Benefits of Argan Oil for Skin
Argan oil has become a popular skincare ingredient in recent year. Let's see if it lives up the hype.
So what is Argan Oil?
Argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the argan fruit, which grows on the Argania spinosa tree, native to southwestern Morocco. A large part of the area is a UNESCO reserve, and the production of argan oil is important for the preservation of local habitat. The production supports the communities that live in the region, giving them an eco-friendly means of making a living. Argan oil is sustainable, eco-friendly, and beneficial to the local communities that produce it.
Argan Oil is produced by taking the raw seeds and they are cold-pressed in between two stones. This process expels the oil without damaging its natural structures and helps it retain a longer shelf-life.
Contains Essential Nutrients
Argan oil is primarily comprised of fatty acids and a variety of phenolic compounds. The majority of the fat content of argan oil comes from oleic and linoleic acid. Approximately 29–36% of the fatty acid content of argan oil comes from linoleic acid, or omega-6, making it a good source of this essential nutrients. Oleic acid, though not essential, makes up 43–49% of the fatty acid composition of argan oil and is also a very healthy fat. Oleic acid is renowned for its positive impact on heart health. Additionally, argan oil is a rich source of vitamin E, which is required for healthy skin, hair and eyes. This vitamin also has powerful antioxidant properties that help protect against environmental damage.
Reduces the Signs of Skin Ageing
Research suggests that argan oil helps slow the ageing process by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress. It supports the repair and maintenance of healthy skin, reducing the visual signs of ageing. Human studies have shown that argan oil is effective in increasing skin elasticity and hydration in postmenopausal women.
May Treat Some Skin Conditions
Argan oil has been a popular home remedy for treating inflammatory skin conditions for decades — especially in North Africa, where argan trees originate. Although there’s limited scientific evidence supporting argan oil’s ability to treat specific skin infections, it is still frequently used for this purpose. However, current research indicates that argan oil does contain several antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds, which may be why it seems to treat skin tissue.
May Moisturise Skin and Hair
The oleic and linoleic acids that make up the majority of argan oil’s fat content are vital nutrients for maintaining healthy skin and hair. Argan oil can be used by all skin types and those with dry skin will benefit from its moisturising properties. It’s a common misconception that only dry skin needs moisture. Everyone’s skin needs moisture.
Often Used to Treat and Prevent Stretch Marks
Argan oil is frequently used to prevent and reduce stretch marks, although no research has been conducted to prove its efficacy. Research does indicate that argan oil may help reduce inflammation and improve the elasticity of skin — which is why so many women report success in using it for stretch marks.
Used to Treat Acne
Some sources claim argan oil to be an effective treatment for acne, although no rigorous scientific research supports this. Argan oil’s antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds may support reduced redness and irritation of the skin caused by acne. The oil also may contribute to skin hydration, which is important for acne prevention. Whether argan oil is effective in treating your acne likely depends on its cause. If you struggle with dry skin or general irritation, applying argan oil will help.
The bottom line is we believe Argan Oil lives up to the hype. It's one of our favourite oils and that is why it is the hero ingredient in the Nathalie Bond Face Oils. They are suitable for all skin types but the rose geranium in the Bloom Face Oil is excellent for mature skin types. The unscented Gentle Face Oil is the best option for sensitive skin or if you suffer from rosacea or psoriasis. As with all Nathalie Bond products, the Face Oil is suitable for vegans.
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