What Is Argan Oil?
Argan oil is an ancient plant oil with a deeply rooted history in the Middle East.
This rare oil is extracted from the kernel of the Argan tree which traditionally only grows in a small region of Morocco.
Hence, Argan oil is one of the rarest oils in the world and a new phenomenon in the Western world. However, Moroccans have been reaping the nutritional, and anti-aging benefits of Argan oil for thousands of years and have come to refer to it as “Liquid Gold”.
For Your Baby Bump
Argan oil has a variety of skin benefits which directly benefit pregnant women.
Traditionally, unroasted Argan oil is used by the people of the Middle East as a natural remedy for various skin conditions including Psoriasis and Eczema.
However, the women of the Middle East also know the benefits of Argan oil when it comes to preventing stretchmarks during pregnancy. They apply this antioxidant-rich oil on their rapidly expanding bellies in an effort to preserve their skin’s elasticity as well as prevent stretch marks.
The high antioxidant levels and high Vitamin C content of this oil make it the ideal oil to use when attempting to prevent stretch marks at a time when the skin is expanding swiftly and the body is going through a variety of changes:
- Argan oil is the only known antioxidant-oil found in nature
- This oil is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E which work together to combat free radicals and prevent stretch marks as well as premature skin aging
- The high concentrations of essential fatty acids found in this oil are quickly absorbed by the skin
- Argan oil is also proven to help reduce the appearance of acne blemishes, age spots, burn scars and stretch marks
For Diaper Rash
Protein and antioxidant rich Argan oil is the ideal natural alternative to baby oil, which is made entirely of mineral oil, a Petroleum by-product that coat’s the baby’s skin like plastic wrap and disturbs his/her skin’s natural immune barrier.
Argan oil is especially effective at preventing diaper rash if you use cloth diapers. Since this non-greasy oil is absorbs quickly in the skin it does not become absorbed by the cloth diaper and lead to irritation.
For Baby Massage
Since Argan oil is the ideal alternative to baby oil it can also be used as baby massage oil. Best of all, Argan oil is edible, nutritious and non-irritant. Therefore, you do not need to worry if your baby accidentally ends up ingesting small dozes of this oil as a result of the massage or gets some into his/her eyes.
For Cradle Cap
Just place a few drops of Argan oil on your baby’s delicate scalp and watch it clear all traces of cradle cap as well as nourish and condition your baby’s hair.
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