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Jojoba Oil - Benefits
Jojoba oil is derived from the seeds of the jojoba shrub, a perennial native to the North American deserts. The oil is extracted by cold-pressing, a process that helps maintain the rich nutritional value of the oil.
Similar to other skincare oils, jojoba oil contains vitamins, antioxidants, and anti-inflammatory properties, but what sets it apart from the others is that it’s technically not an oil, but a wax ester.
IMPROVE THE SKIN BARRIER
Jojoba oil is loaded with antioxidants, such as vitamins A and E, and omega-6 fatty acids, which are essential components of the skin’s barrier. It also acts as a humectant, meaning it works to retain moisture of the skin, body & hair. This protective layer, combined with the anti-inflammatory effects of the vitamin E, gives skin the breather necessary to focus on the healing process.
Similar to other oils, jojoba oil is great for soothing dry, irritated skin (or preventing it from cropping up in the first place). And because it’s a humectant, it forms a protective seal over the skin to prevent future moisture loss.
Apart from Vitamin E jojoba oil is also rich in amino acids, which are the building blocks of collagen. The result? A reduction in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, and improvements in skin texture, tone, and elasticity.
Jojoba oil makes for a great makeup remover, as it’s lightweight and non-greasy, Massage a few drops onto your face, and let it sit for about a minute. Wet a soft washcloth with warm water and gently wipe your makeup off, leaving your eye makeup until last so the oil has more time to do its thing. Lightly pat your skin dry, then continue on with your skincare routine.
Add a few drops of jojoba oil to your go-to conditioner, apply the oil directly to strands post-shampoo and pre-styling—and if your hair’s Sahara-dry, you can also slather it on for a few hours (or overnight) for a deep-conditioning effect.
Jojoba oil naturally contains palmitic acid and stearic acid, both of which are known for conditioning and protecting the hair. When massaged onto the scalp, the added hydration can help prevent dandruff or an itchy scalp.
It’s also excellent for strengthening the hair. Anyone suffering from hair loss may apply a few drops to their scalp as a regular leave-in treatment. This will help moisturize the follicles to prevent dryness, which can lead to hair falling out.
DELAY GRAY HAIR
Because jojoba oil contains copper, along with protective antioxidants like vitamins C and E, applying it could help slow down hair grays