What is jojoba oil?

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Jojoba oil is the oil that can be extracted from the seed of the jojoba plant or shrub.  This plant can be found in the south-western parts of the US and northern parts of Mexico.  When extracted from the seed, jojoba oil appears clear and golden yellow in color.  This particular oil is sought after because of its supposed health benefits.  Upon extraction, the oil is typically subjected to various refinements for production into the world market.  Once refined, jojoba oil becomes clear and colorless.

The cosmetics industry is the main user or producer of jojoba oil.  Various products are marketed for its cosmetic and health benefits.  Products range from topical creams and lotions, to skin moisturizing gels, and shampoos.  For skin products, jojoba oil is said to be effective against a variety of conditions.  One such condition is acne.  With this skin condition, jojoba oil in refined or pure form may be directly applied to the skin.  The basic action of jojoba oil is that it helps to moisturize the skin and cleanse it by unclogging the hair follicles.  With this kind of action, dirt will be removed and pimple formation may be prevented.  Its emollient feature also makes jojoba oil a good moisturizer for the skin.  People with sunburn or flaky skin may also benefit from the moisturizing effects of jojoba oil via direct application.  The best thing about jojoba oil is that it a natural ingredient and therefore is not toxic to the skin.

Jojoba oil is also a common active ingredient in many hair products including shampoos and conditioners.  The oil is considered a great moisturizer to hair making it softer and easier to manage. There are also household products that take advantage of jojoba oil’s fungicidal effects.  Some disinfectant and fragrance sprays for houses also contain jojoba oil and this is especially true for products that are marketed to get rid or control mildew.

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