Skin Benefits of Argan Oil
There are a lot of oils on the market which claim to do this, that and the other, but Argan oil is one of those rare oils which can do everything it says it can.
From adding a hint of nuttiness to your meals to improving the condition of your hair, skin, immune system and digestion, you could say it is an all-rounder.
Anyway, in this post I wanted to focus on the benefits Argan oil can have on your skin. As an eczema sufferer, winter always leaves my skin dry, cracked and sore, so to find an oil when can help to revitalise my skin, reduce irritation and help it heal is fantastic.
What is Argan oil?
This oil is actually pretty rare as it is extracted from kernel nuts which are only found in Morocco. Used for centuries by local Berber women as a beauty agent, it is only in recent years the healing benefits of this oil have been recognised by the world.
As such, all Argan sold today is produced by a women’s cooperative that shares the profits amongst the local women of the Berber tribe.
How does Argan oil work?
Like I mentioned before Argan oil can offer you a myriad of health benefits due to its high concentration of fatty acids (80%), polyphenoles, antioxidants, carotenoids and other helpful acids.
Yet of its benefits Argan oil is best known for its use in the treatment of acne, eczema and psoriasis.
Take the following benefits for instance:
- Argan oil helps to protect your skin from premature aging and wrinkles (particularly crow’s feet)
- It is a natural remedy for dry skin as it is enriched in proteins which improve the bonding structures and the elasticity in your skin, keeping your skin fresh and toned.
- Reduces skin irritation triggered by eczema whilst healing the marks caused by scratching. Argan oil is also used in the treat of skin inflammatory diseases such as acne, chickenpox and psoriasis which can leave red dots and patches on your skin.
- As well as helping dry skin, Argan oil helps to combat oily skin by regulating the secretion of sebum.
- Argan oils helps to reduce stretch marks during pregnancy.
- Argan oil is great for arthritis helping to sooth and reduce joint pain by slowing down the degenerative process.
And to use this oil is incredibly simple as you don’t have to do much to use it to moisture your skin.
For instance, if you’re simply looking for a night time moisturiser, then all you need is a few drops of raw Argan oil which you can rub directly onto your skin.
However, if you’re looking for a full body oil (especially if you’re suffering from eczema or acne), then this following recipe is perfect.
To make all you need is: 2 ounces of camellia oil, ½ ounce of hemp seed oil, ½ ounce of jojoba, ½ ounce of Argan oil, ½ red raspberry seed oil, 10-25 drops of lavandula abrialis essential oil and 10-25 drops of ylang ylang essential oil. Mixed together you can gently massage this onto your skin and give your body a lift after the long winter months.
Other uses for Argan
Like I mentioned before Argan oil isn’t just good for your skin, it also has the following benefits:
- Rich in oleic acid, Argan oil can help to limit and maintain your cholesterol levels, preventing spikes.
- Argan oil contains a number of acids which are converted into 3 kinds of prostaglandins. These can help to improve your immune system and anti-inflammatory functions.
- Combining these prostaglandins with its vitamin E levels, these can help to improve the health and functioning of your heart.
- The sterols in Argan oil can help to block cholesterol absorption in your intestines.
- Argan oil helps to increase pepsin levels (a digestive enzyme) improving your digestion.
Argan oil is even used in fish, sweet potato, salad, soups and dessert dishes to add a nutty taste and smell! It truly is a versatile oil so whether you’re looking to improve the condition of your skin or lower your cholesterol, Argan oil can help.
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