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When to use jojoba? 101 Ideas Part 2

August 20, 2017

When to use jojoba? 101 Ideas Part 2

Healing and Soothing Jojoba Oil

Jojoba ‘101 Uses’ – part 2 is all about healing, from acne, to minor cuts or persistent skin allergies like eczema; there’re also a few DYI skincare ideas. Jojoba has become the ‘one stop’ bottle in lots of medicine cabinets because it’s packed with natural healing properties and very low on irritants. Jojoba has no strong smell or stinging chemicals, making it perfect for many skin conditions. Chances of an allergic reaction are very low, even on the most sensitive skin.

Why is Jojoba good for skin conditions?

Jojoba naturally contains a balance of vitamins A and E. These are known as skin healing vitamins:

  • Vitamin A – is an antioxidant vitamin, it helps skin repair, stay moist, and produce enzymes that are used in the production of collagen. Collagen is the base for skin or wound repair.
  • Vitamin E – has anti-inflammatory properties in protecting skin. Also helps prevent UV damage caused from free radicals

Jojoba Wax – Nature’s ‘Band Aid’

Jojoba’s wax ester (oil) is the closest natural ingredient to our skin’s own sebum. The sebum coating our skin keeps it moist and protects against infections. It prevents skin drying and cracking, which lets bacteria enter your body. Sebum also stops the growth of harmful bacteria by making skin slightly acidic, an environment where some harmful bacteria can’t grow.

Jojoba and Skin Allergies

The first step to managing skin allergies is to get a good diagnosis on the causes, so you know what to avoid. It could be something you are eating, inhaling or coming into contact with.  Once you know how to avoid the causes, you can help break the cycle by calming and healing your skin.

Help Break the ‘Flare Up’ Cycles

Jojoba is safe and soothing, and will reduce many of the symptoms that go with a flare-up. It works on different fronts to prevent infections, reduce pain, itching and swelling. It works like our own sebum and is naturally:

  • antibacterial
  • antiviral
  • antifungal
  • analgesic (reduces pain)
  • anti-inflammatory
  • hypoallergenic

When to use Jojoba Oil on allergies?

Jojoba can be used to help prevent flare-ups and shortens the recovery time in your allergy cycles.  Simply apply a light coat to area morning and evening.

  1. Jojoba helps break the cycle of skin irritations by deeply moisturizing. Dry, broken or scaly skin is open to infections and triggers flare-ups.
  2. Dermatitis/eczema: helps reduce redness and inflammation
  3. Rosacea: reduces itching, burning and tenderness
  4. Psoriasis: helps treat red patches and scaly skin
  5. Soothes blepharitis eyelid inflammation, irritation and itchiness

Jojoba Benefits in Wound Healing

First step in wound healing is to keep it clean to stop an infection. For minor scrapes avoid the prolonged use of irritants like hydrogen peroxide, iodine or alcohol. They dry out the skin and actually slow-down healing. Keep a protective jojoba oil barrier over the wound to speed-up repair and reduce scaring.

  1. Insect bites: eases itch and inflammation
  2. Use for surgical wounds: reduces scaring
  3. Abrasions: helps natural scab do its protective job
  4. Minor cut: jojoba is naturally anti-bacterial
  5. Use for minor infections to reduce swelling
  6. Soothes newly pierced earlobes: protects against infection
  7. Apply to a bruised black eye before applying appropriate cold treatment: protects skin from swelling & cold temperature

Natural Treatments for Minor Burns

Absolute first step in any burn situation is to apply lots of cool water (don’t use ice, it makes it worse) until the pain eases, or for at least 20 minutes. If it’s a minor burn you can follow-up with care at home.

  1. Minor Burns, if the blister is unbroken apply a layer of jojoba to help in healing, prevent infections and minimise scaring.

Dry and Sensitive Skin & Dehydration

If you’re nursing a cold or flu, or recovering from something more serious, chances are you are also dehydrated.  During illness our nutrition is often compromised—not hungry/thirsty or too tired to prepare good meals.  Your skin can feel sensitive or dry because of dehydration.

