As it turns out, it’s the truth!
Argan oil is a definite gem and will aid your hair and skin in almost every way possible.
Well, today I am going to reveal its secrets with the aim to make you an argan oil expert by the time you are done reading this article.
Find out where it comes from, how it is produced and why it works the wonders it does.
As a bonus, you will find a detailed 7 step guide on how to choose the best product, 21 ways to incorporate argan oil into your lifestyle and 5 great beauty recipes.
So let’s dive right in.
What exactly is Argan Oil?
Argan oil started out as a tribal produce in the southwestern part of Morocco and is now among the most prized oils in the world. It comes with numerous benefits for hair and skin which has made it a popular ingredient of choice for many cosmetic companies and catapulted its status to “liquid gold” amongst its users.
The oil is pressed from the kernels of the fruit of the argan tree. It features a very high concentration of nutrients and is much less greasy than many other oils. This results in quick absorption into the skin, leaving it smooth and silky.
It is vegan and free of sulfates, parabens, gluten, PEG, petroleum, phthalates and silicones or any other harmful chemicals.
This being said, leaves us with the question; what is it not?
Argan oil is not to be confused with Moroccan Argan Oil.
Moroccan Argan Oil is a brand name. This brand produces a hair oil that includes argan oil, but many chemical additives and a high amount of silicones as well. Furthermore it is not fabricated in Morocco.
Beside this brand’s production, there are many oils on the market that advertise to be or include pure, high quality argan oil while adding chemicals, diluting it or simply using artificial argan oil.
These imposters won’t get you any real benefits though.
Talking of benefits, what are some of the benefits of using Argan Oil? Read on to discover all.
Healing Qualities of Argan Oil
The reason why argan oil is so widely sought after is that it is very healing and hydrating at the same time, whereas it is much lighter than many other oils and absorbs quickly, which is already great on its own. At the same time, and due to its soothing qualities, it can easily be applied to rashes without any stingy or painful feeling.
Packed with vitamin A and E, as well as plenty of antioxidants, Omega-6 fatty acids and linoleic acid, it eases inflammation while moisturizing the affected area.
And it gets better:
When used externally, the tocopherol in vitamin E helps to boost cell production while promoting healthy skin and hair. Because of this effect it is very popular for anti-aging, hair, and skincare products.
Now that we have some idea of its healing properties, let’s see the practical uses of Argan Oil that lends it its title of liquid gold.
21 Amazing Uses of Argan Oil + Application Instructions
Due to the high amount of vitamin E and fatty acids, argan oil comes with amazing conditioning and hydrating properties. This makes it the perfect choice for a daily skin moisturizer. Whether you want to use it as a daytime or nighttime moisturizer, both works wonders!
After cleansing your face, simply apply 1 drop of argan oil to your fingertips and lightly massage it onto your face and neck in circular motions. It is completely safe to use around your eyes as well.
If you live in a dry climate and/or whenever it gets a little too chilly like in the winter months, simply apply 2 drops of argan oil to instantly moisturize your skin.
Due to excessive sun exposure, poor diet, chemicals and pollution, most of us are constantly bombarded with free radicals. They break down the skin’s collagen and cause wrinkles to form much quicker than they otherwise would.
Argan oil is loaded with vitamin A and antioxidants that make it possible to restore the skin’s elasticity. With its application, the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles can be reduced and further damage can be prevented.
Before going to bed, massage 1 to 2 drops of argan oil onto the face and neck area and concentrate on areas of special need. Use an extra drop for the eye area by applying it in tapping motion from the bridge of your nose to the temples and back below the eyes.
If you deal with stubborn pimples and acne, then argan oil may be of help for you. Acne is a vicious cycle of recurring pimples because of a ton of reasons. The impossibility to properly heal is definitely one that unnecessarily delays general acne treatment. This is why it is so important not to touch and pick on pimples!
To many it might sound strange to put oil onto an already acne prone face, but there are several natural oils that can clear up acne and really work wonders for your skin.
Argan oil is naturally very light and not greasy at all, thus being absorbed by the skin very quickly. It has even been proven to reduce the sebum levels. At the root of its healing properties lies its linoleic acid content. It reduces inflammation caused by acne whilst helping damaged skin cells to heal.
Based on these facts, it is certain that argan oil belongs to the non comedogenic oils. Non-comedogenic simply means that it doesn’t clog the pores. The more comedogenic an oil is, the more likely it will clog pores and cause irritations and pimples. On the rating scale of comedogenicity (0 to 5) argan oil stands at 0, whereas for example coconut oil stands at 4!
