Theargan oil is often referred to as "liquid gold" in Morocco, the leading producer and exporter of this plant-based ingredient. Here is an overview of its benefits and uses for the skin of the face and body.
What are the benefits of argan for the skin?
The Argan tree, botanically known asArgania spinosa, primarily grows in the southwest of Morocco. Within its fruits are kernels, each containing one to three seeds known as almonds. From these almonds, the oil in question is extracted by cold pressing.
In cosmetic care, argan oil is referenced under the I.N.C.I. name "Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil". Nutritious and antioxidant, this vegetable oil is the ally of mature skin. It protects and repairs the skin from external aggressions that generate an excess of free radicals, unstable compounds that accelerate skin ageing. It helps to firm the skin and fight against the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Moreover, its content of omega-6 and omega-9 provides nutrition and elasticity to the skin, and prevents dehydration by strengthening the barrier function of the epidermis. As a reminder, the hydrolipidic film improves the resistance of the horny layer against external aggressions and limits insensible water loss. Therefore, argan vegetable oil is also recommended for dry and dehydrated skin.
Note:In skin and hair care, argan can also be introduced in the form of an extract (I.N.C.I.: Argania Spinosa Kernel Extract). The properties of this ingredient remain substantially similar to those of the vegetable oil: the extract is also softening, nourishing and emollient.
How to use argan oil on the skin?
Due to its nourishing and antioxidant properties, this oil is recommended fordry and dehydrated skin as well as mature skin showing wrinkles or fine lines. On the face, it can be applied pure, directly with the fingers at the end of the routine, on clean and dry skin, preferably in theeveningdue to its oily nature. On the body, an application after showering to counteract the drying effect of lime is also optimal, focusing on areas prone to dryness such as the hands and feet. Proceed with circular movements so that the oil penetrates well into the skin.
Please note: gentle and non-allergenic, argan oil is well tolerated by all skin types. It does not have any contraindications. It is suitable for pregnant and breastfeeding women, as well as babies and young children. Moreover, it is non-comedogenic ; it does not clog pores and does not cause imperfections.
CHARROUF Z. & al. Argan oil and other argan products: Use in dermocosmetology. European Journal of Lipid Science and Technology (2011).