“As I have become older, I have started to appreciate that looking after my overall body and wellbeing is absolutely essential, particularly my skin.”
Perhaps this might have come to me too late. However, if I was giving myself advice in hindsight, then I would definitely advise that looking after yourself from the age when you are able to be responsible for yourself is the right age to begin.
I have realised over the years, that whilst genetic make-up can account for the aging process (because I can still look at my mother) there is also the element of nurture. Taking an active role in looking after yourself is just as vital to your overall wellbeing as your genetics.
The previous blog article focused on nourishing the skin using food and lifestyle. This article focuses on the benefits of using jojoba oil to keep the skin looking and feeling supple.
Where does jojoba oil come from?
Jojoba oil comes from the seed of the jojoba plant, its botanical name is Simmondsia Chinensis. Although it is referred to as an “oil” in reality it is a waxy ester substance. The plant grows in North America in a dry environment.
Why use jojoba oil in comparison to other oils?
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Jojoba oil has been long used by the Native North Americans. In comparison to other plant oils, jojoba oil has a compound structure which is more similar to the human sebum. Human sebum is secreted by the skin to keep the skin in excellent condition. Jojoba oil became a replacement for whale oil as it has very similar properties. Jojoba oil contains tocopherols which is vitamin E, making it a powerful anti-oxidant compound, ideal for the skin.
The compound structure of jojoba oil makes it a natural anti-fungal; anti-bacterial; anti-inflammatory and hypoallergenic. It is suitable all types of skin including baby skin.
What are the benefits of jojoba oil on the skin?
- Evens out uneven skin tone
- Moisturises dry skin and sensitive skin
- Helps to prevent wrinkles
- Supports the skin if there has been any sun damage
- Evens out oily skin
- Nourishes hair
- Calms burns, rashes and cradle cap
- Helps with calming down skin which has eczema and psoriasis
- Calms and soothes acne prone skin
- Can be used in removing make-up
- Helps to moisturise dry cuticles
- Great as a body moisturiser
- Use as a part of a pedicure treatment for dry heel skin or cracked skin
How to apply Jojoba Oil?
A few drops of jojoba oil goes a long way. Evenly spread over the skin, make sure that it does not go into your eyes.
Massage jojoba oil into the skin until it is fully absorbed. Make-up can be applied directly on top. In some cases you might find it helpful to add a drop of jojoba oil to the foundation cream (if you use it), helping it to spread more evenly and giving a much better finish.
If using on the body, apply the jojoba oil onto damp skin as that will allow better absorption.
Using and storing jojoba oil
Unlike most oils, jojoba oil has a good shelf life. This is due to the compound structure as it is a waxy ester. Always store natural products in a glass container, this helps to protect the product from reacting with the container. Store in a cool dry environment away from direct sunlight.
As with all products, make sure that you immediately stop using it, if you experience any adverse reactions. Jojoba oil is not suitable for internal use. For further information, please contact www.wellbeingrange.co.uk
Gurjit Nandhra is a qualified Naturopathic Nutritional Therapist (CNM) and Psychologist (BSc Hons Psychological Science). Prior to founding Revitalise Supplements Ltd t/a Wellbeing Range, she ran a Nutrition clinic supporting clients with chronic diseases through nutrition and lifestyle advice. Follow her on twitter @wellbeingrange