Argan oil is one of the most versatile oils out there! It comes from Morocco and is made from the kernels of the argan tree and is often referred to as ‘liquid gold’ or the ‘miracle oil.’ Originally the oil was used in cooking and baking, it could be used as a bread dip or drizzled on pasta. Nowadays, it is more commonly used for cosmetic purposes. There are loads of other ways that argan oil can be used cosmetically, here I have listed my top 4 and how you can try them at home!
1) Skin moisturiser to prevent dry skin
Argan oil is considered to be a dry oil which makes it an excellent moisturiser as it absorbs quickly without being greasy. It can be used as a facial moisturiser, an entire body moisturiser, or even a lip moisturiser!
How to use argan oil as a skin moisturiser: To use argan oil as a facial moisturiser take a couple of drops of the oil and massage it directly onto your face and neck, be careful to avoid your eyes. To use as a body moisturiser, massage the oil gently into the skin after a bath or shower. Argan oil can also be used as a lip moisturiser, it will not heal chapped lips but it can nurture the lips. You will only need one or two drops to use argan oil as a lip moisturiser, gently dab the oil onto the lips and wipe away any excess.
2) Hair conditioner to treat split ends
Many shampoos contain chemicals that have drying agents that strip hair of its natural nutrients. The vitamin E found in argan oil helps to repair split ends, while the Omega-3 and Omega-9 fatty acids will help to strengthen hair and reduce scalp dryness.
How to use argan oil as a conditioner to prevent split ends: Take 2-3 drops and gently work through the ends of your hair. Make sure you don’t apply too much as this can weigh down your hair and overload it with moisture making it appear greasy.
3) Leave-in hair treatment
Although argan oil was originally used as a cooking oil, today using it as a pre-wash hair treatment is perhaps its most common use. Argan oil is one of the best natural hair protectants; it is full of antioxidants which prevents hair loss and speeds up hair growth. The antioxidants present in argan oil also help to protect our hair from free radicals which are molecules that can contribute to hair loss and damage hair follicles.
How to use argan oil as pre-wash hair treatment: Take 5 or 6 drops of argan oil in your hand and rub your palms together until you generate a little bit of heat. Then massage the oil into your scalp thoroughly. Place a shower cap on your head and leave the argan oil in your hair for at least a couple of hours, or overnight if you can, and then wash out with a natural shampoo.
4) Anti-aging, protective, and healing – argan oil does all three!
The antioxidants present in argan oil are beneficial for dry, irritated or damaged skin which makes it a good option to try after shaving, if you suffer from skin conditions such as eczema, or to apply to itchy stretch marks.
Argan oil protects the skin because it is an elective melanin biosynthesis inhibitor. This means that it has the potential to normalise skin cells that contain too much melanin and provides protection from UV rays which can prematurely age skin.
Argan oil is well-known for its anti-aging properties; it is rich in vitamin A which is good for keeping skin firm and healthy. It is also rich in vitamin E which works to block the free radicals that play a large part in the aging process, blocking these free radicals helps to reduce wrinkles and keep skin looking youthful.
Which argan oil should I use?
Avoid using culinary argan oil for cosmetic purposes as the nut kernels are extracted differently to produce different results. To produce culinary argan oil the nuts are roasted and grinded to produce a deep nutty flavour and scent. On the other hand cosmetic argan oil is produced by pressing the nuts without roasting them which produces a lighter oil without that deep nutty scent.
Argan oil is extremely popular, and because of this there are tonnes of argan oil products on the market. It’s important to find an argan oil that is free from chemicals, natural and nourishing on your skin. We’d recommend using Absolute Aromas Argan Essential Oil that is completely organic and vegan friendly. Absolute Aromas Argan Oil is a carrier oil which means that it works well when mixed with other oils, why not have fun experimenting with different oil blends to get the most out of your argan oil?