It’s not really much of a secret. Dudes use it in their beard oil all the time. Much like Moroccan oil, Argan oil, or even avocado oil, Jojoba oil is excellent for your hair. But the benefits of Jojoba oil surpass hair care use since it can be used on your skin as well.
I have personally used just about every natural oil there is but I’m selective about which ones I use for hair AND skin, as some just aren’t good for skin use (eh, breakouts). What I have discovered is jojoba oil is perfect for both (and since it can be dual use, it’s super handy to bring with you when traveling). Don’t get me wrong, the Josie Maran Argan oil is good, but if you want to try something good in a much better price range, you’ll want to give jojoba oil a try.
Jojoba (pronounced ho-ho-ba) is the extracted “juice” from the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis plant, (aka Jojoba plant) which is a shrub native to dry, desert climates such as southern Arizona, southern California and northwestern Mexico.
Although called an oil, it’s actually a liquid plant wax or wax ester. For centuries, Native Americans have used jojoba to treat ailments.
It is theorized that applying jojoba to the skin can “trick” the skin into thinking it is producing enough oil, thus balancing oil production. The bottom line for acne-prone people is that jojoba oil is non-comedogenic so you can use it without fear.
It’s commonly used to treat: acne, psoriasis, sunburn and chapped skin. It’s also used by people who are balding because it encourages hair regrowth. How? Because jojoba is an emollient which soothes the skin and unclogs hair follicles. I use a jojoba oil often on my skin and hair, and as a carrier oil with my essential oils. I mix it with a few drops of lavender for aromatherapy or to heal skin issues such as dry patches and it works miracles!
Whether combined with an essential oil or alone, jojoba oil is pretty perfect by itself. I love it for my hair and skin, since it matches our skin’s natural sebum better than any other oil does.
(make sure the jojoba oil you purchase is 100% jojoba oil and there aren’t any additives that may irritate your skin. It should be bright and golden in color)
I have found to be one of the best jojoba oils is Rejuve Naturals– Organic 100% Pure Cold Pressed Unrefined, made in USA
Jojoba Oil Uses for Hair and Skin
- Face Moisturizer – Apply four to six drops in the morning and at night before bed.
- Hair Moisturizer – Add three to five drops to your conditioner or apply one to two drops to damp hair after showering.
- Wrinkle Reducer – Use one to three drops of jojoba oil and apply it to wrinkled areas, then rub it into your skin in a circular motion until it’s absorbed.
- Makeup Removal – Add three to five drops of jojoba oil to a cotton ball or pad and wipe off makeup.
- Lip Balm – Apply one to two drops of jojoba oil to your lips whenever needed.
- Jojoba oil is non-toxic, non-comedogenic and non-allergenic. This means that it will not clog pores and will not cause any allergic reactions. It is also non-irritant, so it can safely be used around the eyes and on the skin. In addition to that, it does not cause a greasy feeling when used on the skin like other oils do.
- Jojoba oil is Contains Vitamin E and Vitamin B Complex. It contains many different varieties of tocopherols which make up Vitamin E and many other natural minerals. Vitamin E is well known for promoting healthy and clear skin.
- Long shelf life. Jojoba oil does not become rancid or lose antioxidants even after long periods of storage.