Did you know that Argan oil has a variety of uses?
The naturally occurring plant oil is derived from the kernels of the fruit of the Argan tree, which is native to Morocco.
For many centuries, it has been Morocco’s culinary staple for its subtle, nutty flavor.
But Argan oil is more than just a culinary wonder as it has also been used for cosmetic and medicinal purposes.
With its antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, and essential nutrients, Argan oil has many health benefits.
Here are some of its uses and benefits for the skin, hair, and overall health of our body.
For the skin
Adds moisture to our skin
Argan oil can be found as an ingredient in many lotions and creams. But it can also be used topically in the pure form.
Argan oil can be used as a skin moisturizer to hydrate and soften dry skin.
With high vitamin E and fatty acid content, it gives the skin a natural enhancement.
Argan oil is easy to use and can be applied all over the body including the face and neck.
It can be directly applied but make sure to test it first to prevent allergic reactions.
Because of its nourishing power, argan oil may also help your skin fight wrinkles and appear more youthful.
Argan oil has been found to improve the elasticity of the skin of postmenopausal women. Argan oil’s omega fatty acids help to strengthen tissues in the skin and aid in wrinkle prevention.
In a 2014 study, it was found out that women who applied argan oil to their skin improved their skin’s ability to retain water, which is a key factor to reduce signs of aging.
To gain more positive effects, look for products that combine argan oil with ceramides, which also helps protect the lipid barrier of the skin.
For the hair
Prevents hair damage
Argan oil’s earliest uses were to treating hair loss and dry hair!
Many studies have shown that using argan oil after receiving a hair-color treatment can decrease the damage caused by harmful chemicals and dying strands.
You can apply argan oil directly to dry hair once or twice a week for at least 30 minutes before washing your hair.
You can also apply small amounts on your damp hair to improve moisture, reduce breakage, and reduce frizz.
Since argan oil is a good moisturizer, it also works as a great conditioner or hair mask.
The molecules of argan oil are smaller than other oils, it can easier penetrate hair cuticles that will make hair softer and more manageable.
There are many varieties of argan oil specifically made for the hair but you can still use pure argan oil or opt for an argan oil-infused hair mask.
Apply to hair and leave on for at least 20 minutes.
For best results, you can also put a shower cap on while it sits to lock in the moisture. Then rinse it off thoroughly.
For the health (Can be used for cooking)
Boosts Heart Health
If you’re interested in using argan oil for cooking food, look for varieties specifically made for cooking, or 100% pure argan oil.
Argan oil is rich in antioxidants, vitamin E and fatty acids, making it a healthy, naturally vegan, gluten-free, and dairy-free option for your meals.
Argan oil is also a rich source of oleic acid, a monounsaturated, omega-9 fat.
Oleic acid is one that can produce heart-protective effects like avocado and olive oils.
A study noted that argan oil was proportionate to olive oil in its capacity to reduce the risk of heart disease.
Another study also showed that a higher intake of argan oil was correlated with lower levels of bad cholesterol and higher blood levels of antioxidants.
What other uses and benefits of Argan oil do you know? Let us know in the comments section of this video.