The Benefits of Argan Oil

by Lauren Verini

You may have heard Argan oil being referred to as “liquid gold” or even “miracle oil” because of it’s amazing beauty benefits. This oil made it onto the beauty scene about five years ago and now you can’t walk down the beauty isle without seeing a product, be it face cream, hair serum, conditioner, etc, that doesn’t list Argan oil as one of the ingredients.

This multi-beneficial oil comes to us all the way from Morocco from the nuts of Argan trees. The Argan oil is made by women in Morocco working at fair-trade cooperatives who hand pick and grind the nuts by hand then cold press the oil. These types of cooperatives, which offer fair wages and good working conditions, have also created an eco-system reforestation program to help preserve the Argan forest. That is one benefit to buying Argan oil is that many of these beauty companies buy directly from these co-ops that support Moroccan women.

Argan oil is so popular because it does wonders for your skin like help fight the signs of aging, moisturize dry skin and can help treat skin conditions such as psoriasis and eczema. It’s loaded with skin loving nutrients like vitamin A & E, which fight free radials and helps protect skin, and essential fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acid that can help get rid of acne.  Since Argan oil absorbs quickly it doesn’t leave the skin feeling greasy and doesn’t clog pores. It can also help heal scars and protect against the sun because of triterpenoids, an ingredient that protects, heals and has anti-inflammatory properties.

To use Argan oil on your face, you can apply a few drops directly or you can add a few drops to your favorite products like face moisturizers, toners and masques. To give yourself a glow, you can add a few drops into your foundation, bronzer or tinted moisturizer. Argan oil is also great for hair because it moisturizes, fights frizz, treats split ends and strengthens the hair. You can apply a few drops directly to the tips of your hair, or your scalp if you would like to moisturize your scalp, or add a few drops to your conditioner and use as a leave in conditioner. You can also use the oil on your nails to help moisturize and promote healthy growth. Your options for using Argan oil are endless, just remember that a little goes a long way and it’s better to use just a little bit than too much.

When it comes to choosing an Argan oil or beauty products featuring Argan oil, your options are limitless. Below are three popular and trusted Argan oils that we love.

Shea Terra Organics Moroccan Argan Oil (Certified Organic)

Shea Terra Organics has been offering pure Argan oil for over a decade, delivered straight from women’s cooperatives in Morocco. The company’s owner, Tammie Umbel, traveled to Morocco to hand select the co-op to partner with who make the Argan oil by hand instead of by machine. This 100% pure and natural Argan oil has no added fragrance, is alcohol free and isn’t diluted with other oils. Use this Argan oil to help repair skin and keep skin moisturized all day long.

Zweena Argan Rose Rejuvenating Face Serum

Get a glowing complexion with this face serum from Zweena that combines the power of Argan oil with age-defying rosehip seed oil, pomegranate seed oil, evening primrose oil and Moroccan Rose. This 100% organic, chemical-free serum will help improve your overall complexion by diminishing fine lines, hydrating skin, promoting cell renewal, reducing inflammation and improving suppleness.

Josie Maran Argan Hair Oil

Give your hair an instant boost of shine with this Argan Hair Oil. Subtly scented with geranium and bergamot fruit oils, this ultra-light combination of Argan oil, Jojoba Oil, Avocado Oil and Vitamin E helps seal split ends and delivers instance moisture to your locks. To use, simply warm a few drops into your hands and distribute throughout clean, towel-dried hair focusing on the ends.

In the spirit of full disclosure some brands mentioned in this article were, are or could be in the future, client’s of our parent company, the leading healthy lifestyle agency, ADinfinitum, Inc.

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