Argan oil is a superfood and has its benefits. It is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin E, packs with antioxidants, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid. There are 2 ways to use argan oil, culinary and cosmetic usages. Argan oil is far healthier than saturated fats, for the reason of its rich unsaturated fatty acids contains Omega-3 and Omega-6 fatty acids. It is used less for cooking as with heat, and it may reduce some of its benefits, hence is it used as finishing, i.e., added to food like salad dressing. It is expensive, so it is used only a few drops at a time.
Argan oil is created from kernels of the nuts of the argan tree, which is native to Morocco. In 1998, the Argan forecast in Morocco was protected by UNESCO, so argan oil is sustainable.
For the smell of argan oil, it has a light, raw “nutty” scent. If the argan oil smells almost nothing or has a terrible smell, it could be entirely fake, has been completely diluted or just the change of season. It could also mean that it is machine-made which the oil was placed through a deodorization process.
Argan oil should be smooth and silky, and what’s good about argan oil is once it is applied to your skin or hair, it gets absorbed almost immediately. And the raw, nutty scent will disappear along with it, leaving no sticky feel and providing a soothing effect.
For its properties which argan oil is rich in fatty acids and Vitamin E, it is beneficial for skin and hair.
Argan Oil For Skin
With its high Vitamin E and fatty acids, argan oil is commonly used as skin moisturizer to hydrate and soften skin. It is also good for oily skin as it actually “control” oil production. If your skin is deprived of oil, it will, in fact, go overdrive and start to overproduce oil and acne is often the result of oily skin. Using oil on your skin will balance and neutralizes your natural oil production.
Since Argan oil is non-greasy and non-irritating, which makes it a great natural moisturizer.
Argan oil also contains antioxidants, which help to heal damaged skin cells and reduce inflammation. People who have dry skin or suffer from conditions like eczema, psoriasis, and rosacea will benefit from argan oil as it soothes skin, provides relief and encourages healing. It is not just a natural and an effective moisturizer, it is also an ideal anti-aging product. Because it’s a concentrated anti-oxidant, it will protect your skin’s elasticity, reducing wrinkles, leaving your skin softer and give a youthful glow!
If you worry about putting pure argan oil on your skin, there is nothing to worry about, as argan oil does not clog pores. Argan oil has a comedogenic rating of 0 = Will Not Clog Pores. It is easy to use argan oil by simply applying a few drops of argan oil on your skin and gently massage on clean and dry skin. Alternatively, you can use argan oil as the carrier oil, making your DIY skincare using essential oils.
Argan Oil For Hair
Argan oil also benefits the hair due to its rich amount of Vitamin E and antioxidants, promoting healthy hair growth. It acts as a moisturizer for the scalp to fight dandruff and dry scalp. What amazing is argan oil is non-irritating and can reverse much of the damage done through chemical treatments and dyes. It tames frizz and is best to treat split ends, promoting shine as well as making the hair softer and more manageable.
It’s non-greasy essence make it perfect as a stylist agent and protects against the heat of hair dryer, curlers or flat irons. When applies to your hair, it coats the hair shaft, making your hairs less prone to breakage.
One of the best ways to use argan oil on hair is as a leave-in conditioner as it can prolong and intensify its beneficial effects on hair. Argan oil absorbs easily and does not leave any greasy residue like many leave-in conditioners. It is chemical free, and all you need is a few drops of pure argan oil by rubbing the oil through between your palms and then comb your hands and fingers through damp or towel-dried hair. Massage into the scalp to promote a healthy scalp, encourage hair growth and treat split ends. Style as usual and this incredible styling agent will make hair manageable and add great shine.
Argan oil can also use as hot hair mask by taking a liberal amount of the oil in your hands and apply it on the root to tips of the hair. Start this by taking a small section of hair and then gradually cover the entire head. Once all the hair are greased with argan oil, take some more amount of oil in your fingertips and massage the scalp gently in circular motion. Now cover your head with a plastic cap and sit under sauna for 20 to 30 minutes. Otherwise, wrap a hot towel (towel dipped in hot water) around your head until the towel cools down at room temperature. Otherwise, leave the treatment overnight (or a few hours) and then wash the argan oil out the next morning with your regular shampoo.
You can also do your blend by mixing essential oils with argan oil as a carrier oil to manifest the effects.
Pure Argan Oil
For the ingredient list, it is really short, and it should simply say “100% Pure Argan oil or “100% Organic Argania Spinosa Kernel (Argan) Oil”. If there is anything else listed, then it is not pure.
There is no such thing as “cheap argan oil” as the process of making and producing take a lot of time and efforts, and the process of extraction alone takes up hours of manual labor. And this is to say, and the highest priced argan oil may not the best either.
100% pure argan oil is natural and give more concentrated effects, probably a better result. However, argan oil can be used either on its own or as an ingredient in products. It is effective in both ways. Hence it is up to you which one to get. As pure argan oil is mostly expensive, a product containing argan oil might be better for value. Find something economical and within your budget.
Personally, argan oil is one of my favorite skin and hair care products. I use 100% pure argan oil, on its own or as a carrier oil for my essential oil blends.