Use argan oil up to twice a day in the morning and evening after cleansing. Massage a drop onto acne prone areas. Be very gentle and try not to use any pressure on the pimples.
Hair Styling Serum / Anti Frizz
Using oil to style your hair can be tricky. Too much oil will quickly make your hair look greasy and frowsy.
Argan oil is one of those oils that can be easily implemented in your hair styling regimen. It doesn’t take much practice to find the right amount, because the oil is very light and won’t weigh down your hair.
Spread a drop of argan oil between your palms and lightly smooth it over your hair to control flyaway and static hair. At the same time, the smoothened appearance will add bounce and shine to your locks. You can also distribute a tiny amount in your fringe.
A dry scalp can be the root cause for many ailments such as dandruff, eczema, hair loss and the like. You always want to keep your scalp well moisturized and nourished to ensure good hair growth and quality.
Argan oil is an excellent scalp soother due to its hydrating properties. It moisturizes a dry scalp and prevents or heals any kind of lesion.
Spread a few drops of argan oil between your fingertips and massage it in circular motions onto your scalp. This can also be done in steps, each time using one drop of the oil.
If you have trouble spreading this little amount of oil, mix it with a tbsp. of a carrier oil such as coconut or sweet almond oil.
Then massage your scalp for a few minutes, up to 10 minutes. Massaging the scalp will improve the blood flow and enhance the healing and nourishment.
Leave the oil on overnight or for at least a few hours. Because argan oil is of such a light texture, it can also be used in daytime without making the hair look overly greasy.
Wash your hair the next morning. Use a very mild shampoo without lauryl or laureth sulfates. These sulfates are very harsh and strip your natural oils, which can promote dry and brittle hair. Look for a shampoo with coco sulfates instead or make your own all natural homemade shampoo.
It sounds funny, but works every time, even on heavily oiled hair.
If you are left with a burnt pot after cooking, you want to soak it well before any attempt in cleaning it, right? Otherwise it would take a lot of time and force and might scratch and damage the pot. Soaking will ensure a quick, easy and gentle cleaning process.
Well, this is just what you want to do with your hair!
Stretch Mark Treatment + Prevention
Stretch marks form, because of rapid stretching of the skin. This can be caused by sudden growth or weight gain. Generally the elastic fibers of the dermis have been damaged, resulting in the deeper skin layer to show through. This topic is complex so suffice to say that stretch marks can vary a lot in their appearance.
Argan oil is a great product to use when dealing with stretch marks. The vitamin E in it increases the elasticity of the skin, whilst rejuvenating and hydrating it together with vitamin A.
It is completely natural and 100% safe to use during pregnancy!
To prevent stretch marks from forming, warm a few drops of the oil between your palms and spread it on the potential problem area such as the belly, thighs, hips, and breasts.
Massage in circular motions and use your thumbs and index fingers to slightly pull up the skin through quick movements.
For already existing stretch marks, apply a peeling of argan oil and brown sugar (recipe at the bottom). Massage for at least 10 minutes, up to 15 minutes to treat stretch marks on the body. Be very gentle! Rinse off with warm water taking a shower or bath and apply a few drops of argan oil to finish.
Hand and Nail Treatment
Cracked cuticles and dry hands can be a real pain, after all we keep our hands in action throughout the day and want to keep them presentable.
Conditioning your hands and nails has never been easier! Argan oil will keep them soft and moisturized and won’t let any cracks form.
An overnight treatment promises the best results. Before going to bed, massage 2 drops of argan oil onto hands and nails, focusing on nail bed and cuticles as well as dry patches on your hands. Make sure to remove any nail polish before you do this and to wash your hands with warm water.
Wash your hands again the next morning and reapply nail polish if desired.
For a deep conditioning effect, soak your hands for 5 minutes in warm water with a few drops of argan oil before massaging it. Do this twice a week and you will always have baby soft skin.
Biting the lips can be an unwanted and irritating habit, which leads to cracked and sore lips. Also a dry climate and cool temperatures may enhance the porosity of lips.
Argan oil is edible and perfectly safe to use on the lips. It can be applied to heal the wounds and keep the lips soft and smooth, thus being an excellent treatment to prevent any further lip biting or wounds to form.
Apply 1 drop of argan oil and gently massage it onto the lips. Wipe off any excess. Do this whenever you experience chapped lips or in general as a precautionary measure once a day.
To have your argan oil ready wherever you are, simply create your own argan oil based lip balm. Find the recipe below.
A skin toner is an important element in the skin care regimen of many people. It helps to balance the pH-level of your skin and prepares it to absorb the ingredients of any following product as much as possible.
