Argan oil (or Argania Spinosa) derives from Morocco where it is harvested, mainly by women, and by hand, using traditional methods. The process is labour intensive yet the end result yields an exquisite multi functional oil which is a must have product for natural well-being.
Argan oil can be used as an important addition to your beauty routine if you want to promote glowing moisturised skin and silky hair.
Many mass produced products have elements of Argan oil in their listed ingredients, as well as chemicals and ingredients that you may be unable to decipher without a science degree. You can cut out the middleman, (and the additives in the mass produced products), and control what you use on yours, and your families skin by buying 100% pure unadulterated Argan oil. It can be used effectively by itself or mixed with essential oils for more intense treatments for specific conditions.
Choosing a good quality Argan oil can benefit your health, the environment and the women who produce the oil.
The best Argan oils are 100% organic and cold pressed. These oils have not been refined or bleached and therefore retain the highest levels of active ingredients.
For the ethically minded amongst us, its worth looking for sustainably sourced Argan oil which means its production doesn’t have a detrimental effect on the environment. Sourcing Argan oil that has been ethically harvested helps to ensure that the women who produce the oil are paid and treated fairly.
Essential fatty acids, antioxidants and Vitamin E are all ingredients that can be found in Argan oil, making it a fantastic skin treatment.
Argan oil is used in commercial products that treat skin conditions such as dermatitis, psoriasis, eczema and acne. If you are wanting to add a natural oil to your skincare routine Argan oil will help your skin by adding vital nutrients and moisture.
If you are suffering from acne, Argan oil is light enough not to block pores (which in turn can help to eradicate irritation and breakouts), and it is rich enough to add the moisture that oil producing skin needs to regulate itself. Argan oil is jam packed full of essential fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E which keeps skin healthy and can help to heal damage and pigmentation, making it an all round must have treatment for healthy skin.
Use Argan oil regularly as a body moisturiser to experience super soft, well nourished skin.
Argan oil can be used all over the body to promote good skin health. A full body aromatherapy massage with Argan oil used as a base will keep your skin glowing, supple and firm. It can be used in place of a body moisturiser after showering or bathing and will sink into skin leaving it revitalised without a sticky or greasy residue. Applying the oil to wet skin will lock in moisture and applying it to dry skin will create a protective layer.
Argan oil is also known to have natural SPF properties and can be used underneath your UV cream as an additional layer of protection, however, Argan oil is not a sunblock and shouldn’t be used instead of a quality UV protectant if you are spending time in the sun.
Keep your hair healthy, shiny and well conditioned by using Argan oil as a treatment and to style hair.
Argan oil can be used as a preventative treatment to keep your hair in stellar condition or can be used to restore damaged hair that may be dull, feel unconditioned or have split ends.
The moisturising effects coupled with the high Vitamin E content have hydrating properties which will make hair soft and shiny. It can be used on all hair types for conditioning and deep conditioning and has the added benefit of protecting your hair against sun damage. It can also be used on facial hair, as a beard or moustache oil.
Your hair type will determine how much oil you need for a treatment, fine hair will benefit from a drop or two for styling, while thicker or coarser hair will require more product. Argan oil is so multi functional that it can also be used in place of serum or heat protector before styling.
Use more Argan oil for a deep conditioning treatment, or combine it with essential oils like Bergamot, Lavender or Neroli to infuse a fresh fragrance into your hair and add additional shine.
For a deep hair conditioning treatment, shampoo your hair first and then add the Argan oil all over your hair, making sure every strand is covered. Cover your hair with a plastic cap or some cling film and a warm towel and leave for a couple of hours or overnight before washing away to reveal perfectly conditioned hair.
Perk up dull lifeless skin with a quick Argan oil body cleansing skin treatment.
Massage Argan oil into the skin all over your body for a few minutes, and then remove with a warm damp flannel. This can be used as an all over body treatment and can be followed up with a lighter application of oil for additional moisturising.
Combining Argan oil with essential oils can improve results by adding more shine to your hair, nourishing the skin and by providing a calming fragrance to suit your mood.
Argan oil blends well with the following essential oils for skincare:
Frankincense, Jasmine, Lavender, Neroli, Roman Chamomile and Rose Absolute.
Bergamot, Cedarwood, Clove Leaf, Eucalyptus, Lavender, Lemon, Neroli, Rose Absolute and Rosemary.