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The surprising benefits of Jojoba oil!

Updated on September 19, 2012
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Jojoba benefits for skin and hair

Jojoba oil is a wonderful ,natural product for use on just about every part of the body. It's good for skin, hair, cuticles, shaving, and makeup removal. It moisturizes and has anti-bacterial properties and is a fungicide, used in mildew removal. Staph and Candida bacteria, two very common bacteria, have been shown unable to survive or reproduce when placed in Jojoba oil.

How is Jojoba oil different from other oils? Jojoba "oil" is an interesting compound because it is not an oil at all. It is actually classified as a wax ester. Another widely used oil historically was sperm oil, or whale oil, and when it was outlawed in 1971, Jojoba was discovered as an alternative, and superior, product. Sperm oil is also about 95 percent wax ester. Why is this wax ester element so important? Because it is almost identical to our own skin's oil, sebum. The reason this is noteworthy is because when applied to the skin, it is recognized as sebum and so the skin regulates it's own sebum production, thus balancing oil production. The result is soft, glowing skin and because of the oil regulation and antibacterial properties, a reduction of acne.

Origin, value and shelf life Jojoba oil comes from the extract of the seed of the Jojoba tree. The trees are native to southern Arizona, southern California and northern Mexico. But even so, the U.S. only produces about 45,000 acres total, so most Jojoba oil is Imported from Israel or Argentina. Because it is mostly imported and it takes 3 years to grow from seed to plant, Jojoba oil can be expensive, especially organic and pure jojoba. But when compared with the price of over the counter moisturizers, makeup removers and acne medications, it is relatively inexpensive and a good value. Jojoba also has a long shelf life, will store without becoming rancid, and will retain it's beneficial properties for long periods of time. This is because Jojoba oil is free of triglycerides, which cause most vegetable oils to go bad much sooner.

My personal experience with Jojoba oil and skin care I have struggled with problematic skin for a long time; acne, excessive oil production, combination skin, and dryness. This product has been a miracle. It actually gives skin a glow and suppleness that people with problem skin normally don't ever see.Because it is so close in makeup to our own sebum, it never clogs, and is perfect for a gentle cleanser, used under makeup, added to a nighttime moisturizer , as a makeup remover, used for chapped lips, dry hair, or cuticle moisturizer.

Where to find it and how to use it Generally you can find Jojoba oil at whole health stores, Trader Joes, online, and in drug stores. Add 3 drops or so to your regular moisturizer for day time, although you might start with 1 or 2 drops and see how your skin does, sometimes it can make it shiny. At night, though, go for it, and add up to 6 drops of Jojoba oil, smoothing over face, neck, cuticles, lips, feet, anywhere your skin needs some pampering. Enjoy!

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      grinnin1 6 years ago from st louis,mo

      Thanks all for your kind words and comments. I really appreciate you taking the time to read and comment.Will do the same for you!

      Thank you fastfreta, I hope it works for you and thank you very much for your comments!

      Sinea pies, I would think that it would be worth a try with it's antibacterial properties and healing properties. It has a lot in common with vitamin E as far as that goes, so it may well work for the diabetes complications. Just buy pure and highly concentrated- your best bet is a health food store.

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      Wooded 6 years ago

      Great hub - it's really good to know all that jojoba oil can do for you. I had no idea! Thanks

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      alphagirl 6 years ago from USA

      Its is so moist and great for super dry skin.

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      sweetie1 6 years ago from India

      Hi grinnin, We heard about this plant when we were kids about 4 years old when then our finance minister asked farmers in desert area to grow this plant as the oil cost 15,000$ a tonne or kg i forget but it was like very costly. As i grew old i did read about this plant and its oil and now your hub. Very nicely written hub.

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      Donna Kristine 6 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      I'm so glad I ran across this Hub. Thanks for the information and I'll be making sure I keep Jojoba Oil in my house.

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      Sinea Pies 6 years ago from Northeastern United States

      Now, one member of my family has had serious staph infections due as a complication of diabetes. I wonder if he should start using Jojoba oil as a precautionary measure. Worth a try. This hub is voted up and useful...and bookmarked!

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      Alfreta Sailor 6 years ago from Southern California

      I have been enduring a skin problem for some years now, and I've tried just about every thing. I am so glad that I ran across this hub. I read about jojoba oil some years ago, but as of late I've not looked into it, but I will now. Thank you grinnin1 ever so much for posting this. I rated it up, useful, awesome, interesting, and I shared it with my followers, also I "liked" it on Facebook. Awesome, awesome, keep up the good work.

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      grinnin1 6 years ago from st louis,mo

      Oh yes, I have that "special" skin too.... ha! Thanks for commenting.

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      kerlynb 6 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      I'm a fan of all things natural. I'm currently using VCO as my body moisturizer and eye "cream" and I'm absolutely satisfied with it. I'd like to give jojoba oil a try though 'coz I've read a lot of good things about this oil. I'd like to see if I can put it on my face as a night cream and not get breakouts the next day. Strangely, I get breakouts from VCO when I put it on my whole face overnight although people say that VCO doesn't clog pores. I guess my skin is so special, LOL :)