An ancient elixir that’s enjoyed a surge of popularity, argan oil hails from Morocco and has been dubbed “liquid gold.” So, what’s the scoop? Is argan oil really a beauty buff’s best friend?
While you may not be able to enjoy the latest gossip with it, argan oil will do you a steady solid when it comes to priming your skin, nails and hair for radiance. The oil is extracted from the nuts of the argan fruit tree. Even better, it’s sourced from female-run cooperatives, so purchasing the oil is lending a hand to sisterhood.
Hydrate and Balance
Don’t be offended by the “oil” in argan oil. A few drops of argan oil massaged gently into the skin absorbs quickly and leaves no greasy film behind. Compounds called sterolins help seal in moisture, while unsaturated fatty acids leave skin silky smooth. Argan oil is an oil-balancer, meaning it takes care of dryness, flakiness and itchiness by stimulating just the right amount of sebum (oil) and trimming away the excess oil in oily skin. Yep, you guessed it…argan oil is perfect for combination skins that are dry in some areas, and oily in others.
What’s good for the face is good for the hair. A few drops of argan oil will help mend split ends, combat dryness, boost shine and even tackle scalp-health issues like dandruff! Oh, and did we mention it helps strengthen nails, too? A handy cuticle softener!
Protect Against Aging
Argan oil helps us look youthful no matter our biological age. It is loaded with antioxidants, including the skin vitamin—vitamin E. Antioxidant protection prevents the oxidative damage from UV radiation and environmental toxins that leads to accelerated aging. Argan oil is also packed with fatty acids like linoleic acid, which strengthens skin cells and elasticity.
Sensitive Skin Soother
As a 100% natural moisturizing agent, argan oil is appropriate for sensitive skins and sensitive parts of the face. Use it to safely remove eye makeup without damaging your eyelash extensions. If you suffer from skin conditions like eczema, psoriasis, rosacea, or dermatitis, you may finally get the relief you crave with topical application of argan oil.
Wait…You Can Ingest It?
Yes, you can actually use it as you would olive oil…it’s that pure! There’s not a ton of research regarding supplementing with argan oil, but what’s out there indicates that it can help protect against heart disease and osteoarthritis, high blood pressure and diabetes. So, drink up!