By Yumi Sakugawa, Intent
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-brought 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 Trader Joe’s, most natural health food stores, some drug stores and online, 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 of jojoba oil: