7 Ways to Use Jojoba Oil
Being mildly obsessed with all things DIY beauty, I am always on the hunt for Do-It-Yourself beauty tips and tricks that are 100 percent natural, easy to do and way cheaper than the store-bought equivalent. Using one parts apple cider vinegar and water as a natural facial toner? Check. Lemon juice as an acne-fighting facial mask? Check. Olive oil for pretty much… everything? Check!
My new favorite DIY beauty product is jojoba oil. Sold at most health food stores, most natural health food stores and some drug stores, jojoba oil is a pure and natural plant extract produced in the seed of the jojoba tree that is native to Southern Arizona, Southern California and Northern Mexico.
Though this botanical liquid extract is commonly referred to as “oil,” jojoba oil is technically a liquid wax ester that is very similar to the properties of human skin oil (sebum).
Translation: putting jojoba oil on your face, especially if you are prone to oily to combo skin, means that you can “trick” your human skin into producing less oil, thus reducing your face’s shiny appearance without extra layers of make-up that can further aggravate your sensitive skin.
In addition to helping your face with oil control, jojoba oil can also be used for your hair and the rest of the body. Here are 7 common uses for jojoba oil:
7 Uses for Jojoba Oil
A nightly facial moisturizer
Using jojoba oil during the day may make your face extra-shiny while the jojoba oil works its magic. Many users like to use the jojoba oil overnight by applying a few drops to their night-time moisturizer or using it on its own by spreading a few drops over the face and neck.
Many acne sufferers have also claimed that regular use of jojoba oil has helped decrease their breakouts. Check out the discussion thread on Acne.org to read people’s personal experiences with jojoba oil.
After-shower body moisturizer
Spread a few drops of jojoba oil on your hands, feet and other skin areas so your body doesn’t get dry after stepping out of the shower.
Jojoba oil can be used to take off facial make-up, and is gentle enough for removing eye makeup as well. Apply a few drops of jojoba oil to a cotton pad and gently wipe make-up and mascara off your eye area and face.
Apply to lips as you would with regular lip balm to treat your dried, chapped lips.
Dry cuticle treatment
Treat your dry cuticles around your fingernails with some jojoba oil.
Hair and dandruff treatment
Apply jojoba oil to the ends of your hair cuticles, or add a few drops to your regular conditioner after shampooing.
Whether you are shaving your face or legs, applying jojoba oil on your skin before applying shaving cream will prep your skin for a smoother shave and leave super-soft skin when you are done.
What are your experiences with jojoba oil? What are your other favorite DIY all-natural beauty products and tips? Share with the community by commenting below!
By Yumi Sakugawa, Intent