EMOLLIENT - SOOTHING - HEALING - ANTIOXIDANT
Jojoba oil is the liquid that comes from the seed of the jojoba plant, which is a shrub native to southern Arizona, southern California and north-western Mexico. Although called an oil, it is actually a liquid plant wax and has been used in folk medicine for many ailments.
The chemical structure of jojoba oil is different from that of other vegetable oils because it is a polyunsaturated wax. As a wax, jojoba oil is especially useful for protecting the skin, providing moisture control and soothing the skin.
Today jojoba is used to treat acne, psoriasis, sunburn and chapped skin. Our sebaceous glands are microscopic glands in our skin that secrete an oily or waxy matter called sebum. The texture and use of sebum is very similar to jojoba oil. As we age our sebaceous glands produce less sebum which is why we get dry skin and hair. Jojoba oil can play the role of sebum, moisturising our skin and hair when our body stops doing it naturally.
On the other hand, too much sebum, which happens during puberty or when hormone levels are high, can result in oily skin and acne but jojoba oil removes this buildup or excess oil too and keeps your skins oil levels balanced.
Jojoba oil is noncomedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog pores. It also works as a protectant and cleanser. It is rich in iodine, which fights harmful bacteria growth that leads to breakouts.
The antioxidants present in jojoba oil soothes fine lines and wrinkles and naturally slows down other signs of ageing. Jojoba contains Vitamin E , a powerful antioxidant. It strengthens the capillary walls in your skin and improves moisture and elasticity, acting as a natural anti-ageing nutrient within your body. Studies show that vitamin E helps reduce inflammation both within your body and on your skin helping maintain a healthy and youthful appearance.
B vitamins also act as antioxidants and they help the body fight off free radicals and cell damage. B vitamins are great for your skin and maintaining hormone balance naturally. Vitamin B5, (called pantothenic acid), helps in treating skin reactions from radiation therapy and may speed up wound and cut healing. It is also known to delay the appearance of premature ageing such as wrinkles and dark spots on the skin. Data gathered from recent studies suggest that pantothenic acid induces an accelerating effect on the normal healing process due to certain mechanisms that it helps control. This vitamin B5 benefit, which you can get from using jojoba oil, keeps your skin free from infection and bacteria as it tries to heal.