Lovely jojoba has a real affinity with the skin.
It’s structure closely resembling our own sebum, our skins natural lubricating medium.
A rich, oil bearing desert shrub, the seeds contain a colourless, liquid wax which yields 60% oil.
Interestingly, although it is known as an oil it actually synthesises a liquid wax.
THE JOJOBA OIL BENEFITS
Jojoba oil benefits are numerous.
It is extremely penetrating and is readily absorbed into the skins tissues, without leaving an oily residue.
Anti inflammatory: The oil is rich in lovely phytosterols and myristic acid, which help to calm an inflamed skin.
Conditioning Hair Treatment: In hair care formulas jojoba is wonderfully moisturising, it penetrates deep into the cortex, helping to keep hair beautifully conditioned.
It makes a great treatment for the scalp unlike many other occlusive carrier oils, jojoba won’t just sit on the scalp clogging pores.
Instead it penetrates deep into the hair follicles, breaking down sebum and cellular debris that has built up on the scalp, so that it can be easily washed away.
Protecting: The oil mixes with our own sebum to create a breathable, protective film on the surface of the skin.
Softening: Dermatological tests reveal, jojoba oil can increase the skin’s suppleness by up to 50%; it was also found that the skin tissues remained supple up to eight hours after the oil was applied.
Stable Oil: One of jojoba oil benefits, is that it has a tremendous resistance to oxidation, therefore it has a really long shelf life of about two years.
Oily Skin Treatment: The oil is unusual in the fact that it is one of the few oils you can use on an oily skin:
- It helps to balance the production of oil, and breaks down the build up of sebum in plugged pores
- It hardly contains any triglycerides, so it is considered a dry emollient which is why it doesn’t offer much slippage on the skin
- It is readily absorbed into the skin via the hair follicles, but it won’t block the pores
- It combines with our own sebum, to create a thin non-occlusive layer on the skin
- Unlike other oils that are mostly occlusive, jojoba is unique in the fact that it allows the skin to breathe normally
Fatty acid profile
C16:0 st Palmitic Acid 0-2%
C18:1 mo Oleic Acid 10-13%
C20:1 mo Eicosenoic Acid 66-71%
C22:0 st Behenic Acid 0-1%
C22:1 mo Docosenoic Acid 14-20%