Will argan oil clog pores? Is argan oil good for your skin? What are argan oil face benefits? These are just a few questions, thrilling people, regarding argan oil.
This text is for you in case you are curious about the secrets of this organic carrier oil, which has so many valuable properties for your face and skin. I will cover topics, like:
- What compounds will you meet in argan oil?
- What are argan oil benefits for the face?
- Is argan oil comedogenic?
- How to use argan oil with homemade solutions?
- How to distinguish between good and lousy argan oil?
- How to use argan oil in natural cosmetics?
Are you impatient:) Let’s start!
How about argan oil chemistry?
Argan oil is derived from the kernel of the argan tree (Argania spinosa L.). To find this tree, you will have to visit the African country Morocco.
But, to benefit from the oil of the argan fruit, all you have to do is to apply it to your face and skin! Why should you do it, you will ask? Because of the chemistry. It is all in your favor!
Argan oil is extremely rich in unsaturated fatty (oleic and linoleic) acids. In case you don’t know – oleic acid is one of the primary compounds of olive oil and is omega 9 fatty acid.
It reduces the bad (LDL) cholesterol and increases the good (HDL) one, balancing the blood pressure, as well.
Linoleic acid is omega 6 fatty acid, which is one of the two essential fatty acids, and the human body cannot produce on its own, but has to receive it from food! Other rich in linoleic acid oils are grapeseed oil, sunflower oil, wheat germ oil, peanut oil, olive oil.
Another valuable compound of argan oil is tocopherol (or vitamin E). And, let’s finish the core chemistry map of argan oil with another fantastic ingredient – caffeic acid. It is a primary natural phenol in argan oil.
But most important – it is a powerful antioxidant, fighting free radicals. It strengthens the immune system and has an anti-inflammatory effect!
Are you already in love with argan oil? Let’s find out more!
What are argan oil benefits for the face?
You may wonder, can you use argan oil on your face? You already know the answer.
As a straight consequence appearing from the valuable chemical structure, we can mention the following face benefits:
- It has an excellent moisturizing effect on your face, as the fatty acids recreate the lipid membranes of the cells, and improves their hydration;
- It has an anti-aging effect, keeping your face young and healthy;
- It is an antioxidant with anti-cancer impact (due to vitamin E, and caffeic acid) fighting free radicals;
- It has anti-wrinkle effect;
- It has wound-healing effect;
- It can reduce under eye circles.
Is argan oil comedogenic?
No, it is.not! It does not stimulate “producing” pimples and blackheads on your face. In fact, you can use argan oil for acne scars successfully.
Argan oil has a zero comedogenicity rating, which means that it is non-comedogenic and won’t clog pores.
Not only. It treats skin issues, like psoriasis, eczema, neurodermatitis. It helps to remove spots, scars from wounds and burns. It has natural sunburn protection.
If you have your skin exposed to the Sun for a more extended period and don’t have sun protection cosmetics at hand, argan oil may replace it to a certain extent.
Argan oil and DIY approach
Now it’s time to share with you tips and 4 recipes how to utilize this valuable “liquid gold.”
You already know argan oil is right for your face, as the skin absorbs it very well. It soaks in, not leaving any oily trace.
The best argan oil is cold-pressed, derived from the kernels of the argan fruit. The process should be mechanical, without any chemicals added. It is good to know how to recognize the high-quality argan oil on the market.
Below you will find 4 tips to distinguish the real from fake argan oil.
1. The scent of pure argan oil should be mild and nutty. Typically you will want to eat it, after smelling it. The smell should disappear quickly, after applying to the skin. The opposite could be a “red lamp” for you.
2. The color of a real one should be light golden yellow. Being too bright makes it suspicious.
3. You should look for cosmetic, not for culinary argan oil. Though both are legitimate, the difference is in the kernels’ treatment. Unlike culinary ones, those for aesthetic purposes are not roasted, which preserves all benefits, we have already described.
4. Typically, the cost of pure argan oil is high. It is labor-consuming and hard to derive mechanically from it the nuts. Take with a pinch of salt, if you see very cheap argan oil.
Okay. When you generally know how to protect yourself from misleading information, read how to apply it.
You can apply it to your skin either pure (put 2-3 drops on a cotton pad and massage the face), or mixed with other components. If you have dry skin, you can blend aloe vera gel and argan oil in 1:1 ratio, and use it instead of cream.
You can also try mixing a few drops of argan oil, with rose water. This blend may serve as a face tonic in the mornings and evenings!
Find here a bit more sophisticated homemade recipes:
Mask #1 For nourishing face
You will need 1 tablespoon yogurt, 1 tablespoon ripe mashed avocado, 1 teaspoon honey, and 1 teaspoon argan oil.
Mix the ingredients, and apply to your face. Leave for 15 minutes and wash with fresh water.
Mask # 2 For cracked lips
You will need 3 drops argan oil and a half teaspoon honey.
Slightly warm the ingredients up, and mix them. Apply to lips. Leave it for 20 minutes to feel relief.
Mask # 3 For acne
You will need 1 tablespoon argan oil and a 1 tablespoon black cumin seed oil.
Mix the ingredients, and apply to your face. Leave for 15-20 minutes and wash with shampoo.
Mask # 4 For acne
You will need 1 tablespoon argan oil and 1 beaten egg white.
Mix the ingredients, and apply to your face. Leave for 15 minutes and rinse with fresh water.
How to use argan oil in natural cosmetics?
Let’s jump to the next level of utilizing argan oil when we use it in natural cosmetic products for our skin care.
When we find the proper ones, we can benefit from professionally made and tested formulas, which aggregate the strength of many valuable components, for reaching maximum efficiency.
Argan oil is used in hand creams, massage oils, revitalizing eye creams and serums, rejuvenating lotions, hair masks, face masks, soaps, foot creams, shampoos.
The list is long, but it couldn’t be the opposite when our word is for this “liquid gold”!
Can you imagine the effect, when you have all of them in the right ratios combined!
To wrap it up
Now you know 6 essential argan oil face benefits! And moreover, you know how to use it!
Now you are ready to TAKE ACTION, and benefit from its incredible properties! Experiment, find the best solution for you, and go for it!
I would love to hear from you! Do you (plan to) use argan oil for your face? Leave me a comment, and I will answer you!
To your “argan” face:)