Argan trees are found in a semi-desert region of southwestern Morocco and produce the Argan kernels, which are used to make Argan oil. Argan oil is popular in gastronomy for its rich taste, wonderful aroma and many health benefits. The culinary version is typically lightly toasted and similar to other nut oils, such as sesame and hazelnut. The cosmetic version is typically lighter in color with a milder aroma and has been used for centuries for natural skin care, natural hair care and alternative medicine. Argan oil is traditionally referred to as “liquid gold” because it is packed with vitamins A, E and C, antioxidants and omega-6 fatty acids that are essential for healthy skin and hair and are used to protect against environmental damage and premature aging.
Argan oil is naturally rich in the following compounds:
Vitamins A and C
Tocopherols (Vitamin E) - Natural Antioxidants
Fatty Acids (primarily Omega-6 Linoleic Acid and Oleic Acid)
Melatonin and Plant Sterols - Natural Antioxidants
Because it can be used on its own or as a carrier oil for essential oils, Argan oil should be a staple in your natural beauty routine. Below are some tips for how to use Argan oil for the hair, face and body.
When applied to the hair and scalp, Argan oil naturally promotes faster hair growth. The phenols in the oil help to strengthen the hair follicles while the antioxidants promote cell production, all leading to healthy hair growth. Simply apply Argan oil to your scalp as a leave in treatment and to your eyelashes and eyebrows to lengthen and thicken hair.
Argan oil contains many healing properties, including essential fatty acids and vitamins, that deeply moisturize and hydrate the skin reducing dryness and itching. Mix in a few drops of an anti-bacterial essential oil, such as Tea Tree oil, and apply directly to your scalp for a natural dandruff treatment.
Argan oil is commonly used as a leave in hair treatment and conditioner. It helps to detangle the hair, add shine, and create a silky texture. Apply a few drops to towel dried hair and brush to distribute evenly for a natural hair treatment.
One unique benefit of Argan oil is its ability to help retain the hair’s natural color by reducing discoloration of the hair that is caused by environmental factors and aging. Add a few drops to your hair daily to help preserve its natural color and reduce fading.
A natural anti-aging oil, Argan oil deeply hydrates, moisturizes and nourishes the skin to eliminate fine lines and wrinkles, tighten and firm the skin texture, and reduce dark spots and hyperpigmentation. Use daily on its own or by adding to your moisturizer for a radiant youthful complexion.
As an eye oil (meaning, around the eyes), Argan oil can help to reduce puffiness and inflammation. Simply apply a few drops on your upper and lower eyelids and gently massage in a circular motion.
Because it is rich in vitamins A and E, Argan oil is a natural moisturizer and conditioner for the lips. If your lips are chapped or flaky, Argan oil can restore the moisture and hydration for healthy and soft lips. Apply to your lips overnight for a terrific lip treatment.
Argan oil can be used as a shaving oil and aftershave balm. Before shaving, add Argan oil to your skin to soften the hair, which makes shaving easier and helps to decrease your chance of getting cut. After shaving, apply the oil as an aftershave balm to help repair any cuts, smooth the skin and contain any run-away hairs.
As an acne treatment, Argan oil is a non-comedogenic oil that helps to balance and neutralize oil production levels without clogging the pores. Apply Argan oil topically and add a couple of drops of anti-bacterial essential oils for additional acne fighting benefits.
Because its rich in vitamin E, Oleic acid and Linoleic acid, Argan oil is an excellent moisturizer that deeply moisturizes and hydrates dry skin. Unlike lotions, Argan heals dry skin from the inside out for a healthy smooth texture and appearance.
Argan oil is rich in antioxidant properties that can prevent scarring by regenerating new cells and preventing the accumulation of free radicals. It can also help to fade existing scars and hyperpigmentation. Apply daily for best results.
Dehydration is the main cause of weak brittle nails and dry rigid cuticles. Because it’s an excellent moisturizer, Argan oil can help to strengthen your nails, soften your cuticles, encourage healthy nail growth and do wonders for the overall health and appearance of your nails.
Argan oil naturally helps to relieve symptoms of Eczema, Dermatitis, Psoriasis and Rosacea skin conditions. Vitamin E and natural anti-inflammatory properties help to soothe the skin, reduce inflammation and help the skin to quickly repair itself. Apply to affected areas daily for best results.
Always choose 100% organic to limit your exposure to toxins.
Choose a cold pressed oil, because this method of extraction helps to preserve the integrity of the oil and its beneficial properties.
Avoid plastic containers and choose a dark glass container when possible. Dark glass protects the oil from the light, which can break down its best properties and make it less effective.
Argan oil should have a slightly cloudy appearance. This is a sign that the oil is organic and not counterfeit.
Moroccan Argan oil is gold in color, hence the nickname “liquid gold.” If the color is pale or much darker, it may not be pure Argan oil.
Argan should be the only ingredient. Avoid oils that have additives or preservatives.