We love jojoba… and here’s why!
The jojoba plant is a hearty, perennial that grows in North America and produces a nut with bountiful healing properties. It’s anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiviral, wound-healing, and moisturizing, and also contains high amounts of vitamin E, silicon, copper, and zinc. On a molecular level, jojoba is a wax, rather than a true oil, and has an uncanny resemblance to the natural moisturizing factor in human skin, called sebum. Although it’s easily absorbed into your skin, its waxy nature allows it to create a breathable, soothing seal on the surface, protecting your skin from moisture loss. It’s nonirritating and allergic reactions to this ingredient are extremely rare. Jojoba’s high levels of vitamin E help your skin recover from oxidative stress caused by everyday exposure to pollutants which may be a contributing factor in premature aging of the skin. The antioxidants in jojoba may also help your body produce collagen, helping with firmness and elasticity as well as reducing scarring.
Jojoba is a chameleon of sorts, since it’s just as wonderful for dry skin as it is for oily skin and those with congestion. It’s been theorized that jojoba signals your skin to balance its oil production. Whether your skin is too dry or too oily, jojoba supports the right amount of moisture in your skin. Overproduction, thickened or blocked sebum positively contributes to congested skin and the formation of acne, so when you apply jojoba, your skin basically receives the message that it doesn’t need to overproduce sebum, lessening the chances of acne forming. This action doesn’t happen with all types of oil because they don’t have the same affinity to natural sebum as does jojoba. When your skin is overly dry, jojoba penetrates deeply to soften the dryness so your own natural moisture can actually penetrate the outer skin layers.
We purchase our unrefined organic jojoba from a family farm in Arizona… it is thick and golden with a lovely sweet nutty aroma!