What is Argan Oil? …in a few words
“Argan Oil is an oil that is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree found almost exclusively in south-western Morocco. It is a plant oil that is rich in Vitamin E, and it has a smooth texture and a pleasant aroma. These qualities make it a perfect and much sought after ingredient in both the cosmetic and food industries alike”
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Try as you might, you’d be hard pushed to find any dissenting comments about argan oil. In fact if you’re able to avoid the marketing blurb and concentrate on the uses of this oil, you’ll quickly discover why it’s finding its way into hundreds of cosmetic products and food products alike.
And if you’re one of many people who’ve been swept off their feet by the growing mania for all-natural beauty products, you may already be keeping a vial of the much sought-after argan oil on your nightstand and making use of its moisturising and anti-ageing properties already. Its recent increase in popularity has resulted in several cosmetic brands selling it commercially and marketing it as a must-have for both skincare and hair maintenance, but believe it or not, this miracle lotion is a secret weapon in more ways than one and has many other applications that you may not have considered.
The manual extraction of argan oil is almost identical when uses as both a cosmetic ingredient or as a food ingredient, the only real difference being that as a food ingredient, the argan nut kernels are gently roasted before they are pressed, which adds a nutty flavor to the extracted oil.
Extracted from the kernels of the argan tree in southwestern Morocco, the plant oil seems to be the gift that keeps on giving as it is rich in Vitamin E and its smooth texture and pleasant smell make it very versatile, unlike certain balms and creams. Whether you consider yourself a beauty guru or are just looking to try something new and adventurous, give these four tricks a whirl and see how big of a change argan oil can make to your appearance and, more importantly, your well-being.
Argan Oil and Your Skin…
The unique combination of antioxidants and moisturizers in argan oil both help to maintain the skins elasticity while preventing the skin from losing moisture and drying out. Argan oil moisturises and softens the skin, whilst limiting the appearance of under eye circles and wrinkles as well and damage from the effects of the sun. The entire body can benefit from the application of argan oil. Argan oil works well to both prevent and remedy stretch marks as the fatty acids restore elasticity in the skin and reduce the appearance of tissue scars, including those caused by acne and old pockmarks. Skin anywhere on the body that isn’t moisturised daily can become tight and lose durability, which is why it’s important to regularly apply argan oil to the back, waist, hips, and thighs, especially if you notice your weight fluctuating a lot or when you’re expecting.
Argan Oil and Meditation…
While it’s not for everybody, many people would agree that the warm and exotic fragrance of argan oil is ideal for allowing you to unwind and properly focus your thoughts. Quite like lavender or sandalwood, the calming scent of argan can be used to set the mood during a yoga or meditative session, or even simply to relax your mind shortly before going to bed each night. Add a few drops to your bath instead of nauseating salts and soaps, or use it to create a romantic atmosphere at dinnertime – the possibilities are endless.
Argan Oil and Massage…
Organic Argan Oil is an extremely hydrating, anti-aging, regenerating oil that restores and balances the skin and senses. It is an exotic powerhouse of bioactive components including skin regenerating essential fatty acids. Argan oil can be combined with any number of natural (preferably organic) essential oils for a beautifully indulgent massage oil, which leaves your skin revitalised, beautifully soft and glowing with natural vitality.
Argan Oil in Your Diet…
Given it’s an organic, non-toxic product, most varieties of argan oil you can buy at your local chemist’s are perfectly edible, and – provided they’re used correctly – perfectly delicious. Feel free to use it when frying meats and vegetables as an alternative to olive oil as the resulting meal will be significantly less greasy, with a refreshingly different and perhaps more interesting flavour. Any salad or grain-based dish can be instantly enhanced with less than teaspoon of this highly nutritious superfood and it can be eaten as a light snack with crackers or dipping bread. Argan is incredibly beneficial to your health and has even been shown to combat heart diseases and obesity. On top of that, it is a source of benign fatty acids and research suggests it can lower both cholesterol and blood pressure.
Argan Oil and Your Nails…
Those of us plagued by weak, ragged fingernails shouldn’t miss out on the benefits of argan oil either – its undeniable effectiveness proves that maintaining strong, healthy nails doesn’t require anything as arduous and expensive as a manicure at the salon. All it takes is a minute or two everyday to rest your fingertips in a shallow bowl of the oil and allow it to be absorbed into your nails. After only a few weeks you’ll find them looking shinier and breaking much less easily.
With all these possible applications, it’s no wonder that argan oil is flying off the shelves on such a large scale. Get your hands on a bottle and see for yourself how such a simple product can offer so much to your lifestyle – it might just be the beauty essential that you’ve been waiting for!
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As ever, the route to beauty and good health offers many choices. Please choose wisely.
Until next time.
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