What is Argan Oil?
Argan oil is a natural plant-based oil derived from the argan nut in Morocco. It has been used by locals for generations to treat skin and hair, heal rashes, and for its nutritional benefits. Argan oil is rich in vitamin E, which contains tocopherols that help promote healthy hair and skin. Vitamin E also promotes the growth of healthy cell production and for this reason argan oil can be found in many hair, skincare, and anti-ageing products. In addition, argan oil is rich in vitamin A. The product can also be found its pure form and only 1-2 drops is enough when used this way. Argan oil can only prevent future wrinkles, and cannot remove wrinkles or signs of ageing that are currently showing on the skin.
Argan oil helps moisturise and rejuvenate the skin. It is rich in tocopherols—antioxidants that promote healthy skin and hair. Argan oil also contains squalenes, phenolic acid, carotenes and phenols that also make the oil valuable to cosmetic manufacturers and skincare experts. The fatty acids in argan oil are similar in proportion to that of sesame and peanut oils. It can also exfoliate lips and be used as a scrub. In beauty products, argan oil is frequently combined with other ingredients to make it an effective toner. It is also used to condition hair and moisturise hair when dry.
Because argan oil naturally moisturises, it also works as an effective heel and cuticle softener and the vitamin E in the oil encourages healthy nail growth. The oil also helps improve the appearance of hair by helping diminish split ends. People with acne scars or other spots can use argan oil to reduce the appearance of these scars. The oil can be used safely around the eyes. It should feel smooth and at no point should it feel sticky or slimy during application. Argan oil should also absorb quickly into the skin. When in pure form, argan oil should have some sediment at the bottom and appear cloudy. It should not be absolutely clear. Argan oil can also be used for cooking and can be taken in therapeutic dosages to help treat metabolic issues.
When used as indicated and in pure form there are no serious reported side effects with argan oil. Impure argan oil can cause side effects. Those with sensitive skin should perform a skin test to gage whether or not their skin will react negatively to argan oil. Despite its safety when used on various skin types, argan oil can cause allergic reactions. Should this happen, discontinue use of the oil at once.
Argan oil should not be purchased form a clear or plastic bottle because it can cause the oil to spoil faster. It should be stored in aluminium or stainless steel containers, and they should be dark in colour. Many reputable brands store argan oil in cobalt blue or amber containers to increase the oil’s shelf life. To decrease risk of side effects, always follow directions on the container.