Hey Chrendies 💓
Brace yourself winter is coming
It is the time of chilled winds and arid, cracked skin. Moisturizing is key, but before you reach for that lotion filled with chemicals and preservatives,
consider a natural alternative, one the Native Americans used in arid climates of Arizona: Jojoba oil.
Jojoba oil, like many oils, is an emollient, which means it helps to retain moisture; but in addition to this, it also contains vitamin E, which is superb for the skin, and is one the few oils
that is safe and effective as a facial moisturizer.
It is structurally similar to sebum(natural oils found on skin), but non-comedogenic(doesn’t clog pores) and has cleansing and anti-inflammatory properties. It is one of few oils which can
alleviate acne and eczema. Since it is similar to sebum, which we produce less and less of as we age, it works very well with dry skin; and since it does not clog pores, it will not lead to
breakouts. In addition, its similarity to sebum can over period of time balance oily skin by causing the skin to produce less sebum, which in excess clogs pores. It also contains iodine
which has been shown to fight bacteria on the skin which can lead to breakouts. To top it off, its antioxidants reduce wrinkles and inflammation which further help to calm, nourish and
nurture the skin.
Its antibacterial properties have been well- known by the Native Americans throughout their history, where they used it to treat wounds and lesions. Recent studies have even supported
its efficacy (I wouldn’t ditch the Neosporin or hydrogen peroxide though).
It ability to cleanse and treat wounds, along with its properties as a liquid wax make it great as a pre-shave oil, helping the razor to smoothly glide along the skin and treating any minor
cuts that may occur.
It can also act as carrier oil, meaning it allows other substances to be more readily absorbed into the skin. This makes it a great oil to combine with other oils whose beneficial properties
are not readily absorbed into the skin.
With oils, less is more. Depending on what you use it for, only a few to several drops should suffice for the coming onslaught of winter.