Argan Oil is considered the world’s most expensive oil and the “Tree of Life” in Morocco, Argan oil is centuries old and is extracted through a number of intricate processes. It comes from the fruit of the Argan tree which is only found in Morocco and the oil is called liquid gold in that country. The tree lives somewhere between 150- 200 years but fruit production does not start until 30- 50 years. Interestingly the seeds that are used to produce the oil are collected after the Tamri or Moroccan Mountain goats eats the fruit of the argan tree then the goat droppings are collected with the seeds completely undigested. These seeds are collected and used to make the oil. It takes one woman about 3 days to make just one liter of oil. The leaves and fruit sustain goats, camels and sheep. Cattle live off the press-cake that remains after the oil has been extracted; humans eat the oil and the nut shells are used for fuel.
Argan oil is a supreme beauty elixir because it contains loads of essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals that promote your overall health by moisturizing, softening as well as protecting your face and hair from sun damage which causes premature aging. It is perfect for healing many different skin conditions because of the extremely high levels of Vitamin E and 80% essential fatty acids content.
Healing and Protecting
The active substances called triterpenoids that occur in Argan Oil offer amazing skin protection benefits. These include tissue healing (scars), anti-inflammatory, sun-protective and disinfectant properties.
The oil contains 80% unsaturated fatty acids and is more resistant to oxidation than olive oil. Argan oil also contains 0.8% unsaponifiables (a large group of compounds also known as plant sterols or sterolins). Sterolins improve skin metabolism, reduce inflammation and promote excellent moisture retention.
Argan is considered an effective anti-aging oil due to properties such as the high levels of vitamin E /tocopherols (anti-oxidants help neutralise free radical damage, which is important for skin exposed to polluted Western environments) and saponins (skin-softening agents). Besides cooling and soothing inflammation, it is also reputed to help reduce wrinkles by restoring the skin`s hydro-lipid layer.
Argan Oil Beauty Benefits for Hair
Reduces frizz and adds moisture and shine to dry hair. Apply a few drops to the palm of your hands, rub together and run through your hair. Apply to your hair while it is still damp for an allover treatment or apply just to your dry ends after your hair is dry.
Overnight Scalp Treatment : If you have dry scalp, apply some argan oil to your hair shaft, ends and scalp. Wrap your hair and leave overnight, giving the oil plenty of time to moisturize your scalp before you wash your hair in the morning.
Leave-on Conditioner – After the shower, while your hair is still wet, add a few drops of argan oil to your hair, ends and scalp to hydrate and moisturize. It’s especially nourishing if your hair is dry from daily use of a blow dryer, straight-iron or curling iron.
Argan Oil Beauty Benefits for Skin
Can be used on your face as a daily moisturizer- After cleansing morning and/or night, massage a few drops of argan oil directly onto your face and neck. Since argan is considered a dry oil, it absorbs quickly and is not greasy. If you want to use it as a serum, apply your night cream after the oil absorbs into the skin.
Hydrating Toner – Add a few drops of argan oil to your favorite facial toner to hydrate and tone simultaneously. You can make your own toner by adding a few drops of argan oil to Rose or Orange Blossom water.
Rejuvenating & Brightening Face Mask – Add a few drops of argan oil to your mask. Apply on a clean, dry face and leave on for 10 minutes. Rinse off with warm water.
Exfoliating Lip Scrub and Moisturizer – To smooth and moisturize your lips, add a few drops of argan oil and vanilla extract to fine brown sugar. Lightly massage into lips using circular motion and rinse off.
Face Glow – Add a drop or two of argan oil to your foundation, bronzer or tinted moisturizer for a dewy, luminous glow.
Body and Bath Oil – Add a few drops of argan oil directly onto your skin, into the bath or body lotion. It’s safe to use on a baby and to help minimize stretch marks during pregnancy. It moisturizes, hydrates and softens the skin
Cuticle and Heel Softener - Argan oil is a great oil to use on your hands. Massage a few drops into your cuticle to soften, moisturize and encourage growth, while preventing cracking and peeling. Apply to cracked heels and leave overnight.
With the increase in popularity of this oil many companies are jumping on the proverbial band wagon. Be careful when selecting your oil and try to select products that contain 100% pure Moroccan Argan Oil