Nowadays argan oil is considered to be one of the major ingredients which helps to struggle against age changes of skin. For centuries it has been the favorite ingredient of Berber women. It helped to moisturize the skin and make it soft even in the hottest weather. But it was used not only for cosmetic purposes. In medicine it was used as an ointment for babies which helped to remove irritation and to avoid infections. It was even used in cooking. The argania spinosa tree from which argan oil is produced comes from Morocco. The extraction of oil is cleaner now but in that times it looked like that: goats were eating small fruits from the trees and the Berber women were collecting the undigested leftovers from the waste of these animals. Then they were splitting the nuts to get the core from which oil was extracted.
Benefits for skin care.
Argan oil is very useful. It includes a lot of antioxidants and nutrients such as omega 6 and omega 9 which are reducing inflammation. It also includes mono-glycerol, vitamin E and squalene, in order to make the skin soft, firm and to keep elasticity for a long time. Free radicals are fought with the help of polyphenols and sterols. Considering all these facts we may say for sure that argan oil is extremely useful, nourishing and possesses antibacterial properties. It helps to protect our skin from aging, caused by the influence which comes from the environment. There are some points of view according to which argan oil is useful when it is taken in, but there are no scientific proves for today.
Nowadays argan oil is widely used in hair, face and body cosmetics. It is so not only because of its moistening and nourishing properties but also because of its ability to strengthen skin, nails and hair. Argan oil can also be used in the treatment of singes and bruises and also such skin diseases as psoriasis and eczema. It is widely used in the treatment of chapped and dry skin and helps to avoid all the painful consequences.
This oil is useful not only for dry skin but also for oily type of skin. You will wonder why? The answer is easy. It balances the production of sebum in the layer of the skin and scalp. It is also very effective in treatment of acne, prevents from appearance of brown and dark spots. Also it helps to heal scarrings.
Argan oil is highly effective during and after pregnancy. Stretch marks are an often met problem among pregnant women. This oil helps to reduce or even prevent the risk of occurrence of such a problem. It is also said to be able to reduce cellulite, dark circles under the eyes and wrinkles.
The use of argan oil in cosmetics.
There is a great number of cosmetic units which include argan oil or at least small amount of it. If you want to buy a 100% argan oil then there should be written on the package that it is a 100% argania spinosa kernel oil without any more additives. This oil should be sold in dark bottles made of glass and to have a nutty smell which will disappear in 10-15 minutes. If it doesn`t smell as a nut then it means that the oil might have been warmed too much. Then you should look for a cold one because the heat spoils all the beneficial qualities. Raw cosmetic oil is made from raw nuts from which extracting of oil is more difficult that is why the price is higher. It shouldn`t be too oily and should be absorbed quickly. If it stays oily then it means that it is an argan oil meant for cooking or it is mixed with olive oil.
Home treatment applying argan oil.
Acne: Apply the oil on a cotton pad and wipe the face before going to bed.
Breasts: It is not a proved fact that this oil can make breasts more toned but anyway it will do no harm.
Nail care: Mix oil and lemon juice equally and put your fingers into this blend for 10 minutes.
Hands: You should massage the oil into cuticles and hands, then put gloves on and wear them during the night. If you do this once or twice a weak then the skin on your hands will soft and tender.