Adding a few drops of argan oil to your toner can boost its ability to hydrate and tone simultaneously. This can be done for every skin type.
For an 8 ounce toner, add 2-4 drops of argan oil and mix well. Or make your individual skin toner by mixing up a base of rosewater, apple cider vinegar, green tea or witch hazel together with argan oil and certain essential oils for your individual needs. Find the recipe below.
Exfoliating the skin can work wonders for many ailments. Its main purpose it to remove dead skin cells and to increases the blood flow of the skin. This way it can be a helpful step in treating mild acne, scars or fine lines and wrinkles. But excessive exfoliation can also be very damaging. It all depends on the individual case and state of the skin.
Moisturization is key to ensure smooth and healthy skin after exfoliation. Argan oil will not only do that, but boost the skin’s healing process at the same time.
So to make sure your skin benefits from the process, create your own organic product by mixing a few drops of argan oil with 1 tbsp. of exfoliating product of your choice. This can be fine salt, brown sugar, poppy seeds and the like. It shouldn’t be too rough, or else it will cause damage.
Massage the peeling onto the affected area in circular motions for about 2-4 minutes. It is ideal to use on your face, arms, and elbows or thighs.
Repeat this process once a week. If you have cystic acne or thin skin, it might be better not to exfoliate at all.
Check out the homemade skin exfoliator recipe below for self-use or to gift it to a dear friend 🙂
Razor Bumps and Burns
Razor bumps and burn can be tricky and lead to nasty infections. Argan oil can help to soothe the skin after shaving the legs, bikini line or beard. There’s even a chance that it might reduce the number of ingrown hair as well.
Simply warm 1-2 drops of argan oil between your palms and spread it across the affected area after shaving it. Because argan is very mild, it won’t sting or burn at all!
Many leave-in conditioners are filled with non-soluble silicones and mineral oils, which do your hair more harm than good. They build up around your hair shaft and won’t let any beneficial products get through. This can lead to dry and porous hair, although it may look sleek and healthy.
Argan oil can act as a wonderful natural leave-in conditioner and protects your hair from outer influences like dust, wind, sun and styling products. Dry hair will be moisturized throughout the day, whereas split ends will be greatly minimized.
Warm 2 drops of argan oil between your palms and apply it to the hair ends. This can be done in two steps by dividing the hair and each time applying one drop.
Do this each time after you wash your hair or even in the middle of the day, if your ends are extremely porous and dry. The application is possible on both wet and dry hair, but it is considerably easier to spread on dry hair.
Very dry and chemically treated hair that tends to get split ends and a lot of breakage needs extra good care. Deep conditioning or hair oiling is unavoidable and will greatly improve the quality of your hair. When used as an overnight deep conditioning treatment, argan oil will provide lots of moisture to the hair and soothe the scalp at the same time, resulting in luscious and healthy locks.
Deep conditioning works best when a very high amount of oil is used.
This is a little more than you may need 😉 But notice how much oil can be used for a deep conditioning treatment in India.
And don’t worry about washing it out, it won’t be a problem.
Before going to bed, massage a mixture of 5-10 drops of argan oil and depending on the length of your hair 2-5 tbsp. of any carrier oil of your choice onto your scalp and into your hair length.
A carrier oil is needed, because you want to use a lot of oil. Argan oil is very costly though and a small amount can already achieve great results. Sweet almond oil and coconut oil are good choices as carrier oils.
Wear a shower cap to keep your pillow oil free. This will also create heat which in turn aids in absorption of the oil.
Wash your hair the next morning with a mild shampoo and use the Burnt Pot Method to gently remove any excess oil without the need to wash two times.
Deep conditioning should be done at least once a month. Once a week is ideal and twice a week if your hair is very damaged from harsh chemical treatments.
Dry Feet and Heels
Just like with dry hands and cuticles, also cracked heels can be taken one step closer to baby soft feet.
Massage a few drops of argan oil onto the problem areas. Cover your feet with a pair of fluffy warm socks and leave them on overnight or for at least 1-2 hours. Enjoy a great book or movie in that time 😉
You can wash your feet the next morning if they are still oily. If not, then just leave them the way they are.
This treatment also keeps toenails soft and pretty and may even encourage nail growth!
The high amount of antioxidants in argan oil makes it possible to protect the skin and hair from UV-damage, specifically free radicals, which abundantly form when exposed to the sun.
