Moroccan Argan Oil: Anti-Aging Superstar?
Sometimes a new ingredient or product seems to come out of nowhere and before you know it, it’s all you hear about. Chipotle, anyone? Or how about acai berries? Sometimes these newest and greatest finds are worth taking a look at, and sometimes not. Recently, more products have been appearing on shelves and in beauty magazines touting 100% Moroccan Argan Oil. This oil from the Argania Spinosa tree, native to Morocco, is said to have powerful anti aging benefits both as a topical application and as a food source. Let’s take a closer look at Argan Oil and see if it lives up to its colorful nickname, “Liquid Gold.”
Argan oil is found in a small region of Morocco and has been used by native Moroccans for hundreds of years as a cooking tool and cosmetic ingredient. The oil comes from the nut located in the Argan fruit. The process of extracting and manufacturing the oil is a time-intensive process carried out by native Moroccan women who are skilled workers. These women receive a fair living wage for their work, so already Argan oil has some pretty impressive benefits socially. The manufacturing process creates oil that is high in both vitamin E and essential fatty acids. In fact, Argan oil has twice as much vitamin E as olive oil, which provides benefits for both skin and body!
What can Argan oil do to make you look younger and help reduce the signs of aging? Plenty, as it turns out. A powerful antioxidant, Argan oil’s combination of vitamins C and E help fight damaging free radicals that are responsible for making skin look aged. Applying a 100% Argan oil product to your face will also help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, especially around the eye area. In addition, the oil can help eliminate dry skin, for a smooth, soft appearance. Many people who use Argan oil on their faces regularly claim that their skin takes on a healthy, natural glow.
Since Argan oil is edible, it can be applied to lips as a moisturizer and softener. The oil can be used to cook with, just as you would cook with olive oil, to make healthy and delicious meals. Argan oil also has skin healing properties. When rubbed onto areas of skin that are affected by acne, scarring or burns, its anti-inflammatory properties can help minimize the appearance of these skin imperfections. It can even be used to smooth hair and treat split ends. It seems that Argan oil is one product that lives up to its superstar reputation. If you are looking for a natural, effective product to add to your skincare routine, you can’t go wrong with Argan oil.