I’m gonna let you in on a lil’ secret… I really hate having a long, drawn out beauty routine. Don’t get me wrong, I really love the chance to get all done up, wear pretty makeup, style my hair so I don’t look like a tumbleweed… But on a day-to-day basis, I want it to be e-a-s-y. So I’ve definitely let this whole simple living thing take over my beauty routine. Today I want to share my favorite product: jojoba oil. Not only does it have 3 great everyday uses that save me tons of time, but it saves me a lot of money too!
Jojoba is a funny word that I’m not quite sure I pronounce properly and it does so many amazing things. Although we call it an oil, it’s really a liquid wax and it very closely matches the consistency of the sebum found in our skin. Which makes it great for all sorts of uses.
1. I use jojoba oil as a facial moisturizer
Every morning and every night, I put a few drops of jojoba oil in my hands, rub them together and then apply it to my face. There’s no need to use a whole lot – for me, 2-3 drops is the perfect amount, and it sinks into my skin within a few minutes. No greasiness and no strange ingredients either. I’ve been doing this for about 4 years now and I love it. I also find that the little bit that gets on my eyelashes helps my mascara go on a little smoother.
2. It’s a great eye makeup remover
Speaking of mascara – jojoba oil makes it super easy to remove! My eyes are sensitive, so when it’s time to take off my makeup, I stay away from anything scratchy. I used to use a lotion type of eye makeup remover, but a few years ago swapped it out for jojoba oil and haven’t looked back since. It dissolves makeup just as well as any product I’ve ever tried and as a bonus, leaves your skin nice and moisturized too.
3. It’s a great for your legs too!
After I shave my legs (which doesn’t happen nearly often enough) they feel all dry and scratchy (as opposed to the stubbly and scratchy they were minutes before). Since I already have a bottle of jojoba oil in my bathroom, it takes me just a few seconds to squirt out a few drops and quickly rub it into my legs to moisturize and make them feel a bit more comfortable, especially in wintertime. Since it absorbs so quickly and doesn’t feel greasy, I don’t have to worry about waiting to put my clothes on, cause ain’t nobody got time for that!
Although I use jojoba oil for some handmade beauty products I whip up at home (more on those in a future post!), these are my favorite uses. If you’ve never bought it before, you might be a little shocked at the price for a bottle, like this one over here, which runs about $10 for a bottle. But it lasts forever! I’ve bought this brand for a few years, and a bottle this size will last me about 6 months, which is a bargain compared to what I used to spend for a facial moisturizer, body moisturizer and eye makeup remover – all of which I needed to re-purchase 4-5 times a year. If you’re using it for anything else, let me know! If I can simplify something else in my bathroom cabinet, I’m all over it!
Want to see jojoba oil from a more scientific point of view? Then you need to check out this article by Susan at Point of Interest.
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