For centuries, the Moroccan people have been pressing and extracting the precious oil from the nut of the argan tree for many good reasons. Not only has this oil been used as a dietary supplement and medical reasons but for it's ability to moisturise, protect and nourish the skin. Traditional uses by the Berber people of Morocco include the topical treatment of psoriasis, eczema and skin inflammation as well as joint pain.
The healing attributes of argan oil are due the the high content of the vitamins A and E as well as being loaded with anti-oxidants and fatty acids. These properties found within the oil, help to stimulate cell renewal, protect from free radicals and at the same time, provide moisture. It is for these reasons that the beauty market has gone wild incorporating argan oil into their skin and haircare products.
Argan oil is a very versatile oil that can replace many skincare products. It can deliver several benefits to the skin, cutting down on the number of purchases made for different conditions or ailments. Although pure argan oil can be used in your daily skincare routine, it can also be used to treat more specific skin complaints.
Let your skin benefit from all the nutrients that argan oil has to offer in a daily routine as a daytime moisturiser. This oil is very light, being well known as a 'dry oil' so won't feel heavy or greasy and is easily absorbed. With regular use, you should notice a difference in skin softness.
As a special treat or when your skin is in need of some extra hydration, argan oil can be applied at night to deliver optimum results.
Argan Oil For Acne
Argan oil is fequently found in moisturisers, anti-aging and repair treatments. The anti-sebum effect of argan oil was shown in a test on twenty people aged between seventeen and fifty years, all of whom suffered with oily skin. The sebum level was measured on forehead and cheeks before treatment. After four weeks of twice daily application of a facial cream containing the oil, a noticable change in skin grease was observed which demonstrated the anti-sebum activity of argan oil. Source
Argan oil can help to keep the skin supple and more flexible, therefore helping with the prevention of stretch marks. If you have started to notice stretch marks due to weight gain, body building or pregnancy, a little oil applied daily can help to keep the skin more elastic. During pregnancy, the skin stretches in a relatively short period of time. Argan oil applied daily will help with allowing the skin to expand without the tearing that can occur, resulting in what is commonly known as stretch marks.
Note: At the time of publication, there are no known side effects of using argan oil for topical application during pregnancy, although as the oil is extracted from a nut, people with nut allergies should avoid using it before consulting a doctor.
Dry Feet / Cracked Heels
If you suffer with dry feet or cracked heels, a layer of argan oil as an overnight treatment can help. Simply apply a generous amount, concentrating of worst affected area's and cover with a pair of socks. Your feet will feel softer and more comfortable in the morning.
Opuntia argan oil for skin is a pure cold pressed quality cosmetic oil. Many lower quality oils can be found on the market but will not deliver the same concentration of beneficial nutrients. Many skincare products simply have traces of the oil included in a mix of synthetic ingredients and are sold at higher prices. To gain maximum benefit from argan oil, always buy in the pure form to experience this liquid gold to the full.