Argan Oil: Your New Favorite Beauty Product

Gary Jones
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Living in the semi-arid climate of the Upper Sonoran Desert of Northern Arizona comes with its perks, including breathtaking views, year-round outdoor recreation and an average of 278 sunny days a year; however, it can really push your skincare routine to the limits.  As a self-proclaimed product junkie, I am always looking for the best product to maintain healthy, youthful skin despite the harsh climate that damages the skin and robs it of essential nutrients.  

When it comes to providing the skin with the essential building blocks necessary to maintain the health and youthful appearance of the skin, regardless of climate or skin type, there’s one product that can fit into any skin care regimen, providing unparalleled results.  Argan oil, often referred to as “liquid gold,” is an organic product extracted from the kernels of the argan tree, native to Morocco.

Argan oil is extremely rich in beneficial nutrients and omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, including oleic acid, palmitic acid and linoleic acid, all of which are beneficial for the skin.  It is also a good source of vitamin E and vitamin A as well as other antioxidants such as ferulic acid.

The highly protective nutritional value of argan oil makes it the perfect addition to any skin care routine either by using as a stand-alone beauty oil or by mixing a few drops with your favorite skin-care products to give them an added boost of nutrition.

AM/PM Skin Moisturizer

Argan oil is most commonly used as a skin moisturizer to hydrate and soften skin. With its high vitamin E and fatty acid content, argan oil is the ideal product to give skin a natural boost.  It absorbs easily and is non-greasy and non-irritating, which makes it a great natural moisturizer.

It is easy to use all over the body, including the face and neck.  Simply smooth a few drops into your skin using gentle rubbing motions, as you would any face and body lotion.

Anti-Aging Serum

Not only does argan oil act as an effective moisturizer, it can also give skin a youthful glow and reduce the visibility of wrinkles.  Its antioxidant effect makes argan oil the ideal anti-aging product.  It restores elasticity and leaves skin feeling plumper and softer.

The best way to apply argan oil for the most prominent anti-aging effects is to massage a few drops into your face and neck before bed. It acts as a moisturizer and anti-ager all in one.

Dry Skin Conditions

People suffering from dry skin or conditions such as eczema, which can leave skin raw, flaky and itchy will benefit immensely from argan oil.  The vitamin E and fatty acids in argan oil are excellent for repairing damaged skin and providing it with nutrients that will prevent further dryness and irritation.  Argan oil also contains ingredients that soothe skin.  Applying a small amount of oil directly to the afflicted skin and massaging in gently can provide relief and encourage healing.

Acne-Prone Skin

Where many oils and moisturizers can exacerbate skin conditions, such as acne, argan oil soothes afflicted skin and promotes healing.  Acne is often the result of oily skin.  Since argan oil is non-greasy, it helps to balance skin by providing natural moisture.  Argan oil also contains antioxidants, which help to heal damaged skin cells and reduce inflammation.

Applying a few drops of argan oil to skin afflicted by acne after cleansing and patting dry ensures that essential moisture and nutrients are introduced to clean, dry skin.  Rubbing in gently and repeating twice daily can help clear up mild acne as well as balancing oily or dry skin.

Skin Protection and Healing

The antioxidants in argan oil are generally beneficial for healing skin that is irritated, cracked, damaged or even burned.  It is best used as a preventive for dry or sore skin, but it can also be used to speed up healing.

Smoothing a few drops of argan oil into sore or damaged skin helps to reduce inflammation, soothe pain and accelerate healing.

Stretch Marks

Stretch marks are an issue for many pregnant women, but argan oil is the ideal protection against stretch marks and sagging skin after pregnancy.  Argan oil increases the elasticity of skin due to its vitamin E content.  Using a few drops of argan oil to rub into breasts, stomach, bottom and thighs during pregnancy will also reduce the likelihood of developing unsightly stretch marks.

Argan oil is ideal for keeping skin and hair soft, healthy and hydrated during pregnancy.

Hand, Foot and Nail Treatment

Argan oil’s softening properties are ideal to treat brittle nails and dry, cracked skin on the feet or hands.  It both moisturizes and softens the skin, leaving hands and feet supple and soft.  Massaging a few drops of argan oil onto the cuticles, hands and feet before bed each night will keep your skin in optimal condition in between manicures and pedicures.

Lip Conditioner

Lips can become sore, dry and cracked, especially in cold, dry weather.  Argan oil is the ideal product to ensure that the lips stay plump, soft and supple.  Apply a few drops onto the lips as a lip balm morning and night for best results.

Razor Bumps and Bug Bites

Razor bumps and razor burn are uncomfortable and unsightly.  Argan oil is an effective treatment to soothe and heal for men after shaving, as well as women for their legs and bikini line.  Argan oil’s ability to heal the skin and soothe skin inflammation also makes it an ideal product to use for the treatment of bug bites, alleviate itching and promote faster healing.

Warm a drop or two of the oil in your hands and lightly massage into the affected area.  The healing power of the oil will astound you.

Hair Conditioner and Styling Aid

Argan oil is proven to make hair softer, silkier and shinier.  It is the ideal hair conditioner, and it can even help to treat split ends and tame frizzy hair.  Due to its ability to tame frizz and give hair shine, argan oil is also commonly used as a styling agent.  It makes hair more manageable and adds a healthy, attractive shine to any hair style. This is an ideal step to add to your daily routine after blow-drying.  Apply a few drops of argan oil over your palms and then comb your fingers through your hair to apply.  

Argan oil has also been used to promote hair growth by generating new hair follicles and strengthening existing hair follicles, making it an ideal treatment for a variety of hair-care concerns.

Gary’s Pick

Argan oil is not inexpensive, and purchasing it from a reliable and reputable source is key to ensuring that you get a high-quality product that delivers optimal results.  Shea Terra Organics provides 100 percent pure, cold-pressed Moroccan argan oil in a 2 oz. bottle to give you the most bang for your buck when choosing a high-potency source of this miracle oil.  Click HERE to order.

For over 30 years, Gary Jones has been responsible for the conception, strategic, positioning, formula development, introduction, promotion and continued education of over 3,000 unique beauty and personal-care products. Most recently serving as vice president of marketing/research & development for Beauticontrol, Jones was instrumental in developing the company’s portfolio of age-defying skin-care solutions, spa-quality bath and body treatments and color cosmetics. Jones is a graduate of Arizona State University, with a degree in kinesiology. He and his husband currently reside in Sedona, Arizona.

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