19 Uses of Jojoba Oil for Face, Skin and Hair

Jojoba oil is a versatile beauty product with many uses. This article introduces the oil, what it’s used for, and has a few tips for getting a good bottle of jojoba oil for a very low price.

What is jojoba oil?

Jojoba oil is derived from the seed of the jojoba plant. This “oil” is actually a wax and it’s also one that’s most similar to the human sebum. Perhaps due to its similarity to sebum, jojoba is able to penetrate the skin easily and is suitable for all skin types — even oily skin! You can get two types of jojoba oil- unrefined and refined. The unrefined version has a slight nutty smell and is a transparent gold color. The refined version on the other hand has no color or smell. Whenever possible, I suggest getting the unrefined version to get the most benefits out of the oil. You can get the pure, unrefined oil here.

So what can you use it for?

use-jojoba-oil-for-your-hairDeep-conditioning for dry hair

If you have dry hair and scalp, you can benefit from a hot oil treatment. To do this, place the oil in a bowl and put the bowl in a water bath filled with hot water. Leave the oil until it becomes warm. Massage the oil into your hair after shampooing and cover with a warm, moist towel for five minutes. Rinse your hair with warm water and style as normal. You’ll usually see an improvement after the first treatment, and your hair will become softer and smoother after a few treatments.

Protects your hair when swimming

Apply to your hair as a pre-swim conditioner to protect it from chlorine in the pool or from salt water if you’re going to the beach.

Increases hair growth

Want a long flowing mane? Jojoba can aid in your quest for longer hair. This oil has been found to stimulate hair growth, resulting in longer hair. Just apply the oil to your scalp and hair regularly. You can easily do this 5 to 10 minutes before you shower.

Stimulates hair re-growth

It might be because the oil unclogs your pores (and hair follicles) but some people have reported seeing results after using jojoba on their scalp. If you are experiencing hair loss due to dandruff, this is worth a try. You can also mix it with tea tree oil if you have some lying around.

Make-up remover

remove-makeup-with-jojoba-oil-and-a-cotton-square No need to buy alcohol-based make-up removers that strip the skin of its natural oil. Jojoba is gentle enough to use around the eye area and removes makeup effectively. The oil is especially effective against water-proof make-up such as mascara or eyeliner. I usually dab some with a cotton square and wipe the makeup off.

Use it as a facial moisturizer

Not only can you use it to remove makeup, this amazing oil can also be a facial moisturizer. I personally use it myself when I’m not trying out other stuff. A single drop (you really don’t need more than that!) rubbed between your hands and then applied to your face is enough to keep the skin from becoming too dry (especially during winter or if you use an air conditioner at night). Although it may feel greasy why you are applying it, the skin absorbs it in no time.

Body moisturizer

You can use it on the rest of your body too. After a shower, apply a few drops of oil to seal in the moisture for happier skin.

bath-suppliesUse as a bath oil

Jojoba can also be added to bath water for smoother, softer skin. Just a few drops of it will do too.

Use it as an intense foot moisturizer

If you have dry cracked feet, apply the oil generously and put on a plastic bag. You can also wrap it with gauze. Then put on your socks and wait an hour before removing. Your feet should become a lot softer and smoother.

Combats acne for clearer skin

If you have oily skin and suffer from acne, you might want to try jojoba too. Beauty experts say it regulates sebum production by tricking the skin into thinking that it has produced enough oil. It can also unclog hardened plugs in your pores. As a result, the skin produces less sebum, pores get clogged less and the acne clears up.

Alleviates psoriasis

If you have tried all the moisturizers on the market for your psoriasis with nil effects, jojoba may well be able to help you. It soothes and moisturizes chapped skin, leaving it looking and feeling better than before.

