Just about any nutritionist or dietician will tell you to try and eliminate most oils and fats from your lifestyle. But what if we told you we know an oil product high in fatty acid that’s actually good for you? What’s that? You want to know more? Well, we aim to please.
Native to Morocco, argan oil is a natural product extracted from kernels of the argan tree. With more and more people turning to organic products, argan oil is quickly becoming a popular cosmetic choice for its endless uses – it’s the closest to liquid gold you’ll ever find in your local chemist or health store. So we’ve compiled a list of our favourite ways to add argan oil to your beauty routine.
Are your ends split and dry? Does your hair constantly feel limp and lifeless? If you’re like us and struggle with damaged hair, you’ll know that any hair treatment is a painstaking process of trial and error. Expensive products may promise results but leave your hair looking and feeling mediocre.
Try spraying or rubbing a few drops of argan oil into damp hair and combing through – you may have your perfect solution! Its hydrating abilities can help restore moisture to your ends, making hair softer, silkier and shinier.
Argan oil makes a ROCKING skin moisturiser. A high vitamin E and fatty acid content make it ideal for that soft-as-a-baby’s-bottom skin. It’s non-greasy, absorbs easily and hydrates skin, making it an all-natural moisturiser.
Argan oil is easy to use all over the body, including the face and neck. Simply smooth a few drops into your skin using gentle rubbing motions, as you would any face and body lotion. (Style tip: always do a small patch test before applying any new product to your entire face!)
Dewy, natural makeup is all the rage. Australian makeup artists such as Ania Milczarczyk and Mia Connor are famous for painting glowing faces and have made highlighting the beauty trend to follow. Add a drop of argan oil to your foundation, bronzer or tinted moisturizer to achieve the luminous look! You glow, girl!
Frizzy hair can make or break an entire look. Fab makeup? Fab outfit? Not so fab hair? (You win today, humidity.) Argan oil understands the struggle and is ready to take its rightful place as your new styling agent! Rub a few drops between your palms, then comb your fingers through your hair to apply. This works particularly well for a wet-look slicked-back style. It also works a treat if you want to tame your ends after a blow dry.
Finding an acne treatment that doesn’t further aggravate the skin can be tricky. But since argan oil regulates levels of sebum, which causes acne, its use can help soothe affected skin and promote healing. Vitamin E, present in the oil, contains antioxidants which help heal damaged cells and reduce swelling and inflammation. Argan oil is also non-greasy and can help soothe dry, sore skin. Applying a few drops after facial cleansing can help clear up mild acne and reintroduce moisture to your skin.
Stretch marks are an issue for most women. Battling scars takes time, diligence and consistency, but argan oil is one of the few products that will deliver results. While it’s near-impossible to entirely remove white, aged stretch marks, the high vitamin E content in argan oil can help restore skin elasticity. A few drops rubbed into problem areas twice a day can both prevent and reduce their appearance.
Cold weather does nasty things to our lips. They dry out, crack, peel, bleed and just feel sore in general. Argan oil can help return and retain moisture to keep lips soft and supple. Either rub a drop or two into your lips, or make your own balm!
All you need is a clean, empty container, argan oil (and any other moisturising oils, such as coconut or avocado oil) and a bowl and spoon for mixing. Melt your oils, mix together and (if you’d like a coloured tint) add a fraction of your fave lipstick! Place in your container, refrigerate ’til solid and voila! A handy li’l lip balm to keep your lips hydrated all winter long. Say hello to your new soft lips and pucker up, you kissable thing!
Hand and foot treatment
We've told you how soft argan oil is already, but we're gonna tell you again. Vitamin E and fatty acids make it a wonder treatment for fragile nails, dry hands and cracked feet. It both moisturises and restores moisture, keeping your hands and feet smooth and your nails strong and healthy. It’ll also encourage nail growth for the biters out there. Hooray! Try massaging a few drops into your cuticles, hands and feet before bed. Pop on a pair of gloves and socks after treatment to maximise your results!
OK, we DID say oil is better on rather than in your body, but we’ll eat our own words here. All its wonderful argan oily goodness will make you feel beautiful from the inside out! Cooking-grade argan oil has a nutty flavour, similar to that of sesame oil.
It’s more of a flavour enhancer than a cooking oil, and is ideally served drizzled over dishes, such as salads. It also tastes delectable as a dip for toasted bread! Best of all, it can assist to lower cholesterol, aid digestion and even help prevent certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, and inflammatory disorders.
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