The rapidly increasing popularity of using Argan oil in skincare products has gotten me really curious about its many health and beauty benefits.Reading up on the subject I realised that this particular Moroccan oil is very rare due to the small and very specific areas where it is produced. This means that the only way to find out if this so-called liquid gold is worthy of its fame, is to try 100% organic argan oil drops and ignore the many products where argan oil is used in very small amounts, and mixed with other ingredients, as in low-budget brands.
It is extracted by hand from the kernel nuts of the Moroccan argan tree, a process which takes time and is mainly done by women – at this point supporting approximately 2.2 million people in the main argan oil producing region. It is a positive thing, as the women who make argan oil work in government-funded cooperatives that provide reasonable pay, safe and clean conditions with flexible schedules that allow them to care for their families.
While it is also popular as a culinary oil, used to dip bread in, or sprinkle over couscous and salads, I’ll stick to exploring the cosmetic benefits for now!
- As most oil based products it freshens and softens dry skin but it is also beneficial for oily skin.
- Helps to prevent stretch marks on skin made by pregnancy.
- It is useful in the treatment of skin inflammatory diseases like acne and psoriasis.
- It strengthens weak and easily breakable nails.
- It is a great product to calm frizzy ends, add moisture to dry hair as well as add a little shine.
All in all Argan oil’s rich combination of antioxidants, essential fatty acids and Vitamin E can prevent free radical damage to the skin and promote healthy cell turnover.
Well, I’ll give you an update in a few weeks and let you know if my winter skin is happier or not! Let’s hope :)