Argan oil is extracted from the seeds found in the fruit of the Argania spinosa tree.
This tree once grew widely in many parts of North Africa but is now confined mainly to semi-arid regions of Morocco – especially in the Sous Valley in south west Morocco.
The long extraction process and very limited cultivation makes argan oil rare, precious and expensive oil.
Argan oil is famed for its cosmetic and culinary benefits.
As culinary oil, it can be used just like olive oil in salads, as a dipping for bread etc. Argan oil is rich in many antioxidants like polyphenols, tocopherol (vitamin E), squalene, unsaturated fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acids. ,
Products Made Of Argan Oil
There are many hair and skin care products made from argan oil which are available at a health store near you or online. Make sure you purchase good quality argan oil products from reputed manufacturers to ensure you receive the best benefits of this oil.
Argan Hair Oil: Argan oil when used on hair can hydrate hair follicles and reduce roughness, frizzy hair and curliness. It can make hair smooth, soft and easily manageable.
It penetrates right down to the roots and improves elasticity of hair. Antioxidants like vitamin E found in argan oil can treat hair damaged by environmental pollutants and excess use of hair straighteners or hair colors.
It can also reduce dry scalp conditions like dandruff and help to heal split ends.
One such argan hair oil product is ‘Agadir Argan Oil Hair Treatment’. It contains pure 100% argan oil that helps to repair, strengthen, soften and protect hair that is dry, frizzy, brittle and damaged.
The non-greasy formula means that it does not leave hair oily but helps with healthy hair growth.
IF you purchase argan oil shampoo that is free from sulfates and parabens it can leave hair smooth silky and shiny.
Products with parabens and sulfates could increase risk of contracting certain diseases, itchy, flaky scalp and dandruff. Regular use of argan oil shampoo could reduce split ends, brittleness and add more bounce to hair.
Natural moisturizers and antioxidants in argan oil can nourish hair which has been damaged by overuse of hair colors or other harsh hair treatments. It will also add shine to hair, rejuvenate hair and give you easily manageable hair.
For deep conditioning treatment for damaged and dry hair, you can use argan oil hair conditioner or simply mix a few drops of concentrated argan oil with your favorite conditioner. Apply this like any other conditioner to detangle hair and retain moisture.
One such argan oil shampoo and conditioner set is available online. This is ‘Agadir Argan Oil Daily Shampoo and Conditioner Liter Combo’ This is gentle on hair and can be used daily without drying hair. It can also relieve itchy scalp conditions.
Argan Oil Skin Care Products
There are many argan oil skin care products that can moisturize and hydrate the skin.
The many nutrients in argan oil can help reduce symptoms of various skin conditions like scars and blemishes caused by acne, eczema, psoriasis and chicken pox.
As a daily skin care product, argan oil can hydrate and moisturize skin. Argan oil skin care products are available for all skin types – oily, sensitive, and dry or combination skin.
Argan oil does not clog pores, protects cracked heels and soothes chapped lips. Daily usage helps to maintain, healthy glowing and even-toned skin.
There are many skin care products made from argan oil available online. Some of these:
- ‘Argan Oil Moisturizer – Regeneration Anti-wrinkle Cream’
- ‘Amir Argan Oil Body Moisturizer Lotion’
- ‘Pure d’or Organic Acne Treatment Solution’
- ‘Argan Oil for Hair and Skin by Poppy Austin’
- ‘Argan Oil Body Butter’
- ‘OGX Lotion, Hydrating Argan Oil of Morocco’
- ‘Body Drench Exotic Oil Body Lotion’
- “Argan Oil Body Ultra Hydrating Lotion’
Argan oil usually does not cause any acute side effects.
Perform a skin test before topical use of argan oil. Do not consume if you suffer from nut allergies. Always read the label of any argan oil product you purchase for usage instructions.
When used as cooking oil, do not heat for prolonged periods of time.
Check the label for the ‘100% pure argan oil’ stamp. Only then will you receive the best benefits. Some skin and hair care products will contain very small percentage of the oil and this will not really benefit you.