(it's packaged in plastic, so I recommend transferring it into a glass bottle)
Jojoba oil is another fantastic oil that I can't live without. It's really great because the oil molecules have a similar structure to our own skin and hair sebum. More so than any other oil. I use to have a chemical-filled moisturizer that I thought was okay because I bought it from a fancy body store. Turns outs (surprise!) it wasn't that great at all and it broke me out. Jojoba oil on the other hand, is very gentle, all natural, and has a wonderful, light coffee-esque aroma. It's definitely my go-to oil.
So here's some awesome ways to use the oil. Just like tea tree oil, I love that you can do so much with it and you don't need to own multiple products. It's a natural all-in-one solution to a lot of problems.
Jojoba Oil Uses
1. Facial cleanser and moisturizer - This is the best moisturizer I have ever tried. The oil absorbs into skin quickly so you're not running around all day long feeling greasy. It also cleanses clogged pores. So I use it after my carrot facial scrub and tea tree oil treatment for even more cleansing power. Now this is not an acne cure. I find that a healthy diet is one of the most important factors for stopping acne from forming. Using jojoba oil as a way to fight existing acne, but not the solution to the problem. It's just a piece of the puzzle.
2. Makeup remover - This is also the best makeup remover I have ever used. It is so gentle and gets rid of everything; including stubborn products like eyeliner and mascara. It never burns or stings like other makeup removers do, even around the sensitive eye area. Just take a little on a cotton ball and watch it do it's magic.
3. Foot and hand softener - Applied just like lotion, I use it every time I get out off the shower/bath as a moisturizer. For the feet, it's great to put on a pair of cozy socks straightaway to lock in the moisturizer. Then you can run around the house without worrying about oil getting on everything.
4. Massage oil - I have used some pretty crappy oils in the past just because they smelled good. Fragrance is known to break the skin out, so this oil will not do that. Besides, it smell delicious. Have fun!
5. Lip conditioner - Use your fingers to apply the oil as if it were a lip balm. It's incredibly soothing and puts moisture back into chapped lips (it's natural, so it's a better choice than chemical-filled lip products). Which is perfect right after a shower or a bath. It's also nice to keep a small glass bottle of it in one's purse or travel bag for glossy lips on the go. It can be built up for the ladies, or worn very subtly by men.
6. Leave-in hair conditioner - Take a small amount in the palm of your hand and work it gently through the tips of your hair. This with help keep dry hair moisturized. It can also be smoothed over frizzies when hair is damp to combat flyaways.
7. Aftershave - I use this every time I shave. Just use a tiny bit and pat (don't rub) it onto the freshly shaved area. This leaves the skin soft and prevents razor burn. It works so well that I'm sure I'll never need to buy another product for this reason again.
8. Cuticle oil - This oil helps recondition dry cuticles. Also, feel free to use it on the entire nail surface to prevent chipping and peeling. Which can be caused by dehydration, drastic outdoor temperatures, or hot water drying out the nails, either from daily hand washing or over showering. The outgrowth of hair and nails is actually dead skin cells, so that's why they needed to be cared for to prevent future damage. Split or chipped nails cannot be mended, just like hair split ends. Just cut them off and care for them better next time.
9. For the bath - Add a few drops of oil to a bath. This moisturizes the skin leaving it feeling soft and smooth.
10. Excessive dry skin treatment - Perfect for getting rid of eczema. Eczema is just excessively over-dry skin. That's it. Skin that needs major moisturizing and love. I remember recommending jojoba oil to a good friend when she started developing little patches of eczema. She was very stressed out, found that she was making poor diet choices because of her hectic work schedule, and just moved to a cold city where she would need the heater turned on all the time. Well that will do it! So with a little TLC, getting back to eating good foods again, taking quicker warm showers (not hot), and a jojoba oil treatment after every shower and before going to bed at night, the eczema disappeared. She called me up saying, "Wow, this works. Thank you." Again, everything in life plays a huge role in healthy skin; I cannot emphasis that enough. It all builds you up, or breaks you down.
So there you have it. Jojoba oil is a lifesaver.