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Jojoba oil – Beauty benefits & uses

My skin has recently been reeping the rewards of Jojaba oil. I add a little to my soaps and my night serum. Since it’s so widely accessible I thought I’d share a little about its benefits and uses. I’m all on for affordable ways to improve  my skin.

What is Jojoba?

Jojoba is a liquid wax obtained from the seeds of a Mexican shrub. Native Americans once used it to heal wounds. Now it’s mainly used for beauty purposes.

The benefits of Jojoba

  • It’s gentle and non-irritating
  • The composition of Jojoba is similar to skins natural sebum so it absorbs quickly leaving no residue
  • Non greasy
  • Prevents the skin from becoming too oily
  • Reduces sebum production which is great for acne sufferers.
  • Very moisturising, improves the skins condition
  • Promotes healing
  • Contains antimicrobial properties which prevent the growth of many bacterias and fungus
  • Allergic reaction is very rare.
  • Doesn’t clog pores
  • Suitable for sensitive skin
  • Acts as an environmental barrier for the skin
  • Contains Vitamin E, B complex, chromium, zinc, iodine and copper

The uses for Jojoba

  • Excellent moisturiser: Makes an excellent non-irritating moisturiser. It doesn’t evaporate like water based moisturisers. Use it alone or add to your own  moisturiser.
  • Anti Acne – reduces sebum production and antibacterial
  • Hair conditioner: use it on its own or mix a few drops of jojoba oil into your conditioner. It can be added to dry hair to make it shiny. Jojoba moisturises the scalp, helping prevent dandruff.
  • Lip Balm: Use at night on the lips
  • Make-up Remover: Doesn’t irritate or clog pores
  • Treatment: For acne,sensitive skin, psoriasis, eczema and dermatitis
  • Shaving: Helps prevent razor burn whilst nourishing the skin
  • Soap: Use a few drops in homemade soap or add a little into a liquid soap
  • Massage oil: Use a small amount, it won’t clog your pores

I picked a bottle of Jojoba from my local Natures Way shop. I recommend a certified organic variety to avoid pesticides.

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  • Sinead

    hey love this makeup blog, and i love your irish accent, im from ireland (Wexford and Dublin) to be exact, but live over here so don’t have an accent. my parents still do thou :D anyway my question is do you know where we could buy this in the UK?? xx

  • Dee

    I’ve heard a few people sing its praises as a makeup remover. Is it one of those thick oils like castor, or is it a thinner one like olive oil?

  • Hannah

    I went out and got some of this today because it sounded perfect for my “finicky” skin… it’s sensitive, it’s dry, it’s oily, it’s acne prone… all in the same places, all the time. So I can’t “spot treat”.

    But all I could find was “100% Pure”. Will that be ok?

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    There was an interesting maybe slightly controversial article in the Sunday Times supplement yday about skincare. It covered organic beauty, toner among other things. If you want a peek, here is the link

  • Hannah

    Could this be mixed in with the other oils you told us about, the ones for 20 somethings?

  • Lyndsey

    I love a few drops of Jojoba oil in my bath through the harsh winter months, as it seems to lock a bit of extra moisture into my skin.
    My husband – he would kill me for telling people this – has a weekly body massage (his job is very physical) and he takes his own bottle of Jojoba oil for the therapist to use. It doesn’t make his back breakout in spots like the heavily scented ones do.
    Never thought of using as a make-up remover though, so thanks for the great ideas.

  • Bianca

    I am a jojoba fan too.
    Where would you recommend buying it though?

  • Erica (madameir)

    is that whats in your vit E cream? i’ve been sniffing away trying to decipher the various aromas. that cream is amazing, plus i feel it lifts my mood when I put it on!

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