You’ve all read about the benefits of coconut and olive oil on skin & hair. But have you heard of Argan oil? It’s still largely unknown in the world of beauty, but it’s remarkably effective. I picked up a bottle on a whim during a trip to Marrakech and have been using it since. I use it regularly on my face and neck, and really have noticed a difference – my skin seems plumper, smoother; more radiant. And it lasts forever – a little dab is all you need for your entire face. Having also used it on a surgical scar, I was amazed at how rapidly it healed and promptly advised my surgeon to suggest it to other patients. And an added bonus — it does wonders for dry hair and is a great nail treatment too. Here are some more facts about this magic little elixir:
Argan oil comes from the Argan tree, which is only found inMorocco. Protected by UNESCO, the trees are considered an endangered plant species. The local Berber women labour hard and long to crack the nuts open in order to retrieve the oil – sometimes working on extraction for an entire day. The Argan tree is a vital economic and ecological resource for the Moroccan people, and is used in food, medicine, and cosmetics.
Omega 3 and Omega 6
Argan oil is packed with Omega 3 and Omega 6 essential fatty acids, which are vital to human health – preventing diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, heart disease, and diabetes. Omega 3 has even been known to fight depression.
Vitamin E is to skin what water is to parched Earth. Argan oil is packed to the brim with Vitamin E – an antioxidant vital in protecting the body from free radicals. The oil is used for treating minor skin ailments such as dry skin and psoriasis, and more serious skin ailments such as burns or eczema.
The skin really seems to “drink” this oil up when applied – it is almost immediately absorbed, with minimal oily residue. I usually dab a bit on my face before going to bed, or even over make-up before going out. It gives the face a slight shimmer without the heavy oily look. You literally need to dip your finger in the oil and use on problem areas; corner of eyes, laughter lines, and neck. And remember – a little goes a long way and you will see results almost immediately.
No wonder it’s commonly nicknamed “Liquid Gold”!
Where to buy Argan Oil?
Argan oil is available online – simple Google search will bring up results of where to find this in your area. However, remember to buy the 100% pure Argan oil, not products containing Argan oil. This way you’ll have the best chance of reaping the full benefits and get your money’s worth.