Taking care of yourself definitely doesn’t mean spending hours at the gym or eating healthy food only. Aesthetics also plays a part in it. I mean, who wants to be in a good shape but have the face overdry or filled with acne?
That’s why today the cosmetic industry has been investing more and more time and capital in the search for substances that could be beneficial to our skin and hair.
And do you know what the latest best substance is? Argan oil. Extracted from the fruit of a tree called Argania , found in the South of Morocco, the oil was previously used to season dishes, just like olive oil. “Recently, researchers have found other properties of the product and it started being used in the skin and hair”, explains Denise Chambarelli, a dermatologist.
Rich in Nutrients
The argan oil contains vitamins (especially vitamin E), fatty acids, like omega 6, sterol and other substances. And it can be applied directly to the skin, hair and nails.
“Its antioxidant effect delays the aging process and stretching marks, wrinkles as well as skin lesions. Its fatty acids form a protective film over the skin, protecting against dehydration and dryness”, points out Diego Oscar Melo Cambraia, a dermatologist, , who also gives us the following tip: add the oil to some moisturizer lotion as to increase its efficacy.
Today, many labs use the argan oil to develop products that fight the aging process and dryness of the skin.
“Due to the fact that it is natural and contains high concentrations of gamma-tocopherol (biological antioxidants), 80% of essential fatty acids, 45% of which consisting of oleic acid, 35% linoleic acid (omega 6), these properties are highly antioxidant, hydrating and fight the aging process as well as protect the skin”, explains Mônica Batista, a biomedical beautician.
So, my dearest reader, all this said, I guess there’s no doubt about the nutritional and dermatological value of argan oil (including acne, wrinkles and minor lesions), is there?
Want a silkier hair?
Not only the skin benefits from the argan oil. Our hair does too. “The oil has antifrizz effects, makes the hair shinier and silkier. Plus, it prevents split ends at the same time that it stimulates hair growth. It can be applied before going into the sea or the swimming pool in order to protect the hair”, Denise adds.
We shouldn’t forget that the product is rich in fatty acids, like linoleic and oleic acids, and vitamins A, D and E, which makes it a powerful moisturizer and natural antioxidant.
“This way, we can say that argan delays the aging process of the hair, restoring its fibers, strengthening, nourishing and revitalizing both the scalp and the hair, promoting shine, silkiness and flexibility”, says Ana Clemente, a hair technician at Skafe Cosméticos.
Silky hair care
Most guys (me included) have oily hair, and that’s the thing: should they use argan oil?
“Yes, but moderately and just on hair ends. You should avoid applying it to your scalp. In case of dandruff, stop using the product immediately”, Diego Cambraia advises.
Before and After argan oil
A few basic measures should be observed when using argan oil. First of all, it’s important to know if you are allergic to any of the product’s components. It could cause burning.
If there are no reactions, it’s recommended to have the area cleaned before its application, always avoiding applying the products one over the other, so there is no excess whatsoever.
“It’s equally important to avoid the contact with eyes and scalp. In the case of the eyes, it could lead to burning. Now, as for the scalp, there is a chance of increase of oiliness, flaking and seborrhoeic dermatitis”, explains Cristiane Braga Kanashiro, a dermatologist at Clínica Due.
After the treatment with the oil, avoid excessive exposure to the sun and do not use flat iron or hair dryer if the product used doesn’t contain thermal protection.
“As for skin use, it’s important to evaluate the need and the necessary amount for each person”, adds Ana Clemente.
When it comes to skin use, the professionals agree that the argan oil promotes cell renewal, treats irritated skin with acne, eczema, stretching marks and sunburn. Besides, it softens and reduces the roughness of dry skin, restoring the dermis layer, making it firmer, healthier and better looking.
As for the hair, it nourishes, controls hair volume and frizz, promotes more shine and protection against the effects of the sun, sea and chlorine.
Choosing your product
I have selected 5 great products with argan oil you can buy right away. Take a look!
Recommended for moisturizing the skin, nails and hair. According to the manufacturer, the product presents quick absorption and is not greasy.
The product recovers the shine of your hair and makes it more moist, other than reducing frizz and protecting against UV rays. The manufacturer recommends applying it to damp or dry hair.
According to the manufacturer, it can be 15 times more conditioning when applied to fragile dry hair, making it more resistant.
A moisturizing treatment that makes your hair shinier and stronger.
Made with organic products only, it is recommended for skin and hair care. Results shown in less than a week (according to the manufacturer). The product is refreshening and softens the skin, as well as it repairs hair damage, from roots to ends.
One more item for your collection
Well, you should get some room in your toiletry bag for the argan oil products. You won’t be sorry, trust me. When you use it, don’t forget to come back to let me know about your hair and skin afterwards.
I’ll test it out too. But moderately, since my skin is pretty oily.