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Native to Morocco, Argan oil is found in the Kernels of the argan tree, It’s commonly used in both food and cosmetics.

Argan oils rise to prominence is an interesting one. It’s an 80-million year old relic tree. It’s slow growth rate, coupled with national policy that favoured deforestation for farmland, nearly drove the argan tree onto the endangered species list.

The argan tree actually provided protection  to a large proportion of southern Morocco by acting as a green curtain against the slowly encroaching sahara desert. it’s steady decline came to be seen as an ecological disaster.

The argan tree acted as part of a green belt, providing protection from the desert.

To combat this disaster, the ‘Argan Oil Project’ was born.  This ambitious project aimed to turn an ecological disaster into an economic opportunity. To achieve this, the argan tree was transformed to represent an economic opportunity to the rural populations. 

‘If argan tree cultivation could be regarded as a rewarding activity, meaning that argan tree (or its side products) could become a permanent source of revenue, local dwellers would protect the tree and even replant new ones. The battle against desertification could be won and the population could get wealthier.’[1]

It was found that the easiest and most profitable element of the tree was it’s oil. The oil could be farmed while preserving the tree, meeting the projects ecological and economic goals. This win-win outcome was not only good for southern Morocco but also for your face.

Argan oil is almost impossible to avoid in skincare nowadays, it’s packed with vitamins and nutrients that are beneficial for both your skin and hair.  

Lets read on to to find out more.

Aragan oil is packed with fatty acids

Argan oil is made up of both oleic acid and linoleic acid. 

Both of these fatty acids host a wealth of benefits for our skin. ‘Recent research has shown that abnormalities in essential fatty acid metabolism may play a role in atopic eczema, acne, and psoriasis.’ [2]

Oleic acid is a monounsaturated fatty acid. Monounsaturated fats are single boned healthy fats that help our skin to retain water, as well as maintaining the components of both fats and ceramides that help keep skin firm and healthy.[3]

Argan oil’s unique blend of fatty acids provides multiple benefits, including helping to reduce wrinkles.

Oleic Acid specifically helps to protect cells though it’s antioxidant activity, aids the circulatory system, strengthening hair and reducing wrinkles.   

Linoleic acid is a poly-unsaturated fatty acid. Linoleic acid content ( Sometimes referred to as vitamin ‘F’), which works to help keep our skin plump, while also fortifying the skin’s barrier against causes of free radicals like pollution and smog. It provides a ‘modulate immune and/or inflammatory responses’[4]

In short, the healthy fats found in argan oil help to reduce inflammation, provide antioxidants, resulting in our looking and feeling healthier.  

Argan oil helps to reduce signs of aging

Though both exposure to the environment and natural ageing, our skin begins to show signs of ageing. As we grow older fine lines set in and turn into permanent wrinkles on our skin. 

Aragn oil helps our skin to retain water. This allows our skin to stay plump and elastic, allowing it to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Argan oil helps our skin to retain water. This allows our skin to stay plump and elastic, allowing it to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. 

Coupled with it’s high levels of antioxidants, argan oil leaves our skin more toned and radiant, no matter what the day throws at it.

Argan oil is high in Vitamin E

Argan oil is high in vitamin E. Vitamin E’s primary function is as an antioxidant, meaning it protects cells from damage from both free radicals and the immune system.

With this boost to the immune system and reduction in free radical, combined with argan oils fatty omega acids help address fine lines, sagging and dark spots.

How to use argan oil

When you’re trying out a new substance for the first time and you’re unsure if you’re allergic or not, it’s best to test it first. 

The best way to test if you are allergic or not by applying a very small amount, 1-3 drops of argan oil to your forearm. Again, if you know you’re allergic, don’t put it on your body.

Leave it covered for 8-12 hours and if you have no irritation, bumps or redness,you should be in the clear.

You’ll find argan oil in a variety of products but it’s best used in soaps, shampoos and moisturisers.  

Conculsion

Argan oil has survived in harsh environments for thousands of years, this has resulted in a hardy plant that provides  an oil with a whole host of benefits.

From it’s an abundance of healthy fatty acids to it’s ability to enhance skin and hair, it’s little wonder argan oil is one of the most popular oils in the world today.

So how do you use argan oil? Are you going to try it for the first time?

As always, let us know below. 

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