It is popularly known as “liquid gold” and celebrities across the world cannot stop talking about it. But what exactly is argan oil and how different or better is it than your current beauty options?
Argan oil, also known as Moroccan oil, is aplant oil produced from the kernels of the argan tree which only grows in Morocco. Interestingly, Moroccans consume this oil as a salad drizzle or a breakfast dip.
So what does argan oil have that other beauty solutions lack? It is naturally and nutritionally loaded with vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids, vital ingredients that your skin and hair thirst for. In fact you could clean out your entire beauty cabinet and replace everything with just this one bottle; argan oil unequivocally works its wonders from head-to-toe. Here are a few proven argan oil benefits:
Argan oil for skin
Moisturising: After your cleansing routine, apply a few drops evenly on your face and neck. Argan oil is non-greasy and soaks in without leaving you feeling sticky or slippery.
But if you are unsure of using oil as a moisturiser, ensure you are using a moisturising cream, as it is an essential beauty product to maintain healthy skin. Olay Total Effects Day cream is a dream product that also fights signs of ageing.
Rejuvenating face mask: To your existing home-made or store-bought mask, add a few drops. Alternatively, you could make a mask at home by mixing 3 drops of argan oil with3 teaspoons Greek yogurt, 1 tablespoon honey and 1 tablespoon lemon juice. Leave on for 10 minutes and rinse off with warm water. You’ll see a natural glow like never before.
Body lotion: After you’ve washed off the soap, apply a few drops over your wet skin and rinse off. Pat your skin dry.
Exfoliation: Swap your readymade scrub for this homemade one with argan oil and apart from savings, you’ll get the added advantage of anti-ageing. In your palm, rub a tablespoon of brown sugar with a few drops of argan oil and scrub your face ina circular motion for 2-4 minutes. Rinse and pat dry. This also doubles up as a lip scrub.
Stretch marks: Pregnant women constantly cribbing about their stretch marks will find relief from stretched, sagging or post-birth skin. Argan oil is bursting with vitamin Ewhich protects them against these unsightly marks. Rubbing a few drops on breasts, stomach, bottom and thighs during pregnancy makes the skin supple and increases elasticity.
Argan oil for hair
Leave-in conditioner: After you’ve shampooed your hair, work in a few drops on your scalp and hair ends for deep hydrating and moisturising especially for hair that’s daily damaged by pollution, constant styling and other hair products.
Frizz control & shine: Fly-aways, frizz and split ends will meet their end. Ensure that you apply only a few drops and nothing more as excessive application could weigh your hair down and make it look ugh-oily.
Overnight treatment: Massage generously into your hair, scalp and ends and cover your head while sleeping. Wash in the morning and find your hair softer.
Hair pack: You can also prepare a power-packed hair mask by combining 2 tablespoons of argan oil, 1 tablespoon shea butter, 1 tablespoon melted honey and 1 egg yolk. Apply on your scalp and hair, cover with a shower cap and leave for 1 hour. Then shampoo.