Argan oil is the purest form of the oil found in the Argan trees, that grows in the southwest region of Morocco. Argan oil is extracted from the Kernels. Because the tree is found only in a limited area, the oil in itself is quite rare and this is why Argan oil is more expensive than other oils. But because it's highly concentrated you only need couple of drops.
Argan oil is beneficial for both the hair and skin. Some of those benefits are
- tames frizzy hair
- prevents dry scalp
- promotes hair growth
- mends split ends
- adds shine
- protects agains heat
- softens hairs
- anti inflammatory
- improve elasticity
- reduce appearance of wrinkles, lines and blemishes.
- hydrates dry skin
- fade sunspots
- strengthen nails
Argan oil is a dry oil and not as greasy as coconut oil for example.
Some easy ways to use Argan oil are
- apply directly to your face and body or add couple of drops to your regular moisturiser for extra glow.
For Your hands
- apply to your hands for a nail conditioner and cuticle moisturiser.
- work a good amount into hair and leave it overnight to calm dry, frizzy and split hair. Wash it off in the morning.
- smooth a drop over hair after styling to tame flyaway or static hair.
Some of the key ingredients that Argan oil naturally contains are
Which is great for
- treating and preventing acne
- reduces under eye circles.
That will help prevent hair breakage
That will soften hair and skin.
Argan oil is such a great oil, but unfortunately there's a lot of fake ones out there. Many products labelled as Argan oil hair treatment. They are actually made almost of silicone (dimethicone) and its derivatives. Many containing less than 1% of Argan oil. These products are not adding the beneficial fatty acids and antioxidants of Argan oil. To make sure you got the real deal, this is what you should look out for.
- the ingredient should be Argania spinosa or Argan oil.
I use John Masters organic 100% Argan oil. It's harvested and produced in Morocco by hand in the Argan forest. It is cold pressed and extra virgin. The production is carried out by a women's cooperative, which has established an ecosystem reforestation project to ensure sustainability and to protect the rare endangered tree. The income generated is providing healthcare and education for the entire community.
Have you ever used Argan oil? What do you use it for?