What is Argan oil?
Argan oil is extracted from the berry fruits of the Moroccan argan tree. To protect the argan trees, the area was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1998. Since the fruits are surrounded by thorns, you wait until the harvest until the fruits fall themselves. Gleaning and sorting can then only be done by hand. The cores in which the seeds are found will be also by tedious manual work separated from the pulp. The seed is ground by a stone mill system until pulp is obtained, from which the valuable oil is extracted. To this day, traditional extraction of oil is retained. Because this is extremely expensive, this argan oil is one of the most valuable oils. Meanwhile, the traditional extraction of oil by industrial machinery finds a strong competitor. Nets are stretched under the trees, the trees shaken by machines until the berries fall into the nets. So they try to get the valuable oil in a cheaper way.
The taste of argan oil is characterized by an intense nut flavor. In Europe, however, argan oil is mostly used in the spa. It is i.e. used in creams, soaps, shampoos, lotions.
Argan oil can be used both topically and internally.
It is one excellent oil for the beautification of skin, hair and nails.
Benefits of argan oil for skin
1– Protects against the sun
The harvest women in the country of origin of the argan oil, Morocco, have already known for a long time that argan oil protects from the harmful rays of the sun.
It was found in 2013 through experiments that the skin is protected by the antioxidant property of argan oil, from free radicals by the sun.
This avoids excessive pigmentation and possible damage from too much exposure to the sun.
2– Moisturizes the skin
Regular use of Argan oil provides the skin with the necessary moisture. This property is used by manufacturers of soaps, lotions and conditioners. Hair conditioners supply not only the hair but also the scalp with moisture.
3– Provides the skin with vitamins
Thanks to the abundance of vitamin E, argan oil serves as a nutrient for the skin.
Vitamin E, which is a water-soluble antioxidant, helps the skin regulate the water balance.
4– Has wound healing properties
Argan oil with its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties is one of oil that contributes to rapid wound healing. It is often used to treat psoriasis and rosacea. For this one should apply Argan oil topically, directly on the diseased places. For the treatment of rosaceous, it is appropriate to use Argan oil also internally.
5– Treats pimples & acne
The onset of acne is mostly due to excessive sebum production. Argan oil has the ability to regulate sebum production and thereby help the skin to have a smooth, soothing complexion. Here, however, a regular, daily application is advisable to achieve the desired success (after about 4 weeks).
6– Fights skin infections
By means of its anti-fungicidal action, Argan oil also helps in combating skin fungus. Again, a daily, best 2 times topical application should be carried out.
7– Reduces wrinkles
Regular use of Argan oil acts as an anti-aging cure. Small age wrinkles are reduced and less visible. Argan oil gives the skin back its elasticity.
8– During pregnancy
Use argan oil to prevent the development of stretch marks during pregnancy.