I initially bought Desert Essence’s 100% Pure Jojoba Oil to use as an oil treatment for my hair, but after I discovered that it made my hair look greasy rather than hydrated, I tried to think of some other ways I could incorporate it into my beauty routine. (By the way, the Desert Essence packaging really sucks. The bottle leaks like crazy!)
Jojoba oil is probably the best oil to use on sensitive skin. Its properties are very similar to sebum—natural oil found in our skin so there’s very little chance of it causing an allergic reaction or skin irritation. Coconut and almond oil are great skin conditioners as well, but it’s probably best to stay away from those if you have nut allergies.
Here are some of my favourite uses for jojoba oil:
(1) Make up remover
Hands down the BEST make up remover I’ve ever used. Unlike regular make up removers or even a good old-fashion bottle of Thayer’s witch hazel, you don’t need rub or tug your delicate eye area to remove your makeup at night. Take a cotton ball and gently press it against your eyelid. The oil will melt it all off within seconds. Bonus: the oil will actually hydrate your eye area, keeping wrinkles at bay.
(2) Body Moisturizer
In the wintertime, I like to add a few drops to my body lotion as a way to combat dry, itchy skin. It’ll give you an extra boost of moisture and help ease the effects of eczema. You could also use it alone on damp skin, just don’t go overboard, because bacne is not pretty.
(3) Lip Balm
Applying jojoba oil on your lips before you go to bed is a great way to seal in moisture. Vaseline can work too, but jojoba is lighter and doesn’t contain mineral oil which can be problematic for those who have super sensitive skin. However, it’s probably best to only use this at night since it can make your lips look a bit greasy.
There are also a lot of people who use this sebum-like oil as their basic facial moisturizer. I’ve always wanted to try this but online everyone mentions how the “purging period” (read: breakouts galore) can take weeks, sometimes months so I’ve always chickened out. But these are three pretty failsafe ways to use jojoba oil–a great organic multi-purpose product for sensitive skin gals.
How do you guys incorporate jojoba oil into your beauty regimen?