Jojoba: Uses For Hair and Skin?
Nature adapts wonderfully to all kinds of conditions, climates, and situations. The jojoba plant, which is native to desert areas such as Arizona, California, and Mexico, is no exception. It learned how to survive in very extreme heat. Not only survive, but flourish and thrive!
Health and Beauty Benefits of Jojoba
The jojoba is known in Latin as simmondsia chenensis, and its seeds are full of oil. Well, not literally full, but they may as well be with an oil content of 50%! The jojoba plant has many health and beauty benefits, which is why so many companies use it in their hair and skin care products. Some companies treat the oil in different ways, and in the course of the treatment it loses its natural odor and color. However, the amazing properties are retained. Naturally, in its unrefined and untreated form, the jojoba is beige or brown and has a scent resembling nuts. Because it usually may lose its odor and color, but not its health benefits, it is considered to be a super substance.
Part of what makes the jojoba oil so unique is that it resembles our own natural oil which is secreted by our body, the sebum. Sebum is produced under the surface if the skin, and it contributes to the skin young look and feel. The sebum also acts as a barrier between our body and the external world. It acts as a filter for water, bacteria, harmful chemicals, and other substances which are all around us. Our skin is the biggest organ we have, and the sebum is part of what helps keep it safe.
Because it mimics the effects of our sebum, jojoba is ideal for hydrating and nourishing our skin and scalp. People with low production of sebum – it can occur due to illness, age, hormonal imbalance – can use jojoba to boost the skins natural protection and return it to balance.
Companies use jojoba in skin lotions, facial creams, foot remedies, and scalp hydrators. Jojoba has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which is why it is considered so good for the skin. It is ideal for treating acne, pimples, and for smoothing out lines or scars. When used frequently, it can aid in the skin and hair’s long-term health. For those experiencing dry hair and scalp, hair loss, and other kinds of hair damage, jojoba can work wonders. It also gives the hair back a natural shine, and promotes hair growth and sustainability.
Jojoba isn’t designed only for those suffering from some sort of condition, however. It is there for the taking and using, even if you are completely healthy. You can use it as a cleanser, makeup remover, and skin softener. Men and women use it when shaving, before and after, to preempt any itchiness, redness, or other symptoms of irritation which may ensue. On the flip side, men who opt not to shave, and instead are looking to grow out their facial hair, can benefit from beard oils containing jojoba as a means of conditioning and cleansing their beards.
There are no harmful side effects, and very few individuals are allergic or otherwise sensitive to it.