Argan oil is a staple in my hair care and skin care routine. I ought to start by saying this. I love my little bottle of gold goodness and it goes everywhere with me. The miracles argan oil can do for you are endless – healthy silky hair, replenished soft skin, strong nails, and more :) Let me tell you all about them!
I’ve been loving argan oil long enough to become interested in its rich history and understand the way such beneficial product is created. I believe it is important to get to know what you are using on your body and not to trust blindly when it comes to cosmetics ;)
So argan oil is an unusual and precious commodity. It has been used in the beauty rituals of Moroccan women since ancient times. Argan trees grow in the semi-desert area of south western Morocco. They are slow-growing plants that can take up to 50 years to produce fruit. Their fruit is smaller than apricots.
Now this is not the glorious of images of an argan tree but it is a fact – goats love argan tree leaves! I have stumbled across tons of photos like this one below :D
The process of making argan oil is fascinating – everything is done by hand! By numerous hardworking Moroccan women. First, the argan fruit husks are dried, removed, and frequently used as animal feed. By means of two stones, workers remove a small almond-shaped seeds that contain up to 60% oil. The shells are ground and used as natural exfoliants and in pottery. The seeds are either cold-pressed, producing a light oil for cosmetic use, or toasted and processed into culinary oil. It’s an extensive process, one of the two reasons the outcome of which is so valuable.
The other reason is the miraculous properties argan oil hides. It is beneficial in a few priceless ways. Argan oil is maybe the only product that serves for balancing the overall health, for cooking purposes, and for skin, hair and nails restorative uses.
- It owns the incredible property to restore the natural brightness and tightness of the skin. Any type of skin will benefit from the use of argan oil. My skin tends to be oily and I use argan oil in my home-made masks to balance the harsh effects some ingredients might have on the surface of my skin. It works wonderfully!
- Helps to reduce the appearance of wrinkles caused be premature aging of the skin. It is well used as a skin care product by itself but you may also use it as a supplementary serum-like treatment in your evening routine. You may apply it solely as an eye cream as the skin in this area is very delicate and needs to be taken care of even at younger age.
- Very efficient in the removal of stretch marks and wrinkles caused by pregnancy or rapid gain and loss of weight. I haven’t tested this myself however I suspect that you will need to be quite consistent in applying the argan oil in your fight against strech marks.
- The argan oil makes your hair stronger while restoring its soft silky texture. Being a light oil, it can be easily spread along the lengths of your hair and absorbed quickly within the hair follicles to reinforce them from the roots. It is proven to heal split ends by providing good nourishment and improving blood flow around hair follicles.
- In a similar way, argan oil calms and nourishes nail cuticles restoring their beautiful healthy look.
- Directly, argan oil influences in a positive way many body organs, or indirectly, helps to sustain good energy levels that support their normal functioning. In addition, it is one of the best substances known to diminish and sustain healthy levels of cholesterol in the human body. I am yet to try the culinary side of argan oil.
What I use is 100% pure cold-press argania spinosa oil from bio farming. Мine is bottled in 50 ml by Argania in Sofia, Bulgaria (www.argania.bg) and the actual product is produced and imported from Morocco.
Argan oil has been known by the name “liquid gold” for many, many years back in time and this is not without a reason – try and see for yourself. :)