The $8 Product That Saved My Skin

For as long as I can remember I’ve struggled with my skin, and as a result I’ve tried just about every skincare regimen under the sun. And while my skin has become easier to manage as I inch toward my 30s, for awhile I was still having trouble with the texture of my skin and clogged pores.

Then, I began to include jojoba oil as part of my nightly routine, and my skin immediately felt better. While I was using those Biore pore strips on my nose two or three times a week, I now only need to use them once every other week, if that. After all the thousands of dollars I’ve spent on skincare over the years, it’s incredible that this single $8 product has made such a huge difference in my complexion.

Though I have combination skin, this oil is used by people with all skin types. It combats dry, flaky skin as well as over-productive pores. Want to try it for yourself?

Wash with a mild cleanser. After trying a huge range of cleansers, I’ve found Cetaphil to be the gentlest. Use warm, not hot water.

Turn on the television. The jojoba works best if you massage it into your skin for at least 10 minutes, so find a comfortable place to sit where you won’t feel inclined to do anything else. While this might, at first, be difficult it’s actually a great way to begin unwinding before bed.

Put three to four drops of jojoba oil on your fingers and massage into your skin. I begin with my T-zone, then work outward. You may feel little hard bits beading up under your fingers — that’s oil and dead skin coming up! Add more oil as needed.

After 10 to 20 minutes, rinse off the oil with cool water. Then use a damp washcloth to make sure all the oil is removed, moving the washcloth in small circular motions over your skin. Be gentle.

Use your nighttime moisturizer.

Voila! Your skin will feel instantly softer and smoother.

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  1. I’m really glad you were able to find something for your skin – and at a great price too. I’m not sure what kind of skin problem you may have/had, but I struggle with dry cracked skin, especially in the winter and oh man, it’s painful! I find the best thing that works for me is construction workers cream – it’s kind of a thick consistency that works wonders!

    • Ooh, I’ve never heard of construction worker’s cream — I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for it. My skin gets dry in the wintertime too, but my problem has always been acne. I seem to have it under control now, though. Because of the jojoba I’ve been able to stop taking the medications I was using before. Yay!

  2. I would love to try this. I’ve actually been looking for a new skin product. Can you find it at any drugstore? Thanks for sharing!

  3. I’ve never used jojoba oil before… how interesting that it has exfoliant-type properties too. I am a big Cetaphil fan as well.! My biggest challenge with skin care is finding products that don’t irritate my sensitive skin which reacts to both low and high end products… Have a great day, Joy! šŸ™‚

  4. Wow, what a great tip, and you can’t beat the price! I’ve never used jojoba oil before, but your review is making me think otherwise. I actually just started using Moroccan oil in my hair and love it. It seems, oil has many benefits.

    • Oh, I use Moroccan oil too! I love it so much that I insist on packing it when I travel, but then I’m devastated when it leaks. Isn’t it wonderful, though? Shiny locks!

  5. I would be So Nervous to put any type of oil on my skin! I absolutely believe you, but it seems to counter-intuitive.
    Did you notice how the plant on the bottle looks very similar to the flower on your welcome image?

    • Katie, I totally felt the same way at first. But it’s like fighting fire with fire — and my pores, especially on my nose, have never been so clear. Also, good catch on the blossom; no wonder I like this stuff so much!

  6. I’m going to have to give this a try!

    • Let me know how it goes! Definitely use the towel to remove all the excess afterward — that’s the second most important step. The first is taking your time with rubbing it in.

  7. Simply put, I want to try this! Love little tried and true tips like this!

  8. Joy you made my day!! I have been struggling with black heads and I stopped using the pore strips because they contain parabans in them. I will be going and buying this tomorrow!!!

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