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I have been searching high and low for an effective natural moisturiser for pretty much most of my life and I can now after 4 months of daily use say I've found it. Previously some moisturisers have been effective for the first month and have then become quite the opposite leading to dry skin and clogged pores wheras with Jojoba oil I can honestly say that I have found my HG moisturiser. I purchased this Jojoba oil from Holland and Barretts when they had a sale on (it normally retails at £16) but would quite happily pay full price for it in future.
For your money you get 237ml of Jojoba oil which is packaged in admittedly a rather bland plastic bottle with a white screw on lid with a flip opening on top through which you pour the oil into your palm.
The reason why I initially chose Jojoba oil was due to advice from a friend who had informed me that Jojoba was the closest oil to our own natural sebum and thus less likely to cause me any irritation, which was a major concern initially. My skin has improved dramatically with regards to dryness, my skin has never felt so soft and silky and I can honestly say that I've had no clogged pore outbreaks for the 4 months. Basically I absolutely love this oil and will not be without it. I cannot believe that something so simple could be so effective and have even used it on my hair with great results to treat dry ends. The oil is also very economical as after 4 months I hardly made a dent on the amount of oil in the bottle. I can easily imagine this bottle lasting me well over a year so in the long run have saved a lot of money.
Facial use: I wash my face with cleanser and water; I then whilst my skin is still wet apply 3 droplets worth to my skin and allow it to air dry. The oil never leaves my skin shiny and once dried makes make-up application much easier with no dragging or clumping (which has occured with other moisturisers).
Hair use: My hair is currently just above waist length and as such tends to get dry on the ends. On an evening I add a couple of drops to my palms and warm the oil gently before stroking it through the lower ends of my hair; I then bun/braid my hair for the night and then wake up the following morning with lovely silky ends without the overwhelming grease that you tend to get with coconut oil.
Jojoba Oil is an extract from the seed of the Jojoba Tree. Although the name suggests Jojoba Oil is an oil it is actually far from the truth, Jojoba Oil is actually what they call a Wax Ester. Wax Ester is found in fish, and plants such as the Jojoba Plant. The best discovery about Jojoba Oil is it is very much like sebum (oil our face produces to keep the skin hydrated). So in theory people with oily skin types when they apply Jojoba Oil to the facial area it helps to trick the skin into thinking it has produced enough sebum thus stopping it from producing anymore and balancing out the skin while keeping it hydrated all day.
If you also suffer with acne of any kind you can apply this without worrying you will break out as it's non-comedogenic , which means it is less likely to cause blackheads, blocked pores and spots. But in general it is great for all skin types.
I first came across Jojoba Oil about five months ago while searching for a moisturiser for my skin type, which is oily, acne prone, sensitive with dry patches that goes into eczema. I recently found a skin care regime that I like called Alpha H, which is great for problematic skins but the draw back is the products are very expensive so I was looking for an alternative.
Jojoba Oil is relatively cheap but depending where you purchase it from prices vary. I first bought it from Holland and Barrett for a 237ml bottle for £10.25, since then I have looked on eBay and prices are very cheap but be careful you are actually getting Jojoba Oil and not something else.
Jojoba Oil looks naturally golden in colour and is almost odourless.
I have used this oil a few ways and will continue to do so, the first way I used Jojoba Oil was to put some drops into my regular moisturiser day and night to help with my oily/shiny skin and to help me with my pesky dry patches that look even worse when makeup is applied. I find a few drops is enough otherwise you will look too shiny and may need to plot your face before makeup application. I find the Oil absorbs into the skin quickly and leaves your skin feeling soft and hydrated. Unlike original moisturisers Jojoba Oil doesn't evaporate leaving your skin parched through the day.
I was sceptical at first but I have also found a vast improvement in my oily T Zone. Yes I still get a little shiny though the day but not like before, and with a little powder or blotting I am back to normal again, an absolute winner.
If you are using acne treatments or medication that leaves your skin dry and flaky this is a brilliant way of combating it.
I have never found Jojoba Oil to clog my pores, neither has it broke me out, which is always a bonus in fact I think it has helped me with my problem skin and helped to balance my skin making it produce less sebum, which in turn means less spots.
Another trick I have found is if your skin is really dehydrated, smother your clean face in the oil (not dripping) and leave on for five minutes or so and wipe away with a clean warm cloth or sponge. Your skin will feel soft, hydrated, plumped. The Wax Ester dissolves oil and dirt leaving you with clean, glowing, soft skin.
At the moment I am mixing some Jojoba Oil with my usual cleanser for a more deep down cleanse.
Just recently with the colder weather, central heating and heating elements of styling my hair has been feeling even drier even with deep conditioners used. I find mixing some Jojoba Oil in with your conditioner and left on for a minute or two really works down into your hair cuticles leaving your hair soft, manageable, shiny and conditioned. If you rinse out properly you will find your hair isn't weighed down, also fantastic if you suffer from a dry scalp, which Jojoba Oil can be massaged in.
I have tried a tiny bit on dry hair to smooth down frizz and promote shine and damp hair before blow drying, be careful though not to apply to much to your hair a little is all that is required.
I haven't used it this way yet as I have cleansers I need to use up but Jojoba Oil can be used as a facial cleanser. It is none eye irritant so you can use it to remove eye makeup as well. Oil cleansers are said to be more effective than any other cleansers on the market as the oil or in this case wax clings onto dirt, oil and debris throughout the day wiping it all away and leaving you with soft skin.
My daughter suffers from eczema, especially around the creases of the back of her legs, I have applied it at night and in the morning her skin is a lot softer, less red and heals quicker.
In all I can't believe I haven't come across this little gem before. Jojoba Oil has so many uses and lasts such a long time, this is something that is staying put in my skincare routine.