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Cooling and calming, the Jojoba Company Redness Reducing Balm is designed to soothe inflamed skin and reduce redness. Its light texture instantly moisturizes skin and absorbs quickly. The company claims Jojoba Company Redness Reducing Balm is ideal after waxing, cosmetic or laser surgery, as it is infused with hydrating jojoba, soothing antioxidant green tea, and restorative seabuckthorn oil. It may also be a great natural moisturizer for those with sensitive skin or rosacea. For more, read on!
Jojoba Oil is an Ideal Hydrator Because it Closely Mimics Skin’s Natural Oils
Because jojoba is so similar to our skin’s natural oil, it is thought that jojoba oil can “trick” the skin into thinking it’s producing enough oil, which helps balance oil production [Source: Acne.org].
“Jojoba oil is rich in natural fats that mimic those in the outer layer of the skin,” explains Joshua Zeichner, M.D., director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mount Sinai Medical Center in New York City. “This means it can help the skin retain moisture and heal itself.” (source)
Scientific research confirms this. One study shows that use of jojoba oil shows modest swelling, indicative of moisture retention, in the stratum corneum (uppermost layer of skin) after use (Journal of Dermatological Science, 2008). Jojoba oil can also help to increase the penetration of other ingredients into the skin, something that may be useful for anti-acne treatments, such as benzoyl peroxide, salicylic acid, or retinoids (Journal of the American Oil Chemists’ Society, 1984).
In a product like Jojoba Company Redness Reducing Balm, jojoba oil provides a lightweight and hydrating base that absorbs into the skin well.
Green Tea is Anti-Inflammatory and Fights Oxidative Stress
Green tea contains the polyphenol epigallocatechin-3-gallate (EGCG), which has been shown to have remarkable preventive effects against photocarcinogenesis and phototoxicity, at least on early studies on mouse skin. While EGCG comprises only 50% of “green tea extract” found in skin care and cosmeceuticals (Mukhtar), there is still enough EGCG to demonstrate anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties in most skin care and cosmeceuticals.
In a 2001 study in the journal Carcinogenesis, topical application of EGCG to human skin resulted in decreased oxidative stress and an increase in antioxidant enzymes after UV irradiation. Specifically, the enzyme catalase and the antioxidant glutathione increased in activity following the application of EGCG. A further 2003 study inMolecular Epidemiology and Cancer Prevention found that the polyphenols in green tea prevent UVB-induced oxidation of lipids and proteins and prevent against the depletion in antioxidant enzymes experienced after UVB exposure in mouse skin. In short, green tea may help to fight UV-induced damage within the skin.
Seabuckthorn Oil is Rich in Nutrients and Antioxidants, Soothes Skin
Sea Buckthorn is one of the arctic fruits that has, as of late, been popping up in all sorts of skin care formulations. But it’s been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many years. The tart fruit is packed full of skin-friendly things, including Vitamins C and E, phenols, carotenoids, and phospholipids (Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine).
Studies have shown that sea buckthorn is beneficial to skin both when taken orally and when applied topically. An industry-sponsored study done by laboratory and supplement purveyor Aromtech found that participants — women with an average age of 61 — saw an increase in skin hydration and elasticity, with a decrease in roughness (Aromtech). Other studies have demonstrated this and seen that sea buckthorn taken orally increases the fatty acid-content of the skin (Journal of Biological Science).
Topically applied, it’s been promising too. It’s known to as a wound- and burn-healing agent (Journal of Biological Science). Studies on burn patients of topically applied sea buckthorn oil have found that it acts to promote blood flow, decrease inflammation, and increase immunity, among other things. No irritation was reported during any of these studies. In Jojoba Company Redness Reducing Balm, it’s a benefit because it may help to reduce signs of inflammation, such as redness, dryness, irritation, and swelling.
Personal Use and Opinions
Many “redness” products have a characteristic green color to neutralize the redness, but lack ingredients with any scientific backing to take down inflammation. Jojoba Company Redness Reducing Balm has green tea, jojoba, sea buckthorn oil, chamomile, cucumber, and a host of other ingredients that can take down inflammation on moderately inflamed, red, dry, irritated, or swollen skin.
I appreciate Jojoba Company Redness Reducing Balm as a great moisturizer for those with sensitive skin, rosacea, or for use when skin is slightly irritated (but not open or broken) after waxing or laser treatments.
Aqua (water), Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Oil*, Portulaca Oleracea (Purslane) Extract, Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Cucumis Sativus (Cucumber) Oil, Camellia Sinensis (Green Tea) Leaf Powder, Aloe Barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Leaf Juice, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Oil, Stearic Acid, Chamomilla Recutita (German Chamomile) Flower Extract, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Punica Granatum (Pomegranate) Seed Oil, Ceteareth-20, Chamomilla Recutita (German Chamomile) Flower Oil, Mentha Piperita (Peppermint) Oil, Carbomer, Sodium Hydroxide, Ethylhexylglycerin, Phenoxyethanol**, Alcohol, Potassium Sorbate**, Xanthan Gum, Citric Acid^, D-limonene^.
^ From natural essential oils.
* 100% Natural Australian Jojoba.