Naturally Nourishing: A Few Fast Facts About Jojoba Oil
Found in the high hills of some of North America’s driest deserts, you might not expect to find much in the way of skincare ingredients. However, as it just so happens, harsh environments can actually be the perfect place to go scouting for plant-derived beauty oils and extracts.
Because they have to be especially moisture-rich and resistant to climatological extremes to survive, botanicals like jojoba oil - from the seeds of the perennial Chinensis shrub - can actually extend a lot of similar benefits to your skin.
To understand what makes jojoba in particular so special, here are some noteworthy facts to know:
Fact #1: Jojoba has been a skincare staple for centuries
The practice of using jojoba as a topical treatment has been documented as far back as the 1400s or may even pre-date early written history in North America. Native Americans are said to be some of the first to have discovered its wound healing potential, and today modern science confirms its efficacy in this capacity. According to studies, it can help to stimulate the skin’s repair processes including collagen production.
Fact #2: Jojoba has a lot of similarities to your skin’s natural oils
Technically speaking, jojoba isn’t an oil in the traditional sense. It’s actually more of a waxy substance, giving a different makeup compared to other plant-based oils. However, this unique feature actually makes it more ideal for your skin, as it closely mimics the skin’s own sebum. For this reason, it can be an especially effective carrier oil that is easily recognized by the epidermis, and may even help to regulate the body’s natural oil production cycles.
Fact #3: Jojoba makes a great all around elixir
For replenishing, restoring, and supporting overall skin health, jojoba is a great go-to. When used by dry skin types, it can help deliver a quick boost of intense moisture. Meanwhile, oilier skin types can also benefit from its ability to promote balance, without clogging pores. With this in mind, jojoba oil is appropriate for use not only as a facial oil, but for the whole body as well. We love including it in our Athena Brightening Body Oil for creating an allover glow effect.
Fact #4: Jojoba can be a great choice for sensitive skin
In addition to being incredibly nourishing - thanks to a high concentration of antioxidants, minerals and fatty acids - it has been indicated that jojoba may actually be soothing and calming for the skin. Studies have shown that its anti-inflammatory properties could help improve symptoms of conditions like eczema and psoriasis, such as irritation, redness, and skin lesions.
Wound healing properties of jojoba liquid wax: an in vitro study By Elia Ranzato, Simona Martinotti, and Bruno Burlando
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Is Jojoba Oil Good For Your Skin? By The Derm Review https://thedermreview.com/jojoba-oil/