Everything You Need To Know About Moroccan Argan Oil
So, what is Argan oil?
Argan oil is also known as the ‘Oil of Morocco’ and comes from the nut of the Argan tree which only grows in Southwestern Morocco. The produce is sourced from Moroccan trees, well known as the ‘tree of life’ which are extremely well adapted to drought and harsh environmental conditions. It is the local women of Morocco who harvest the oil entirely by hand in the position of fair trade co-ops, starting with drying the argan fruit in the open air, to the cracking of nuts between two stones, to extracting the large quantity from raw kennels, to finally grinding and kneading it for hours. The entire process revolves around the centuries’ old technique that takes each woman a minimum of three days to make just a litre of this miracle oil. Due to its limited and labour-intensive production, Argan oil is pretty valuable and rather expensive. However, the true value and nature of Argan oil can only be known to those who go the extra length to learn about its uses and benefits, and then experience this magic via usage.
What are the benefits of using Moroccan Argan oil?
Argan oil's magic stems from its composition: it's extremely rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s best known for its nourishing, hydrating, moisturizing and conditioning properties. Fun fact: cold-pressed argan oil is considered to be more beneficial and effective than even the famous olive oil. How’s that? With its high content of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and twice the amount of vitamin E, phenols, carotenes, and squalene, the benefits of argan oil naturally help to restore your skin and hair. It's essentially nature's protective, nourishing gear that is not too heavy, not too light —deeming it perfect to use on all skin and hair types.
Hair Benefits of Moroccan Argan Oil
You’ll often spot argan oil as the main ingredient in hair treatment products as well as shampoos and conditioners for it’s beneficial for both hair and scalp. The oil’s combination of hair-healthy minerals and vitamins are able to penetrate the outermost layer of your hair, leaving them hydrated from within while also preventing breakage.
Argan oil is rich with longstanding benefits for your hair. Let’s dig in and find out about the gifts of argan oil.
1. It can help with dandruff problem(yes, for real)
If you’re suffering from the dry, itchy scalp - using argan oil can help reduce inflammation and relieve dandruff-inducing oxidative stress which is caused by an imbalance between the free radicals and running antioxidants in the body. The best way to use argan oil and get rid of your unpleasant dandruff problem is to use it as a leave-in-conditioner.
2. It can boost hair growth
To help with re-growth, argan oil’s natural dose of vitamin E help prevent breakage and split ends, which may result in fuller, thicker hair over the course of time. The magic oil works as a powerful moisture-enhancing product and moist scalp is essential to create optimal conditions for healthy and thicker hair.
3. It’s an amazing detanglerArgan oil is loaded with smaller molecules as compared to most of the hair oils, which allows it to penetrate the hair cuticles and intensely nourish them. With better absorption, the hair strands become extra soft and manageable which make it easy to tame your tresses.
4. It makes your hair shinier and frizz-free
Argan oil is well known for adding a "shampoo commercial" sort of shine to your dead strands - no frills, no fuss. The beauty oil is packed with all the essential fatty acids and Vitamin E which seal the hair cuticles, giving dry, frayed and frazzled locks a new life.
Skin Benefits of Moroccan Argan Oil
The nut oil contains antioxidants, like polyphenols and vitamin E which helps brighten your skin tone and protect skin cells from free radical damage. Here’s some added information, this oil contains two key unsaturated fatty acids: oleic and linoleic acid. Oleic acid is responsible for the better penetration of other active ingredients in the skin, while linoleic acid helps to increase skin’s moisture through ceramide synthesis. In short, all these essential ingredients in argan oil can help protect skin from environmental damage during the day AND help repair damage at night.
Don't worry, we’re breaking down all the possible skin benefits of argan oil and serving up why everyone loves this glow-maker.
1. It slows down signs of ageing and helps to heal skinPower-packed with fatty acids, Vitamin A and E, antioxidants, squalene and polyphenols, argan oil is full of good stuff for your skin. The amount of Vitamin E in the oil is potent enough to fight the damaging effects of pollution and free radicals. This invariably slows down the signs of ageing while keeping your skin plump and young.
What’s more, a 2017 study found that argan oil is also very effective in accelerating the process of wound healing. It is the daily application of the oil which improves skin elasticity, helps your skin hold in moisture, restores the skin’s barrier and softens it over time. Just use it as the final step to your morning and nightly beauty routines for an extra-youthful glow.
2. It combats razor bumps
Massaging a few drops of argan oil onto your razor bumps can calm any redness and swelling. It’s the anti-inflammatory properties of the nut oil which works to soothe the affected area while Vitamin E helps in speeding up the healing process and lowering the risk of scarring.
3. It can help fight acne
Did you know that acne is a result of a damaged skin barrier, thus causing the skin to over-produce oil which inevitably leads to the clogging of pores and ultimately triggering acne? But thanks to the high concentration of Vitamin E in argan oil, it fights skin inflammation and rigorously works to repair the skin’s moisture barrier. Not only will the oil keep your sebum production in check but also exponentially reduce the chances of breakouts.
4. It doesn’t clog pores
Technically anything and everything can clog your pores if you have highly sensitive skin, but argan oil has a zero rating on the comedogenicity rating scale, which means this one stays clear of that blame. While coconut oil and olive oil are also at the low risk of clogging the pores, but argan oil comes with a surety.
How to Use Moroccan Argan Oil?
Let’s get down to the fun part - depending on what you’re trying to achieve, here are a few ways in which you can incorporate argan oil into your daily routine.
1. As a maskTo enjoy an at-home deep hair conditioning treatment, take a generous amount of the oil and apply it to your dry hair. You can use argan oil exclusively or combine it with some other hair-friendly carrier oils like coconut oil. Allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes or you can also leave the product in your hair for a longer time to give yourself a more intensive treatment (up to overnight). Rinse it off with a mild shampoo followed by a conditioner and rise up to a super shiny, refreshed and hydrated mane.
2. As a skin barrier
Argan oil is occlusive in nature, which basically means that it traps all the moisture in your skin and acts as a barrier. It blocks all the moisture in your pores and stops it from evaporating. Just massage it over your moisturizer and its lightweight texture will sink in and absorb rather quickly. Don’t you worry, it won’t make your face look extra greasy, rather you’ll be left with a subtle, glowy sheen which will catch the envy of your colleagues. You can also apply the oil after washing your face at night and it will work miraculously to keep your skin hydrated, nourished and also fight acne, fade scars and unclog your pores.
3. As a hair oil
Another great way to use argan oil daily is to use it as heat-protectant hair oil. Take two drops of the oil on the palm of your hands and rub it together to mildly heat the oil. Use your fingers to gently massage it in your towel-dried hair, from ends to the roots, and style them as usual. It will effortlessly work to protect your strands without weighing them down!