Argan oil has been used for millennia by the people of Morocco as a powerful addition to their health and beauty regimen. It is made by pressing the fruits of the argan trees unique to the area, and research has shown that, like its cousin olive oil, when used as a culinary oil it can reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. It also has exceptional healing properties when applied to injured skin, and is traditionally used to treat all manner of dermal conditions from rashes to burns.
The skin-protection benefits of argan oil are not limited to healing. The oil can form a valuable part of your daily beauty routine to keep your skin and hair in top condition, stopping problems before they occur, soothing minor damage, and even slowing the outward signs of ageing.
Argan oil’s popularity has grown over recent years, and there now are thousands of beauty products available that contain it. Pure argan oil is also widely available, and is just as effective at a fraction of the price, as a little goes a long way. Here are five of the ways argan oil can make a difference to your daily beauty routine.
An Excellent Skin Moisturizer
arganWith its high levels of vitamin E and omega-6 fatty acids, argan oil makes an excellent skin moisturizer. It is suitable for use anywhere on the body, including around the eyes, as it is mild, doesn’t cause any irritation, and is easily absorbed without any greasy residue. Used nightly before sleeping, a few drops can help improve skin tone, stave off dryness and flakiness, and reduce the appearance of wrinkles and lines.
Home-made, Organic Exfoliator
Making your own exfoliating cream with argan oil allows you to enjoy its toning and anti-ageing benefits, while gently removing dead skin cells and giving you a healthy glow. Used this way it is also very good for treating patches of rough, dry skin on elbows or feet. To make the exfoliant, simply mix a spoonful of brown sugar with a few drops of oil; the sugar provides the texture needed to clean the skin, while also helping the oil to be absorbed. The more sugar you use, the more abrasive the exfoliant, so make up the mix to your own preference.
Treatment of Acne and Other Spots
Argan oil has high levels of linoleic acid which helps to reduce the skin oiliness and inflammation that contributes to acne, pimples, and other skin blemishes. For overall protection, use argan oil as a moisturizer; massage in a few extra drops to any particular problem areas. For added power, make a topical application by mixing equal quantities of argan and tea tree oils. The argan oil will reduce inflammation, while the anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties of tea tree oil will get to the heart of existing acne outbreaks.
In dry weather, your lips can bear the brunt of any dehydration and be left chapped, flaky and sore. Rubbing a few drops of argan oil into your lips will have two
benefits. Firstly, the moisturizing properties will help to lock in liquids to prevent further chapping. Secondly, the oil’s natural healing properties will begin to soothe lips that are already sore. And because argan oil is mild, ungreasy, and unperfumed, it is ideal for those who dislike the feel and taste of many commercial lip balms
Powerful Hair Conditioner
As good as argan oil is for the skin, it’s even better when used as a conditioner for hair. Gently massage a few drops into your hair and scalp to work against dandruff, split ends, dryness, and wiriness. You can either do this after washing, or use a greater amount of oil as an overnight treatment to restore body and shine while making your hair easier to style.
The remarkable properties of natural oils such as argan have been recognized for thousands of years, and it’s only now that science is catching up. The new-found global popularity of argan oil means that you too can now enjoy the benefits that were once known only to the folk medicine of Morocco.