Argan oil is an amber-colored, multi-purpose oil produced from the kernel, or fruit, of the argan tree. A precious oil, made exclusively in Morocco, argan oil is a staple in Moroccan cuisine, and is also used cosmetically. Check out these 5 ways to use Moroccan argan oil for skin and hair care.
What Is Argan Oil?
Argan oil is used by people around the world as a moisturizer for both skin and hair. It’s also used to treat bites, rashes, and skin infections. The reason it’s so beneficial for these conditions, is it’s nutritional profile. It’s packed with vitamins A and E, as well as antioxidants and fatty acids.
This therapeutic oil is popular in the anti-aging and skincare industry because it’s comedogenic, meaning it doesn’t clog pores, has superior absorption, and boosts cell production when applied topically. This is due to the trocopherols in vitamin E, which are touted for their effectiveness in hair care products. Instead of using pricey high-end beauty products, why not just use argan oil? Although, argan oil isn’t exactly cheap, a bottle will last a long time as a couple drops goes a long way.
5 Benefits Of Argan Oil
Argan oil is very versatile, and is used for a variety of purposes. It’s an excellent moisturizer, exfoliant, and toner. It’s also an effective remedy against acne because it’s been shown to decrease sebum levels in people with oily skin. Sebum is secreted from the sebaceous glands in the skin, and protect the hair and skin from drying out. And excess of this oily substance, however, can contribute to acne and breakouts. Below are the ways I use argan oil on my skin:
I make my own exofliant at home using sea salt, sugar, and brown sugar or sucanat. Using equal amounts of white and brown sugar, with a little sea salt, I combine them all into a small jar and shake. It takes me all of two minutes to make my scrub, and I love it! Three times a week, I put a tablespoon or so of this mixture into my hands, add a drop or two of argan oil, and gently scrub my face. This gets rid of dead skin cells, and assures my makeup glides on effortlessly.
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This step is simple. All you have to do to take your toner up a notch is to add two or three drops of argan oil to your daily toner. It’s easy to make your own at home, and you won’t have to worry about putting irritating chemicals on your face, plus you’ll save money.
In a spray bottle, add equal amounts of apple cider vinegar and witch hazel. Now add two drops of argan oil to the mix. If you have acne, add a couple drops of tea tree oil as well. Don’t add too much, though, as it may burn. Use morning and night after you wash your face, and before moisturizing.
Argan oil is amazing as a moisturizer because it doesn’t leave an oily residue on the skin. It also absorbs quickly and won’t clog pores. Pay attention to your eye area when applying argan oil to your face. The vitamins within the oil will help to decrease fine lines and wrinkles. One or two drops is enough to cover your entire face. Place the drops into the palms of your hands, and evenly distribute onto your face.
4. Acne And Breakouts
Argan oil is one oil you’ll definitely want to use if you struggle with pimples, breakouts, and acne as it reduces sebum levels, a culprit behind acne. And don’t think that acne is just for teenagers. Many people struggle with it in their 20s and 30s, and women can experience hormonally-induced breakouts well into their 40s. Rich in linoleic acid, argan oil is anti-inflammatory, soothes damaged cells, and reduces scarring.
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Argan oil isn’t just for skin care, it’s also amazing for your hair. This is how I use argan oil as a conditioner. After I wash my hair, I let it air dry for a few minutes. Then I squeeze a dollop of oil into the palms of my hands, applying it to my hair, while paying special attention to the ends.
You can also massage it into your scalp. I’ve even used it on dry hair before. My thirsty hair soaks it right up. You’ll find your hair is suddenly healthier and softer, with more shine. As you probably already know, heat can do a number on your hair, and so can extreme sun exposure. Blow drying, curling, and straightening eventually take a toll, leaving your hair dry and brittle. Deep conditioning is sometimes called for. Apply some oil to your hair before bed, put on a shower cap, and leave on all night. Shampoo your hair as usual in the morning.
This leave-in argan oil conditioner is great for moisturizing, protecting, and untangling hair. It also combats frizz.
100% Pure Argan Oil
When you’re looking to purchase argan oil, look for a brand that doesn’t contain any preservatives, fragrance, or dyes. It should be 100% organic and cold-pressed. Argan oil is considered a dry oil. This means it is non-greasy and absorbs quickly. It can also be used as a serum. Apply it after your toner, and before your moisturizer.
Try adding a drop or two of the oil to your tinted moisturizer or foundation for a radiant glow. If you suffer from dry lips like I do, add a drop directly to your lips or add a little oil to your lip balm. If you have cracked heels or cuticles, soften them by applying argan oil a couple of times a day.
Argan oil is used therapeutically for skin conditions, such as infections, but also as a nourishing skin care ingredient. It also promotes healthy hair. Add it to your favorite exfoliant, toner, or lotion or use it as a stand-alone moisturizer. It’s that good. This is one oil you’ll want to make a point to include in your skin care arsenal.
What do you think about the many benefits of argan oil? Let me know in the comments:)