It’s almost impossible to go into your favourite beauty store or drugstore these days and not see argan oil and argan oil for skin products lining the shelves.
Some refer to argan oil as “liquid gold” or a “miracle oil” and can help with many skin ailments but is there any truth to these claims? Using argan oil for hair and skin has become increasingly popular and we’ll get into the nitty gritty behind the claims of what argan oil can really do for your skin.
What is Argan Oil?
Argan oil is a natural oil that is extracted from the seeds of the argan tree. Argan trees are native to dry climates of southwestern Morocco. That’s why you’ll see many products labelled with “moroccan argan oil” because argan trees only grow in Morocco.
To extract oil from argan trees, the kernels are first taken from the fruit of an argan tree, which resembles a shrivelled apple. The kernel is then ground and pressed to extract the unfiltered, pure argan oil. This argan oil is then decanted and filtered again to produce an even more refined product.
Pure argan oil, also known as argania oil, is known to be rich in antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids (mainly oleic acid and linoleic acid) and is often used as a remedy for skin, body and hair because of its highly nourishing properties. Since 100% pure argan oil is light, compared to other oils, the molecules can penetrate the skin barrier and hair deeply and are suitable for most skin and hair types.
Can you Use Argan Oil on Your Face?
Have you been considering adding a face oil to your skin care routine but are overwhelmed with the amount of skin oils available on the market? We’ve been there. Argan oil is a great place to start because it is a naturally occurring oil that is easy to use and safe for most skin types. Argan oil has many skin benefits without all the extra ingredients on the label that can cause confusion over how to incorporate it into your existing routine.
Benefits of Argan Oil for Skin
Sun protection: The vitamin E rich argan oil may act like a sunscreen on skin. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that reduces the damaging effects of free radicals which are a result of sun damage or environmental stress.
Historically, Moroccan women have used argan oil as a form of protection from the sun. As a result, risk of sun burns and hyperpigmentation is decreased, and this may even help decrease chances of cancer in the long term. Although argan oil has sun protection properties, we don’t recommend skipping it on your everyday SPF.
Anti-aging: Research has shown that argan oil may help in fighting signs of aging on your face. A 2016 study showed that an argan oil-infused cream was applied to the skin and resulted in a positive effect on increasing the skin elasticity.
Argan oil is also an occlusive, which means that it works as a moisturizing agent that forms a protective coating on the surface of your skin, locking in moisture. Face oils are different from moisturizers in that they act like a barrier to keep moisture from evaporating out of your skin and are absorbed deeply into the skin.
Thanks to the abundance of fatty acids and vitamin E found in argan oil, the fat-soluble antioxidant may help improve water retention in the skin and helps reduce the look of wrinkles on your face.
Anti-inflammatory: Argan oil is well known to be able to help with many skin conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea, atopic dermatitis. Argan oil has a high concentration of healing agents, such as antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. Vitamin E acts as a natural anti-inflammatory and helps sooth and repair skin.
Acne Treatment: If you’re suffering from hormonal acne, you may benefit from the use of argan oil. Hormonal acne is caused from excess sebum creation from your hormones, prevalent in adolescence and young adulthood. If you use argan oil on acne, it is shown to have anti-sebum agents that help manage and regulate sebum production in the skin. This helps to manage different types of acne and the vitamin E and fatty acids also helps to reduce the look of hyperpigmentation and fade acnes scars.
Can Argan Oil Clog Pores?
Argan oil is considered non-comedogenic meaning with a rating of “0” on the comedogenic rating scale. This means that it won’t clog your pores. However, with introducing any new skin care product to your routine, there comes the risk that your specific skin type may react poorly towards the product which may lead to irritation and breakouts. The same goes for argan oil products applied to your face.
If you are someone that is sensitive to new products, we recommend doing a patch test and if no irritation happens, proceed by introducing it once a week into your routine and then increase usage but no more than the recommended amount on the product label.
Many products out there include additives to their products so when shopping for an argan oil, you’ll want to check the ingredients list and look for words like “100 percent argan oil,” “100% pure argan oil” or “Argania Spinosa” and avoid synthetics, fragrances, preservatives and even water. When you combine argan oil with other ingredients, it can actually degrade the effectiveness of argan oil and clog pores, so less is definitely more when it comes to purchasing argan oil.
Also, ensure that the container that is carrying the oil is a dark tinted colour. Sun exposure breaks down the oil’s best properties so that’s why you typically see argan oil sold in dark amber glass packaging.
Argan Oil For Skin – Concluding Thoughts
Argan oil is a great place to start when exploring the world of facial oils because it is a powerful natural oil thanks to its nourishing properties of vitamins, antioxidants and fatty acids. Using argan oil topically on the skin is considered generally safe for everyone because it is non-comedogenic.
But with introducing any new skincare product to your routine, it is best to test slowly and increase usage to ensure it is suitable for your specific skin type. So go ahead, get your glow on.