Natural Skincare - Jojoba Oil
The Jojoba Company 100% Natural Australian Jojoba Oil*
Skin care is a big deal for me. Not only because well, I just love anything beauty related but because I have skin that isn't the easiest to deal with.
I have extremely sensitive skin that is prone to take a lot of allergic reactions as I can't seem to pin point what is the handful of things that I'm allergic too. I also have dry skin that has slowly turned into dehydrated skin over time because of the sensitivity. If I load on too many products I breakout, if I don't put on enough my skin starts to flake off its so dry so it takes a lot to find something I like and that works on my skin.
As you know I now eat a plant based diet and through all my learning and research I've done because of that lifestyle change I have also inadvertently learned an awful lot about natural skincare and makeup. I had dabbled a little with this in the past as I thought going all natural with my skin would solve all my allergies but it turns out that that wasn't true for me personally. It seems to be high concentrations of anything vitamins, oils, chemicals etc on my skin is just too much. But learning about all the really crazy and honestly sometimes frightening things that is legally allowed to be in a lot of our skincare has really made me want to change around my whole skincare and beauty products. I know its a super slow process and something that I'm definitely not going to jump into but gradually replace products I own with natural versions.
So I was really excited when I got to give this Jojoba oil a go. I had heard of the oil but had no idea of its properties and really didn't know if it would be suitable for my skin but for the past month I have been using it and it really is a skin saviour for me.
I use it on all the extremely dry areas of my face, on my spots and on the dehydrated lines that I can get on my face and its crazy how when you wake up in the morning they are gone. It really is like injecting moisture into my skin which is exactly what its lacking. I haven't had any kind of reaction either which I am so thankful for.
So what is Jojoba oil?-
Jojoba is actually a liquid golden wax not an oil even though it's often called an oil. It comes from the Jojoba bean plant which is native to Southwestern North America.
Why is it good for our skin?-
Well, the Jojoba wax has now been scientifically proven to mimic our skins natural wax that helps protect the outer layer of our skin. The stuff that keeps our skin hydrated, soft and smooth. And as we know over time or because of different factors, like medications, lifestyle, our own natural wax starts to deplete and make our skin less supple and smooth so basically Jojoba acts as a replacement for what we have lost. It is also the only plant on earth that produces this wax that is so similar to our skin nothing else in nature is like this.
How does it work?-
Our skin recognises Jojoba as a similar molecule to what is already there so it basically accepts it and doesn't freak out like it can do with other products or skin creams and cause breakouts and not soak it all up. Because our skin soaks up the Jojoba so easily it also gets into deeper layers of our skin and carries all the vitamins that it has (Vitamins A, D and E) so that is how over time it can really change the overall appearance of our skin as it isn't sitting on the top layer its actually penetrating the outer layer of your skin. Also a lot of oils I find personally clog my skin and break me out unless I exfoliate often but because this isn't actually an oil and is such a similar consistency to our own natural skin it sort of does the opposite and lets you really give your skin a deep clean and dis-courage's spots from appearing as your unclogging your pores when your using it rather than clogging them up.
What can we use it for?-
So here is a little guide from the website of the brand, that I have copied below as there are just so many uses for the oil I didn't want to miss any out...
"Jojoba is naturally antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, analgesic, anti-inflammatory and hypoallergenic, so it is used to soothe a wide range of skin conditions.
Suitable for all skin types including oily skin and the most sensitive baby skin
There are many options for what you can use it for....
Scars, Burns, Rashes, Eczema. Dermatitis, Psoriasis
Nappy rash, Cradle cap, Acne, Wrinkles, Stretch marks
Dry and sensitive skin, Sun damage, Pigmentation, Uneven skin tone
Oily skin, Age spots, Nourish hair"
What does it smell like?-
I think it has quite an intense smell to start with, the nearest thing I could describe it to would be to olive oil. It's not that it's even that strong it's just very distinctive. It's not my most favourite smell in the world but its definitely not bad and it leaves really quick so it's not something that bothers me at all.
How do you use it?-
The directions are to use one to two pumps of the oil on the area you want to use it on but on my face I use like half of one pump as I find it goes such a long way, I personally would never need two on my face. Same with on my hands and body I only use a teeny amount. You can use it as a replacement to your moisturiser and use it morning and night after you cleanse also.
So there you have it, the first product in my natural skincare collection that I am building up and I couldn't be happier that its now in my life. It really, really has worked for my skin and if there is something your struggling with that you think this might help with then I would give it a go. This version is also completely free of process or anything added to it. Its really yellow which is when you know it's pure too.
I know that was quite a lot of information but when I read about new skincare and products I always want all the info so I don't have to google it later which is why I've tried to fit all the science in too, so I hope it helps!
Let me know if your a fan of JoJoba oil and you can buy it on Holland and Barrett and read more on the official website HERE