Scientific Name: Simmondsia chinensis
Origin: Queensland, Australia
Processing: Cold-Pressed Seed Oil
Jojoba oil (pronounced ho-ho-ba) is one of the major ingredients in Beetanicals balms. With a waxy consistency, it helps to form the base that holds all the other plant extracts together. What’s more, it’s actually able to boost the absorption of other ingredients in our skincare formulations, meaning Beetanicals products can reach where they’re needed the most!
Jojoba is also a fantastic moisturiser – a product of its native environment in the harsh Sonoran desert in the United States. For many years, indigenous Americans would grind the seeds into a paste, and the Cahuilla and Papago traditionally used it to heal wounds, while the O’odham applied it to both skin and hair as a healing agent and conditioner.
At Beetanicals, we combine a range of ingredients in our balms – including our own Manuka honey – that have anti-inflammatory, antimicrobial and wound-healing effects in order to relieve skin complaints. As an anti-inflammatory (-itis means inflammation), jojoba can dampen the overactive immune response seen in eczema and other forms of dermatitis, and reduce levels of the inflammatory prostaglandin E2. Part of its anti-inflammatory effect comes from vitamin E, which takes up residence in fat-based transportation molecules in the blood and guards against inflammation-inducing oxidative damage (that’s a bit of a tongue twister!).
Eczema, or atopic dermatitis, can affect anyone at any age, but it’s most well-known for causing our little ones trouble with itching, pain and vulnerability to infection. In eczema, normal skin barrier function is impaired - at least partly from inflammation – which allows harmful bacteria, allergens and toxins to enter and cause further inflammation. Protective moisturisers like jojoba oil can help by preventing water loss and restoring hydration, which restores the skin barrier. This lets the body clear any harmful substances and start healing.
Jojoba is considered a special case in natural remedies for dermatitis, as its wax content (50%) is the most similar to human sebum (26%); the substance our skin produces to lock in moisture. Therefore it’s structure and composition make it highly resistant to damage and degradation.
Infections are a common complication of eczema and other skin conditions, which is why we include antibacterial and antifungal ingredients such as Manuka honey and jojoba in Beetanicals balms. Some harmful species that jojoba may protect against include candida, E. coli and Staphylococcus aureus (golden staph); however, do not stop any antimicrobial treatment except under medical advice. More severe cases of eczema can lead to skin damage from over-scratching and inflammation, but jojoba oil also directly boosts healing by increasing production of collagen. We usually hear about collagen in terms of smoothing out wrinkles and fading stretch marks, but it’s a vital protein for skin health and integrity from day one.
Our initial inspiration for the Beetanicals balms came from searching for safe, natural products for young children, but in discovering powerful healing ingredients such as jojoba, our Bee Soothed Balm is also an effective solution to help with teen (and adult!) acne due to its natural anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties.
So all in all, Jojoba is a very helpful little ingredient! And all the more charming that something so soothing and helpful could come from such a harsh environment.
If you are interested in trying out Beetanicals balms to experience the benefits of jojoba oil for your own skin conditions, click here to browse our products and find out more about our unique chemical-free formulations.
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