Jojoba oil is one of nature’s most precious gifts. Used in many skincare treatments jojoba is an oil like no other. This stunning liquid wax ester does not get absorbed into the body or processed like normal oils. This is what Megan Larsen (one of the world’s most sought after natural skincare creators and manufacturer’s) says:
‘Jojoba oil is about 97% unsaturated waxy (not fatty) esters. These waxy esters are very similar in composition to a number of the compounds found in our natural skin sebum (which contains about 22% of waxy esters). Therefore it can closely mimic our own natural skin oil. Also the molecular structure of jojoba oil is too large to permeate in to the blood stream, but the plant essence/essential oil synergy blends will permeate through to the skin cells to help to keep the skin looking alive, hydrated and plumped, hence limiting any skin deterioration or unnecessary aging.
Jojoba oil is unique because the oil is not composed of fat but of liquid wax. In scientific terms, waxes are esters of long chain fatty acids with long chain monohydroxyl alcohols, whereas fats are esters of long chain fatty acids with glycerine. Being composed of mostly wax esters means there is little likelihood of the oil’s deteriorating. Jojoba is ideal for use in cosmetics because of its molecular stability and its natural moisturising and healing properties. Jojoba’s resistance to oxidation means that it does not require additional chemical preservatives. It is suitable for ALL skin types, whether dry, oily or sensitive. Out of all of the compounds in nature, this wax ester is the most similar to human skin oil (sebum). It is theorized that applying jojoba to the skin can ‘trick’ the skin into thinking it is producing enough oil, thus balancing oil production. Jojoba is also classified as non-comedogenic – it does not clog skin pores. It is the most ideal natural chemical free product with huge benefits to the skin and body especially whilst undergoing a weightloss programme or something like the HCG Diet.’
Because Jojoba sits in the skin and acts the same as the skins natural sebum, it can stabilise and protect the skin from moisture loss and environmental stress. It is the perfect 100% natural chemical free skincare medium to help deliver powerful plant essences to the skin and boost your transformation to one of optimum health.
We all know when we go on a weight loss or cleansing programme we need to watch everything that goes into our mouth. We need to be careful of processed foods, we need to be aware of the type of carbohydrates, proteins and fats that we eat. There is a lot of question now as to how much the products we put on the body also interfere with or alters the body’s ability to cleanses and lose weight. We are passionate about skin health and providing the best natural chemical-free nutrition for the skin. If you are going to go to the trouble of committing to a weightloss programme or a detox and cleanse then it makes sense to use products in the same way – from nature – for the skin. Jojoba is one of nature’s magic ingredients and research now shows us and proves how effective it is as a skin protectant. In our work with leading scientist and skincare specialist Dr Greg Clark (PhD in Plant Biology and Bio-Chemistry) we discovered exactly how amazing this plant oil is. This is how Dr Greg describes it:
‘Perhaps the easiest way to describe what Jojoba oil is, is to highlight what it is not.
Although composed of lipids Jojoba oil is not composed of triglyceride fats or oils, the most abundant lipids in nature, but rather is composed almost entirely of high molecular weight, long chained, unsaturated liquid wax esters.
Unlike triglyceride fats and oils primarily stored in plant and animal fat cells as readily hydrolyzed and oxidizied energy stores, the liquid wax esters of Jojoba seeds are not easily oxidised and can remain chemically stable for years. In general the high degree of stability of wax esters appears to underpin their role in nature being primarily involved in moisture control and photo-protection in both animal skin and plant surfaces.
An example in human skin is the wax ester composition of sebum which functionally serves an important role in maintaining skin hydration levels. Used on the skin the wax esters of Jojoba seeds are readily miscible with sebum to impart a non-oclusive dry emolliency that reduces transdermal water loss without blocking trans-epidermal respiration. Being unsaturated, the long chained wax esters of Jojoba seeds are able to penetrate deep into the surface of the skin but due to their high average molecular weight do not permeate through the stratum corneum and are unable to enter the capillary network of the cutaneous blood system. Thus the wax esters of jojoba are not absorbed into the body or circulated through the blood stream but remain in the skin to support the function of sebum to maintain moisture, suppleness and enhance the flexibility of the skin.
The role of the wax esters is in the protection of plant surfaces and animal skin, as opposed to the role of the usual triglyceride based seed oils used as storage fats and oils. The products Kim and Fleur have created – the Ester Plus (+) Face Serum and Ester Plus (+) Body Serum and the Toner Concentrate are perfect for helping to support the role of the skin’s natural esters – or sebum – in the skin whilst on a weight-loss or cleansing diet. In other words these products will not only nourish the skin without penetrating into the blood stream, but they will also protect it from moisture loss.’
We are incredibly excited at what Jojoba offers our health. It also highlights the fact we do not need chemicals or fancy products that make all sorts of claims. Nature provides an abundance of exquisite, natural, high quality ingredients that our skin literally drinks in. It pays to trust Mother Nature and products that have been used for centuries.