Known as a ‘miracle ingredient’, Argan oil has been making headlines for its near-miraculous use. Some beauty mavens have even gone as far as to call it ‘liquid gold’ as it works as a superfood for hair and skin, packing in everything from hydrating omega fatty acids to age-defying antioxidants. Not just this, it also acts as an amazing acne fighter, UV blocker, razor burn healer, hair growth promoter and also clears the common enemy- dandruff!
So, what is Argan oil?
Argan oil is also known as the ‘Oil of Morocco’ and comes from the nut of the Argan tree which only grows in Southwestern Morocco.The entire process of extracting the oil revolves around the centuries’ old technique that takes a minimum of 3 days to make just a litre of this miracle oil. Due to its limited and labour-intensive production, Argan oil is pretty valuable and rather expensive. However, the true value and nature of Argan oil can only be known to those who go the extra length to learn about its uses and benefits, and then experience this magic via usage.
What are the benefits of using Moroccan Argan oil?
Argan oil’s magic stems from its composition: it’s extremely rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s best known for its nourishing, hydrating, moisturizing, and conditioning properties.
Hair Benefits of Moroccan Argan Oil
1. It can help with dandruff problem(yes, for real)
If you’re suffering from the dry, itchy scalp – using argan oil can help reduce inflammation and relieve dandruff-inducing oxidative stress. The best way to use argan oil and get rid of your unpleasant dandruff problem is to use it as a leave-in-conditioner.
2. It can boost hair growth
To help with re-growth, argan oil’s natural dose of vitamin E help prevent breakage and split ends, which may result in fuller, thicker hair over the course of time. The magic oil works as a powerful moisture-enhancing product and moist scalp is essential to create optimal conditions for healthy and thicker hair.
3. It makes your hair shinier and frizz-free
Argan oil is well known for adding shine to your dead strands – no frills, no fuss. The beauty oil is packed with all the essential fatty acids and Vitamin E which seals the hair cuticles, giving dry, frayed and frazzled locks a new life.
Skin Benefits of Moroccan Argan Oil
1. It slows down signs of ageing and helps to heal skin
Power-packed with fatty acids, Vitamin A and E, antioxidants, squalene, and polyphenols, Argan oil is full of good stuff for your skin. The amount of Vitamin E in the oil is potent enough to fight the damaging effects of pollution and free radicals. This invariably slows down the signs of ageing while keeping your skin plump and young.
2. It combats razor bumps
Massaging a few drops of Argan oil onto your razor bumps can calm any redness and swelling. It’s the anti-inflammatory properties of the nut oil which works to soothe the affected area while Vitamin E helps in speeding up the healing process and lowering the risk of scarring.
3. It can help fight acne
Did you know that acne is a result of a damaged skin barrier, thus causing the skin to over-produce oil which inevitably leads to the clogging of pores and ultimately triggering acne? But thanks to the high concentration of Vitamin E in Argan oil, it fights skin inflammation and rigorously works to repair the skin’s moisture barrier. Not only will the oil keep your sebum production in check but also exponentially reduce the chances of breakouts.
How to Use Argan Oil?
Let’s get down to the fun part – depending on what you’re trying to achieve, here are a few ways in which you can incorporate Argan oil into your daily routine.
1. As a mask
To enjoy at-home deep hair conditioning treatment, take a generous amount of the oil and apply it to your dry hair. You can use it exclusively or combine it with some other hair-friendly carrier oils like coconut oil. Allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes or you can also leave the product in your hair for a longer time to give yourself a more intensive treatment (up to overnight). Rinse it off with a mild shampoo followed by a conditioner and rise up to a super shiny, refreshed, and hydrated mane.
2. As a skin barrier
Argan oil is occlusive in nature, which basically means that it traps all the moisture in your skin and acts as a barrier. It blocks all the moisture in your pores and stops it from evaporating. Just massage it over your moisturizer and its lightweight texture will sink in and absorb rather quickly.
3. As a hair oil
Another great way to use Argan oil daily is to use it as heat-protectant. Take two drops of the oil on the palm of your hands and rub it together to mildly heat the oil. Use your fingers to gently massage it in your towel-dried hair, from ends to the roots, and style them as usual. It will effortlessly work to protect your strands without weighing them down!