A few days ago I was shopping at Sephora when I came across a 4oz bottle of Argan oil that cost $96. So, of course I just had to try it.
I simply took the tiny bottle and placed a single drop of this oil on the back of my hand. The effect was instantaneous! This oil instantly transformed my dry, winter chapped skin into soft glowing skin.
Being that I live in NYC I am no stranger to lotions and creams that promise to keep my skin moisturized in the harsh winter months. But, I had never encountered anything like this so I headed home to research this new find before I spent such a large amount of money on 4oz of it. This is what I learned about Argan oil:
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”.
Traditionally, unroasted Argan oil is used by the people of the Middle East as a natural remedy for various skin conditions including Psoriasis, Eczema and cradle cap in infants.
Recently, this rare oil has gained tremendous popularity, all over the world, for its many cosmetic uses. Though the women of the Middle East have been using this oil as a hair and skin moisturizer for thousands of years, the Western world is just discovering the beauty benefits of it:
- Argan oil is the only known antioxidant-oil found in nature
- Argan oil is rich in Vitamin C and Vitamin E which work together to combat free radicals and prevent premature aging
- The high concentrations of essential fatty acids found in this oil are quickly absorbed by the skin
- Argan oil is the only oil known to help reduce the appearance of acne blemishes and age spots
When it comes to natural hair care, Argan oil has properties similar to those of Jojoba oil and can breath new life into dry, tangled and chemically damaged hair.
- Argan oil is a non-greasy oil that can help strengthen your hair by repairing the damaged cellular membrane of it, hence preventing “split-ends”
- The antioxidant and vitamin rich content of Argan oil nourish the scalp and can aid hair growth (Not in balding individuals but those who wish to grow their hair long)
Is Argan Oil Edible?
Argan oil is an edible oil with a high nutritional value. In the Middle East Argan oil is used much the same way olive oil is used in the Mediterranean.
Plus, like olive oil, Argan oil is believed to have a variety of cardiovascular benefits but further research is needed. The most recent study on the dietary benefits of Argan oil determined that regular consumption of this oil can lead to reduced levels of harmful cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood.
The production of Argan oil is the main source of income for over 2.2 million people, the majority of whom are women.
Most of the Argan oil produced in Morocco is produced in women’s co-operatives. As a result of the income brought in by Argan oil production, the women employed in these co-ops have managed to attain for themselves an unprecedented level of autonomy and education in a traditionally male-dominated society.
photo courtesy of: Chrumps