10 Argan oil benefits and uses for skin, hair and nails
Argan oil is extracted from the fruit of the argan tree, which is native to Morocco. In Morroco, it is used widely in cooking. They dip their bread in it at breakfast time and they pour argan oil over pasta and couscous. The reputation of argan oil stretches right across the world, both as a beauty product and as a healthy ingredient in gourmet food. The oil is rich in Vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids and it has many beauty uses for the skin, face and hair. This wonderful golden nectar can cure frizzy hair, moisturise the skin and it has anti-ageing properties too. If you have never even tried argan oil, then here are ten very good reasons why you should be including argan oil in your beauty routine.
1. It is a fantastic moisturiser
Argan oil benefits for beauty are countless. Argan oil is the main ingredient of many skin moisturisers on the market, so why not skip the middle man, and use the pure oil instead? Argan oil is rich in vitamins and it can be used on the face or anywhere on the body. It’s also good for any skin type; you just apply more, or less, as appropriate. One of the amazing things about argan oil is how easily it is absorbed by the skin, which means that it hydrates dry skin very quickly and it leaves no greasy residue on the surface of the skin.
2. It strengthens nails
The wonderful nutrients in argan oil are also great for your nails. Massage a couple drops of argan oil onto your nails each day and the oil will soften the cuticles and feed and strengthen the nails at the same time. Argan oil has also been said to help make nails grow faster.
3. It softens cracked and dry feet
Dry, cracked heels can be unsightly and painful, but argan oil will solve that one for you too. Massage a generous amount of argan oil into your feet, pop on a pair of socks, and leave the oil to sink in overnight. When you wake up in the morning, you will have soft skin again and the cracks will have begun to heal.
4. It will give you beautifully soft lips
Argan oil is a great ingredient to use as the base for a lip scrub too. Make your own homemade lip scrub by mixing a spoonful of sugar with some honey and argan oil. Gently rub the mixture into your lips and it will exfoliate the skin, remove all the dead skin cells, and moisturise your lips as well.
5. It conditions hair
Benefits of argan oil for hair are really numerous. You can use it as a warm oil treatment for your hair or you can use a small amount of argan oil as a leave-in conditioner. Just apply argan oil to damp hair and leave it in to nourish and hydrate dry hair and a dry scalp. It’s also very good for damping down flyaways too.
6. It will hydrate your face
Let’s talk about benefits of argan oil for face. You might be a bit wary of applying oil to your face and think that it would make your skin greasy, but argan oil is considered to be a ‘dry oil’, because when you use it on your skin, it is absorbed very quickly, so your face will feel soft and smooth but not oily at all.
7. It will help slow down the signs of ageing
Argan oil contains just the right levels of Vitamin E, fatty acids and antioxidants, which makes it ideal for use as anti-ageing treatment. The antioxidants will help to ward of lines and wrinkles, and the Vitamin E and fatty acids will help rehydrate, nourish and repair damaged skin.
8. It can help to fade scars and stretch marks
Because of its hydrating properties and its high Vitamin E content, you can use argan oil to reduce the appearance of scars and stretch marks. You can either use argan oil on scars and stretch marks, straight from the bottle, or you could add a few drops to your favourite moisturiser.
9. You can add it to makeup to get a dewy glow
If you mix a few drops of argan oil with your favourite liquid bronzer or foundation, it will give you a wonderful dewy finish. Not only you will love the look, you’ll be moisturising and caring for skin too.
10. You can add it to face packs
Whether you prefer homemade face packs or store bought ones, a couple of drops of argan oil will give your face pack a boost of Vitamin E. You can mix it in with your homemade face treatment ingredients or apply the oil before you apply the face pack.
Do you know other argan oil uses or benefits of argan oil for beauty?