Are you looking for one hero skincare ingredient that will nourish, repair and protect your skin without leaving a greasy residue? With the myriad of trendy ingredients, it’s understandable if you feel overwhelmed trying to decipher them. While there is an abundance of fantastic oils, we’ve got a rich multitasker that will do wonders to your skin: jojoba oil. We call it oil, but it is actually a wax ester with a remarkably similar structure to the skin’s sebum. This helps it penetrate deeply into the skin to provide maximum nourishment instead of sitting on the top layer like a greasy mask. Now that you know the basics, let’s delve into the nitty-gritty details of why you should include jojoba into your skincare routine sooner than you get your next coffee.
What is Jojoba?
The jojoba plant is a perennial plant native to North America. We call it “a tough plant” because it survives in the harsh desert climate that would kill most living things. Not only that, but it manages to produce the jojoba nut, famous for its many healing properties.
Benefits of Jojoba Oil
- It's a fantastic moisturiser
The reason why jojoba oil is such a potent moisturiser is due to its ability to closely mimic the skin’s sebum. Because of this specific molecular structure, jojoba oil can also prevent the overproduction of sebum, making it perfect for all skin types - from very dry to oily. Use it on its own, mix it with your favourite moisturiser or try our nourishing body oils, containing a blend of 9 potent plant oils.
- It's a nutrient powerhouse
Jojoba oil is rich in skin-nourishing Vitamin E. It’s known as a powerful antioxidant that strengthens and protects the skin barrier. It’s also full of Vitamins A, D, chromium, copper and zinc plus Omega 6 and Omega 9. Count it as a nutrient-rich skin supplement that will keep your skin healthy while boosting its dewy glow.
Jojoba oil contains antimicrobial and anti-fungal properties. While it can’t kill all bacterial and fungal species, research shows that it does kill certain types, like candida and E.coli
- It helps relieve sunburns
Jojoba oil contains an abundance of vitamin E. It’s a strong antioxidant that reduces inflammation and speeds up cell turnover making jojoba a great natural remedy for sunburn. Rubbing a small amount on sunburnt areas will soothe the skin.
It offers additional sun protection
Not only it can help to treat sunburns, but jojoba oil also provides natural protection against SPF. It’s the only plant in the world known to produce liquid wax esters. They are the plant’s way to protect itself from the scorching sun in the desert. It layers the wax esters in the outer layer of its leaves to stop UVB rays from penetrating its leaves. And the best bit? It can do the same thing for your skin. Do keep in mind that you are not a plant and you always have to wear clinically proven, human-grade SPF whenever you are out in the sun.
- It's great for oily, acne-prone skin
If you are concerned that slathering oil on your breakout-prone skin will make things even worse, don’t worry. Jojoba oil’s composition is very similar to the sebum - the skin’s own oil, so it won’t clog your pores. In fact, your skin can’t tell the difference, so you can “trick it” to produce less sebum by using jojoba oil. This keeps skin looking oily and helps to keep acne at bay.
It's suitable for people with eczema
People with asteatotic eczema are more prone to dryness since their skin doesn't produce as much sebum, and has a lower ability to retain moisture. Jojoba oil helps the skin stay moisturised which is key for eczema.
Jojoba oil has anti-inflammatory and healing properties as well as the ability to repair compromised skin barrier, making it especially beneficial for those suffering from eczema.
- It provides enviable glow
If your skin looks dull, it’s most likely caused by dehydration. By locking moisture into the skin, jojoba oil can help with dehydration, diminish dehydration and boost your skin’s glow.
- It can help reduce the appearance of scars
Several pieces of research point to Vitamin E as a key ingredient to minimize scarring. Jojoba oil can be beneficial in the healing process, thanks to its abundance of vitamin E as well as its natural wound-healing and anti-inflammatory properties.
How to use Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is very versatile and as such, there is no right way to use it. The frequency depends on your skin type and the results you are looking to achieve. That being said, the optimal way to use jojoba oil is on damp skin, because as an occlusive, it has the ability to seal the moisture into the skin. It absorbs quickly into the skin without leaving any greasy residue, so you can get dressed without worries.
Get healthy glowing skin all over
Rebel Blends Luxury Body Oil is made with the highest grade of Jojoba oil, mixed with 8 other potent plant and nut oils to mimic the lipid barrier of the skin. This makes its texture light and rich at the same time. It not only moisturizes the skin to soft perfection but absorbs faster than other oils, so you can layer it on and get dressed immediately (no awkward standing waiting for a lotion to dry out). And it’s suitable for all skin types!
Full of vitamins and antioxidants, Rebel Blends Body Oil dramatically improves complexion by hydrating and replenishing the skin. Massage a few drops on damp skin to seal in the delicious moisture.
Jojoba Oil FAQ - All you need to know, quickly!
Is jojoba oil good for your face?
Jojoba oil has a variety of healing properties which makes it an effective treatment for various skin conditions like dryness, acne, eczema and psoriasis. Its structure is similar to the skin’s own sebum, so it’s safe to use it anywhere on your body, including the face without worrying that it might clog your pores.
Is jojoba oil suitable for sensitive skin?
Yes, jojoba oil is suitable and even recommended for people with sensitive skin because if its gentle nature. Its structure (it’s actually a wax ester, not an oil) mimics the skin’s sebum and it is hypoallergenic, which means it’s unlikely to cause any irritation.
Is jojoba oil suitable for oily skin?
Jojoba oil works wonderfully for oily skin, thanks to its specific structure, that mimics the skin’s sebum. This helps it balance the oil in the skin rather than adding more oil to it. It’s non-comedogenic, so it won’t clog the pores or cause acne. It adds moisture to the skin where needed but at the same time helps reduce the excess oil production, making it the perfect oil for oily, acne-prone skin types.
Is jojoba oil suitable for dry skin?
Dry skin types lack oil and jojoba oil, which is similar to the skin’s sebum structure, is ideal for replenishing it. It is occlusive, which means it traps moisture in the skin. It forms a layer on top of your skin that holds hydration in place, preventing your skin from drying out. This makes it an excellent moisturiser.
Is jojoba oil safe?
Jojoba oil is the closest thing to your skin’s natural oil. Technically a wax ester, it’s “biomimetic” meaning it acts and functions like the sebum already on your skin. It’s gentle and hypoallergenic, making it safe and suitable for all skin types, including those with eczema and psoriasis.