The jojoba plant is native to Southern California, thriving in our desert climate. The oil that is extracted from the seeds of this woody shrub has long been used by Native Americans to heal sores and wounds. By the 1970s, jojoba oil was found to be far superior to other oils. Even better? Jojoba is a highly renewable source of high-quality oil, explaining why more than 40,000 acres of jojoba are cultivated in the Southwest U.S. each year. Here is what to know about jojoba oil benefits to soothe and heal your skin.

What Is Jojoba Oil?

Interestingly, jojoba oil isn’t technically an oil at all. Instead, it is a liquid wax that is extracted from jojoba seeds. Cold pressing helps to maintain the nutrients in the oil.  Jojoba oil is similar in molecular structure to sebum, which is a natural oily substance that is found on every surface of your skin. Sebum helps lock in moisture and prevent dry skin. It also has incredible antibacterial properties. Jojoba oil acts much in the same way, helping to moisturize your skin and fight infection, including acne. Jojoba oil is also rich in vitamin E, antioxidants, and boasts anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial, and antifungal properties. 

Jojoba Oil Benefits for Your Skin

Because jojoba oil is so similar to natural oily substances produced by your body, it has an abundance of benefits for your skin.  Here are 4 benefits of using jojoba oil on your face and body.

1. Nonirritating

A bit of jojoba oil can be absorbed by the skin, but because it’s a wax, it acts more like a soothing seal on your skin. It is nonirritating, very rarely causing any type of reaction.

2. Antioxidant

Antioxidants such as vitamin E help fight off oxidate stress, which is impossible to avoid, as it is caused by toxins in the environment. Jojoba oil naturally contains vitamin E, helping to prevent wrinkles and fine lines caused by oxidative stress. In addition, studies indicate that jojoba oil may help to promote the production of collagen, which can keep you looking younger longer.

3. Noncomedogenic

Because it is so like the natural sebum produced by your body, jojoba oil is unlikely to clog pores, which can lead to pimples on the skin.

4. Heals a Variety of Skin Conditions

The jojoba oil benefits extend to healing properties. Thanks to its moisturizing properties, it can help to heal dry skin. The vitamin E found in jojoba oil can also help minimize scarring of the skin.  The antibacterial properties work to prevent acne or reduce breakouts.  

Other jojoba oil benefits may include helping to calm sunburns. It is also a frequent ingredient in sunscreens, as scientists believe that the vitamin E coupled with the antioxidants may prevent your skin from burning in the first place.

The anti-inflammatory properties in jojoba oil can also reduce itchiness and flakiness brought about by skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema.  

How to Use Jojoba Oil

 A little bit goes a long way when it comes to using jojoba oil on your skin. It is generally safe for use on all surfaces of the skin. A drop may help heal dry lips, while a few drops can be rubbed in a circular motion on the face and neck.  For a nourishing hair or scalp treatment, you may apply to your hair before shampooing, apply directly to your scalp for moisturizing, or a few drops may be added to your conditioner for added shine.  You can also apply jojoba oil to slightly damp hair.

Products That Contain Jojoba Oil

Not sure where to start with adding jojoba oil to your skincare routine? Consider switching to a makeup remover that contains jojoba oil. You’ll not only remove your makeup easily, but you’ll be giving your skin a boost of nutrients and vitamins. Plus, it’s safe to use on the delicate skin near your eyes.

Facial cleansing oil that contains jojoba oil can also keep your skin clean, without drying or irritating your skin. Look for cleansing oils that combine jojoba oil with other moisturizing oils such as sunflower oil, for a fresh, dewy, appearance.  

For soft, supple skin on your body, a body oil that contains jojoba oil will nourish dry skin, protect your skin from early signs of aging, and leave your skin feeling smooth and rejuvenated. 

Premium Skincare Products and Treatments in Newport Beach

At Swiss Clinique in Newport Beach, we carry premium products containing jojoba oil as a base or as a main ingredient. After enjoying one of our holistic skincare treatments, our clinicians can recommend vegan, organic, and premium jojoba oil products that you will love using at home. Shop our complete line of premium skincare products today.  To schedule a holistic skin care treatment in Newport Beach,  contact us today.