The benefits of Argan oil (dubbed Moroccan Oil by the cosmetics industry and brought into popularity by that famous brand with the blue label ;)) are SO incredibly powerful it’s no wonder that many skin care and beauty products are harnessing it’s miracle qualities. Harvested from the kernels of the Argan Tree (named “Tree of Life” by the Moroccan Berber women) it’s benefits are many which is why its become such a widespread ingredient. The Berber women took advantage of its healing properties by utilizing it to protect them from their environment’s harsh conditions. So what makes it so great you say?? For awhile we were on the Jojoba Oil craze and in fact Argan oil has similar properties BUT many say it actually surpasses Jojoba oil in its effectiveness. It’s even referred to as liquid gold due to it’s extremely high content of Vitamin E and Essential Fatty Acids (a whooping 80%!!). For this reason it’s pretty rare and expensive, HOWEVER you don’t need much for it to do the job since it’s such a concentrated oil–pure gold.
Now for it’s celebrated benefits:
Argan oil heals and protects the skin while having direct anti-aging properties. Along with its high percentage of vitamin E and fatty acids, it contains a beneficial range of polyphenols, antioxidants, carotenoids–all of which improve skin cell turnover, reduce inflammation, and lock in moisture. Taken further, the antioxidants directly shield the skin from sun damage, while the moisture retention prevents wrinkles (restoring the skin’s hydro-lipid layer), and the natural saponins found within the oil act as a skin softening agent. Argan even contains a class of active substances called triterpenoids which help to heal scars and has disinfectant properties.
SO in short, when applied to the skin Argan oil is GREAT for:
- Sun protection
- Skin conditions such as: acne, eczema, psoriasis, or even minor skin irritations; chicken pox, too!
- Around the root of your nail bed to strengthen it and heal brittle nails
- General maintenance to improve skin elasticity and anti-aging
- Stretch marks: especially after pregnancy!
- Reduce the appearance of scar tissue
- I’ve even been using 100% pure Argan oil as my makeup remover! My eyes look so fresh right afterward 🙂
Also, it is great to know that Argan oil is great for both dry AND oily skin. Those with oily skin may be skeptical about applying oil directly onto their already sebaceous glands BUT the mechanism of Argan oil actually serves to regulate rather than simply replenish and in this case will decrease the production of oil on your skin. NICE right?! And all you need is just a tiny amount, works like a charm! If you are wondering about the smell or texture by the way, it has no scent and is not sticky or greasy like other oils–it’s lightweight and feels beautiful.
It’s not surprising that given its extensive list of skin benefits, Argan oil does WONDERS for our stressed out strands as well. Just like it protects your skin from UV rays and environmental toxins, it does the same for your hair while keeping it moisture rich and healthy. It also repairs the hair follicle and serves as damage control from the regular hot tools us women use like our blow dryer, our 400 degree hair straightener (yikes!), and our regular color treatments! It pretty much delivers all that luster and shine back on to your head that gets too easily stripped off on a daily basis. Way to go Morocco!
NOW, since we know some of the amazing advantages there are to using Argan oil, it’s important to learn where you can get the best source of it–alluding back to the title of this article, it really is popping up everywhere! Here are some pretty AWESOME brands I’ve tried that deliver the good stuff, without all the bad gunk mixed in with it.
This brand is amazing because it’s 100% pure without any additives and at a great price. They also have incredible soap bars containing Argan oil that I’ve been using on the regular and the results on your skin are amazingly noticeable. I found that with other brands of soap or shower gel my skin would feel dry after showering and I would have to apply moisturizer fairly quickly. It’s a horrible feeling! Using an Argan oil soap though I found this to be completely different, probably because my skin isn’t being stripped of its natural oils as with harsher soaps. Also, because the Argan oil itself is very hydrating and delivers the nutrients right back to your skin. I TOTALLY recommend this.
Their signature item above is nothing but the good stuff sourced for its natural properties and delivered conveniently packaged for travel. It has SO many uses (like I mentioned before I even use it as my eye makeup remover!) that it’s great to have around for skin, hair, and just all around beauty. Careful though, you only need a touch! 🙂 You can purchase any of their wonderful items here.
Next, Zinn Beauty offers an ENTIRE line of organically cultivated, Moroccan imported, 100% Argan oil infused skin care and hair products. They have literally taken it to the next level and delivered this most nutrient rich oil in the ultimate line of beauty, harnessing nature’s own recipe for flawless, even-toned, radiant skin, and strong, lustrous hair.
Their Velvet Facial Cleansing Milk: Enriched with Argan Oil, Shea Butter, Jojoba Oil and Rosehip Seed. It’s so incredibly pure and that’s exactly how it makes your skin feel afterward. It also doesn’t strip your skin like some other cleansers do; instead, your skin feels clean yet still hydrated.
Revitalizing Anti-Aging Cream: Rich in antioxidants to stimulate cellular renewal. Enriched with Argan Oil, Shea Butter and Jojoba oil. I love the cream because it’s so lightweight and it allows your skin cells to actually breathe and soak in the moisture WITHOUT clogging your pores.
Smooth Body Milk: ALSO enriched with Argan Oil, Shea Butter and Jojoba Oil. There’s a beautiful trend going on here. And like my face, my body felt amazingly hydrated and silky smooth. There is no residue left behind, only pure, organic SOFTNESS!
AND Uh and who doesn’t want hair like THIS? Just dab a bit of oil from that treasure bottle and apply starting from your ends and just run your fingers softly through your hair.
SO I basically tried their whole line and found it to be non-greasy, light, and pretty much everything the natural Argan Oil promises to deliver WITHOUT any harmful additives. It’s also organic so you know you are getting the best and most nutrient dense form of the oil. The pure Argan Oil itself comes in this beautifully ornamented bottle that appears to be a beautiful tribute to the Moroccan culture wherever you carry it. I think I just might want to bathe in this stuff.
Ohhh LA COUPE, what can I say. When I had first tried this shampoo and conditioner I had literally raced to write an email of praise to them because I could not believe how soft and shiny my hair was. I did not use any detangling spray or even the pure Argan oil afterwards to give it it’s fair shot and literally you ONLY need the shampoo and conditioner. And I haven’t even got to the best part yet. It’s only $7.99 for a HUGE bottle (750 ml is pretty big these days)! Their formula is actually Botanically enriched with Shea Butter, Silk Amino Acids, and Panthenol to help strengthen and repair hair from within. While their conditioning formula is Enriched with Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Silk Amino Acids and Shea Butter to help detangle and resurface the hair cuticle. Also, it’s WITHOUT parabens. It’s pretty awesome.