Natural oils can change the course of your skin and haircare routine. Not only can they be substituted for even your most coveted products, but their price tag allows your wallet to breathe a sigh of relief. Both jojoba oil and almond oil can work wonders to heal and soften, but it's important to learn the differences to nab the one most suitable for your needs and beauty regime.
Jojoba Oil Benefits
Jojoba oil is a lightweight yet deeply nourishing oil and is rich in Vitamin E. This particular oil is ideal for those with oily skin or fine hair, who need a moisturizer that absorbs quickly without leaving behind a greasy residue. While hydrating, it also works to draw impurities from the skin without stripping it. Jojoba oil can be stored indefinitely without going bad.
Almond Oil Benefits
Almond oil is full of antioxidants and proteins to repair skin and hair, while fighting the signs of aging. Those with eczema and dandruff also benefit from adding almond oil to their routine. It also serves as the ideal base for homemade scrubs and facial masks due to its thick texture. While fast absorbing and suitable for most skin and hair types, only one or two drops are needed to achieve full coverage.
Similarities and Differences
Jojoba oil is effective for quick treatments, while almond oil is a reparative solution. They can both be used daily and absorb quickly. Jojoba oil treats and soothes the skin, but requires regular application to maintain results. Almond oil saturates deeper to reverse damage; it contains a higher content of monounsaturated fatty acids than any other oil, making it intensely moisturizing. Treat ailments, like chapped lips, eczema and heat-damaged hair with almond oil. Those looking to maintain a healthy complexion and hair should reach for jojoba oil instead.
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Adding Oils to Your Routine
Pat jojoba oil into your skin post-shower to lock in moisture for the day, and smooth a small amount over the ends your hair to tame frizz. Massage a quarter-size amount over your face, using upward circular motions to cleanse acne-prone skin and improve circulation. Switch out some of your specialty treatments for almond oil. Use your ring finger to pat a drop under each eye before bed to reduce the look of dark circles. Massage it into fine lines for a more plump appearance, and use it in place of a lip balm to renew chapped lips. Combine a teaspoon of almond oil and a teaspoon of sugar to create an exfoliating scrub that softens skin. Work it into dry skin to soothe flaking and eczema in place of a lotion.
Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.