If you’ve been to your supermarket’s bath and beauty section or your favorite makeup counter recently, you’ve likely seen the words “Moroccan argan oil” listed in the ingredients on certain products. This versatile dry oil is quickly catching on for its easy absorbency and multiple uses.
Yet many who are new to using argan oil may not know exactly how it can benefit them. Although the oil is available commercially in both its pure form and as an additive to many different products, it may be daunting to try to find exactly what you need. Here are a few of the questions you might have about using Moroccan argan oil for face and hair treatments.
How can I use Moroccan argan oil for hair?
Where argan oil used to be a fairly rare ingredient, today there are a number of Moroccan argan oil shampoo and conditioner products for sale. Using products that contain argan oil is a great way to introduce your hair to the benefits of oil. Although many people may hear the word “oil” and think greasy, argan oil is actually a dry oil in that it is absorbed by the hair and skin fairly quickly. Argan oil can add shine to hair and help promote its growth.
How can I use Moroccan argan oil for face and skin?
Using Moroccan argan oil for face treatments has a variety of benefits. Argan oil is known to minimize fine lines, treat acne, moisturize skin, help heal scar tissue, reduce inflammation, and protect skin from the sun when applied to the face and body. Moroccan argan oil soaps, masks, lotions, moisturizers, and other products are all commonly sold. Because the oil is dry, it can also be used directly on skin. Moroccan argan oil is also rich in Vitamin E to help reduce free radicals and protect skin from damage.
Is there anything else I should know about Moroccan argan oil?
It’s important to know that argan oil is growing in popularity, yet it is only produced in one region of the world. Derived from the argan nut, argan oil is made mostly by women living in southwestern Morocco. Many of the co-ops that make argan oil help to promote education for girls and women in the area, and some are even working toward getting certified as fair trade operations to pay their workers a living wage. Because the creation of argan oil is labor intensive, it can take up to 12 to 20 hours to produce a one liter bottle of the oil, which can retail for around $200 in its pure form.
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