Jojoba Oil for Glowing Skin
Unveiling Its Skin Benefits
Jojoba is our top pick of botanical oils and every skin type can enjoy the rewards of this versatile superstar. We look at the composition and skin benefits of jojoba oil, and why its our skin saviour ingredient in all our Apothecary & Me Skincare range.
Origins of Jojoba
Jojoba (pronounced ho-HO-ba) is a tenacious shrub native to southern Arizona and California with an impressive ability to thrive in drought and harsh conditions. Jojoba oil, which is actually a liquid wax ester, is extracted from the seed, has been revered for centuries by the Native Americans for its myriad of medicinal and cosmetic virtues.
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Jojoba oil's uniqueness lies in its chemical composition, which closely mirrors our skin's sebum. This remarkable similarity sets the oil apart from other plant oils and makes it highly compatible with the skin.
Some key compounds include:
Fattyacids: Jojoba oil consists primarily of long-chain fatty acids, such as oleic acid, contributing to its moisturising and emollient properties.
Alcohols: It also contains long-chain alcohols, which have emollient and skin-protective properties.
Vitamin E: Jojoba oil contains natural tocopherols (vitamin E), which function as antioxidants, helping to protect the skin from oxidative stress and environmental damage.
Minerals: Although present in smaller amounts, jojoba oil also contains trace minerals, such as zinc, copper, and selenium, which play roles in maintaining skin health.
In addition to the oil, jojoba seeds possess their own unique set of benefits. Rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals, the seeds contribute to healthy, nourished skin too. We use both the oil and the seeds in the Apothecary & Me range to maximise the benefits of this beautiful oil.
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Skin Benefits of Jojoba Oil
Jojoba oil is a great natural moisturiser thanks to its similarity to human sebum. This biocompatibility allows the oil to work harmoniously with the skin. It absorbs quickly, provides long-lasting moisturisation without clogging pores and won't leave behind a greasy residue.
The antioxidant properties of jojoba offer protection from damage by neutralising free radicals, which are unstable molecules that can damage skin cells, leading to premature ageing and the formation of fine lines and wrinkles.
These qualities make it an excellent choice for soothing irritated or inflamed skin.
Jojoba oil's non-comedogenic nature means it won't clog pores, making it an ideal choice for those with acne-prone skin. Additionally, research tells us that jojoba's anti-inflammatory properties can help reduce redness and inflammation associated with acne breakouts while nurturing the skin towards healing and preventing further blemishes.
Jojoba also demonstrates healing capacity thanks to its ability to accelerate wound closure in keratinocytes and dermal fibroblasts.
A healthy skin barrier is essential for maintaining overall skin health. Jojoba oil helps strengthen the skin's natural barrier as it is rich in ceramides necessary for maintaining skin hydration and preventing moisture loss.
Jojoba Oil's moisturizing properties make it an excellent ally in the fight against the signs of aging. By keeping the skin well-hydrated, Jojoba can help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Dermatological studies have shown that Jojoba Oil increases the skin's elasticity and suppleness, with these effects lasting over time. Furthermore, regular use of Jojoba Oil has been found to help diminish superficial facial lines, making it a great addition to any anti-aging skincare routine.
Jojoba Oil's anti-inflammatory properties make it an effective ingredient in calming and soothing dry, sensitive skin. Its ability to reduce redness and ease the symptoms of eczema and rosacea is further supported by the presence of Vitamin E and B-complex vitamins, which aid in skin repair and maintenance.
With its nourishing and restorative properties, Jojoba Oil is a trusted ally in achieving healthy, glowing skin.
In addition to its wound-healing and acne-fighting benefits, Jojoba Oil's natural ability to deter microbes also makes it an effective cleanser. By preventing the growth of bacteria on the skin, Jojoba Oil helps to purify and cleanse the pores, leaving the skin feeling refreshed and revitalized. As a versatile and multifaceted ingredient, Jojoba Oil offers a range of benefits for skin health and is a valuable addition to any skincare routine.
Jojoba Oil's gentle, yet effective nature makes it a hero ingredient in all our skincare ranges, especially for those with sensitive skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema helping to reduce flare-ups and soothe irritated areas. This gentle approach to skincare is why we prioritise Jojoba Oil in all our formulations, ensuring that our products are safe, effective, and suitable for even the most sensitive skin types.