For many years, people that live in the Argan forest in Morocco have used argan oil for many purposes.
Argan oil is full of vitamin A and vitamin E, which have healing properties. It contains linoleic acid, antioxidants, and omega-6 fatty acids. It absorbs easily and is non-greasy and non-irritating.
10 Benefits of Argan Oil
1. Skin Toner
It can help to keep your skin clean.
Apply 1 or 2 drops on slightly damp skin, to keep all that water out of your pores, or over a moisturizer, to lock in all of the hydrating ingredients.
Because argan oil is so light, it absorbs fast and leaves you with glowy skin.
If you’re worried about looking oily during the day, apply it after you’ve cleaned your face at night.
2. Nighttime Moisturizer
Because of the vitamin A and vitamin E in argan oil, it is great to use as a nighttime moisturizer.
The oil absorbs into your skin quickly and won’t leave your skin oily.
After you wash your face with an all-natural cleanser, add 1 drop into the palm of your hand and apply it to your neck and face using a circular motion.
Overnight, the oil will work to fight fine lines and wrinkles, as well as keep your skin moist.
Argan oil is high in linoleic acid, which helps to reduce inflammation in your skin caused by acne, rashes, bug bites, and skin infections.
It can even lower the sebum levels in your body to combat oily skin.
If acne is an issue for you, simply place one drop of argan oil in the palm of your hand and rub on areas of concern.
You can also add tea tree oil to help fight acne more effectively.
Exfoliating products can be expensive.
Luckily, argan oil can be used as a do-it-yourself exfoliator to remove dead skin cells.
To make the exfoliating mixture, use 1 tablespoon of brown sugar and 1 or 2 drops of argan oil.
Rub this mixture on your face by applying in a circular motion for 2 to 4 minutes. Pay close attention to any areas that are dry or prone to rashes.
Brown sugar assists your body in absorbing the nutrients in the argan oil.
5. Razor bumps and burns
An issue that plagues both men and women alike is razor bumps.
Argan oil can soothe the discomfort and heal the inflamed skin.
Massage 1 or 2 drops into the affected area, which will heal quickly.
6. Stretch marks
Argan oil can help to make your skin more elastic and prevents stretch marks.
This is because vitamin A and vitamin E replenish and moisturize your skin.
Massage 2 to 3 drops of argan oil into the skin of your stomach, hips, thighs, or any other area of concern.
If you already have noticeable stretch marks, try massaging them with argan oil and brown sugar before your next bath or shower.
After applying and massaging, wash well and then add argan oil to the area before getting dressed.
7. Lip conditioner
Argan oil can help the skin of your lips.
Apply 1 or 2 drops to your dry lips. The oil will heal cracked lips and keep them protected from the dry weather.
8. Leave-in Conditioner
Argan oil is not greasy and it’s a perfect addition to your hair styling as a leave-in conditioner.
The oil will protect your hair against the elements and repair any split ends.
Start with 1 drop but you may need to use anywhere from 1 to 3 drops depending on the length, condition, texture, and thickness of your hair.
Place the drop or drops in your hand and rake through your hair, paying attention to the ends of your hair.
Next, add half a drop to your fingertips and massage into your scalp.
9. Dry Feet
Argan oil can help treat any cracked or dry skin on your feet and heels.
Rub 2 drops into your feet and pay close attention to the dry or cracked areas. If your skin is especially dry you may need to add a few more drops to properly moisturize your feet.
Then, cover with a pair of cotton socks and leave overnight. If that’s not convenient for you, leave for at least 20 minutes.
Since argan oil is not greasy, it’s also great to use on your nails and cuticles.
The oil conditions the nails and your cuticles to prevent hangnails from forming.
Be sure to remove any nail polish and wash your hands and feet prior to applying. Then dab just a fraction of one drop directly onto each nail.
Do this one at a time and rub the oil into your nail bed and cuticle.
Keep the oil on until you have completed all the nails, then be sure to wash your hands and feet thoroughly.
You can then add nail polish if you want to.