Argan oil is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree (Argania spinosa L.) that is endemic to Morocco. In Morocco, argan oil is used to dip bread in at breakfast or to drizzle on couscous or pasta. It is also used for cosmetic purposes.
Is most commonly used as a skin moisturiser to hydrate and soften skin. With its high vitamin E and fatty acid content, argan oil is the ideal product to give skin a natural boost. It absorbs easily and is non-greasy and non-irritating, which makes it a great natural moisturiser.
Main ingredients: Fruit of the argan tree, Type: Plant oil
Argan oil contains tocopherols (vitamin E), phenols, carotenes, squalene, and fatty acids, (80% unsaturated fatty acids) The main natural phenols in argan oil are caffeic acid, oleuropein, vanillic acid, tyrosol, catechol, resorcinol, (−)-epicatechin and (+)-catechin.
Argan oil, however, falls in the middle of the spectrum—it’s not too heavy, not too light—making it perfect to use on all skin types. It’s packed with omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and linoleic acids, all of which work to lightly moisturize your skin, soften dry patches, and even reduce acne.
Helps minimize the appearance of stretch marks — One 2016 study observed the effects of a water-in-oil cream, which contained argan oil and emollient ingredients, against stretch marks. They found that it helped minimize the appearance of these marks by promoting skin elasticity.
Alleviates and helps heal razor bumps — Using this as a shaving oil can give a soothing feeling to painful, uncomfortable and unsightly razor bumps. Argan oil can be used on the legs, bikini line or, for men, on the beard area. When applied, it may minimize ingrown hairs as well.
Softens cracked heels — If you struggle with cracked heels, try making a healing foot balm using argan oil, beeswax and honey, and essential oils like myrrh and frankincense, and slathering a good amount of argan oil all over your toes and feet. Leave the mixture on overnight for best
Protect Your Hair From Heat Styling – Unlike many styling agents which can cause long term damage to hair due to the many chemicals contained within, Argan oil helps to enrich the hair and nourish it with nutrients to repair the damage. Before using any styling tools, apply 2 to 3 drops of Argan oil using your hand, palm first. Then use a brush or comb to distribute it evenly throughout your hair from roots to tips which coats it with the oil, keeping it protected from heat damage.
Repairs Split Ends – When applied to hair, Argan oil prevents drying and environmental damage by coating the hair shaft. The oil seals in moisture and smooths flyaways, making hair more manageable and less prone to breakage from brushing and styling. Argan oil can also help to seal in colorants such as henna and amla, increasing the length of time between colorings. Rich in Vitamin-E, Argan oil nourishes hair, repairing split ends, and increases hair’s shine and overall healthy appearance.
Treat Hair Loss – Many men and women suffer from hair loss. While many think of it as a strictly male-related condition, 40 percent of American women experience it. When you first notice that you’re losing more and more hair in the shower, bathroom sink, and on your hair brush, don’t ignore it, treat it with Argan oil. The oil helps to prevent hair loss and even helps to promote new growth by treating the scalp three times a week.
Other benefits – There are many curative gains from using argan oil. It contains linoleic acid; this produces prostaglandins, which help to regulate blood pressure, heart rate and immune function, as well as smoothing muscle contraction. The carotenoids contained within the oil also prevent the development of cancer cells as well as helping in cardiovascular health.
Using Argan Oil in Dishes – Select culinary argan oil instead of cosmetic argan oil. Cosmetic argan oil is used for hair or skincare and is applied topically. Culinary argan oil is safe for consumption and will help add a nutty flavor profile to your dish. Check the label to be sure you’re purchasing the correct oil.You can tell the difference between culinary and cosmetic argan oil by the scent. Culinary argan oil will have a deeper nutty aroma than cosmetic oil.