Amazing benefits of Moroccan Argan oil for health and beauty
Argan oil or ‘liquid gold’, as it is sometimes known, is produced from the kernels of the Argan tree, which grows in a region of Morocco. There are two grades of Argan oil: the edible grade, which is often used as an alternative to olive oil and the cosmetic grade, which can be found in skin care and hair care products.
It’s one of the most expensive oils that you can buy, it contains the highest content of vitamin E of any of the natural oils and a very high fatty acid content, which makes it one of the best products for moisturizing, rejuvenating and nourishing both skin and hair.
Hailed by many celebrities as the secret, top to toe, weapon in their beauty product armoury, here are some health and beauty benefits of Argan oil that you probably didn’t know about:
First, let’s talk about culinary argan oil benefits:
1. Improves the digestive system
Culinary Argan oil can bring rapid relief from indigestion. It increases the amount of pepsin in your digestive system, which helps you to digest your food. Its antioxidants can also reduce inflammation, both internally and externally.
2. Lowers cholesterol
Argan oil is rich in substances that have been proven in studies to increase the levels of the good cholesterol (HDL) and diminish the bad cholesterol (LDL) in your body at the same time. Regular consumption of culinary Argan oil also has been proven to help the prevention of obesity and various cardiovascular diseases.
3. Cancer prevention
Culinary Argan oil has a high antioxidant content, which helps to repair cell damage; certain studies have shown that the oil decreased the rate of cell division in cases of prostate cancer.
4. Immune system booster
Studies have shown that Argan oil can actively boost the immune system. The antioxidants in the oil are powerful enough to stimulate your whole immune system.
Now let’s talk about cosmetic/beauty uses of Argan oil:
5. Fountain of Youth
Benefits of Argan oil include anti-aging. Rich in vitamins and nutrients, Argan oil has powerful anti-aging properties and has been proven in tests for its ability to fight free radicals, which can help fight the signs of aging, reducing and smoothing fine lines and wrinkles; Argan oil protects skin elasticity, helps regenerate skin cells and tightens it.
6. Acne treatment
The high level of antioxidants and vitamins found in Aragon oil also make it an effective treatment for acne. Use it on a regular basis and it will reduce the inflammation, helping mild acne to quickly disappear. Argan oil can also treat psoriasis, eczema, reduce acne scars, various skin inflammations and irritations. (Consult your doctor though before using any self treatments.) Argan oil doesn’t clog pores and can also help balance oily and dry skin, providing moisture and nutrients.
7. Healing and protection
There are active substances in Argan oil, which have healing and protective properties, this is why Argan oil can be helpful in healing burns, scars and protecting you from external aggressions, such as bad weather, cold, wind, pollution, tobacco, stress and even the harmful rays of the sun.
8. Skin treatment
People have been using Argan oil as a skin treatment for centuries. This ‘liquid gold’ is widely used in various skin care creams and serums. It soothes the skin and gives relief from irritated, dry, flaky or itchy skin; it can also be used to reduce the appearance of stretch marks caused by weight fluctuations or pregnancy.
9. Argan oil mask for hair
Hair benefits of Argan oil are countless. For a scalp that is clear from flakes and dandruff, for silky, soft and shiny hair, try massaging Argan oil into the roots of your hair and spread to the length, leave on for one hour or, better, overnight. Wash the oil off in the morning and feel and see the difference – re-invigorated, shiny and smooth hair. If you do this treatment at least once a week, your hair will become a lot healthier, shinier and glossier.
10. Split ends and frizzy hair treatment
Argan oil is often used in various shampoos, conditioners and hair treatments. The very high vitamin content of Argan oil, along with its high concentration of fatty acids, makes it an excellent hair treatment to beat the frizz and fight split ends. You can use Argan oil as a leave-in conditioner, do oil hair mask or use it as a natural styling treatment. Just rub couple of drops of Argan oil between your hands and apply it to your hair, concentrating only on the ends. Remember, less is more when it comes to applying the oil on your hair! It’s a great way to tame frizzy hair, make your locks more manageable, fight split ends, add gloss, softness and shine.
11. Soft and kissable lips
Your lips can also be blessed with the benefits of Argan oil, it can be used as a natural lip balm. Just rub couple of drops of this ‘liquid gold’ into your lips, and say ‘goodbye’ to sore, cracked and dry lips.
12. Strong nails, soft hands and feet
Argan oil can nourish, strengthen and moisturize your nails, as well as soften rough cuticles. Just rub a few drops of Argan oil into your nails and cuticles, do it for couple of minutes, allowing the oil to absorb. After such oil massage your nails will become healthier and stronger.
Don’t forget about your hands and feet…Do you have dry hands or cracked skin on your feet? No worries. Argan oil can help. Rejuvenating and nourishing, this oil is an ideal natural treatment that can moisturize and soften dry hands and feet. Just massage the oil into your skin before sleeping and wake up with wonderfully soft and nourished hands and feet.
Benefits of Moroccan Argan oil are countless. You can find this oil in most health stores or you can buy it online on Amazon (here – Josie Maran Argan Oil); it is recommended that you buy certified organic Argan oil to ensure the highest quality and purity. Also look for the Fair Trade seal on the label and then, you can be sure that you are also helping women’s cooperatives in Morocco who produce the oil.
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