You may be wondering; what are the benefits of using argan oil? It seems like this oil is in all sorts of personal care products.
Argan oil has many reputed benefits for skin and hair. It is known for its healing and soothing properties, which are believed to be at least partially due to its high vitamin E content. This makes it an excellent alternative to soy or wheat based Vitamin E.
These are some of the possible benefits of argan oil:
• Soften skin
• Promote moisture retention, so it can be used as a moisturizer to keep skin hydrated
• Reduce the visibility of wrinkles and fine lines
• Heal eczema
• Restore and increase elasticity, which can prevent stretch marks
• Plump up skin
• Repair damaged skin
• Prevent irritation
• Promote healing
• Reduce inflammation and pain
• Prevent dry skin
• Protect from sun damage
• Soothe skin irritation
• Treat acne
• Reduce and heal scarring
• Smooth frizzy hair
• Calm dry, itchy scalp
Whether these features are due to the Vitamin E content or other factors is unknown, but it is likely that a combination of properties in argan oil work together.
Many skin care products have Vitamin E (aka: tocopheryl or tocopheryl acetate), because Vitamin E is considered good for skin regeneration. Most Vitamin E in cosmetics is derived from either soy or wheat; both of which I avoid. Argan oil is a terrific ingredient substitute for straight vitamin E in skin care recipes.
Pure argan oil is a bit pricey, but a little goes a long way, so it doesn’t take much to work its magic.
Some argan oil is listed as organic and others are not, but all argan oil is grown in a limited area in South Western Morocco. It’s all grown organically and it’s all Moroccan. Apparently the tree that argan oil comes from only grows in that area. It is gathered and processed by the local people there.
Argan oil can be purchased alone or you can look for it as an ingredient in many skin and hair products. As seen on TheFeminineReview.com, it is can also be added to homemade skin care recipes, such as Nourishing Body Butter and Two Simple Oil Cleansing Recipes. It can be applied directly to skin as well.
iHerb.com sells argan oil for use alone or in recipes. It also has many products that contain argan oil. You can find them here. If you have never purchased from iHerb.com before, you can get a discount of $5-10 by clicking on any link to iHerb.com from this site and making your purchase.
Extensive list of the benefits of argan oil for skin and hair, how to use it, and why it is supposed to be a great thing. Includes a discount link to iHerb.com.
By Cynthia DeWitte
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