Improves shaving results

If shaving leaves your skin dry and itchy, you can use jojoba to alleviate these symptoms. Applying the oil prior to applying shaving cream will leave you with super-soft, supple skin after shaving.

jojoba-oil-as-lip-balmUse as a lip balm

If your lip balm is not delivering the results that you desire, maybe it’s time you tried some jojoba. Just dab some on your fingers and apply to your lips. It should do a lot of good for dry, chapped lips.

Use as a massage oil

Jojoba makes a great massage oil. If you have eucalyptus oil lying around, add a few drops of that to your jojoba oil for an aromatherapy massage to relieve aching muscles. Jojoba oil works as a carrier for other essential oils too so feel free to use other essential oils you have.

Great cuticle oil

Got dry cuticles? Use a few drops of the oil on them!

Minimizes wrinkles

I’m not sure about really deep wrinkles but if you have tiny wrinkles and fine lines that need hiding, use jojoba oil on them to reduce their appearance. Over time, these wrinkles may even fade away (according to some).

Use in the oil cleansing method

Jojoba is one of the oils that you can mix with castor oil for use in the oil cleansing method.

Make your own DIY skin care products

Although I think jojoba is great on its own, you could also use it as an ingredient in many homemade beauty recipes such as body creams and lip balms. Also, if you didn’t already know, jojoba is used in many commercial beauty products too.

Use it to replace your other oils

This isn’t really a use of the oil for skin or hair but jojoba oil has a long shelf life and will not go rancid as quickly compared to many other vegetable oils. If you’re using oils like avocado or almond oil in your beauty regime or as carrier oils, see if they can be replaced with jojoba. I’ve had to throw out bottles of oil that go bad before I’ve even used half of it but that has never happened with jojoba oil.

Where to Buy Jojoba Oil that’s Good AND Cheap

Jojoba oil is a must-have beauty product for any girl and I’m sure you’ll agree if you’ve gone through the list above. However, it’s not always easy to find a good bottle of jojoba oil near you. Lucky for you, there are a few places where you can get quality jojoba oil online whether you’re in the US, UK, or even all the way in Asia. This section shows you where to buy inexpensive jojoba oil and how to make sure you’re getting the right kind.

Recommendations on where and what to buy

I personally recommend Desert Essence’s jojoba oil. I’ve used it and know that it’s a great product. It’s 100% pure, expeller-pressed, and unrefined. I always get this in bulk since it’s cheaper that way. Since jojoba oil also doesn’t go rancid easily, my bulk purchase can last for years if stored correctly :) You can get Desert Essence’s Jojoba Oil on Amazon if you’re in the US.  If you’re buying more than 4 bottles, the one on iHerb should be cheaper as they have bulk discounts. If you are in the UK or any other country, I highly recommend getting the same item from iHerb as they ship internationally (sometimes free) at lower prices than Amazon. If you use this link or the coupon NEV841, you’ll get a $5 discount off your first order too so you can effectively get a 118ml (4 fl oz) bottle of jojoba oil for under $10 with shipping.

What to look out for

If for any reason you are unable to buy the recommended items above, this is what you should look out for before making your purchase:

  • Make sure the oil you’re getting is pure. You do not want any other ingredient in your jojoba oil as they are unnecessary at the very least and harmful at worst. If you’re heard anyone complain about how jojoba oil gave them a breakout or smelled weird, chances are they got something that wasn’t 100% jojoba oil.
  • Make sure it’s unrefined. The pure, unrefined oil has a slight nutty smell and is a transparent gold color. It’s also the best kind you can get. If you see jojoba oil that’s completely colorless and has no smell, do not buy that. It’s refined and may not confer the same benefits as the unrefined version.
  • Don’t pay more than $20 for a 4 fl oz (118ml) bottle. A while ago, I was surprised when someone asked me why jojoba is so expensive. Turns out she had been getting it from her local spa which repackaged the oil into their own bottles and sold them at $40 a pop. You don’t have to pay so much if you get it online.

Did I miss anything?

I hope I didn’t leave anything out but if you know of any other uses and tips for this wonderful oil, feel free to share them in the comments below :)

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