Hi there! If there’s a product that works best for both skin and hair, I suppose it would become every woman’s best friend! I think the process of finding that is tedious though. We all continue to search for that particular innovation that would address our issues on aging, skin care, and hair management to name a few, once and for all. Surprisingly an age-old solution has come out on the market and is claiming to be the ultimate answer to our concerns. I’m sure you’re as intrigued as I am that’s why you’ve come here for information about the organic argan oil. Here you will find everything you need to know about it and hopefully my research would help you decide whether or not you could embrace this solution as part of your beauty regimen.
(Updated for 2013)
What is Organic Argan Oil?
Organic argan oil is a type of oil which is extracted from the kernels of Argania Spinosa popularly known as the Argan tree. This tree is very rare and only thrives in the continent of Africa and particularly endemic to Southwestern Morocco. Archeological evidence indicates that people have been extracting the argan oil for centuries. It is also said that the ancient Berber society traditionally used the oil for food, skin care, and medicine.
Grinding and roasting the seeds are the traditional techniques used by Moroccan women for extracting the oil. The most rigorous part of the extraction though is the removal of the soft pulp and the manual cracking of the kernel prior to grinding and roasting where the rich, nutty flavor is released.
Properties and Uses
To understand why this type of oil has become so popular and widely used in the world of medicine and cosmetics, it is important to examine the properties and their corresponding benefits.
- Fatty acids – the argan oil is composed of 80% unsaturated fatty acids that include oleic, linoleic, palmitic, stearic, and linolenic acids; they are considered good fats essential to optimal health and energy. They keep the skin healthy and help slow the process of aging.
- Vitamin E – renowned for its antioxidant qualities, anti-aging properties, and therapeutic values.
- Phenols – compounds with range of properties and are acclaimed for their health benefits such as caffeic acid, oleuropein, vanillic acid, tyrosol, catechol, resorcinol, epicatechin, and catechin. Caffeic acid is the main natural phenol in argan oil which is an antioxidant also found in teas and coffees.
- Carotenes – essential nutrients rich in Vitamin A which play a great role in many functions throughout the body such as skin and cellular health, antioxidant activity, immune function, and bone metabolism among others.
- Squalene – a natural organic compound that is used in medicine for the prevention of cancer. It also has anti-aging properties that help prevent cell damage. Squalene is used in many cosmetic products.
In dermatological application, the organic argan oil has high nutritive values. The following are its cosmetic benefits.
- Skin and Nails – Used as a treatment for eczemas, psoriasis, gercures, burns, dermatitis, cellulitis, stretchmarks, acne, and other skin conditions, the argan oil is also used for hydrating the skin. Because of the high content of unsaturated fatty acids, it is expected to soothe, soften, and eliminate wrinkles. Apparently, it can rejuvenate, provide elasticity, moisture, and repair skin with its powerful antioxidant properties. The argan oil has long been used in skin care as an excellent face, hand, nail and body moisturizer.
- Hair – Considered by many hairdressers as a miracle oil, this aged and yet still popular and heralded powerful oil restores the shine, glow, and luster of the hair by penetrating deep into the roots and absorbing quickly. Used in shampoos, conditioners, and other hair products, the argan oil supposedly nourishes, strengthens, and hydrates the hair and scalp naturally. In addition, it is believed to be an excellent protection against hair loss and damage.
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