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Discovering a new up-and-coming skin care ingredient is always exciting, and it represents an opportunity to re-evaluate your skin care and the products you use for it. Discovering new oils for use in beauty and skin care is especially exciting, because they have a large number of applications and can be very helpful and nourishing to the skin when used properly.
As such, Vine Vera is very excited to tell you about the latest discovery when it comes to skin care oils: jojoba oil. This useful and versatile substance offers an enticing alternative to other oils used for skin care, especially when we’re talking about the thinner, more sensitive skin of the face. Keep reading and we’ll give you a few reasons you should be excited about jojoba oil too, and how you can get it and use it to your advantage.
What is Jojoba Oil?
Jojoba oil is a liquid wax that’s extracted from the seeds of the jojoba plant, a hardy, woody and shrubby plant that’s ubiquitous in deserts all over the southwestern United States. The plant itself is unassuming and commonplace, but the oil extracted form its seeds is anything but. With a wide variety of skin care applications and an especially nourishing complex of vitamins, to name just a couple things that make it so great, jojoba oil is taking the skin care world by storm. You should be able to find it where beauty products in general are sold, especially in specialty beauty and skin care shops. Read the labels and make sure the brand you’re buying from is pure jojoba oil; some manufacturers will cut the jojoba oil with other types of oil, diluting the benefits and effectiveness.
Jojoba Oil for the Face
Jojoba oil, as it happens, is similar enough to humans’ natural skin oil that the body perceives it as such, meaning it’s fantastic for repairing the natural lipid barrier and restoring moisture to dry skin. It also has an incredibly rich vitamin and mineral profile, including B-complex vitamins, vitamin E, copper, zinc, selenium, iodine, and chromium. To use it on the face, apply 4-6 drops and massage into your facial skin all over. Your skin might look a bit oily right after, but if you wait a minute and then just blot the excess away, you should be just fine.
Jojoba Oil for the Hair
Like a lot of other nutrient-rich plant oils (coconut oil, avocado oil, and olive oil, to name just a few), jojoba oil is as good for the hair as it is for the skin. Try deep-conditioning your hair and scalp by warming up a generous portion of jojoba oil, massaging it into your scalp, and working it into all of your hair. Do this before bed and throw a shower cap over the top so it can sit there and really work its magic before you wash it out with shampoo the next morning.
Jojoba Oil for Acne
You might be surprised to hear that an oil could help prevent acne, but it turns out that in addition to everything else, jojoba oil has potent anti-microbial properties, so massaging a few drops into your face both nourishes and gently disinfects it, reducing the likelihood of acne and breakouts.