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