Jojoba oil is well-known for its hydrating effects, which is why it’s commonly used in skincare and hair care products. But even so, you might not know how to properly use jojoba oil for your face.
With its ability to deeply moisturize, and the potential to combat visible signs of aging, like fine lines and wrinkles, here’s how to use jojoba oil for face care.
Why Use Jojoba Oil on Your Face
Jojoba oil comes from the jojoba plant– Simmondsia chinensis– and has a long history of use for various ailments, such as skin and scalp irritation and superficial wounds, because of its nutrient-dense composition. In fact, Native Americans used jojoba oil for a variety of skin issues thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects.
Particularly, jojoba oil is beneficial for use on dry, mature skin (although it can be used on all skin types). This is because jojoba is considered a humectant and emollient, meaning it helps draw water and moisture to the top layer of your skin, and fills in around dry skin cells. This leaves your skin feeling hydrated and healthy without clogging your pores. In fact, jojoba oil can even break down sebum to help regulate your skin’s oil production.
But jojoba oil doesn’t just offer hydration.
Because of the vitamin E in jojoba oil, a natural antioxidant that offers anti-inflammatory properties, it has been shown to combat oxidative stress, also known as free radical damage. This damage is a catalyst for visible signs of aging because it damages your skin’s collagen and elasticity.
As a bonus, jojoba oil’s anti-inflammatory properties may also help combat the appearance of redness and eczema.
The bottom line? Jojoba oil is a powerful, nourishing ingredient to balance out your skincare routine and may even help keep your skin looking younger, for longer.
How to Use Jojoba Oil for Your Face
First things first: How do you choose the best jojoba oil for your face?
When it comes to choosing the best jojoba oil — or any face oil for that matter — it’s important to choose unrefined, natural extracts.
Unrefined, or cold-pressed, means that the oil has gone through minimal processing to ensure none of the natural compounds or antioxidants are stripped away. This is key to getting the most benefits from your jojoba oil.
Another important component to keep in mind when choosing the best jojoba oil, is whether it’s all-natural. USDA Certified Organic means that the oil is free of synthetic additives like pesticides, chemical fertilizers and dyes, and that it was not processed using solvents or genetic engineering (i.e., GMOs).
With those two key aspects in mind, let’s look at the different ways you can use pure, natural jojoba oil on your face.
Like with most oils, a little goes a long way, so start with just a drop or two of jojoba oil. If you apply that and feel like you need more, keep adding a few drops at a time until you find the right amount.
Using Jojoba Oil to Cleanse
Because jojoba oil is shown to have antibacterial, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory properties, which may benefit your skin’s microbiome, you can use it as a light cleanser. Since it’s not a makeup remover on its own, it’s best to apply jojoba oil in the morning to refresh your skin, and ward off bacteria from the night before. Simply massage in a few drops and rinse off with a warm washcloth or water.
Using Jojoba Oil as a Primer
Given jojoba oil’s humectant and emollient properties, it can also be used to prime your skin before applying makeup. You can use it after you shower to prep your skin before applying makeup and foundation. And because jojoba oil also combats excess sebum production, it can help combat oil production throughout the day, and may even calm acne-prone skin.
Using Jojoba Oil to Lock In Moisture
Apply jojoba oil towards the end of your skincare routine to lock in moisture, and other hydrating ingredients. Generally, you want to apply products from lightest to heaviest, so you would want to use it before (or in place of) a moisturizer, but after cleansing, toning, and using most serums.
Using Jojoba Oil for Added Skin Protection
While jojoba oil does not block UV rays like sunscreen does, it does have the potential to help protect your skin from free radical damage. This is why applying jojoba oil, in addition to your daily SPF, may help counteract oxidative stress, which can lead to wrinkles and the appearance of dark spots.
If you’re ready to get the best beauty results from the many jojoba oil benefits and don’t want to take the DIY route, try the Pur-Radiance Cleanser from Purity Woods. It offers the powerful calming and hydrating effects of jojoba oil, along with 20 other natural botanical ingredients, for a clean face AND more youthful-looking skin.
The entire formula for the Pur-Radiance Cleanser is USDA Certified Organic, which means zero toxins or synthetic ingredients that might harm your skin. It works to hydrate your face while gently cleansing so you don’t have to worry about your skin feeling stripped.
Learn more about the Pur-Radiance Face Cleanser here, and add this hydrating oil to your daily skincare routine!