If you're reading this, you're probably not new to the words "Argan Oil". At the very least you've most likely heard it from a YouTuber or read about it in an article online. Using facial oil is a nice addition to your skincare routine. I for one have been using facial oils for over 3 years now. The French and Koreans have lauded its benefits for years and it's particularly important during the Winter months.
"How does it help my skin and what does it do?" You might ask.
What is Argan Oil?
Argan Oil is a rare plant oil produced from nut kernels of argan trees which only grow in Morocco. The oil can be ingested and applied topically so it's versatility is as great as its benefits.
The oil contains essential antioxidants like Omega-6 fatty acids and Vitamin E which help treat skin infections and effectively moisturizes it. (source) (source)
Uses of Argan Oil
Apart from culinary uses (make sure the argan you use is culinary/food grade before consuming) it's also popular as a skin treatment for eczema, dandruff, acne (yes!), rashes, infections, bug bites and yes as an all-over moisturizer.
- Face moisturizer
- Nail/Cuticle moisturizer
- Stretch mark healer
- Hair oil/serum/leave-in conditioner
- Helps with skin allergies like asthma, eczema, psoriasis, dandruff etc
- Heals irritated and dry skin
What properties help with the skin and hair?
Argan oil contains tocopherols (vitamin E), phenols, carotenes, squalene, and fatty acids, (80% unsaturated fatty acids) The main natural phenols in argan oil are caffeic acid, oleuropein, vanillic acid, tyrosol, catechol, resorcinol, (−)-epicatechin and (+)-catechin. - Wikipedia
Essential Fatty-Acids - Some natural occuring in our body, decreases over time. Ingestion and topical application helps smooth out skin, moisturize it and aids in skin infections and irregularities.
Vitamin E - Keeps skin elastic, helps lighten brown spots from poor liver function, encourages cell regeneration (source) and improves appearance of scars. (source)
I've been using White Allure's 100% Pure Moroccan Argan Oil and yes it's legit. Certified Organic. Coldpressed and Vegan, I also like that it's in a glass amber tinted bottle (tinted is essential for Argan Oil) and has a plastic stopper incase of accidental spillage.
It's 1,200 PHP for 100 ml with shipping and I think that's more than reasonable considering you get 100 ml of pure Argan Oil. (I bought an "unpure" one for around 1,500 PHP).
The packaging, box and bottle is nice too. The glass is hefty, granted not the best for travel, but looks so inviting on your vanity table with the amber and gold colours.
How to know if Argan Oil is Pure?
- It says 100% Argan Oil. 100% Pure Argan Oil or 100% Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil
- It's in a dark tinted glass bottle, aluminum or stainless steel bottle. Glass should be tinted Amber or Blue/Violet. The best come in dark bottles although some do come in clear glass bottles. It's said that those are "more pure" and "can withstand light", but I'm not certain so it's best to err on the side of caution.
- Price is reasonable but not "cheap". It's expensive to make, a few nuts can only make about a couple of drops. That isn't to say the most expensive is the best.
How to know if Argan Oil is Pure? - http://www.arganoilmanila.com
Other Argan Oils I've tried. (here) (here) (here) & (here)
PS. Do you use facial oils? Have you tried this particular brand?
PPS. If you're pregnant please consult your OB or are allergic to fatty acids, vitamin e, please check with your dermatologist first.