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All You Need To Know About Jojoba Oil

By Tariemi Oreoritse
19 September 2021   |   7:30 am
Facial oils are becoming even more popular today. Its soothing application process, instant complexion and moisturising glow have accounted for facial oils and their recent rise to fame. Jojoba oil is one facial oil that has also become increasingly popular. Very often marketed as a great option for people with acne-prone skin, Jojoba oil acts…

Jojoba oil can be used by any skin type, including sensitive skin | Image: Photo Fadil Ozturk

Facial oils are becoming even more popular today. Its soothing application process, instant complexion and moisturising glow have accounted for facial oils and their recent rise to fame. Jojoba oil is one facial oil that has also become increasingly popular.

Very often marketed as a great option for people with acne-prone skin, Jojoba oil acts as an emollient that helps smooth and moisturise, featuring anti-inflammatory properties that normalises the skin’s oil production.

Before introducing a new ingredient to your skincare regimen, you must be armed with all the facts, especially if you have sensitive or acne-prone skin. In this piece, we’ll be breaking down all you need to know about jojoba oil, what it does and if it’ll be a good fit for your daily routine.

What is Jojoba Oil?
Technically not an oil, jojoba oil is extracted from the seeds of the Simmondsia Chinensis plant. Often classified as wax, Jojoba oil is made of 98% pure wax, including fatty acids, alcohol, and hydrocarbons, unlike true oils.

Because of its wax-like nature, Jojoba oil provides moisture on the skin’s surface without clogging the pores. Jojoba oil acts as a humectant to draw moisture in and an emollient that softens and smoothes the skin.

A great source of Vitamin E, Jojoba oil can be used by any skin type, including sensitive skin.

Jojoba seed. Photo Shopee

Benefits of Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil has various benefits for both skin and hair. Here are some benefits of Jojoba oil in beauty:

  • It improves your skin barrier:

Jojoba oil is loaded with antioxidants, which make essential components of the skin barrier. It also acts as a humectant that retains moisture in the skin, giving the skin a break to focus on the healing process. For anyone with psoriasis and eczema, be sure to apply a few drops to the affected areas; you should see changes in no time.

  • It acts as a makeup remover:

Its lightweight and non-greasy feature make it a great remover as it won’t tug on the skin. Massage on your face a few drops, allow it to sit for a minute or so. Wet a soft washcloth and wipe off the makeup carefully so that the oil has more time to do its work. Pat your skin lightly dry, then go on with your routine.

  • It acts as a hair enhancer:

Jojoba hair has numerous benefits for hair. It acts as a conditioner that hydrates individual hair strands and helps lock in moisture, leaving your hair feeling soft and healthy. It also acts as a dandruff treatment and protects your hair against heat-induced damage. Jojoba oil also helps promote hair growth and thickness.

Is Jojoba Oil Good for Acne-Prone Skin?
More wax than oil, jojoba oil is less occlusive and easy to tolerate for many skin types. Jojoba oil helps with moisture on the skin without clogging up the pores by mimicking natural sebum in the skin.

Its lightweight formulation does not leave the skin greasy, and its anti-inflammatory properties help with relieving acne.

Who Shouldn’t Use Jojoba Oil?
Despite its increasing popularity and suitability for most skin types, some skin types need second thought before using it. While largely suitable for acne skin, Jojoba oil should not exacerbate acne; there are, however, a few exceptions to this rule.
It is vital for those with sensitive skin types to proceed carefully before adding Jojoba oil to their skincare routine. Experts advise that you patch test if you have sensitive skin or are prone to rashes before you start using jojoba oil all over your body. If you’re dealing with mild acne, a great tip would be to check with a board-certified dermatologist to determine the best management options before buying new products.
Another instance where jojoba oil may not suit your skincare routine is if you suffer from allergy, very oily skin or mild to severe acne.

How to Add Jojoba Oil to Your Skincare Routine?
If you are planning to include jojoba oil in your skincare routine, you’ll be even more pleased to know that there are plenty of options to choose from. Jojoba oil is safe for day-to-day use in your skincare routine; it can be used in its pure form or as part of formulated products like cleansers, moisturisers, and serums.

For the most benefit, experts advise that you use 100% pure jojoba oil. You can also combine it with humectants, emollients, or other oils to target dry skin.

Your needs determine just how often you should include jojoba oil in your skincare routine. If you plan to use jojoba oil in your skincare routine as a moisturiser or as part of an anti-acne regimen, you’ll need to use it once or twice a day.
When used as a moisturiser, a great tip would be to use it as the last step in your skincare routine to help lock in any moisture.

Final Word
There are several benefits attached to using jojoba oil in beauty. As with other skincare products, be sure to do a patch test before fully incorporating jojoba oil into your skincare routine.

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