Of all the products I recommend regularly, I like body scrubs Face scrubs give people the most break these days. I think the first reason is that many people don’t understand how beneficial facial scrubs can be, especially if they are already using exfoliating acids. But after more than 30 years as an esthetician, I firmly believe in the benefits of a facial scrub, especially when used in conjunction with exfoliating acids. You see, while exfoliating acids loosen dead cells still clinging to the skin’s surface, a gentle exfoliation actually completes the process To lift removes these loosened cells. This results in instantly brighter, smoother-looking skin (instant gratification, anyone?).
The second reason many people hesitate about using facial scrubs is that they have a reputation for being harsh or even harmful. Exfoliants all work the same way – a type of granule is massaged over the skin to mechanically slough off dead cells. And it’s these very granules that have caused so much controversy over the years (hello, walnut shells). Whether it was growing awareness of how particles with jagged edges cause microcracks in our skin or the realization that plastic microbeads are wreaking havoc on the environment, exfoliants have not had the best rap lately.
Come in, jojoba beads. In this post, I’ll give you all the details you need to know why these pearls are such a great ingredient in scrubs. You’ll learn what they are, how they’re made, and how they instantly give you smoother, more radiant skin without causing damage.
What are jojoba beads?
Before answering this question, it’s important to note this jojoba oil (a popular skincare ingredient loved for its ability to soften and moisturize skin) is actually not an oil at all – it’s a wax. Jojoba “oil” is made up of esters, which technically makes it a liquid wax. Oils, on the other hand, are made up of triglycerides and fatty acids. Jojoba pearls are simply a hardened form of the same wax used to make jojoba oil.
The benefits of jojoba beads in facial scrubs
1. They are adaptable – and predictable
The biggest benefit of formulating with jojoba pearls is that you can control the manufacturing process from start to finish and customize it to suit your needs. Because you’re essentially creating the particles from scratch, you’ll have a head start compared to other types of granules. You can control the size, shape, and strength of the particles, and shape them with the parameters of your choice. When creating Triple Berry Smoothing Scrubfor example, I opted for very firm pearls to achieve a nice physical exfoliation.
Other granules—whether from seeds, hulls, oats, sugar, rice, or anything in between—must be broken down from something already there. This makes their shape unpredictable and difficult to control, often resulting in shards rather than pearls.
2. They never scratch or damage your skin
Thanks to our ability to shape the granules, jojoba beads are rounded throughout with no sharp edges. A big reason facial scrubs fell by the wayside was that some of them contained jagged particles. People realized that this can cause microcracks in the skin, with repeated use causing irritation and barrier damage. In fact, with one “damaged” moisture barrier actually means creating tiny, invisible cracks that allow moisture to escape and irritants to enter. As you can imagine, using something that scratches your skin will only make things worse!
Check out these microscopic images of jojoba beads versus other exfoliating beads. While the jojoba beads are perfectly round, the others have sharp, jagged edges. You can never tell with the naked eye!
3. Jojoba beads are biodegradable
Finally, jojoba beads are completely biodegradable. Until recently, many popular face and body scrubs used plastic microbeads made from polyethylene. These beads were official Banned in 2015 after they were discovered to be invading lakes and oceans, disrupting wildlife and possibly contaminating water supplies.
After the ban on plastic microbeads, many companies turned to natural granules such as shells, seeds or sugar. But as shown above, these can be harmful to the skin. Jojoba beads really are the best of both worlds in that sense. They offer the smooth texture that made plastic microbeads the perfect scrubs, without the environmental impact.
How to use products with jojoba beads
Like most body scrubs, products made with jojoba beads are fairly easy to use. Jojoba beads can be found in specialty facial scrubs or in other products such as cleaning supplies, for an added benefit. Simply apply the product to slightly damp skin and massage gently in circular motions, focusing on pigment spots or nooks and crannies where flaky skin collects.
While jojoba pearls are gentle on skin thanks to their shape, they may not attack dead skin cells as quickly as other, more jagged granules. For this reason, I recommend spending a full minute massaging your skin with jojoba beads while applying medium pressure.
Next learn how to successfully use both a face scrub and exfoliating acids in your routine.
Famous beautician and skincare expert
An esthetician trained in cosmetic chemistry, Renée Rouleau has spent 30 years researching skin, educating her audience and building an award-winning line of products. Her hands-on experience as an esthetician and trusted skincare expert has created a real solution – products formulated for nine different skin types to give your face exactly what it needs to look and feel good. Celebrities, editors, bloggers and skincare enthusiasts around the world trust her extensive real-world knowledge and ongoing research. Marie Claire calls her “the most passionate skin practitioner we know.”