Jojoba oil is a highly penetrating carrier oil that balances the body's brain and pituitary gland. Jojoba oil contains antibacterial properties and is used to treat skin disorders including acne and eczema. Jojoba oil aids in breaking down the sebum, or skin oil that clogs pores. Jojoba oil keeps for up to five years and can be used full-strength or combined with other oils. Jojoba oil is extracted from a shrub of the same name, which is indigenous to the American Mojave Desert. When used in a massage, the waxy oil penetrates the skin and nourishes its pores. Arthritis sufferers will benefit from the anti-inflammatory properties, as the oil helps to reduce joint pain and swelling.
Benefits of jojoba oil:
- Provides all day moisturization–jojoba oil doesn’t evaporate like water based moisturizers can.
- It is theorized, but not yet proven, that because jojoba oil is so similar to human skin oil, it can "trick" the skin into thinking it has produced enough oil and thus balance oil production.
- Very stable, jojoba oil does not become rancid or lose antioxidants even after long periods of storage.
- It is extremely safe to use. Jojoba oil is non-toxic, non-comedogenic and non-allergenic. This means that it will not clog pores and will not cause any allergic reactions. It is also 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.
- It has a high content of beneficial minerals and Vitamin E
It contains many different varieties of tocopherols which make up Vitamin E and many other natural minerals. Vitamin E is well known for promoting healthy and clear skin.
Drawbacks of jojoba oil:
- Can be somewhat expensive, especially when organic.
- At high amounts--over 10 drops--it can lend a shine to the skin. You may want to be conservative with it during the day (6 drops at a time). Conservative usage should actually balance oil production and reduce shine. At night before bed, feel free to go for it.