Physical Health, Tips & Techniques, Wellness / Self-Care

Why your Hair and Skin needs argan oil

All natural and proven to work.

words by: Sahar Khraibani
Apr 23, 2021

If you’ve ever read the ingredients in most of your grooming products, you’ve probably found one common ingredient: argan oil. It’s one of those “hero” ingredients for your body that’s not only natural, but improves pretty much everything – from hair coloring recovery to growing out your hair. But let’s delve a little further.

 

What is argan oil?

Argan oil hails from Morocco, which is why it’s often referred to as Moroccan oil. It’s an extract from the argan tree, or more specifically, the nut found within the tree’s fruit. Its use dates back 2.5 millennia, and it can only be extracted manually, by grinding and pressing. Safe to say, it’s an incredibly natural and hydrating oil that will surely revive any and all of your dead skin cells and hair follicles! It has a long list of benefits, however, it’s best known for its deep nourishing and moisturizing effects on both skin and hair.

 

How does argan oil help your skin?

Fatty acids and Vitamin E are abundant in argan oil. The oil locks in moisture and enhances the skin’s protective barrier functions when used in a moisturizer (or atop a moisturizer as the last step in your skincare regimen). This allows other ingredients to perform to their maximum potential underneath the skin’s surface while also avoiding moisture loss due to external factors. It’s also high in antioxidants that fight skin aging and cancer. What’s even better is that argan oil is usually considered to be very healthy for sensitive skin. This oil is well-known for its use in the treatment of inflammatory skin conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea.

 

Argan oil is also great for your hair

Argan oil is used in a variety of products, including shampoos, conditioners, stylers, and treatments, as well as frizz-fighting oil blends. Since the oil is made up of small molecules, also making it non-comedogenic on skin, it can easily penetrate the hair shaft. Its high Vitamin E content then revitalizes dull, dry, and brittle hair. In addition, its anti-inflammatory properties are beneficial to your scalp, as it can reduce bacterial and fungal breakouts (the things that normally lead to itching, flaking, and redness). Putting oil in your hair will seem strange at first, but since it absorbs quickly, it won’t leave an oily residue.

 

If you weren’t convinced of the benefits of argan oil, we hope that now you are.

 

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