Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Beauty product multitasker: Jojoba Oil

I think I may be late to the game on this one, but I just recently discovered the pleasures of jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-bah). I've been using Desert Essence 100% Pure Jojoba Oil. It's only been a few days, but I do have to say it works great as a makeup remover. For those afraid to use oil on their faces, be calm. It's supposed to be good for your skin and hair. That being said, when it is applied to the face as a makeup remover, it does leave some residue behind, so after you use it to quickly and easily remove your makeup, wash your face with your regular cleanser. You are supposed to do that whenever you use a make up remover anyway, that way your face wash can actually cleanse your skin and get into those pores without the makeup getting in the way. 

Here's how I use it:

  • For eye makeup removal, I add a few drops to a cotton swab, pat it onto my eyelid, and just like that, my makeup melts right off. 

  • For the rest of my face, I add about a dime-sized amount to my hand, rub onto my dry face, then rinse off with water, pat dry with towel, and wash with regular face wash. 

So, you're probably thinking, "Ok, Erika, but what's the big deal?" Well, for starters, this oil is much cheaper than other oil makeup removers like MAC ($24 for 5 oz) and NARS ($40 for 6 oz) at $12.99 for 4 oz. Now, I must state, that I have never used the cleansing oils from NARS and MAC, but I have heard that the Dessert Essence Jojoba Oil does leave more residue behind than the NARS and MAC versions, which wash off with water. But, for me, washing my face afterwards takes care of that. 

But that's not really why its impressive (although saving some cash is always a good reason to switch to a product, as long as it works). I'm impressed with it for its many other possibilities. I like multitasking beauty products. By that, I mean I like products that I can use for multiple reasons, kind of like my Carmex doubling as a good cuticle cream. Jojoba oil is just one such product. While I've only used it as a makeup remover thus far, I do plan to try some of these other uses out, namely, I am intrigued to test it out on my hair, as it is supposed to help heal dry and damaged hair, making it soft and shiny. Apparently, jojoba oil is beneficial to skin and hair because its molecular structure is similar to that of hair and skin's sebum (fancy word for oil). 

Here are some of the many uses possible with jojoba oil from the Desert Essence website:

  • Facial cleanser and moisturizer: best for normal to dry skin. Add a few drops of jojoba oil to our fingers or a cotton swab, apply to face, and remove with water. Gently pat a few more drops of jojoba oil to your damp skin to attain a lasting moisture treatment. (I may try this in the winter, when my skin gets dryer)
  • Body moisturizer: Apply jojoba oil to your skin immediately after you shower while skin is still damp to seal in moisture. 
  • Massage and bath oil: Add a few drops of jojoba oil to your bath for soft moisturized skin, or use it to give your honey a back massage.
  • Foot and hand lotion: Sandals got your feet feeling rough this summer? Apply jojoba oil to your feet, wrap in gauze, and put on socks. Leave on for an hour for smoother, softer tootsies. 
  • Hair and scalp moisturizer:  Massage a few drops of jojoba oil to your scalp and rub in to relieve dryness or deep condition your hair by adding a quarter-sized amount into hands, smooth over hair (applying mostly to the ends), leave in for 5-10 minutes then shampoo your hair and style as normal. 
  • Combat split ends and frizzies: rub a few drops into your hands and apply to the ends of your hair while our hair is still damp. 
  • Lip conditioner: smooth onto lips for a overnight treatment
  • Cuticle oil: No Carmex handy? No problem, rub jojoba oil onto your cuticles
  • Shaving: For the dudes, apply to beard beneath shaving cream to prevent razor burn and for soft, smooth skin. Apply to freshly shaved skin to soothe and moisturize. Ladies, do the same for your legs. 

Desert Essence Jojoba Oil is vegan, cruelty free, and made from renewable sources.
Where to buy: Whole Foods, Trader Joe's,

Here's a video that pretty much tells you what you just read.

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