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Moroccan Argan oil is all the buzz these days, and for good reason, it has amazing skin and hair benefits. So what is Moroccan Argan oil?
The Argan tree is endemic to Morroco, where they use it in culinary dishes, as well as a skin and hair oil. The oil is extracted from the fruit of the argan tree. Inside the fruit is a nut, inside that nut lay 3 argan-oil rich kernels. Retrieving the kernels is carried out by hand and is a very labor-intensive process.
With the increase in usage of Argan oil in many cosmetic products, the argan tree is now being seen as a valuable resource. The labor-intensive work that goes into it’s production is mostly carried out by women’s co-operative groups, and has provided a steady income for many women and their families.
Argan oil one of the rarest and most expensive oils in the world.
What Makes it Great for Skin Care?
- It has extremely high levels of vitamin E. This is going to assist your skin in fighting free radicals that cause aging.
- It is more resistant to oxidation then olive oil. It will last you a long time before going rancid (2 years).
- It contains Saponins. These are skin softening agents.
- It cools and soothes inflammation.
- Argan oil contains rare plant sterols. These generally reduce inflammation and can have anti-cancer properties.
- Has amazing skin protection benefits. Tissue healing (scars), sun-protective, anti-inflammatory, and disinfectant properties.
- Contains Sterolins that reduce inflammation, improve skin metabolism, and promote exceptional moisture retention.
- Argan oil contains oleic and linoleic acid (omega-9 fatty acids) in a balanced ratio. Oleic acid gives the oil richness, it penetrates and moisturizes the skin, balances sebum production and is anti-inflammatory. Linoleic acid is light and fast absorbing, helps with cell regeneration and heals the skin barrier.
How Can I Use It?
- As a face moisturizer – Use after cleansing. It will absorb quickly and won’t be greasy.
- Add it to your toner – to give it a hydrating kick.
- Put it in your skin mask – add a few drops to give your mask a whole new feel.
- Use it in your hair – when your hair feels dry, rub some argan oil onto your hands and run them through your hair. Just use a little, it goes a long way. Or use it after a shower as a leave-in-conditioner when your hair is still wet.
- Hair treatment – Rub a generous amount through your hair, ends and scalp. Wrap up in a towel and leave on overnight. In the morning, wash your hair and you will have luscious locks.
- Cuticle softener – let the moisturizing and nourishing properties sooth your brittle nails, it also encourages nail growth.
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Have you used Argan oil?
Yours In Beauty,