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JoJoba Oil Does It All

So I’ve been toying around with doing this vaguely vegan/raw thing lately. (Don’t look at me like that; I live in California now!) And I’m curious to see if this will have any affect on my hair and skin…

Since I’m obviously eating a lot more fruits and veggies, I’ve been spending a lot more time in health food stores and perusing raw food blogs. I’ve noticed people talking about jojoba oil for hair and skin. So today when I saw it at Trader Joe’s, I made an impulse buy. And now I have a little bottle of jojoba… But, um. I’m not quite sure what to do with it.

Therefore, I did what anyone with a laptop would do! I Googled that shit!

And this is what I found. (From beauty-treatments.suite101.com)

It’s an eye makeup remover. Soak a cotton pad or ball, and swipe over your eyeshadow, liner, and mascara. Not only will your eye makeup be gently and completely removed, you’ll find your lashes lush and conditioned, too.

It’s a cleansing oil. Another soaked cotton ball will easily dissolve your blush, foundation, and lipstick. To remove oil completely, use a damp tissue or washcloth.

It’s a facial moisturizer. Because jojoba oil closely resembles human sebum, our skin accepts it very well without threat of breakouts or reactions. If you’re oily or combination skinned and afraid of putting any oil on your face, rest easy. Jojoba oil actually helps to balance skin’s sebum, so it moisturizes dry skins and eases the oil production in oily skin. Apply jojoba oil by mixing two drops of it in your moisturizer, or use it sparingly on its own.

It’s a lip conditioner. If you suffer from dry, chapped lips, a small amount of this can be used as an alternative to chapstick or more expensive lip balms.

It’s a cuticle oil. Say goodbye to dry, ragged cuticles. A small amount of jojoba oil, rubbed into the cuticles on a regular basis, helps keep them soft.

It’s a hair conditioner and serum. Mix a few drops into your conditioner and rinse out. You can also put a couple of drops on your palm and apply to the ends of damp hair before blowdrying – a great trick for soft strands. Or if your hair is looking dull, or frizzy, a little jojoba oil on the ends will smooth out the cuticle, making it look shiny and healthy. It’s been said that the Incas used to massage jojoba oil frequently into their scalps, promoting thick and lustrous hair.

It’s a body oil. You can certainly use jojoba as a massage oil, but it’s best to use in conjuction with an oil that has more slip. Use it all over your body after a bath or shower – it sinks in quickly, but leaves your skin so hydrated. Another trick? Rub a bit of it on your legs before you apply shaving cream – you’ll end up with gorgeous gams.


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