Argan Oil, also known as the Oil of Morocco, has been quite famous when it comes to the benefits it provides in the beauty industry. It’s one of the rarest oils in the world taking into consideration the small and limited growing areas. Argan oil is made from the kernels growing on the argan trees in Morocco. Usually, the oil is sold pure, which can be applied directly topically, to the skin or can be ingested. The oil also comes in supplement capsule to be taken orally, and it’s also mixed in many shampoos, conditioners, as well as soaps. It has traditionally been used topically as well as orally in the attempt of improving skin, hair, and nail health. It contains vitamins and beneficial properties that help in improving skin health.
The Moroccan Tree, in which the fruit grows, is well adapted to the drought and the harsh conditions. The tree-climbing goats take a liking on the fruit, eating it and leaving the hard nut untouched. The nuts are, then, gathered by the locals who extract the Argan oil from the kernels through a cold pressing process.
Argan Oil Benefits
The oil, that has been dubbed as ‘liquid gold’ has a great number of benefits which we will be further elaborating below. Scroll to read.
1. Protects from sun damage
Research suggests that Moroccan women have been using Argan oil for a long time for sun protection. According to a 2013 study, the antioxidant activity in argan oil helps in protecting the skin against free radical damage caused by the sun, by this way preventing burns and hyperpigmentation. In the long term, it may even help in preventing the development of skin cancer, including melanoma. Argan oil supplements can be taken orally or the oil can be applied topically to the skin.
2. Skin moisturizer
People use Argan oil as a skin moisturizer that hydrates and softens the skin. Taking into consideration that the oil contains high vitamin E and acid content, it makes it an ideal product that gives the skin the care it deserves. It’s a natural moisturizer that absorbs easily, it’s not greasy, and is non-irritating. What you need to do is simply put a few drops into the skin and rub with gentle motions.
3. Hair conditioner & hair care product
This oil can help in treating split ends and taming frizzy hair. People use it in the attempts to make their hair softer, silkier, and shiny. According to Argan Oil World, it’s also used as a styling agent, meaning you can add argan oil as a styling product after blow-drying your hair. What you need to do is rub some drops of the oil in your palms and afterward, simply comb your fingers through your hair for a thorough application.
4. Treats several skin conditions
According to Healthline, Argan oil has a great number of healing properties, such as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. The properties help in reducing symptoms to different inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea.
5. Helps in treating acne
Argan oil soothes afflicted skin and helps in healing. Since acne is usually the result of oily skin, argan oil and its non-greasy properties help in balancing the skin and providing natural moisture. This oil also has anti-oxidants that help in reducing inflammation and healing damaged skin cells. What you need to do is apply some drops of the oil to the skin where you have acne, but after having cleansed the skin and patted it dry. Rub gently and repeat the process twice daily to treat mild acne.
6. Prevents and helps in removing stretch marks
Stretch marks appear when the skin is not elastic enough to adapt to the sudden change, such as during adolescence, or pregnancy. Argan oil is also used in preventing or helping to remove stretch marks. Why? Well, it has high levels of skin-nourishing nutrients, it’s packed with vitamins E and A, and different essential fatty acids. Argan oil is non-greasy, absorbs quickly, and according to clinical studies it also promotes skin elasticity. It keeps the skin hydrated, and it lightens the appearance of stretch marks.
What you need to do is wash the skin with soap and warm water, put a few drops of Argan oil on your fingertip and then massage over the stretch marks twice a day, meaning morning and evening. Reportedly, you will see your stretch marks lightening after 6 to 8 days, and after a few weeks, you stretch marks will be less evident. 100% pure Argan oil is safe for everyday usage.
Among the many beneficial properties Argan oil has, it also contains anti-aging and antioxidant properties. It is considered the best anti-aging product in creams because its high linoleic acid content increases the elasticity of the skin and tightens the pores. Due to the fact that it’s rich in vitamin E, it can diminish scarring, redness, or even inflammation.
8. Reduces skin oiliness
For those who have naturally oily skin, Argan oil is able to reduce sebum and this way reduce the oiliness of the skin. According to Healthline, a study found that applying creams that contain Argan oil twice a day, every day, reduces sebum activity and oiliness within a matter of four weeks.
9. Treatment for hands & feet
The softening properties contained in Argan oil manage to be of help when it comes to brittle nails, dry hands, and cracked skin on feet. By moisturizing and softening the skin, the hands and feet will begin feeling softer. Meanwhile, when it comes to nails, it tends to make them stronger and healthier. You could massage argan oil into your cuticles, hands, or feet every night before bed.
10. You can include culinary Argan oil in your meals for health benefits
According to SBS, the difference between cosmetic and culinary Argan oil is that the cosmetic version uses unroasted kernels meanwhile the culinary oil uses roasted kernels. It shouldn’t be used at heat for frying, however, it can be included in dishes while served at room temperature. According to research, Argan oil can facilitate weight loss, meaning it helps the body have a better digestion and lower cholesterol levels. It’s known to improve brain functions and its components help in balancing blood sugar levels. Many recipes today include Argan oil as an ingredient.
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