Argan oil has been on the global beauty scene for quite some time now, with every big player in skin and hair care jumping on the bandwagon. Whilst we may have these big brands to thank for throwing this precious oil in to the spotlight, Argan oil has been revered for centuries in its native Morocco for its numerous beauty benefits.
Not to be confused with Moroccan Oil which is the brand name for a less pure version of Argan, often mixed with synthetic oils (FYI: it’s also not even made in Morocco), organic Argan oil is the virgin oil pressed from the kernels of the fruit of the Argan tree, which is found only in Morocco. Interestingly, the Argan tree lives to around 150 to 200 years old, but doesn’t start producing fruit until it matures to around 30 to 50 years old. As the tree is found in such a limited area, the oil is relatively rare, hence it’s nickname “liquid gold.” There are plenty of imposters out there that claim to be natural Argan but in fact are riddled with harmful oils and chemicals that could wreak havoc with your skin and hair. So be wary and do your research before you buy.
One brand that never disappoints is Izil Natural Argan Beauty. It’s a family-owned company that only uses 100% natural and organic Argan in all of its products. Their Multi-Purpose Argan Oil definitely outshines any other Argan product I’ve tried. It’s not greasy at all and is easily absorbed on both skin and hair. The smell is also pleasantly subtle and nowhere near as strong as other Argan products available. Here are eight beauty benefits which prove you need to add it to your beauty routine.
1- Skin Moisturiser
Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, is anti-inflammatory and has unparalleled conditioning properties making the perfect skin-softening hydrator. It’s been known to work wonders for those who suffer from chronic dry skin, eczema and psoriasis.
2- Anti-Ageing Treatment
Argan is loaded with antioxidants which protect the body from inflammation and subsequent cell damage. It restores the skin’s natural elasticity and reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Massage a few drops in to your face and neck before bed to wake up to visibly plumper skin.
3- Acne Treatment
Whilst many oils are comedogenic and exacerbate acne problems, Argan oil actually soothes skin and promotes healing. It’s non-greasy and works to regulate sebum production. Pat a small amount in to clean, dry skin twice a day to help clear up mild acne.
4- Hairstyling Serum
The light texture of Argan oil makes it the perfect hairstyling aid. Use a small amount to smooth down fly aways and add shine to hair.
5- Scalp Soother
If you suffer from a dry scalp or dandruff, try applying Argan all over your head, massaging well in to the scalp. Wrap your hair with cling film and leave for 20 to 30 minutes. The oil will hydrate, nourish and clear up any flakes.
6- Stretch Mark Prevention
Thanks to it’s high vitamin E content, Argan increases skin’s elasticity. It’s 100% natural so perfectly safe to use during pregnancy for stretch mark prevention. Slather on to the belly, thighs, breasts and anywhere else you feel like to keep skin taught, smooth and stretch mark-free.
7- Hand and Nail Treatment
Argan’s intensive hydration properties make it the ideal treatment for dry hands and cracked cuticles. Rub in to your hands, focusing on the nails every night before bed for soft, youthful hands and super strong, shiny nails.
8- Lip Softener
Organic Argan oil is actually edible so it’s totally safe to use on your lips. Work a few drops in to your lips to heal cracks and soreness and keep them soft, plump and protected.
This is one multi-tasking oil that you’ll definitely want to keep on hand, all year long.
Do you use Argan oil? What do you think?