Even if you haven’t tried it yet, we are sure you have heard of it.
Argan Oil, otherwise known as ‘liquid gold’, is from derived from Argan trees and kernels (Argania Spinosa) that grow only in Morocco. In the Sahara Desert, these trees are an important part of life as they provide food, shelter and protection from desertification.
So, out of the desert, how exactly does Argan Oil benefit us?
Highly useful for multiple health and beauty purposes, Argan Oil is a powerful gift from earth. Rich in nutrients, it can be used from top to toe but is becoming increasingly popular as a cosmetic oil and an ingredient in products for skin and hair care.
This multifunctional oil’s benefits include relieving dry and itchy skin, anti-aging, moisturizing, and it is great for anti-wrinkle treatment too! The unsaturated fatty acids in the oil also help make the skin feel softer and appear brighter. All in all, Argan Oil addresses a variety of skin problems like premature aging, eczema, psoriasis, skin inflammation/rashes and even acne.
These benefits make Argan Oil a great addition to your beauty regime as you no longer need an assortment of different creams for cracked heels, sunburn, dry hands, weak nails and cuticles, etc. If you are fine with the taste of Argan Oil, you can use it as a lip moisturizer as well.
Now, for those of you who are sick of trying all sorts of expensive acne products that end up not working, have hope, because Argan Oil is also one of the best home remedies for acne.
While it is still relatively unknown as an acne cure, it has been proven to help fight acne and prevent scarring. Argan Oil regulates the production of sebum, which is one of the main causes of acne, and with regular use, it will help prevent further breakouts. The high Vitamin E and anti-oxidant content also aids in cell regeneration and hydration, which will improve your skin’s elasticity and help scars appear less visible over time.
Of course, you might be thinking, ‘What if I have oily skin? Should I really be adding more oil to my face?’
Naturally, people with dry skin types are the ones who need to worry the least about trying out Argan Oil. Much needed hydration will be locked in by the oil, and it will help balance sebum production so as to maintain the necessary levels of moisture in skin. It will also heal the flakiness or even itching that happens in dry skin, and restore it to health.
For those with oily and combination skin, things get a little trickier. Assuming that your skin is also acne prone, and Argan Oil works for you, you will most definitely see an improvement. In oily skin and oily zones of combination skin, Argan Oil helps lock in moisture so that your skin does not go into overdrive trying to produce sebum, which will significantly reduce the chances of future breakouts. Those with combination skin will be able to observe the stabilising of levels of sebum production in both oily and dry zones so that your skin becomes balanced. For both skin types that are acne prone, the best improvement you will see is the fading of scars.
Argan Oil’s comedogenic rating
The trick here is this: while Argan Oil’s comedogenic rating is zero, which means it is not supposed to clog your pores, it still does contain a high level of Oleic acid (42.8%) which is known to cause the clogging of pores. The reason why Argan Oil is considered a non-comedogenic oil is because the levels of Oleic and Linoleic acids are quite balanced, with a difference of only 6% between them, and Linoleic acid does not clog pores. However, those with extremely sensitive skin may still react to the high-level Oleic acid and experience inflammatory acne.
If you skin does not react negatively to the Oleic acid though, you are in luck. Argan Oil, in general, has anti-inflammatory properties which helps to calm itchy skin or rashes. So always remember to test it out on a small patch of skin to see if you are allergic, and to not use too much at the start so that you can observe how your skin reacts to oil!