has a high shelf life and can be stored for long periods as it is a relatively stable liquid. It does not oxidize easily and will not turn rancid like other oils because it does not contain triglycerides unlike most other vegetable oils such as grape seed oil and coconut oil.
So, what are the benefits of jojoba oil?
1. It is highly similar to sebum.
This makes it so unique compared to other seed oils as it is structurally and chemically very similar to the human sebum. Also, the sebum is largely composed of wax mono esters which is the primary constituent of jojoba oil.
2. It is rich in beneficial minerals and Vitamin E.
Jojoba Oil contains many different varieties of tocopherols which make up Vitamin E and other minerals. Vitamin E is excellent for promoting healthy and clear skin.
3. It’s completely safe to use.
Jojoba oil is non-toxic. Now depending on your skin type, it is moderately comedogenic. This means that it might clog pores if used generously. It will also not cause any allergic reactions. It is not an irritant, so it can safely be used around the eyes and on the skin. In addition to that, it does not cause a greasy feeling when used on the skin like other oils do.
4. Jojoba Oil prevents damage from free radicals.
It is an antioxidant that protects you from the damaging effects of free radicals, which is believed to contribute or cause various chronic diseases and cancer.
5. It is very stable.
Jojoba oil does not become rancid or lose antioxidants even after long periods of storage.
Now, that we know the benefits, what can we use it for?
- As a skin moisturizer
- To control oily skin
- For acne control
- For chapped lips and dry cuticles.
- To reduce the effects of sunburn
- For cracked feet and dry hands
- ……. and every other thing you would use oils for.
For acne control, jojoba oil works in two ways.
First, it acts as a deep cleanser. It can penetrate deep into the hair follicle; it can dissolve the sebum deposits and help dislodge the comedones, thus clearing out the blockage.
Secondly, Jojoba oil has antibacterial properties that help control bacterial growth in the hair follicle. It acts as an anti-inflammatory agent, soothing the irritated skin. When used regularly, Jojoba oil can control acne. The Vitamins A and E in the oil also may have a role in this. Jojoba oil can very well be a safer alternative to the Tea Tree oil which is known to have some toxic effects at higher concentrations.
Of course, I knew it was a liquid wax, I just didn’t expect it to be liquid. More like waxy. Anyways, Jojoba will be sitting comfortable in my body butter.© Copyright 2016 Ebun Oluwole, All rights Reserved. Written For: Get your Sizzelle on!