Amazing Benefits of Argan Oil that Promote Beautiful Skin and Hair
Love the idea of a versatile beauty product that boasts a variety of benefits for both the skin and hair? Look no further than Argan oil.
Harvested from the argan tree of Morocco, Argan oil is a natural substance that is beneficial to your entire body, from your head to your heels...and just about everything in between!
Is your interest piqued? In this post, we’ll explore the amazing benefits of Argan oil that promote beautiful skin and hair.
What Is Argan Oil?
While Argan oil might sound exotic and new to you, it’s actually been used for centuries in its native Morocco.
Argan oil comes from the seed kernels of the Argan tree. In Morocco, the Argan tree is sometimes even called “The Tree of Life” because it offers so many benefits to the creatures and people of the arid south Moroccan desert land.
Not only does the tree offer timber for fires and building, but the oil that comes from the tree’s seed kernels has both culinary and cosmetic uses.
While we could rhapsodize about its slightly nutty flavor in cooking, for the purposes of this post we’re going to focus on its health benefits in the context of a beauty and body care routine.
The Benefits of Argan Oil
To understand the benefits of Argan oil, it may be helpful to learn how densely packed it is with nutrients.
For one, Argan oil naturally contains a variety of fatty acids, in particular oleic and linoleic acids.
Oleic acid is perhaps most famous for its presence in another healthy oil--olive oil. It is considered an extremely healthy (and heart healthy) fatty acid.
Linoleic acid is an omega-6, which is an essential nutrient. Omega 6 fatty acids a type of polyunsaturated fatty acid that have shown to have an anti-inflammatory effect.
But that’s not all that Argan oil has to offer! In addition to these super-nourishing fatty acids, Argan oil also contains a variety of other nutrients, vitamins and minerals, including Vitamin A and Vitamin E.
Now that you understand a little bit more about what makes up Argan oil, let’s talk about its specific benefits in terms of beauty and well-being.
In recent years, Argan oil has become a staple ingredient in a variety of skin care products, largely owing to the fact that it’s a natural and highly effective moisturizer.
Plant-based Argan oil is a natural emollient. In case you’re not familiar with the term, an emollient is a substance that has a softening effect, in this case on the skin.
With its emollient properties, Argan oil is helpful in softening dry or flaky skin. It penetrates into the pores and helps fill out parched areas, soothing and smoothing them.
With these deeply hydrating powers, Argan oil is able to nourish the skin and may improve elasticity as well.
One study on the effects of Argan oil conducted on postmenopausal women showed that Argan oil showed a significant increase in the elasticity of skin, improving the skin texture and reducing signs of aging.
Give it a try: you can apply Argan oil directly to the face or as an ingredient in a moisturizer.
Skin toner is sort of like a primer for the skin, readying it for the rest of your beauty routine.
Skin toner can suffer from a bad reputation at times. It used to be that toners were full of dehydrating alcohols and chemicals that were very astringent to the face.
Happily, in recent years that has changed. These days, toners tend to be much more gentle, and are used to gently cleanse and hydrate the skin.
Argan oil has great hydrating and cleansing properties, so it’s a frequent ingredient in skin toner. Argan oil helps pack a hydrating punch to the solution, so that you can clean the skin before the rest of your beauty routine without stripping it of essential natural oil and moisture.
Got dry lips? Good news: Argan oil intense moisturizing capabilities aren’t limited just to the skin. It makes for a fantastic lip moisturizer and conditioner as well.
Not only can Argan oil help keep your lips from drying out, but it can help soothe lips that have already become chapped.
By applying Argan oil, you’ll be able to smooth out any cracks, giving you a much smoother base to put on lipstick or lip gloss. Either rub a few drops of Argan oil directly into the lips, or incorporate it into a DIY lip balm.
Why stop at your face when your entire body can benefit from Argan oil moisturizing magic?
You might understandably be wary of using an oil as a whole-body moisturizer, because after all, you don’t want to use a substance that could clog your pores or leave your skin greasy!
However, Argan oil is not what is referred to as comedogenic. Oils that are comedogenic tend to cause blackheads because they block the pores. Argan oil is non comedogenic--meaning it absorbs easily and quickly, and won’t clog your pores.
With no additives or chemicals, it’s the perfect way to protect all of the skin you’re in. It can also be rubbed into the nails and cuticle beds, and can help soften notoriously dry spots like elbows, knees, and the heels.
To give your hands and feet a little extra attention, apply Argan oil and put on gloves or socks for about 20-30 minutes. This easy DIY beauty treatment has a noticeable softening effect on the skin!
While many people are conscientious about moisturizing their skin, relatively few think to moisturize their hair. Hair that isn’t properly hydrated can tend toward unmanageable and frizzy, and has a higher likelihood of breakage and damage.
The deep moisturizing properties of Argan oil make it perfectly suited to conditioning, and since it is quickly absorbed and won’t leave your hair greasy, it’s a great ingredient to look for in a leave-in conditioner.
A leave-in conditioner helps your hair reap all of the benefits that Argan oil has to offer. Not only will argan impart moisture to the hair, but it will help it retain moisture, too. As a natural emollient it also softens the hair and helps reduce frizz, meaning you’ll be able to get a brush through your luscious locks much easier.
Additionally, some research suggests that Vitamin E (which Argan oil contains) may contribute to hair growth. So be sure to rub some into your scalp, too!
Overnight hair treatment
Some common causes of hair damage? Hair dye, hair dryers, flat irons, excess sun, dry weather, and cold weather. That’s right: the beauty products and elements that are part of daily life can severely parch your locks, creating split ends, frizz, and flyaways.
If your hair needs some serious TLC, consider using Argan oil as an overnight hair treatment to provide your hair with deep, healing moisturization.
If you have dandruff, an overnight hair treatment is just the ticket. The scalp is just as susceptible to dryness as the rest of your hair and skin, and by moisturizing it with an overnight hair treatment, you’re far less likely to get dandruff.
To do an overnight hair treatment, use 5-10 drops of Argan oil. Rub between your hands to gently warm the oil, and apply to the hair. Place a shower cap or hair cap on top. This will not only help keep your pillowcase clean but will seal in heat, allowing the oil to do its work.
The Best Argan Oil for Beautiful Skin and Hair
Interested in adding Argan oil to your beauty routine? Don’t use any old product.
Remember: the source matters, as your results will only be as good as the product you’re using. It’s important to read labels, because some products will include fillers and added chemicals that can counteract the positive effects of Argan oil.
At Art Naturals, we believe that the best beauty products are taken as directly from nature as possible. We take great care in sourcing high quality products that are as close as possible to nature.
Our cold-pressed Argan oil is sourced in Morocco and is appropriate for hair, face, and skin. Fast absorbing and intensely moisturizing, this is Argan oil at its best.
Not only do we sell pure Argan oil, but we also sell a variety of Argan oil products for the hair, face, and body.
Argan oil is a versatile beauty product that is appropriate for the face, body, lips, and hair. To recap:
Argan oil comes from the argan tree, which is native to Morocco. The oil has been used for centuries for both cooking and as a beauty product.
Argan oil is a natural emollient, meaning it will help soften and moisturize the skin. It’s also fast-absorbing nad naturally non comedogenic, so it won’t clog pores.
Argan oil is a versatile beauty product that is appropriate for the face, body, lips, and hair.
As with any beauty product, it’s important to use the best quality product possible. Consider cold pressed, 100% natural Argan oil from Art Naturals!
Do you use Argan oil for your face, hair, or skin? What have been the results?