From small nuts come big things – and such is the truth for argan oil! Argan oil is actually extracted from the kernels of the argan tree’s fruit. This is a small and round, usually conical or oval, fruit with a fleshy pulp covered by a thick peel. Inside the pulp is a hard-shelled nut that, in turn, contains 1-3 kernels from which the oil is extracted.
Various Argan Oil Uses
The labor- and time-intensive oil extraction process contributes to the relatively high price of pure argan oil in the market. There has yet to be a mechanized or automated process for it, especially from cracking the argan nut to get its kernels. Since only 30% to 50% of the oil in kernels can be extracted, each drop can be considered valuable in its own right.
Rich in History
Among the latest craze in natural beauty products in the West, argan oil has been used for centuries in Morocco by men and women who want a safe and effective moisturizing agent. Such is its popularity that there are hundreds of shops in the country sell a wide range of argan oil-infused products, from soaps, shampoos, and conditioners to body lotions, face creams, and foot ointments.
No matter how it’s used, it’s definitely rich in history. Argan oil, after all, is the gift of Morocco to the world, especially for people who want to look and feel youthful at any age.
Rich in Beneficial Chemicals
The positive effects on the overall health of the skin, hair and nails of continued argan oil use can be attributed to its rich content of beneficial vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Studies have shown that it has high levels of:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin C
- Omega-6 essential fatty acids
- Linoleic acid
Vitamins A, C and E, for example, are common ingredients in anti-aging products because these restore the skin’s suppleness and smoothness by promoting cell production. Antioxidants are chemicals in fruits and vegetables that fight the aging effects of free radicals in the body.
Rich Results for the Hair, Skin and Nails
Pure argan oil is best applied directly to the skin, hair and nails although it can also be applied indirectly, such as when mixed with your bath water. Here are a few ways and tips that you can also use it in your beauty routine, especially when you want youthful skin, lustrous hair, and beautiful nails even without nail polish.
First, apply a few drops of argan oil on your face and body. You will only need 1-3 drops for your arms and chest, as well as a few more drops for your lower limbs. You can use a single drop for your face and neck since it is rich enough to cover the entire area.
Be sure to place the drops of argan oil on your palm first and rub it a few times between your palms. Apply it to the desired area for a few seconds using gentle circular motions. Your skin will immediately feel softer and suppler after a few applications.
You can use argan oil as a/an:
- Whole body and face moisturizer, as mentioned above, during the daytime and nighttime (i.e., apply it on your clean skin only)
- Adjunct treatment for dry patches of skin on the elbows, knees and feet
- Skin toner, usually by combining it with a store-bought toner or with a homemade toner (i.e., let a green tea bag steep in 1 cup of boiling water for 10 minutes, remove the tea bag, and add 2-4 drops of argan oil with your favorite essential oil like orange)
- Exfoliating agent by mixing 2 drops of argan oil with 1 tablespoon brown sugar and rubbing it on your wet face for 2 minutes or so
- Anti-aging natural product by decreasing the appearance of fine lines and stretch marks
- Soothing relief for razor burns and bumps
Argan oil can even be used as an adjunct treatment for mild to moderate cases of skin conditions, such as psoriasis and acne. You may also gently rub a drop of it into your lips. Your lips will be more kissable for it, too.
Second, apply argan oil directly to your hair or mix it in with your favorite conditioner. After taking your bath and drying your hair, you can gently apply 2-4 drops as a leave-in conditioner.
Your hair will be less frizzy as soon as you apply it. After a few weeks of use of argan oil, your hair will have less frizz, fly-aways, and split-ends, as well as more bounce and body to it. You are also giving your hair more protection against the damage caused by curlers, irons, and dryers.
Third, dot your nails with argan oil and gently rub it in with your fingers, perhaps even massage your heels and toes while you’re at it. Be sure to remove the nail polish first so that the oil penetrates the nail better. You may also cover your feet with socks overnight for softer skin and better nails in the morning.
There’s no need to buy expensive beauty products when there are natural yet safe and effective products from Mother Nature! Argan oil is one such gift and we should all use it ASAP!