While sun exposure is tremendously important for our bodies to get enough vitamin D, excessive time spent in the sun should be avoided. A good 30 to 60 minutes spent in the morning and afternoon sun every day is completely sufficient. For this, argan oil is an excellent daily companion. Along with its healing and hydrating properties, argan oil works like a sunscreen and après-sun-care all in one.
If your skin isn’t used to the sun and you are going to suddenly tan yourself, argan oil won’t provide enough protection tough!
While bathing and going to the beach, argan oil is always a great way to protect your hair and scalp from increased sun exposure due to the reflection of the sun in the water and the drying effect of salt water to the hair.
Simply apply a few drops of argan oil onto your face and neck, scalp and hair length or ends or any other affected area.
Beside the influence of genes and providing your body a nutrient rich diet, hair growth is very much depending on the health of your scalp. The nutrient rich argan oil easily nourishes the scalp, soothes it and keeps it free from dandruff and other skin infections, which is the base for healthy and fast hair growth, free from any hair fall.
Mix 2-3 drops of argan oil with 1 tbsp. sesame seed oil and 2 tsp. of castor oil (the one intended for cosmetic use, not internal). Massage this mixture onto your scalp for 5 to 10 minutes. Ideally wear a shower cap and leave on overnight or for at least 4-6 hours.
Wash your hair the next morning with a mild shampoo and use the Burnt Pot Method to gently remove any excess oil without the need to wash two times.
This mix can also be applied to the eyebrows and eyelashes, just be careful not to get it onto your eyes!
Argan oil alone will not make your body hair grow. It is the combination with sesame seed oil and castor oil that provides ideal hair growth conditions.
Whether you make your own individual cosmetic products or use store bought ones, in both cases you can benefit from the hydrating and healing properties of argan oil. It is always a great addition to any product and it doesn’t need a big amount to profit from its benefits.
Just mix 1-2 drops of argan oil into anything from facial creams, soaps, washing gels, conditioners, shampoos, shaving creams, massage oil or deodorants. There are no limits to your creativity 😉
Dry skin can look blotchy and uneven when makeup is applied. To save some time, simply mix a drop or two to your foundation, bronzer or tinted moisturizer. This way you ensure a luminous glow, even skin tone and moisturization throughout the day!
A rather simple, yet efficient way to moisturize your whole body and rejuvenate your skin from top till bottom is to add argan oil to a hot and foamy full body bath. No work is required whatsoever and relaxation is guaranteed.
Mix a few drops of argan oil to your bath to effortlessly profit from its smoothing and hydrating features. It is completely safe to use on kids and babies as well.
You can additionally add 1 cup of Epsom Salt to your bath for an even more relaxed feeling, improving your sleep and concentration simultaneously. In case you are a prepper, then just combine both ingredients in a homemade bath bomb!
If you belong to the people whose sweet blood mosquitos just love, then keep argan oil handy!
The linoleic acid in argan oil reduces inflammation and boosts healing, making it a perfectly safe and natural bug bite treatment. Just add 1 drop of argan oil to the affected area and gently massage it into the skin,
Last but not least, argan oil does not only limit its scope to outer appliances, but it makes a great add-on to your meals. There is specific argan oil for culinary purposes that you will find among other cooking oils like olive or sunflower seed oil. It differs from the cosmetic-grade argan oil in its preparation by being roasted. This enhances its nutty flavors and makes it great to add to your salads, soups or breads.
On top of being a tasty delicacy, argan oil also contains rare plant sterols and flavonoids, which have the ability to reduce inflammation and lower cholesterol levels by helping block cholesterol absorption from the intestines.
Also your digestive track can benefit from consuming argan oil. It increases the concentration of pepsin in the gastric juice, thus being able to support a bit sluggish digestion.
The high concentration of antioxidants not only slows down enhanced cell aging, caused by free radicals, but it is said that it even helps to prevent the development of cancer cells.
According to the Berber women in morocco, only 1 spoon full of argan oil a day can do real magic for your body, from the inside and out!
It is safe to incorporate argan oil into the diet of children, as long as any nut allergies have been ruled out.
Impressed by Argan Oil’s uses? Then go ahead and share them with your friends.
As a bonus, here are a few home-made recipes that will do just the trick for enhancing its effects in specific areas.
5 DIY Recipes
Not sure which essential oils to add? Here is a detailed list!
Always dilute essential oils with a carrier oil. Don’t use during pregnancy. Citrus essential oils should not be used on the skin within 12 hours of exposure to sunlight or ultraviolet light.
Argan oil is a very versatile oil that is completely natural and fine to use for any age group. There are no known side effects of the oil.
But for everybody who deals with nut allergies, be mindful. It could trigger an allergic reaction, as it supposedly has done in a few cases.