Jojoba Skin Care during Illness

  1. Use jojoba oil all over your body after a shower or bath to combat skin dehydration. Combine this with good fluid intake and your skin will bounce back after your illness.
  1. Also apply jojoba oil all over to recover from sunburn. Reduces redness and prevents peeling.  Drink lots of liquids and stay cool after heat stroke or sunburn.

Natural Cold Sore Treatment

Cold Sores are caused by the herpes simplex virus. It’s dormant in the skin until triggered by factors ranging from illness (colds and flus – thus a ‘cold sore’) to stress or badly chapped lips.

It’s highly contagious, so don’t spread it.  Don’t share cosmetics or lip balms – get a lip balm for each person in the family, then label clearly with names to avoid cross contamination.

  1. Jojoba naturally contains docosenol, an anti-viral ingredient used in cold sore creams. Apply jojoba oil directly to lips.

  2. Or try lip balms with high jojoba content – remember no sharing.

Anti-Fungal Jojoba and Athlete’s Foot

Tinea Pedis or Athlete’s Foot is a common skin infection caused by fungus. You generally pick it up walking barefoot around swimming pools and in locker rooms.  Wear thongs or sandals in the gym showers to avoid infections.

  1. Jojoba contains iodine that helps fight fungal infections. It’s anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory properties heal foot and toenail fungal infections

Jojoba Oil & Acne

Intense cleansing or washing strips your skin of its natural sebum or oils.  It seems counter intuitive, but the more oil you remove, the more your skin compensates by producing even more. The cycle of ‘too dry—too oily’ never ends.

Acne and Skin Infections

What’s worse is that dry skin can develop microscopic cracks and splits, bacteria gets in, multiplies and can cause or aggravate acne. Dry skin flakes also clog pores.

The goal should be to calm, soothe, and deeply cleanse skin so that it can heal and repair. You can reduce bacteria, clogged pores, inflammation and redness.

Jojoba Face Oil

  1. Jojoba oil is perfect for deep cleansing. Despite its name it’s not oil but a liquid wax. It is completely noncomedogenic, which means it won’t clog pores.  Apply over skin then gently remove with damp cotton pads or clean washcloth.
  2. Jojoba softens and removes blackheads without harsh scratching. Jojoba cleanses without stripping moisture, this means your skin remains hydrated and calm.
  3. Jojoba’s deep cleansing lessens the appearance of pores.
  4. Body & back acne: jojoba’s natural anti-bacterial properties help clear spots & manage the bacteria associated with acne.

DYI - Make Your Own Jojoba Youth Potions

Most plant oils quickly oxidise or go rancid. Jojoba is not oil, but a wax ester so it has an extensive shelf life.  It’s ideal for mixing and adding to your favourite cosmetic recipes.

  1. Add jojoba to facial oil to prolong its shelf life: jojoba is antibacterial & promotes stability
  2. Considered a ‘luxury oil’—that’s why jojoba oil is more expensive—like argan oil, evening primrose oil or meadowfoam oil , jojoba is perfect for soap making, adding conditioning properties
  3. Takes much longer for jojoba oil to expire. Substitute for coconut oil in almost any beauty recipe
  4. Add to your exfoliating scrubs – super gentle on skin and environmentally friendly. Jojoba beads are spherical in shape, with smooth edges that won’t micro-tear skin.
  5. Jojoba beads are biodegradable, and they come in different colours. No nasty micro plastics in our waterways.  
  6. Jojoba is a carrier oil, so when you combine it with your favourite oil, like rosehip, it carries nutrients deeper into the skin’s layers.
  7. Mix jojoba with essential oils to create your own custom oils
Ok,  stay tuned for the last of our series.  We’ll be sharing tips on hair care, maintaining beautiful hands and feet and some great ideas for the guys—smooth shaving, best in beard care and more.


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