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The Beauty Benefits of Argan Oil

December 12, 2013

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Known by Moroccans as the “tree of life”, the argan tree has supported people in southwestern Morocco for centuries. For generations, people have harvested argan nuts for their oil, which is very rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, using it to protect their skin, hair, and nails from the harsh conditions in which they live.

Recently, the benefits of argan oil have become better known in the Western world, and as a result, it has become a key beauty ingredient found in many types of products ranging from anti-aging skin treatments to hair conditioners.

One of the greatest benefits of argan oil is its versatility. It’s gentle enough to use on all skin types and it has shown to be an effective natural ingredient for nourishing, healing, and revitalizing many areas of the body. Here are a few ways to add argan oil into your daily beauty regime.

Face: Argan oil contains high amounts of antioxidants, which help to protect the skin from free radicals that cause the skin to age. When applied to the face as a daily moisturizer, it has shown to hydrate skin, and reduce fine lines and wrinkles to reveal a healthy glow.

Body: Because argan oil is so rich in vitamin E, it is a great solution for helping fade stretch marks and scars on the skin. It is also extremely effective in moisturizing and healing dry, irritated skin. The use of argan oil in the treatment of certain skin ailments such as psoriasis, eczema, acne has also proven to be beneficial.

Hair: Argan oil is an excellent ingredient to add to your hair care routine. Apply to the ends of your hair to heal dead ends, calm frizz, and add shine. It can also be used as a deep conditioning treatment to help to restore the overall health of your hair from roots to end.

Scalp: The most effective way to get beautiful healthy hair is through nourishing and moisturizing your scalp. If you’re suffering from a dry, flaky scalp, add argan oil to a cotton ball and apply to your scalp to help improve dryness and promote healing.

Hands: With its super moisturizing properties, argan oil prevents and heals dry hands, which is especially helpful during the colder months. It also helps to soften cuticles and improve nail strength and overall health.

In addition to the topical benefits mentioned above, argan oil is also known for its nutritional benefits and anti-inflammatory properties when consumed. Argan oil can be used as an alternative for olive oil making it a healthy ingredient to add to dressing and salads—just make sure you’re purchasing culinary argan oil, and not raw argan oil intended for cosmetic purposes.

What is your favorite way to use argan oil?

 

About the author

Alexis D’Alba is as a contributing writer to Wellness Today and a 2012 graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition. She enjoys spinning and kick-boxing classes, and loves experimenting with different smoothie recipes in her Vitamix blender.