Argan oil is definitely swooping the hearts of many women all over the world. Even some men are starting to use this oil in their skin, hair and nail care routines. So what is this oil? What is behind the potent beauty powers of this oil often referred to as the liquid gold of Morocco? For people who have not tried the oil yet, they need some more convincing on why they should spend their money on this oil. If you belong to this group, read on!
A Bit of History of the Argan Oil
Moroccan Argan oil is extracted from the fruit seeds of the Argan tree. The Argan tree grows exclusively on the southwestern part of Morocco. For many centuries, the Berber tribe has been using this oil for culinary, medicinal and cosmetic purposes with the Berber women taking care of the painful task of extracting the oil.
What’s in the Moroccan Argan Oil?
This preciuos oil from Morocco contains nutrients that benfits the skin, hair and nails. Let us discuss some of its components and its benefits.
- Vitamin E – Compared to other essential oils, this Moroccan oil holds the highest levels of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which defends your skin from the damaging effects of oxidation and other destructive environmental factors which lead to skin aging. This nutrient also has moisturising properties therefore keeping the skin smooth and soft. Vitamin E is also beneficial to your locks. It helps restore, repair and renew damaged hair. Many beauty and hair experts agree that mainly because of the high levels of Vitamin E found in this oil, it may just be the best product for treating damaged hair. Your nails are nourished and made stronger by Vitamin E and your cuticles are moisturised too.
- Essential Fatty Acids – The liquid gold of Morocco is incredibly packed with essential fatty acids or EFAs. If your body lacks EFAs, your skin can become dry, flaky and scaly. In fact deficiency of EFAs may lead to skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. EFAs are not just potent moisturisers but they also have anti-inflammatory properties. On top of this, EFAs have the ability to bring down excess sebum production at a manageable level therefore controlling acne. EFAs also have the ability to prevent and minimise skin aging. EFAs also benefit the hair by preventing breakage and keeping the hair moisturised.
- Carotenoids – This nutrient is a precursor to Vitamin A or Retinol. Vitamin A effectively prevent skin aging by protecting the skin from the damaging effects of UV rays as well as undoing the damage already done. On hair, Vitamin A controls split ends and give off that beautiful shine.
- Squalene – Having problems with stretch marks? Squalene helps prevent and minimise stretch marks and aids in the healing of scar tissues. Studies have suggested that Squalene can help protect you or minimise your risk of developing skin cancer. This nutrient is a potent hair conditioner and may also prevent hair loss.