Jojoba oil: a natural product with a long history.
Jojoba oil is a natural product extracted from the seeds of the plant Simmondsia chinensis, native to the desert areas of the southwestern United States and northern Mexico.
For hundreds of years it was recognised and used by the Aztecs before the discovery of the Americas, who attributed excellent properties to soothe and moisturise the skin and hair. Recent research confirms that Aztec legends are far surpassed by the properties of jojoba oil (or more than oil, liquid wax), with a chemical composition similar to the ceramides in our skin.
Indeed, jojoba seeds contain between 44-50% liquid esters (wax) that are extracted through mechanical pressing, resulting in a very pure product; a Golden Level oil.
Composition of Jojoba extract
In its complex composition there is 97% ceramides, what makes it extremely stable to heat and oxidation, preserves it perfectly well over the passage of time and keeps its properties intact.
Ceramides and jojoba:
Ceramides are substances covering the cells in the epidermis and regulating its hydration. Jojoba oil ceramides are very similar to those in the skin, contributing to sebum-regulation, repair and maintenance of the skin’s structure.
In their composition we also find high vitamin E content, which has a fundamental role as skin and hair photoprotector and helps prevent damage induced by free radicals, responsible for premature ageing. Another constituent is linoleic acid, which acts regenerating the skin cells to improve skin’s elasticity.
Properties of Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil restores the balance in the skin and hair thanks to its high ceramide content that helps to control the production of sebum and moisture, returning flexibility, softness and shine to your skin and hair.
Benefits for your hair:
Jojoba oil has got conditioning properties for hair, especially helping to strengthen brittle hair and providing softness and shine. It favours the maintenance of the scalp because it modulates the function of the hair follicle, contributing to improve the appearance of hair.
Jojoba oil balances the production of sebum and is, therefore, really beneficial for excessively oily or dry hair.
Benefits for your skin:
Jojoba oil penetrates easily and deeply into the dermis, softening and protecting the skin. Besides, natural jojoba oil leaves no greasy feeling, is not sticky and doesn’t clog pores.
Due to its sebum-regulating capacity, it is very effective in mixed or oily skins prone to acne or with blackheads, pores, etc., facilitating the control of sebum and helping to improve and repair the skin’s appearance.
As a skin moisturiser, it regulates transepidermal water loss (from the inside to the outside and vice versa), contributing to preventing wrinkles, improving the appearance of striae, providing turgor and hydration to dry or flaked skin, and to repairing the skin barrier.
Uses of Jojoba Oil
Uses for the skin of body and face:
- Make-up cleanser: put a few drops of jojoba oil on a cotton pad. This removes dirt and make-up and nourishes the skin.
- Facial moisturiser: apply at night, after cleansing the face, as a night care moisturising oil. Especially suitable for oily skins prone to acne.
- After Shave Oil: it can be applied on the face to help reduce post-shaving redness and irritation, leaving the skin soft and protected.
- Body oil: apply daily on wet or dry body, massaging gently until completely absorbed. Because of its capability to regulate sebum, it is recommended as body oil for people with oily skin or who have pimples or blackheads. In case of treatments against acne jojoba oil can be combined with tea tree or thyme essential oils, always consulting a specialist in cases of severe acne.
- Dry Skin Conditioner: for all skin types and for people with dry skin, jojoba oil helps keep skin moisturised, soft and protected.
- Massage oil: jojoba massage oil is especially recommended for mixed and oily skins, and for hands and feet, helping to remove hardened skin thanks to its nourishing capacity. Apply directly on slightly damp or dry skin.
- Pregnancy stretch marks: jojoba oil can be used during pregnancy to help skin elasticity and to prevent stretch marks.
- Bath oil: when preparing water for a bath, add two tablespoons of jojoba oil to help protect the skin and enjoy the benefits of its properties.
Uses for your hair:
- Conditioner for shine and hair care: apply a small amount directly on clean, damp hair from roots to ends and massage gently, then rinse off. It can be used once or twice a week. It can also be combined with the usual shampoo by adding 6-7 drops of jojoba oil to it and leaving on for 3 minutes before rinsing the hair. Suitable for all hair types, especially oily or excessively dry hair.
- Hair mask for damaged and brittle hair: massage your hair with jojoba oil and cover it with a warm towel leaving on for 20 minutes. Rinse with water and then wash your hair with your usual shampoo.