Oil from jojoba seeds (Simmondsia chinensis) is a popular ingredient in many herbal skin care products, including lotions, moisturizers, shampoos, hair conditioners, cleansers, and even lip balms and shaving creams. The unusual composition of this oil also provides a wound-healing activity by stimulating and stabilizing collagen production.
Uniqueness of Jojoba Oil
About half the weight of a jojoba seed comprises the mixture that we call jojoba oil. Technically, it is not similar to other plant oils. If anything, biochemically it more closely resembles sperm whale oil. In fact, jojoba oil turned out to be a superior replacement for sperm whale oil when the latter was banned from import into the U.S. in 1971.
Chemists classify jojoba oil as a liquid wax, although it has been referred to as an oil for decades. Certain components of this liquid wax are similar to the sebum in human skin oil. The similarities between jojoba oil and sebum are thought to explain how jojoba oil “tricks” the skin into balancing skin oil production.
The physical properties of jojoba oil includes its long-term stability. It never becomes rancid. Its stability and composition also help other botanicals in herbal skin care products to spread evenly and absorb well. It works in very low concentrations as an all-day moisturizer that won’t dry out like other moisturizers can. A little goes a long way.
What Can Jojoba Oil Do?
Surveying all the possible uses of jojoba oil just for skin health shows its versatility in cosmetics. It enhances the power of clays (kaolin and bentonite) for deep cleansing without disturbing the skin’s natural protective layer. It solubilizes antioxidants and other beneficial components of herbs for natural skin care. And it provides a unique ability to stimulate specific types of skin cells that are important in healing.
Overall, jojoba oil is also known to counteract inflammation that typifies damaged and aging skin. Its moisturizing effects underscore its importance as an ingredient in many kinds of all natural skin care products. As a bonus, jojoba oil is also known to reduce skin infections and to reverse skin damage.
Healing Properties of Jojoba Oil
In 2011 scientists at the University of Piemonte Orientale in Alessandria, Italy, examined the potential for jojoba oil to heal skin wounds. They discovered the stimulatory effects of jojoba oil on two kinds of skin cells, keratinocytes and fibroblasts, both of which are intimately involved in repairing skin wounds. Results showed that the activities of both types of cells were accelerated by the treatment.
A deeper peek into the details of this study indicates what happens in damaged skin when jojoba oil is applied to it. First, wound healing cells are stimulated to produce more collagen, which is crucial for maintaining healthy skin. Second, the breakdown of collagen during normal cell aging is slowed down.
This study explains why jojoba oil has been known to help healing against acne, psoriasis, sunburn, and chapped skin.
Enhancing Other Herbs
The best herbal formulas are found in many all natural skin care products. It is also important to find products that are organic and wild-crafted. Organic herbs do not have toxic chemicals that could undermine your skin health. Wild-crafted means that they were collected in the wild, not from plants grown in artificial conditions that could adversely influence their quality.
Although jojoba oil is available in pure form, its most important benefits derive from its ability to enhance the absorption of other ingredients in any herbal skin care formula. The active ingredients in ginseng, green tree, and astragalus, for example, are easily soluble in jojoba oil. Jojoba oil drives these ingredients deeper into skin, where they can do their magic for making skin healthier.
HydraNourish Body Lotion by Jadience Herbal Formulas is a particularly luxurious blend of many wild-crafted herbal ingredients that together are enhanced by jojoba oil. This blend dramatically improves skin texture by moisturizing and plumping up dry or wrinkled skin. Moreover, it takes only a thin layer of application to achieve these remarkable results.
Skin will look smooth, moist and healthy when you make sure to remove dead skin cells and other debris from clogged pores. This is the role of a good skin scrub that exfoliates and simultaneously moisturizes. The Sugar Scrub by Jadience Herbal Formulas provides both of these benefits with a powerful lineup of East Asian herbs. It is a blend comprised of more than a dozen ingredients that work together to cleanse, revitalize, and protect skin all day long.
The review of literature suggest that jojoba has anti-inflammatory effect and it can be used on a variety of skin conditions including skin infections, skin aging, as well as wound healing. Moreover, jojoba has been shown to play a role in cosmetics formulas such as sunscreens and moisturizers and also enhances the absorption of topical drugs. The intention of the review is to summarize the data regarding the uses of jojoba in dermatology for readers and researchers.
Moreover, jojoba has been shown to play a role in cosmetics formulas such as sunscreens and moisturizers and also enhances the absorption of topical drugs. The intention of the review is to summarize the data regarding the uses of jojoba in dermatology for readers and researchers.