Argan oil is an oil extracted from the fruit of the argan tree. It contains high levels of omega 3 and omega 6. It is rich in vitamin E and antioxidants. Argan oil is a powerful beauty ally, being very effective against aging. It is extensively used in cosmetics, skin, hair and nail treatments.
It is also known as the green gold of Morocco. Argan tree grows in very few places, and its oil is one of the rarest in the world. Thus, argan oil is more expensive than other natural oils.
Argan oil benefits
Argan oil protects the skin from external aggressions, nourishes and regenerates. Combats aging, leaves the skin bright and well hydrated, and also fights against wrinkle.
It is absorbed quickly and leaves no greasy traces on the skin. Revitalizes tired skin and it is indicated for the treatment of acne, scars and prevent stretch marks during pregnancy.
Argan oil is also great as hair treatment. It nourishes, protects and revitalizes damaged hair. It provides shine and improves elasticity, and it is also a great ally when it comes to nail care.
What to know when buying and using argan oil
For external use, argan oil is used in small quantities, which is applied on the face, neck, décolleté and body massage with light movements. Argan oil must be massaged well, until completely absorbed into the skin. For hair care, apply a small amount on the hands and massage throughout the hair length, for 30 minutes before washing.
When buying argan oil, make sure it is suitable for cosmetic purposes, because there is also a type of argan oil that is designated for cooking. Also, make sure the bottle is dark colored. It loses some of its properties when exposed to bright light. Avoid products that are bottled in plastic.
Treatments with Argan Oil
Used overnight, argan oil is a powerful moisturizing treatment. You can also use it in the morning as makeup base.
If you use 100% pure argan oil it is advisable to only apply a few drops which are enough for the entire face.
To strengthen brittle nails and soften, mix equal parts of argan oil and lemon juice. Soak your nails in this mixture for 10 minutes. It will soften the cuticles and strengthen the nails, and will also prevent them from breaking. Also, your nails will get a healthy glow.
Argan oil gives hair shine, treats the scalp for dandruff and promotes hair growth. It is ideal for split ends. For an intensive treatment, massage your hair and scalp with argan oil and then cover your head with a warm towel. Leave on for 30 minutes or overnight.
Argan oil massage relaxes the muscles and intensely moisturizes the skin. It protects from harmful environmental factors and prevents stretch marks. Apply it on your body after bath, and massage until completely absorbed.