The Beauty of Argan Oil
WHAT IS ARGAN OIL?
The scientific name for Argan Oil is Argan Spinosa, also known as Oil of Morocco or ‘Liquid Gold’. For years Argan Oil was a well-kept secret known only to those who have sought the absolute best in hair and skin care. Argan Oil remains one of the rarest oils in the world due to the small and very specific growing areas.
It all starts with the Moroccan Tree which is grown in South Western Morocco. The Moroccan Tree also known as ‘The Tree of Life’ is extremely well adapted to drought and other environmentally harsh conditions and bears a fruit which is a delicacy for tree climbing goats. The goats eat the fruit but leave the hard nut untouched. These nuts are then gathered by locals who extract the Argan Oil from the kernels via a cold pressing process.
BENEFITS OF ARGAN OIL
Argan Oil is not only considered a “super food” for the whole body, it also consists of twice as much Vitamin E as olive oil as well as vital antioxidants, phenols, carotenes, squalene and essential fatty acids.
Rich source of Vitamin E
Rich in omega-6 and omega-9 essential fatty acids
Rich in antioxidants
Non-greasy, lightweight and easily absorbed
Astonishing moisturising and conditioning properties
Assists in keeping hair and skin nourished and hydrated
USE ARGAN OIL FOR:
On damp hair before blowdrying to reduce drying time
For dry and damaged hair
For split ends and breakage
For dry lifeless hair
On frizzy flyaway hair
On oily hair to regulate sebum
For growth (prevents breakage)
As a heat protectant before using styling tools
As a leave in hair treatment
To improve texture without interrupting curl
As a detangler
For added shine
On dry flakey scalps
Night treatment for face
As a massage oil
Balance acne prone/oily skin
To reduce inflammation
To promote healing
To give skin a healthy glow
As a lip treatment
For dry hands / cuticles, and brittle nails.
To sooth razor burn
For all over body hydration and moisturize
On wrinkles for anti-aging
On cracked or damaged skin
On sunburn and other burns
For improved elasticity / stretch marks
For stings, scrapes, and cuts
As a primer before applying makeup
Argan and Acne
The linoleic acid content of Argan Oil is around 35%, which is great for balancing oily / acne prone skin, however there are a small number of people in this skin category who don’t do well with Argan Oil because of the higher oleic acid content at approximately 45%. If this is your case, Jojoba is an excellent choice.
MY FAVORITE ARGAN OIL RECIPES
ARGAN HYDRATION & EXFOLIATING SCRUB
1/2 FRESH LEMON
1/2 CUP BROWN SUGAR
1 TBS ARGAN OIL
1 TBS RAW ORGANIC HONEY
1/4 TSP HONEY
Mix all ingredients together and use 1-2 times a week by applying to skin (avoiding eye area), leave on for 5 minutes, and rinse. Follow up with the rest of your nightly beauty routine.
This scrub is helpful for all skin types! If you don’t care for the tingle that cinnamon adds, you can omit it. On the days that you don’t use the scrub moisturize with Argan Oil.
ALL NATURAL TONER
1 CUP GREEN TEA
1-2 DROPS ESSENTIAL OIL (CHOOSE ACCORDING TO YOUR SKIN TYPE)
3 DROPS ARGAN OIL
Make green tea and allow to cool. Add 1-2 drops of essential oil and 3 drops of Argan Oil. Store in an airtight jar. Use morning and night and follow up with Argan Oil or your choice of moisturizer.