Often seen as a miracle worker, argan oil has many benefits. We have all heard about it as an ingredient in beauty products having benefits for both skin and hair. In this post we are going to explore its benefits, understand where it comes from and most importantly learn how you can harness argan oil for your skin.
What is Argan Oil?
Argan oil is extracted from the fruit of the Moroccan argan tree. You can find argan oil in two forms:
- Edible food grade oil
- Cosmetic argan oil
Benefits of Argan Oil:
Argan oil is an effective moisturizer. Not all skin is created equal. Each person’s skin has a unique weight, formulation and absorption rate. This makes some oils better for some skin types and not good for others. For example coconut oil is a rich moisturizer appropriate for dry skin, but is likely to clog the pores of acne prone skin. What makes argan oil good for dry skin is it’s not too heavy or light. This makes it appropriate for all skin types.
Argan oil is often used as an effective hair conditioner. It leaves hair soft and shiny and can help calm a bad hair day. Its many nutrients such as vitamin E soften brittle ends preventing them from splitting while strengthening the individual strands. Vitamin E contains antioxidants which boost cells and help promote healthy hair growth. Argan oil is super hydrating and can soothe a dry scalp making it an effective dandruff treatment.
Argan oil reduces wrinkles and gives your skin a youthful appearance. While dry skin is susceptible to cracking and peeling, argan oil moisturizes skin, keeping it looking young and healthy. Also research demonstrates that argan oil taken orally may help slow the signs of aging skin. This is achieved by reducing oxidative stress and inflammation. It also reduces visual signs of aging by repairing and maintaining skin. It also increases skin elasticity leaving your skin feeling soft and healthy.
Argan oil is a great styling agent leaving your hair soft, strong and glossy. It is also able to tame the angriest frizz. Say goodbye to those bad hair days. Argan oil enriches your hair with essential nutrients and repairs damage. Use it before straightening your hair and the vitamin E in the oil will protect your hair against heat damage. When styling your hair, rub a few drops into the palms of your hands. Apply the oil to your dry hair and make sure the oil is evenly distributed. Don’t apply too much oil. A little will be easily absorbed by your hair. This will add gloss to your hair and make it manageable.
Contains Essential Nutrients
For your body to keep functioning, you need certain nutrients. Of these nutrients, the ones that your body can’t produce on its own are called essential nutrients. We normally get these nutrients such as vitamins and minerals through food. The great news is argan oil is really high in may of these essential nutrients. Between 29% – 36% of the fatty acid content in argan oil comes fromomega-6 which is an essential nutrient. Argan oil is also high in a healthy fat called oleic acid. The majority of the skin care benefits come from its high vitamin E content. Vitamin E, while having antioxidant properties is also necessary for healthy skin and hair.
Although it seems strange to add oil to your acne prone skin, this oil can work miracles. Argan oil does not clog your pores. Instead it regulates sebum production. Sebum is an oily substance produced by glands in your skin. When your skin produces too much sebum, your pores can become clogged. Also argan oil includes vitamin E which contains antioxidants. These antioxidants help remove damaged cells while promoting new cell growth. The result is faded acne scars.
Injuries and infections often lead to inflammation, leaving your skin red, swollen and hot. There is evidence that argan oil can reduce this inflammation when applied directly to your skin. There have been studies conducted on rats that indicate argan oil can also accelerate healing in wounds. The evidence to this is however limited and more research is needed in this area.
Protects From Sun Damage
A study was conducted indicating that argan oil protects the skin from free radical damage from the sun. Free radicals are destructive atoms that are produced when our skin is exposed to the sun’s UV rays. Antioxidants, found in argan oil’s high vitamin E content, are molecules that can interact with free radicals neutralising their destructive effects.
Argan Oil For Even Skin Tone
Hyperpigmentation is a condition where the skin loses its even tone. This usually results from hormonal changes or skin damage. Argan oil can be used for mild skin lightening and can be used to reduce dark spots and other forms of hyperpigmentation. This can be done by first washing your skin and drying it slightly, leaving it slightly damp. Place a few drops of argan oil into the palm of your hand and massage the oil into the darkened patch. This should be done once or twice a day. You should begin to see results within 6-8 days. Since argan oil is a mild skin lightener, you can use it on consecutive days.
There are many skin and beauty benefits to argan oil. The wonderful thing is it is so easy to add to your routine. There are numerous skin and hair care products such as oils and lotions that include argan oil. You can also apply pure argan oil to your skin and hair. Just make sure to use a small amount when using the oil for the first time to avoid any allergic reaction.