Argan Oil: The Indigenous Super-Oil from Morocco
Posted on 09 May 2017
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Argan Oil has been hyped over the last few years for being a magical beauty ingredient. Not only used as a dietary supplement to heal a fresh wound or provide relief from a rash, it is also known to nourish skin and hair. But there’s more…
Where Does Argan Oil Come From?
Sometimes also referred to as “Moroccan Oil”, argan oil comes from the argan tree, which is growing in the southwest of Morocco, an area mainly populated by Berber communities. But not just the Moroccans take pride in the trees, they are globally revered and so the Argan Forest was declared a Biosphere Reserve by the UNESCO two decades ago.
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How is Argan Oil Made?
The oil is extracted from the little nut inside the fruit. The production consists of various steps starting with the harvest and collection of the seeds. They are often left on the ground by the goats who eat the fruit (Note: If you see goats on a tree in Morocco, don’t be alarmed - they love climbing the argan trees!). The seeds are picked and further taken to process. It continues with the drying of the kernels, grinding them and finally pressing them to extract the maximum amount of oil. The leftovers are fed to the goats again.
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Argan oil is rich in vitamin A, antioxidants, Omega-6 fatty acids, and linoleic acid, which not only aid in healing but have a lot of other benefits:
The Top 7 Benefits of Argan Trees and Argan Oil
When applied topically, it stimulates new cell generation hence resulting in a glowing and healthy skin and hair. It is widely used in cosmetics aiming to provide an anti-ageing effect.
- Cure of Acne
Argan oil is a safe cure for acne as it reduces the sebum production in oily skin while healing any breakouts or damages on the skin.
- Hair Conditioning
It tames down the frizz and split ends while also promoting hair growth due to the high levels of vitamin A and E.
- Nourishing of Nails
Those small cuticles can sometimes be hard to manage, they even make your perfect nail polish look messy! The non-greasy texture of argan oil helps you get rid of those cuticle while nourishing your nail.
- Moisturising Cracked Heels
Argan oil is the perfect solution for cracked heels, as it lasts all day and does not leave greasy spots. It has a long-lasting moisturising effect.
- Positive Impact on the Environment
Argan trees are not only hiding health and beauty benefits in their fruits, but they are also very important in serving the environment by preventing soil erosion and protecting water resources.
- Positive Impact on the Local Community
For those living in the rural areas of Morocco’s southwest, especially women who cannot travel to cities and work, argan oil production still serves as one of the best opportunity to make a living due to the high global demand. Because of the various steps of production a great labour force is required and thus, argan production is providing many employment opportunities.
Our Favourite Argan Oil Products
Now you might be wondering, what argan oil products to use. While there is lots of ways to use argan oil for DIY products you can integrate in your beauty routine, we can also recommend you the following two products to have with you wherever you go:
- Dr. Hauschka Sheer Lipstick from the new make-up series! The argan oil does wonders here, too: Your lips stay beautifully soft for a long time.
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2. Dr. Hauschka Regenerating Neck and Décolleté Cream: As mentioned earlier, argan oil has an anti-ageing and moisturising effect. Both becomes visible when using this cream, which gives your skin a firming feel - for a beautiful neckline.