The jojoba plant is one of the first plants I ever put in my hair or face. Though I didn’t really know what it was at first, I remember the word appearing on bottles of hair gel, skin soothers, and moisturizers. After every time a mosquito bite would get too much to handle, I would put some jojoba lotion on it. Actually, to be exact, I believe it was jojoba and aloe vera.
The plant is also known by its scientific name of simmondsia chenensis. Well, known and unknown, because nobody ever calls it that, outside of academics or cosmetics manufacturers. At any rate, it is a plant which is native to the desert areas of Mexico, Arizona, and California. The seeds of the jojoba plant are rich in oil, and the hotter the sun is, the better off the jojoba is. It flourishes in dry, sunny areas. These unrelenting environments and harsh conditions eventually produce a plant which is a real asset.
Many cosmetics products make use of the jojoba plant: creams, lotions, moisturizers, for both body and hair. Maple Holistics makes a great shampoo with jojoba oil. Jojoba has been nicknamed a skin superfood, because of the balance it brings to the skin’s pH (power of hydrogen) levels, and because it still stays very potent, even after manufacturers strip it of its traditional scent and color.
The jojoba helps bring balance, because it closely resembles the makeup of the body’s natural oil, the sebum. Sebum is created in sebaceous glands, which are located all over the body. There are places and body parts which house more glands, such as the face and scalp. The oil which is created is dispersed in relation to the area which it inhabits. Body parts like an elbow need a lot less sebum then, say, the forehead or cheeks.
Jojoba essential oil is absorbed easily (again, because of its resemblance to the body’s sebum), and it can be mixed with many different kinds of oils and substances. Jojoba can really affect the way the body hydrates and nourishes itself. Because of that, it is always recommended to use caution and follow instructions. It is not recommended to leave the skin dry and dehydrated. However, too much oil, of almost any kind, is not a good solution either.
It is about finding a balance. Letting the body go back to what it does best, and let it function seamlessly. If you add some jojoba to your daily routine, it can have a great effect on your complexion. The way to avoid any issues is simply to not overuse it, or else the sebaceous glands could be thrown out of whack. Remember: when it comes to natural cosmetics, we are basically giving the body a boost in the right direction. Jojoba is not meant to replace the body’s sebum, but rather acts as a supplement when necessary.
The jojoba plant, and especially its essential oil, is definitely a product which is great to have around the house. If treated well and stored properly, it can have a pretty long shelf life.
Left to its own devices, the body will normally produce an adequate amount of sebum, or natural body oil. This is done through the work of special glands, called sebaceous glands, which produce and disperse the oil in certain locations all over the body.
Some people are oilier then others, some are more prone to dryness and irritation. The key to healthy skin, hair, and face is balance. The problem with many chemical-laden cosmetics products, is that they can sometimes take the natural balance out of the equation, by substituting it with the ingredients which are listed on the back of the bottle.
So, when it comes to washing the hair, it is recommended you leave your hair care products alone for a few days, and see how your scalp and hair feel. Monitor their progress, and see if you are more on the dry side, the oily side, or if there’s no difference.
Once you are better aware of your body’s own mechanisms and processes, you will be able to find a natural product which suits your needs. Natural cosmetics aim to use non-synthetic elements. By doing that, all of the preservatives and artificial fragrances – which inhabit many beauty and hygiene products – are left out of your system. A natural product is more inclined to help the body along with its regular function, rather than try and implement a new order. This makes things much simpler, and guarantees that there is no buildup of potentially harmful substances in your system.
When I quit using ordinary hair care products, and moved to all natural, non-residue products, I could feel how it is really achieving its goal. It is not that the older products were a failure. On the contrary, they did their job. I simply felt that it was taking a toll on me and my hair, and that I didn’t want to be there when it started falling out at age 38, or something. Okay, I may be exaggerating, but this was precisely the thought pattern that encouraged me to make the switch.
Even if you are completely satisfied with your hair care products, it is important that you know what you are putting into your body. Staying healthy is not just about exercise and nutrition. It is also about your attitude and state of mind. Using safer, more natural products – which usually don’t involve animal testing, if that interests you – is also a way to keep a healthy mindset. Give nature a shot. It may surprise you.