Using oils for cosmetic purposes is a slippery affair. There’s a lot of confusion about how much to use, what time of year, whether they work best in combination with other products, and which skin types benefit the most. So it’s a relief to hear someone in the know say, “There’s nothing to avoid when it comes to argan oil.” You can swim in it.
Ollia Tzarina, founder and CEO of organic skincare brand Bio Lab Exotique, is obviously a fan of the “super clean” Moroccan argan oil often referred to as liquid gold.
Scroll through the gallery above to see how argan oil is extracted and retailed at the Taitmatine Women’s Agricultural Cooperative in Morocco.
How to use argan oil
What sets Argan apart from other essential oils (think lavender, rosehip, tea tree) is that it can be used in its most natural, original form and does not require cleaning. stabilizing carrier oil. In addition, its stable composition means that a pure argan product does not require parabens or preservatives.
It’s simply an all-natural product that happens to be loaded with Vitamin E (an effective antioxidant) and essential fatty acids that are responsible for skin health – on the outside and inside. It also contains squalene, which adds volume to the skin and gives it a youthful, unmarked appearance.
Argan is classified as a “light dry” oil, which means it absorbs easily into the skin and scalp without clogging pores or leaving a greasy residue.
Pro tip: Beware of argan products that are mixed with mineral oils and avoid cheaper products – argan is expensive, but then you only have to use a little at a time.
Argan oil for the skin
“Moroccan Argan Oil is a versatile beauty oil rich in vitamin E. It nourishes your skin and helps protect it against daily environmental factors such as weather, which can affect its vitality,” says Deborah Thony of Neal’s Yard Remedies.
Argan has been successfully tested and proven to regulate the body’s production of sebum, the chemical that is the main cause of acne in adults which mainly breaks out on the chin, neck and upper back. Antioxidant and anti-inflammatory vitamin E then kicks in to slough off damaged cells, causing acne marks to fade, as well as promoting new cell growth, rapidly advancing your anti-aging program.
“Because argan is easily absorbed and balances sebum production, it is therefore suitable even for oily skin,” explains Mairin Cipolla, Marketing Director of Kahina Giving Beauty.
Pro tip: If you have hyper-oily skin, a combination of argan with lotus extract or tea tree oil will reduce fat, especially during the hot, humid UAE months (however, the price of your final product will skyrocket accordingly).
Argan oil for hair
The fatty acids in the argan tree make it a natural conditioning agent and can prevent dry, frizzy locks. Because it’s a lightweight oil, it can be used as a serum to add shine to your mane in a healthy, rather than greasy way.
The oil’s natural linoleic and oleic acids also act as a barrier against the sun as well as the damaging effects of chemical hair dyes.
Although there is no conclusive research on the link between argan oil and hair regrowth, anecdotal reviews suggest that pure argan oil may help reduce hair loss.
Pro tip: Given its moisturizing properties, Argan is best used as a leave-in conditioner and styling product.
How to apply argan oil
As with most lotions and potions, rubbing is a no-no. Instead, explains Cammie Cannella, Kiehl’s global vice president of educational development, “use a gentle patting motion to ensure even application to skin, and press – don’t distribute – a small amount into sections of your hair”.
Pro tip: Instead of wasting excess oil on your hands, simply rub it into your cuticles and nail bed, or gently run your fingers over your lashes.