Argan oil is made from the kernels that grow on the argan trees native to Morocco. It’s most frequently sold as pure oil, which can be directly applied topically (directly to the skin) or ingested in order to provide several health benefits. It’s also commonly mixed into a number of cosmetic products like shampoos, soaps, and conditioners. It contains a number of different beneficial properties and vitamins that form a powerful combination to boost skin health.
– Protects from sun damage
– Argan oil helps moisturize dry, flaky skin.
– Help to strengthen tissues in skin and therefore can aid in wrinkle prevention, has anti-aging effects
– Treats a number of skin conditions – contains a large number of healing properties, including antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties
– Prevents and reduces stretch marks
– Lubricate the hair shaft and help your hair maintain moisture.
How to use
Argan oil is usually used topically in its pure form — but also frequently included in cosmetic products like lotions and skin creams.
While it can be applied directly to your skin, it may be best to start with a very small amount to ensure that you won’t have any adverse reactions.
You can apply argan oil directly to damp or dry hair to improve moisture, reduce breakage, or reduce frizz.
It is also sometimes included in shampoos or conditioners.
If it’s your first time using it, start with a small amount to see how your hair responds. If you have naturally oily roots, apply argan only to the ends of your hair to avoid greasy-looking hair.
Side effects and risks
Argan oil is generally considered safe for most people to use. Some individuals, however, may experience minor side effects as a result of its use.
When used topically, argan oil may irritate the skin. This can cause rashes or acne to form. This may be a more common reaction with those who have tree nut allergies. Even though argan oil comes from a stone fruit, it may aggravate those with such allergies. To avoid this, you should test argan oil on a small, easily hidden patch of skin to make sure that it won’t irritate your skin.