As kids, my brother and I would pull funny faces at one another. My Nana use to say, “if you make that funny face, the wind might change, and then it will get stuck that way!” It’s easy to start to wonder as we age, how to make our face stay the same as long as possible. Although there’s no way to completely stop the effects of time, there certainly are ingredients and techniques we can utilize to remain looking youthful. Cue the use of jojoba oil.
What is jojoba oil?
Jojoba oil is extracted from the seed of the Simmondsia chinensis plant which is 50% liquid wax esters. Wax esters are used to maintain healthy skin. The Simmondsia chinensis plant can endure high temperatures and is native to Southern Arizona, Southern California and Northwestern Mexico. This golden oil was popularized after the ban on whaling in 1971. At the time, whale oil was used in many cosmetics and jojoba was a far superior oil that had more benefits with the same desirable qualities.
How does jojoba help with aging?
Youthful skin bounces back. When we make expressions, expression lines appear and when we stop making that expression dynamic lines leave with the expression. This is all due to collagen. Collagen is an essential protein to our skin’s bounce back. Within 30 minutes after jojoba oil is applied skin’s elasticity increases 37% (Shaath). Jojoba actually stimulates our skin’s production of collagen (Pazyar) which gives our skin the strength it needs to support our facial expressions. Furthermore, jojoba contains sterols which are compounds that help to strengthen our skin’s actual cell structure (Shaath).
Another sign of aging is increased texture. As we age, our skin feels rougher to the touch. Even eight hours after application, jojoba oil leaves skin feeling softer (Shaath). This is one of the main reasons I’ve added this incredible oil to our exfoliating treatment masks used in the Touch of Radiance skin treatments. Jojoba works alongside a walnut shell,a physical exfoliant, to soften texture from aging, pore congestion or dry skin flaking.
Sun damage and acne can have long term effects. Dark spots, scarring and uneven tone increase with age as our skin cells regenerate slower. Jojoba contains Vitamin E which contains properties that reduce these changes to our complexion (Shaath).
For many people, age brings less production of sebum resulting in dry skin. Sebum is our skin’s natural oil that aids our barrier function to reduce loss of hydration. Jojoba oil is easily absorbed into our skin (Patzelt). Since jojoba oil is extremely similar to our own skin’s natural oil, it goes a step further than moisturizing. Therefore, jojoba actually helps to carry other moisturizing ingredients into the skin and encourages moisture retention (Shaath).
As we age, our skin becomes more fragile and thinner. Thankfully, jojoba oil offers helps our skin to heal faster and will also inhibit degeneration (Shaath).
How can you use jojoba oil?
1. Massage oil
Utilizing jojoba oil as a massage oil will help to stimulate good circulation and destress while getting the added benefits from the above list. Furthermore, this oil has a “dry” feel and absorbs quickly. This is especially helpful if you dislike the greasy feel oils can leave. During my skin services, I always use jojoba oil for my foot, arm and face massage. The anti-aging benefits of jojoba enhance the relaxing massage.
2. Carrier oil
If you want to take advantage of essential oils, I would recommend diluting them. The quick absorption of jojoba oil can help increase the effectiveness of essential oils. Make sure you research how to dilute essential oils to avoid skin irritation before use.
As I mentioned above, our exfoliating treatment mask uses jojoba to heal and soften skin. Jojoba will boost the efficiency of other powerhouse botanical ingredients by acting as a vehicle carrying them deeper into the skin.
We use this incredible oil in our treatments and as our main massage oil so that you can feel moisturized and renewed from head-to-toe.
The term “anti-aging” gives the illusion that aging can be reversed. Nothing can completely turn back time, but jojoba oil can be a powerful ally in strengthening our skin. The one way we can best reduce signs of aging is to set our skin up with the support it needs. I’ve created this easy at home checklist of 10 ways to strengthen your skin today! What’s on it?
- 5 Things you can start doing today to strengthen your skin
- 5 Things you can stop doing today to strengthen your skin
- Bonus: list of ingredients to watch for when purchasing skin care products
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Patzelt, J. L. (2011). Oil on skin: penetration and occlusion of mineral oil and vegetable oil. Excellence in Paediatrics Congress. Istanbul.
PAZYAR, R. Y. (2013). Jojoba in dermatology: a succinct review. GIORNALE ITALIANO DI DERMATOLOGIA E VENEREOLOGIA.
Nadm A. Shaath, P. (2012). The Wonders of Jojoba. White Plains: Alpha Research & Development Ltd. and Shaath & Meadows Consultation.