To make sure it is safe to use, test the oil on the inside of your arm and wait for 24 hours. If no reaction occurs, you are free to experience its benefits first-hand!
So how can you make sure that you purchase high quality argan oil?
Simply follow these seven steps:
Which Argan Oil to choose?
The ingredients list should only name argan oil as a single ingredient (unless it is intended to be one of many ingredients, i.e. infused shampoo). Look for 100% Argan Oil or Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil
Look for cold pressed, organic argan oil. This guarantees a chemical free version with all its flavor, aroma and nutritional value intact.
The argan oil should come in a non-transparent or dark colored glass bottle, as light breaks down the oils properties.
Neither too cheap nor too expensive. A low price may suggest it is of low quality due to the utilization of machinery or dilution of the oil. A good quality argan oil is processed by hand and very labor intensive, thus raising its price. Anywhere between 15 and 25 dollar per 1-2 oz bottle may be justified. If you pay more than that, you may just pay for the brand’s name.
The scent can vary according to the season of harvesting. Generally argan oil smells very subtle and a little nutty. Not too strong, as this may have been enhanced. Not no scent at all, as this may have been deodorized. Not too nutty or appealing to the taste buds, as this may have been roasted like it is done when intended for cooking.
Its light texture and ability to be quickly absorbed by the skin makes this oil such a wonderful product. A slimy and thick argan oil is not of high quality.
Good argan oil contains sediments and is a little bit cloudy, naturally with a yellowish tint. If your oil is crystal clear, it may have been chemically processed.
As a sidenote
Always look for cosmetic-grade argan oil. Authentic culinary argan oil may be a little bit more affordable but it is often roasted to enhance its flavors. This version does not provide the best results for your hair and skin.
Buy from reputable companies, possibly fair-trade, to keep the production of argan oil at its best. Many big companies try to buy up farms in morocco and push for a production of higher quantity whilst compromising on quality.
Find these tips helpful? Help your friends to make the best choice!
Where to buy it
Good quality argan oil can be bought in almost all organic health food stores. Make a distinction between cosmetic-grade argan oil and culinary argan oil. Always keep in mind how to choose the right type of argan oil.
Ordering argan oil online is always tricky, because you cannot see for yourself in what state the oil is. There are numerous shops online that sell argan oil and it’s difficult to say, which ones are of high quality. The price and the color of the bottle give a first hint on the quality of the oil.
As mentioned earlier, 15 to 25 Dollar for a roughly 1-2 oz bottle is an acceptable price. It shouldn’t be any lower than that. If possible, buy the oil in person in a shop, so that you can feel the consistency, smell and color prior purchase, if a tester is available.
If you still want to buy it online, we recommend these two products (for US-based customers):
In Germany you will find argan oil in shops like Denn’s Biomarkt, Bio Company, Alnatura and Reformhäuser.
How to store it
As sun breaks down the oil’s properties, keep the bottle of argan oil out of direct sunlight and sealed tight.
Use the oil within 6 months after opening for optimal benefits. If it is your first time to use argan oil, start out with a small bottle and keep track on how long it lasts. If you buy a big bottle and end up not using it, the quality of the oil will degrade over time.
If you haven’t had enough yet and want to know even more about Argan Oil, then read on and find out how this precious substance is produced!
It all starts with the argan tree, which is only found in the barren lands of southwestern Morocco. The tree lives a good 150 to 200 years and starts to produce its fruits only after 30-50 years of age. These fruits are the source of the argan oil that we have grown so fond of. Even goats can’t resist it and are found to climb on the tree to munch on the fruits.
In fact, the argan trees are so rare that the Argan Forest was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1998. Despite this, the tree remains under threat from overuse, deforestation by the locals to use it as firewood and, well, the goats 😉
Producing Argan Oil by plucking the fruit, which doesn’t harm the tree, is one way to preserve the trees. This is ideally done by involving the locals and paying them fairly.
Producing Argan Oil is very time consuming and labour intensive. First the fruit is dried and the nuts are extracted from it. They are then hand-cracked between two stones to reveal the kernels.
These raw kernels will subsequently be hand-ground in a stone grinder and hand-kneaded for hours, first cold-pressing them into the oil. It takes one woman three days to make just one liter of oil!
No byproduct gets wasted. After pressing the oil, the remaining argan paste is sold locally for cosmetic products. The outer pulp provides food for the village animals and and the shells are burned for fuel.
Now it’s your turn
Now it is time to put all this information into practice and share you experience. Do you have some tips or questions? Comment and let us now!