Argan oil has been used by Berber women for centuries to protect and nourish their skin, hair and nails from the harsh Moroccan conditions.
This rare oil is produced from the nuts of the ancient argan tree, which is native only to a small region of Morocco. The traditional process to produce just one litre of this liquid gold takes 3 days and 16 pounds of nuts, which are cracked, extracted, grounded and kneaded all by hand before being cold pressed.
Argan oil is rich in naturally occurring antioxidants, essential fatty acids, sterols, carotenoids, ferulic acid, polyphenols, and it contains an extremely high level of Vitamin E.
Argan oil is made up of 80% unsaturated fatty acids, the most copious are Omega 9 and Omega 6. Essential fatty acids protect cellular integrity and influence cell fluidity, aiding to prevent the loss of moisture from the skin. They play a vital role in the construction of prostaglandin, a natural anti-inflammatory that eases pain, swelling and inflammation, whilst also stimulating circulation of blood.
The benefits of argan oil are many and endless. When used on the face, argan oil prevents wrinkles, minimizes fine lines, restores elasticity and reduces redness and irritation. It also rehydrates dry hair, eases frizzy hair, nourishes weak nails, prevents stretch marks, soothes sunburn and softens cracked heels.
In the western world today, argan oil is becoming more frequently infused in skin care and hair care products. Whilst a small splash of argan oil to already chemically constructed products can bring some minor benefits, using a pure organic argan oil will have you reaping these benefits on a far more significant level.
Here are 5 of the best ways to use Pure Argan Oil:
Revive dry hair or scalp by massaging a generous amount into your hair before bed, wrap your hair in a towel and wash it out in the morning - your hair will feel softer and look radiant. You can also apply a small amount of argan oil to damp hair before styling, or use it as a defrizz serum post styling.
Daily Face & Body Moisturiser
As argan oil is a light, non-greasy and dry oil, a couple of small drops can be applied to your face after cleansing as a daily moisturizer.
Apply argan oil to your entire body as a moisturiser, for best results apply when you get out of the shower as your skin will absorb it better.
For a radiant, glowing look add a drop of argan oil to your foundation before applying to your face.
Hand & Foot Treatment
Moisturize hands and encourage nail growth by massaging argan oil on your cuticles and nails.
Soften and repair cracked heels by applying a generous amount to your heels before bed and cover with cotton socks.
When used as massage oil, argan oil penetrates the skin deeply unleashing a feeling of relaxation to your body whilst naturally softening your skin. It’s also known to relieve the pain of stressed joints, soothe aching muscles, relax the spine, improve skin elasticity, and deeply moisturize and revitalize the skin.
And because I am often asked, I use 100% Pure Organic Argan Oil from Zweena Body Care.