Jojoba Oil During Pregnancy
Pregnancy means change in a lot of ways, including your skin tone and elasticity. The dreaded stretch marks aren’t inevitable, though.
Keep the elasticity and moisture in your skin by using jojoba oil during pregnancy. Not only does jojoba oil offer great skin benefits, but a soothing massage pampers and relaxes a new mommy-to-be.
Jojoba (pronounced “ho-ho-buh”) plants grow in the deserts and dry areas of Arizona, California and Mexico. For centuries, Native Americans used the whole plant for myriad holistic treatments, including healing wounds and burns. In the early 1970s, scientists discovered that oil pressed from the jojoba seeds was moisturizing and protective.
Now, jojoba oil is a popular natural body oil for consumers across the globe. The name may be a little misleading, as jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax ester. Its chemical properties closely mimic those of human sebum, making it an effective moisturizer for nearly everyone.
To Reduce Stretch Marks
Due to jojoba oil’s chemical structure and its similarity to oils the human body makes, it’s a very effective moisturizer. Used regularly, you can possibly avoid stretch marks on the stomach and other slightly expanding areas.
Apply jojoba oil just after getting out of the shower for the best moisturizing results, or have daddy pamper you with a relaxing tummy massage. To take a jojoba oil massage to a more luxurious level, add a few teaspoons of kuikui nut oil to 1/4 cup of jojoba oil, mix well, and massage slowly into your skin.
For the Face During Pregnancy
If you’re prone to breaking out during pregnancy, jojoba oil is one moisturizer that may potentially help. Scientists believe that jojoba oil helps trick the body into thinking it’s produced enough of its own oil, so the body’s oil production will decrease.
Therefore, as you moisturize with jojoba oil, your body slows down its own oil secretions, which helps keep your face clear of pimples.
For Hair Care During Pregnancy
The condition of your hair during pregnancy can also be a little unpredictable. If your hair is dry, try heating the jojoba oil until it’s warm and using it as a hot oil treatment in your hair before you shower.
If your hair tends toward the greasy side during pregnancy, skip the conditioner after shampooing, and massage a pea-sized drop of jojoba oil into your damp hair.
While it appears that jojoba oil is safe to use during pregnancy, no scientific studies have been done as of June 2019 to prove such. Use discretion when applying jojoba oil to your skin during pregnancy, and always test out the oil on a small patch of skin first to make sure you’re not allergic to the oil
If you’re hesitant to use jojoba, there are many equally effective alternatives. Substitute cocoa butter, shea butter or olive oil as moisturizers instead of jojoba oil.