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Argan Oil – Benefits, Uses, and Homemade Recipes

What is Argan Oil?

Argan oil is a plant-based oil which is native to Morocco. It’s extracted from the nut of the Argan tree. The oil extraction process is labour and time intensive which makes the Argan oil so much more valuable.

What are the Benefits of Argan oil?

Argan oil has been traditionally used for both culinary as well as skin care and hair care purposes. It contains essential fatty acids, vitamins and antioxidants which makes argan oil a fantastic natural alternative to commonly available cosmetic products. A lot of products have incorporated argan oil for hair and skin use. Using 100% natural argan oil is beneficial and, in many ways, better than its inorganic cosmetic product variants.

1. As a Moisturizer

Due to the presence of fatty acids and Vitamin E, which helps in water retention, argan oil is most commonly used as a skin moisturizer. Argan oil also has the added benefit of being non-greasy so it does not leave an oily residue on the skin after use which is why argan oil is an excellent natural skin moisturizer.

2. Treating Skin Conditions

Treating-skin-conditionsUse of argan oil for skin conditions like dry skin and eczema is considered an effective treatment. Due to its moisturizing effect, it helps in preventing dry skin. Argan oil also contains triterpenoids which have an anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effect can help soothe the ill-effects of eczema (atopic dermatitis).

3. Hair Conditioner

Argan oil can be utilized as a hair conditioner and can especially be useful in the case of dry or damaged hair. In fact, it can also be massaged directly onto the scalp and kept overnight to improve your hair health.

4. Treatment of Acne

Overuse of cosmetics including commonly used makeup and skin-care products can worsen acne. On the other hand, Argan oil has anti-sebum effects which help in reducing acne by controlling the amount of sebum on the skin.

5. For Skin Infections and Wound Healing

Argan oil has anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and fungicidal properties which makes it useful for the treatment of small skin infections and minor cuts and wounds.

6. Anti-Ageing Effects

Argan oil benefits include its use as an anti-aging product. Its anti-aging effect was observed in a 2015 study on postmenopausal women where a combination of oral and cosmetic argan oil was found to increase skin elasticity.

7. Reduces Stretch Marks

Argan oil can help in protection against stretch marks on the skin by improving skin elasticity when used daily.

8. Culinary Oil

Culinary-oilTraditionally edible culinary argan oil has been used in Morocco as a bread dip or salad dressing. It’s rich in anti-oxidants and unsaturated fatty acids and also has a great taste. It can be utilized as a healthy cooking oil.

9. Reduces Risk of Heart Disease

Culinary argan oil consumption can reduce the risk of heart disease. In fact, research has proven that it can reduce bad cholesterol (LDL) and increases good cholesterol (HDL). Argan oil has also been proven to reduce the level of triglycerides in the blood which have been linked to increased risk of heart disease.

Are There any Side-Effects of Argan Oil?

Argan oil has been in use for centuries in Morocco and other parts of the world, and is generally considered safe for use. In a few cases, argan oil can cause skin irritation and rashes to occur this is more likely to occur in people with tree-nut allergies. In some cases, oral ingestion may cause nausea, gas or diarrhoea.

How to Buy and Store Argan Oil?

In order to enjoy the argan oil benefits, you need to incorporate it into your daily life for healthy skin and hair. While buying argan oil it’s important to ensure that the oil which you buy is pure argan oil. Pure argan oil has a nutty smell and is non-greasy. Also, argan oil has a limited shelf life so it’s important to buy it fresh and not to buy it in large amounts. The oil should be kept out of direct sunlight and its recommended to use the oil within six months after opening.

Considering the different uses of argan oil and its rarity a good quality, pure argan oil will be expensive but its value overshadows its usefulness.

Homemade Argan Oil Recipes

Using argan oil daily in a variety of ways can improve your overall health. There are many ways for use of argan oil for hair and facial maintenance.

1. Skin Moisturizer

Purpose

To hydrate the skin in order to improve overall long-term skin health.

How to Use

Apply a few drops of pure argan oil directly to your skin. It can be used all over the body by rubbing the oil onto your skin as you would with any other moisturizing lotion.

2. Hair Conditioner

Purpose

As a natural hair conditioner with the additional benefit of treating split ends and for styling your hair. Using Argan oil for hair is also known to increase hair volume as well as giving it a natural shine.

How to Use

Add a few drops of argan oil onto your hands and gently rake them through your hair. Alternatively, you can massage the oil into your scalp and leave it overnight preferably with a shower cap on.

3. Lip Moisturizer

Lip-moisturizer

Purpose

As a natural lip moisturizer to prevent dry and cracked lips.

How to Use

Directly rub one or two drops of argan oil onto your lips. To deal with excessively dry lips just mix a couple of oil drops with fine brown sugar and apply onto your lips before rinsing off.

4. Acne Treatment

Purpose

A natural way to fight off mild acne while moisturizing your skin.

How to Use

Directly rubbing in a few drops of argan oil gently onto the skin can help clear up mild acne and also has the additional benefit of dealing with dry and oily skin.

5. Nail and Cuticle Treatment

Purpose

Helps condition your nails and keeps your cuticles soft and moisturized.

How to Use

Use a small drop of oil directly onto each nail one by one and massage into your cuticles before bed.

6. Foot Treatment

Foot-treatment

Purpose

Naturally treating dry and cracked feet using the moisturizing and healing effect of argan oil.

How to Use

Rub a few drops of argan oil directly onto your feet while paying extra attention to cracked heels or dry parts of your foot

7. Hair Styling

Purpose

Gives a natural shine to your hair and can tame frizzy hair. It is also used extensively to grow a beard and styling it.

How to Use

Rub a few drops of argan oil into your palms and run your fingers through your hair, a little oil goes a long way you don’t need to use a lot.

8. Salad Dressing

Salad-dressing

Purpose

Culinary argan oil can be used as a healthy salad dressing considering its numerous anti-cancer and cardiovascular benefits.

How to Use

Drizzle a spoonful of culinary argan oil onto your salad.

9. Skin Toner

Purpose

Most skin toners can dry up your skin and cause slight irritation. Addition of argan oil to your toner can decrease this irritation.

How to Use

Add a few drops of argan oil to your toner and shake well before using normally to ward off dry skin.

10. Anti-Ageing and Stretch Mark Remedy

Anti-aging-and-Stretch-Mark-remedy

Purpose

The anti-ageing effects of argan oil are evident since it helps in increasing skin elasticity over time. Due to the presence of Vitamin E and Vitamin A, it helps in revitalizing skin and makes it less likely for stretch marks to form.

How to Use

Rub a few drops of pure argan oil in the problem areas to prevent stretch marks from occurring. Also, in case of stretch marks are already present mix a few drops of argan oil with brown sugar and apply to the affected area before having a bath. Rinse it off and then apply pure oil to the affected areas.

Also read: 11 Benefits of Argan Oil for Hair and Skin (Infographic)

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