It seems like every other day, there’s a new oil out there to incorporate into your beauty routine somehow. Coconut oil, sandalwood oil, rosehip oil, evening primrose oil?! Who can keep up? Not to mention that if anything, we should be removing products from our lineup to prevent our skin from becoming so dependent on it all; you can’t very well be applying every oil on the market before bed. One of the first oils that made an impact, though, was argan. Popularized by the Moroccanoil brand, argan oil is actually best used in its purest form -- which isn’t the case for its use in most major brands.
Natural argan oil is extracted from the argan tree nut, which is native to Morocco and Morocco only. It’s a fairly labor-intensive process, which is why the stuff in its purest form is fairly hard to come by -- it takes about three days to make just one liter of oil.
Argan oil is typically associated with hair products (the commonplace Moroccanoil bottle, for example, is a hair treatment meant to soften your strands). But, really, it’s an all-in-one moisturizer that can be used on essentially your entire body. Argan has it all: fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamins E, A and more. As a result, as long as it’s pure and hasn’t been mixed with anything else, argan oil can do a lot more than soften hair and moisturize your face. How many of these treatments have you explored argan oil with?
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A few drops of argan oil will go farther than your single-use makeup wipes and get that pesky mascara off even easier. Since it’s considered a “dry” oil, your face won’t be left greasy!
I try and get away with tamping down frizzy hair with a splash of water from the sink, but I could probably do better -- which is where argan oil comes in. Since its main use is for your hair, anyway, it works with your strands. Don’t use as much as you would for a full treatment, but run a bit through your hair to settle it down. You’ll even be left with a glossy finish.
In order to reduce the appearance of stretch marks no matter what, you need hydration and moisture on the area. Enter argan oil, packed with vitamin E and ultra-moisturizing properties. Don’t expect overnight or even perfect results, but it’s a start!
There’s a lot that goes into what kind of care your nails need in between manicures, but a big step is keeping your cuticles moisturized. Massaging your fingers with the oil can seem wasteful, but it’ll do wonders for your nail beds.
Sorry, but there are too many packaged lip balms out there to try for me to bother with making one myself. But, if you’re ever in a pinch, drop some onto your cracked lips and blend. You could also make this a daily routine under matte lipstick or the like in an effort to avoid dry-out.
Skipping one too many pedicures this summer? I’m with ya. Don’t let your feet suffer, though -- argan oil is an impressive foot aid as well. Massage your feet with the oil (or get someone else to do it -- that’s the stuff) and wear socks overnight to wake up with softer soles.
Argan oil is a staple in Moroccan cuisine, so go on and take their lead. In this case, be absolutely sure you’re using 100 percent argan oil, since you definitely don’t want any cosmetic ingredients getting into your food. Sprinkle over couscous or veggies or use it as a cooking oil -- just keep the heat low.