Argan oil for comprehensive skin and hair care

Moroccan argan oil and its many uses have long been underestimated. In recent years, however, this multi-talented oil has become increasingly important. In order to exploit the full potential of argan oil, it is important to understand what makes it so special and how versatile it can be used in skin and hair care.

Argan oil: unique and precious

Argan oil is a high-quality vegetable oil that is produced exclusively in Morocco. It comes from the seeds of the ripe fruit of the argan tree, one of the oldest tree species in the world. Today, this tree only grows in a limited area in the southwest of Morocco, which has been declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO to ensure its protection. In most cases, the oil is extracted by Berber women in the traditional way by hand, whereby around 20 kilograms of argan seeds are required for one liter of argan oil. Due to its origin, argan oil is often referred to as "Moroccan gold".

Wide range of uses

Argan oil is used in various areas. It is a highly valued cooking oil, but should not be heated due to its heat-sensitive ingredients. Instead, it is often used in salads or to refine already prepared dishes. Argan oil is also known far beyond the borders of Morocco for the care of skin, hair and nails. It is used pure or is increasingly being used in cosmetic care products. It is also used for medicinal purposes and can have positive effects on the cardiovascular system, insulin levels and fat metabolism.

Valuable ingredients

Pure argan oil contains 80 % unsaturated fatty acids and 20 % saturated fatty acids, making it a healthy fat. Omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids, which the body cannot produce on its own, are abundant in argan oil, making it an excellent source of these important nutrients. It also contains vitamin E and phytochemicals such as carotenoids and phytosterols, which have antioxidant properties and protect the body from free radicals. Argan oil is generally well tolerated and side effects are rare. Caution is only advised in the case of an existing nut allergy.

Free radicals and the skin

Free radicals are by-products of metabolism, oxygen-containing molecules that require an electron to become stable. They are extremely unstable and attack intact molecules to stabilize themselves, which can lead to oxidative stress and long-term cell damage. In the skin, this can lead to premature ageing.

Argan oil in skin care

Argan oil can be used in a variety of ways for different skin types and needs. It is quickly absorbed without leaving a greasy film.

  • Argan oil for dry skin: Dry skin, where the natural skin barrier is disturbed, often suffers from moisture loss and dryness, which can cause tension and itching. Argan oil strengthens the skin barrier and helps to balance the moisture balance, especially due to its high content of linoleic acid, which ensures good hydration of the skin. It can be applied pure to the face and body twice a day or used in creams with argan oil.
  • Argan oil for hand care: Our hands are exposed to a lot of stress, and frequent hand washing as well as dry heating air and cold winter air can dry out the skin and lead to the formation of eczema. A hand cream with argan oil protects and cares for the skin. It should be used several times a day if necessary and especially after washing your hands.
  • Argan oil and skin regeneration: Argan oil supports the regeneration of the skin and can be used to care for injuries and scars. It keeps the skin soft and supple without weighing it down. The oil can be applied pure to the affected areas of skin.
  • Argan oil as anti-ageing care: With its high vitamin E content, argan oil has an antioxidant effect and protects the skin from the damaging effects of free radicals. When used regularly, it can also improve the elasticity of the skin. In addition to using pure oil, a sunscreen should always be applied to protect the skin from UV rays.
  • Argan oil against stretch marks: Stretch marks can occur not only during pregnancy, but also in other people. They occur when the elastic skin fibers are overstretched. Argan oil strengthens the skin barrier, stimulates blood circulation and promotes the elasticity of the skin, which can help to prevent and alleviate stretch marks.
  • Argan oil for acne-prone skin: Acne is not just a problem for teenagers. Adults also often suffer from blemishes caused by excess sebum. Argan oil can regulate sebum production and also has anti-inflammatory properties, which can reduce blemishes.
  • Argan oil for atopic dermatitis and psoriasis: Sensitive skin that is prone to eczema requires particularly mild care with well-tolerated ingredients. Argan oil moisturizes dry areas of skin and has a soothing effect, reducing itching and protecting the skin from free radicals.

Argan oil in hair care

Argan oil is not only suitable for skin care, but also provides natural care for the scalp, hair and hair roots:

  • Scalp: Argan oil has a calming effect on dry and flaky scalps, stimulates blood circulation and can regulate sebum production.
  • Hair: Argan oil nourishes the hair and improves its elasticity, bounce and color. It cares for damaged hair in particular and protects against breakage and split ends without weighing the hair down.
  • Hair roots: The nutrient-rich argan oil can strengthen the hair roots and prevent hair loss, which is often caused by a lack of nutrients.

Wide range of applications

There are various ways to use argan oil for hair care:

  • Shampoo with argan oil: A shampoo with argan oil nourishes the hair and scalp while shampooing. You can either use a special argan oil shampoo or add a few drops of argan oil to your favorite shampoo.
  • Conditioner with argan oil: After washing your hair, you can apply a conditioner with argan oil to the lengths and ends and leave it on briefly before rinsing it out.
  • Argan oil as a hair treatment: A hair treatment with argan oil can be left on for at least 30 minutes or even overnight. Then rinse thoroughly.
  • Argan oil for the tips: Apply a few drops of argan oil to damp or dry ends to strengthen them and protect against split ends.
  • Argan oil for the scalp: A scalp massage with argan oil, massaged into the scalp for around 30 minutes, can be soothing and nourishing.

Homemade care with argan oil

Do-it-yourself (DIY) is the trend, and argan oil offers a wide range of possibilities for homemade care products. From hair treatments and face masks to eyelash care and hair care, there are many possible applications for DIY care with argan oil.

Other nourishing oils for skin care

In addition to argan oil, there are other valuable oils that are suitable for skin care and can be integrated into the skincare routine depending on the skin's needs:

  • Jojoba oil: Jojoba oil is actually a liquid wax and contains vitamin E, vitamin B6, provitamin A and various minerals. It has moisturizing and antioxidant properties and is well suited for sensitive skin.
  • Peppermint oil: Peppermint oil has antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties that make it suitable for the care of blemish-prone skin.
  • Coconut oil: Coconut oil is versatile and has soothing, antioxidant and antimicrobial properties. It can moisturize dry skin, but should be used with caution on some skin types.
  • Apricot kernel oil: Apricot kernel oil contains nourishing acids, vitamin E and has a smoothing effect on the skin. It can be used to combat signs of ageing and for supple skin.
  • Almond oil: Almond oil contains vitamins A, B, D and E as well as fatty acids that support skin regeneration and can soften scars.
  • Olive oil: Olive oil has antioxidant properties, moisturizes and gives the skin elasticity.
  • Lavender oil: Lavender oil is essential and moisturizes, supports skin regeneration and has anti-inflammatory properties. It is versatile and suitable for different skin types.

Note: Even if most oils are well tolerated, they should always be tested on a small area of skin first to check for possible reactions such as redness, tightness or burning.

Thanks to its versatility, argan oil is rightly becoming increasingly popular in cosmetics. It offers well-tolerated, intensively nourishing and natural care for the whole body.

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