WHAT IS ARGAN OIL? Often called ‘liquid gold’, argan oil is an organic product extracted from the kernels of the argan tree, which is native to Morocco. It is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients including fatty acids and vitamin E. Its properties make it particularly beneficial for the hair and skin, which makes it a popular cosmetic choice. The fruit of the argan tree is small, and round, oval, or conical. A thick peel covers the fleshy pulp. The pulp surrounds a hard-shelled nut that represents about 25% of the weight of the fresh fruit. The nut contains one to three oil-rich argan kernels. Extraction yields from 30% to 50% of the oil in the kernels, depending on the extraction method.
No fuss just benefits. Some benefits of argan oil:
• Skin moisturizer – Argan oil for face treatments contains an ingredient called sterolins. Sterolins can promote healthy skin cell metabolism and help your skin retain more moisture. Also,argan oil benefits skin health because it contains unsaturated fatty acids that help make the skin softer.
• Acne and acne scars – Since argan oil regulates the production of sebum, which causes acne, its use can help reduce further breakouts. The vitamin E present in the oil contains anti-oxidants that help remove damaged cells and help new ones grow, therefore fading acne scars.
• Anti-aging – When applied on face, the anti-oxidants in argan oil benefit skin health by preventing oxidative damage from environmental pollution and UV radiation. Tocopherols and fatty acids such as Linoleic acid present in the oil, fight free radicals and improve elasticity and cell strength of facial skin.
• Makeup remover – The oil can also act as a safe and effective makeup remover. Especially during the removal of eye makeup, such as liner and mascara, because it doesn’t hurt if it comes in direct contact with eyes.
The main use of this oil is in the pure form. Argan oil for face treatments that are available in a 100% pure form in stores usually contain vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids that help address certain skin problems like acne and dry skin.