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ARGAN OIL: THE MULTI-TASKING MIRACLE OIL

Oils have formed an integral part of beauty regimen in many cultures for centuries. They may be extracted from seeds, nuts, fruits and flowers, are beneficial in skincare, hair care and general well-being, owing to their versatile healing, antiseptic, nourishing, protecting, skin renewing properties and mood lifting effects.

A staple in the lives of the Berbers (an indigenous tribe from Morocco), Argan oil has gained popularity worldwide owing to its extensive benefits to health, skin and hair and is often termed “Liquid gold”. The argan fruit is dried in the sun, cracked open using stones, yielding the argan nut, which is roasted, ground, pressed and filtered to make the oil. The argan growing region has been designated as a biosphere reserve by the UNESCO. This oil is extracted from the kernals, in a labour intensive manner by the Berber women, which makes it a rare and expensive oil. Due to this, it is often mixed with other carrier oils when used in skincare and haircare.

Argan oil is rich in unsaturated fats, carotenoids, Vitamin E (higher content than in olive oil) and anti-oxidants. It finds application in cooking, hair and skin care. It is known to have nourishing, moisturising, scar-removing, skin-renewing and anti-ageing properties which has made it a staple in the skin and hair regimes of the women of Morocco. Carotenoids, a form of Vitamin A help promote cell renewal, thereby evening out skin tone and preventing signs of ageing. In addition to assisting in fading marks, regulating oil production, enhancing skin tone and improving the texture of the skin, it functions as a multi-tasker in hair care as well. It conditions the hair, adds shine, detangles, smoothens the hair cuticle. It is light weight, easily absorbed by the skin and hair and is non-comedogenic.

Argan oil can be incorporated at any stage in a beauty routine:

  • a serum or a moisturiser for the face;
  • body oil;
  • hair oil or an after-wash hair serum;
  • nail & cuticle oil; and;
  • face cleansing oil.

Owing to its versatile benefits and diverse uses, many brands feature product lines containing argan oil. This miracle oil multi-tasker has paved its way into beauty regimen of women across the globe, and, is certain to find itself a permanent place.

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ARGAN OIL

Oils have formed an integral part of beauty regimen in many cultures for centuries due to their nourishing and moisturising properties. Derived from seeds, nuts, fruits and flowers, they have found a place in skincare, hair care and general well being owing to their versatile healing, antiseptic, nourishing, protecting properties and mood lifting effects.

A staple in the lives of the Berbers (an indigenous tribe from Morocco), Argan Oil has gained popularity worldwide owing to its extensive benefits to health, skin and hair. The Argan tree is native to Morocco and the oil is harvested and pressed by the local women thus accounting for its rarity and the price. The Argan fruit is dried in the sun, cracked open using stones yielding the argan nut which is roasted, ground, pressed and filtered to make the oil.

Argan oil is rich in unsaturated fats, carotenoids, Vitamin E ( higher content than in olive oil) and anti oxidants. It finds its application in cooking, hair and skin care and is known to have nourishing, moisturising, anti scarring and anti-ageing properties which has made it a staple in the skin and hair regimes of the women of Morocco. Carotenoids, a form of Vitamin A help promote cell renewal thereby evening out skin tone and preventing signs of ageing. In addition to assisting fading marks, regulating oil production, enhancing the tone and texture of the skin, it also conditions and adds a healthy sheen to hair. It is light weight, easily absorbed by the skin and hair and is non comedogenic.

Many skin and hair care brands like L’oreal, Organix, Kerastase, Josie Maran, Skinception, FX Moroccan Moisture, Moroccan Oil etc have launched product lines containing Argan oil. Currently only L’oreal, Dove Elixir Oils, Kerastase Elixir Ultime and FX Moroccan Moisture are easily available in India, all of which are hair care products. Most brands are known to contain Argan oil in a small percentage, often blended with other oils as pure Argan oil is expensive and rare.

Having been very pleased with the hair products containing Argan oil that I have managed to try out which I will be reviewing soon, I’m definitely on the look out for more products containing this miracle ingredient especially for skin care