In recent years, Argan oil has gained recognition as a beauty product that can help achieve that glowing, fresh look we’re all after. Hair and skin care products containing this type of oil are in high demand, and you’re about to know exactly why.
What is Argan oil?
Argan oil is an oil obtained from the pressed nut of the fruit of the Argan tree, found only in South-western Morocco. The Argan tree lives about 150 to 200 years, and only starts producing the fruit when it reaches 30 to 50 years old. This makes Argan oil difficult to produce, and often expensive as a result.
The oil is very rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, such as omega 3, 6 and 9. That’s where all its cosmetic qualities come from. It can be safely used in its pure, raw form and doesn’t necessarily need to be bought as an ingredient in lotions, conditioners and moisturisers.The best thing about Argan oil is that you only need very tiny amounts of the product to see beauty results. Just one or two drops will do the trick, so even though it can be expensive, the bottle will go a long way.
How is Argan oil made?
Traditionally, the process of obtaining the oil involves Tamri goats, which are native Moroccan mountain goats. These animals literally climb the Argan tree and eat its fruit, which contains the nut. Afterwards, the oil producers use the goat’s organic waste, which contain the undigested seeds, and use them to produce the oil. Even though this practice is still in use today, modern producers have also found different ways of obtaining the oil.
Another method of obtaining the oil involves drying the Argan tree nuts in the sun, then cracking them to produce kernels, which are then crushed into a paste. When pressure is applied, the oil will be extracted from the paste.
How can I use Argan oil?
The parts of your body that will benefit the most from using Argan oil are definitely your skin and your hair.
Argan oil is great to keep frizzy ends under control, moisture your dry hair and give it a shinier look, thanks to all the vitamins and antioxidants it contains. Vitamin E is especially beneficial for the appearance of your hair.
As a general rule, if you want a full hair treatment, apply Argan oil to your hair when it is still damp, as it will be absorbed better. If you only want to apply it on the tips, you can do it while your hair is dry.
The oil can be used as a conditioner, leaving your hair soft, silky, shiny and looking incredible. While many leave-in conditioners are greasy and are heavy on chemicals, Argan oil is exactly the opposite. The trick is to remember not to use more than you need to.
Rub a few drops of the oil thoroughly between your palms, and then comb your hair with your fingers. Make sure you massage from the scalp to the ends, so it spreads all the way through. If you can do this process before bed so the hair has more time to come in contact with the product, even better.
If you’re familiar with bad hair days, Argan oil can also be used as a styling agent to help you with this little problem. It makes your hair manageable and adds softness and shine. Incorporate this step in your daily routine, especially after blow drying your hair.
Argan oil can do wonders for the appearance of your skin. With all its antioxidants, and its chemical-free and non-greasy structure, its moisturising properties are amazing. It will leave your skin looking fresh and can even reduce the visibility of wrinkles. It’s great for dry skin, hydrating more than any other cosmetic product.
Don’t be afraid to apply oil to your skin. Argan oil is non-greasy, so it won’t feel like a thick layer on your face. Also, applying one or two drops daily should be enough to start seeing results.
Apply the oil the same way as you would any other skin moisturiser or body lotion, preferably after the shower every morning, or before bed. Include feet, heels and toe nails for better results. Remember, the oil will go a long way, so only use a small amount.
Argan oil it is also great for your hands, because they tend to dry out more than the rest of your body, especially when temperatures drop. Apply the oil each morning for smoother skin, and make sure you include cuticles and nails.
Argan oil storage
It is best to store the oil in a dry, dark, cool place, like a shelf. It is very slow to become rancid, and you can expect a bottle will last about a year with proper storage. After opening it, if you can keep it in the fridge, that’s be even better.
100% pure Argan oil is always a better option than beauty products that contain the oil in small quantities, for application purposes as well as storage purposes.