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Using Argan Oil as a Carrier Oil for Skin

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ARGAN OIL FOR SKIN

Argan oil is commonly used for hair to moisturize and give it that shiny, healthy appearance. It also takes on a nutty and earthy aromatic experience. Some people even consume argan oil as it contains healthy nutrients like linoleic acid, or omega-6. However, argan oil is also beneficial for topical skin use! Learn all about what argan oil is, how it’s developed, the pros and cons, and ways to use it.

WHAT IS ARGAN OIL

Argan oil is a plant-based oil that is produced from the kernels of an argan tree native to southwest Morocco. It is mainly composed of multiple phenolic compounds and healthy fatty acids. Argan also contains vitamin E which helps skin, eyes, and hair. Since this oil contains vitamin E, it serves as a powerful antioxidant as well. Follow along below to read about how it’s created!

HOW IT’S MADE

There are two traditional ways in how argan nuts were collected before questionable harvesting methods were developed. The first way, Berber women collected nuts once they dropped from the argan tree. The other way was when goats on the tree ruminate after eating the fruit. Don’t worry, they were always cleaned!

After being hand picked or machine harvested now, the nuts are cleaned and dried out. The next step is cracking the nut to retrieve the kernels. Since no machinery can do this, this step is still done by hand. The kernels are then pressed and developed into an oil. 

PROS

Read all about the various benefits of using argan oil for skin:

  • Contains essential nutrients like omega-6 and vitamin E which are healthy for skin. 
  • Has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant ingredients which can help heal topical injuries. 
  • It is often used to reduce unwanted stretch marks on the skin.
  • Can help reduce signs of skin aging by applying to the skin or consuming the oil.
  • Highly moisturizing for the hair and skin due to oleic and linoleic acids.

CONS

Learn about the few drawbacks when it comes to using argan oil for skin:

  • If you tend to have oilier skin, argan oil may clog your pores. However, argan oil is on the low end of the comedogenic risk scale. 
  • Make sure to conduct a small skin patch test if you have not used argan oil, just in case you might have a sensitivity. 
  • It can sometimes make your hair appear greasy if too much is applied or you tend to have oilier hair.

WAYS TO USE 

Here are a few of our favorite ways to use argan oil for skin!

  • We like to take a quarter size amount of argan oil and mix it with five drops of our Warm Vanilla Sugar to apply to our skin.
  • Substitute argan oil for any carrier oil in our scrub recipe found in the recipe section!
  • Develop your own massage oil with argan oil. Simply click on this DIY and switch out the given carrier oil for argan.

How do you like to use argan oil?

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