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Jojoba oil (pronounced “ho-ho-ba”) is an ingredient that can take a simple face product and make it extraordinary. It is chock-full of impressive vitamins, fatty-acids, and other beneficial ingredients that help with hydration, anti-aging, wound healing, and more. With all of its impressive properties, it is no wonder it has been used in skincare for such a long time – and it’s about time it has received the recognition it deserves.
While it is referred to as an oil, jojoba “oil” is actually a liquid wax ester. It has a different structure than triglycerides – 97% is composed of linear long-chain esters – making it stand out from other typical seed and vegetable oils. Since it contains less than 3% triglycerides, it is incredibly stable and has a long shelf life, meaning it doesn’t oxidize as easily as many other oils. This makes it an ideal ingredient for men's skincare products.
Jojoba oil is biomimetic, meaning it mimics a typical biological process. In terms of chemical makeup, it is incredibly similar to sebum – the oil that is naturally produced by the skin and excreted through the sebaceous glands. Since it can replicate the substance that is naturally present on our skin, it easily penetrates into pores, giving skin the full benefits of the oil.
Jojoba oil is produced from the seeds of the jojoba plant (Simmondsia chinensis), a woody perennial shrub native to the southwestern region of North America. The seeds, which look like large coffee beans, are packed with oil – it is possible to get 5 grams of oil from 10 grams of seed – so it is an incredibly abundant and efficient crop.
Jojoba oil is rich in a variety of ingredients that are great for the skin. It has a high content of fatty acids, including erucic, gadoleic, oleic, and palmitic acids. It also has vitamins E and B-complex, which are particularly helpful in repairing the skin, as well as vitamin A, copper, silicon, zinc, and chromium. Simply put, what all of this means is that jojoba oil provides well-rounded healing and protective care for the skin.
Since these ingredients lead to impressive skin moisturization (more on that below), jojoba oil is also beneficial for those looking to fight the signs of aging. In particular, it has been studied and found to improve collagen synthesis, making it great for anti-aging, as well as healing wounds. On top of that, since we produce less sebum as we age, jojoba oil is excellent for adding natural moisture back to the skin.
Jojoba oil is an emollient. This means that, when applied to the skin, it gets between the skin cells and forms a “seal”. This layer helps to create a protective barrier and keep the water in the skin. Unlike other water-based moisturizers, it won’t evaporate. Once applied to the skin, jojoba oil can provide long-lasting hydration to the skin. This effective moisturization is why many choose to use jojoba oil for dry skin. Since it also has anti-inflammatory properties, it is also great for treating symptoms caused by dry skin, such as redness and irritation.
That being said, jojoba oil is just as beneficial for men with oilier skin. An interesting benefit is that it balances oil production. As mentioned above, jojoba oil has an incredibly similar chemical makeup to our skin’s natural sebum. Sebum provides natural protection to the skin. When the surface of the skin doesn’t have sebum, it will naturally respond by producing more. By applying jojoba oil topically, it essentially communicates to the skin that there is enough “sebum” present, and that it can limit the production of excess oil. This is good for both dry and oily skin types (and everything in between), as it means it regulates oil production for ideal skin moisturization. Since it has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, it is also suitable for men with acne-prone skin.
Jojoba oil softens, smooths, and protects for optimal skin wellness – it’s an obvious decision to incorporate a jojoba oil face wash and moisturizer as part of your skincare routine. You can find this powerful ingredient in both the Honesty Face Wash and the Integrity Face Moisturizer. These two products are all you need for an effective and easy men’s skin care routine. Introduce them to your daily routine, and you’ll be well on your way to peak facial skin health.