You’ve probably seen jojoba oil as an ingredient in a lot of natural beauty products. But what exactly is it? And where does it come from?
Jojoba oil is actually a liquid plant wax that comes from the Jojoba nut; a plant that grows in the American Southwest that has been used by Native Americans for nail and hair care for centuries. The reason it’s so awesome to use in beauty and self-care?
Jojoba oil actually very closely resembles the sebum that our bodies naturally produce to protect and moisturize our skin. It’s about as ‘au natural’ as you can get!
Pretty cool, huh?
But jojoba oil can do so much more than just moisturize! Here are 5 easy ways to incorporate jojoba oil into your beauty routine, plus a Botaneri tip to “level up” your jojoba oil use!
CONTROL OILY SKIN & BREAKOUTS
‘Wait…you want me to fight oily skin with…more oil?’ Yes. Yes, we do. Jojoba oil is extremely mild and is similar to the oil produced by human skin. A lot of what we perceive as “oily complexion” is actually our body over-producing oil because our skin is stripped and dry. Using jojoba oil on the face not only keeps it naturally moisturized all day long, but also acts as an acne-fighter! Acne is caused by hair follicles and pores becoming clogged by sebum, keratin, and other stuff like dirt and free radicals. Using jojoba oil actually breaks up those sebum deposits to clear out the blockage, while moisturizing on a deep level. It also has some anti-bacterial properties to keep your pores free of germs. Use no more than 3-5 drops of pure jojoba oil gently massaged in circular motions on the face for best results.
NATURAL ALL-OVER BODY MOISTURIZER
You can apply jojoba oil directly to any patch of skin that is especially irritated or dry, or you can add a few drops to your tried-and-true lotion for an all-over moisturizer that mimics your skin’s natural oils. About 3-4 drops of jojoba oil per quarter-sized dollop of lotion is the sweet spot for a balanced blend. It amps up whatever your lotion is already doin’ for an extra dose of moisture!
MOISTURIZE THOSE CUTICLES
Cuticles lookin’ a little gnarly? Dip a q-tip or cotton swab in your jojoba oil and smooth along your nail beds to nourish, heal, and moisturize the skin around your nail. Over time, this can actually strengthen your nails and keep your hands looking smooth, moisturized and happy. Luckily, we have an easy DIY recipe cuticle oil based on a celeb favorite.
HELP FIGHT DANDRUFF AND HAIR LOSS
Dandruff can be super embarrassing, and super flaky! (Pun intended). Symptoms can come and go and it can get really frustrating. Dandruff happens when the scalp becomes dry and sheds dead skin cells. Luckily, with jojoba oil, you’ll be on your way to shiny, nourished, flake-free hair in no time! Simply massage a few drops of the oil directly into your scalp and over time, your hair follicles will become moisturized, healthy, and less likely to shed skin cells. Bonus, your hair will actually stay attached to your scalp longer when your scalp is healthy
SMOOTH FLYAWAYS AND FIGHT FRIZZ
Flyaways driving you nuts? Rub a drop or two of jojoba oil on your palms and smooth over your hair, concentrating on ends, for a lightweight, natural frizz-fighter and shine enhancer! Since jojoba oil is so close to the oil we naturally produce on our scalp, using it on our hair shaft can actually smooth and repair dry locks and split ends while saving us from a bad hair day. Not all heroes wear capes.
And there you have it! 5 easy, basic ways to incorporate nature’s moisturizer into your daily beauty routine. Be sure to share any tips you have with us on how YOU use jojoba oil!
‘LEVEL UP!’ Botaneri Tip:
Create your own perfume by combining jojoba oil with essential oils of your choice! Simply combine 2 ounces of jojoba oil with 10-15 drops of essential oil and shake to mix. Place a drop of the mixture on your pulse points for your very own custom eau de parfum!
About the author
I’m Drew, creator of Botaneri and an artisanal skincare formulator and certified aromatherapist who is here to help take the mystery out of DIY natural beauty. I started creating my own plant-based skin and body care products at home to deal with my own skin issues.
What I love most is helping people create luxurious and effective self-care products right in their own kitchens. It’s a lot easier than you think. Trust me, if I can do it, so can you.