Moroccan Argan Oil is a treasure trove of soothing and nourishing natural ingredients. Made from unsaturated fatty acids, Argan Oil is also rich in elements like tocopherols which works like vitamin E (one of nature’s strongest antioxidant agent).
Properties of Argan Oil
Argan Oil naturally renews cell structure in skin and always consistently restores shine to dull lifeless hair. Here are some of its most popular healing and beautifying properties:
*Antioxidant: Fights free radical damage and keeps skin looking youthful and taut
*Anti-inflammatory: Relieves any inflammation due to sun exposure
*Hydrates Skin and hair: Locks in moisture in skin cells and hair roots
*Fights photo damage: Effective against the damage caused by UV rays
*Boosts elasticity of skin: Keeps skin from sagging
*Delivers shiny, silkier hair: Replenishes sebum (natural oils) in scalp and seals in moisture
Chemical Makeup of Argan Oil
Learn WHY Argan Oil Works so Well!
Argan Oil’s beauty secret lies in its chemical makeup. It contains essential fatty acids and many powerful antioxidants like Vitamin E, Ferulic Acid and Carotenoids. Argan Oil helps to reduce the effects of ageing, sun exposure and pollution thanks to the following potent and fast-acting components:
Essential Fatty Acids
Our bodies need fatty acid for maintaining healthy and fresh looking skin. Fatty acids also regulate the quality of our skin. Unfortunately, our body cannot synthesize all the fatty acids it needs for good looking skin.
Argan Oil which contains fatty acids can help fill up this gap. Applying it to our skin adds back moisture, making the skin look hydrated and fresh. Boosting the elasticity of the skin, essential fatty acids add years back to it.
Vitamin E is a vital vitamin which has multiple benefits for our skin. As an antioxidant, it prevents the ageing process by breaking down the chain reaction of skin’s worst enemy—free radicals.
What are free radicals and why do they hurt our bodies? Free radicals are substances that rob cells of oxygen. Without oxygen, cells break down faster and cause inflammation in the body. Several studies have confirmed that it is really free radicals which damage our skin’s structural support and hence cause our skin to sag and sprout wrinkles.
Sun exposure and pollution accelerate free radical production, and our biggest hope to fight free radicals is antioxidants like Vitamin E. Without these antioxidant fighters, you will experience symptoms such as accelerated ageing, wrinkles, fine lines and uneven skin tones.
Whenever Vitamin E is applied topically to the skin, its antioxidant nature gets to work and reduces the free radical damage of our skins due to exposure to elements. This fat-soluble vitamin prevents moisture from evaporating from the epidermis cells of the skin and helps cells retain nourishment. The end result is supple, hydrated and resilient skin.
Vitamin E also has anti-inflammatory properties, which helps combat bloating of the skin and strengthens the capillary walls. Besides all of these add-ons, it also reduces UV-induced damage and inflammation that is commonly suffered by exposed skin.
As a natural component of plants, Polyhenols are all-in-one skincare aids. They are anti-inflammatory, antiseptic and anti-ageing. On top of all that, they have antioxidant properties too. These compounds enhance skin growth, protect against sun damage and help the skin hold more moisture.
Ferulic acid is the most common polyphenol in Argan Oil and is believed to be a major component of many plants’ self-preservation mechanism.
It is effective as a topical antioxidant and its antioxidant potency increases after the skin is exposed to ultraviolent rays, so it is considered beneficial to skin that may be damaged due to UVA, UVB and infrared radiation.
More helpfully, it supercharges and stabilizes the properties of other antioxidants like Vitamin E. Studies have shown that when Ferulic Acid is combined with Vitamin E, it doubles the vitamin’s capacity as a sun-protective agent and boosts its ability to neutralize free radicals.
Because Argan Oil packs the dual punch of Vitamin E enhanced by Ferulic acid, it has become a powerful treatment for sun damage and ageing.
Carotenoids are natural, fat-soluble components that also guard against free radicals and UV radiation. They deliver cosmetic benefits to the skin by restoring its suppleness, adding a glowing pigment and evening out the skin tone.
Sterols are found naturally in the outermost layer of the human skin where they strengthen the skin’s photo-protective barriers, improve skin elasticity, improve skin metabolism and help to keep in moisture in the skin. They also maintain the structural integrity of the cell membranes in our skin and fend off inflammation.
Sterols from plant sources (as in Argan Oil) are fortunately very similar to the ones produced by our bodies. So topical application of Sterol in the form of Argan Oil is absorbed easily into the body and performs varied protective and strengthening functions for the skin.
How to Detect Pure and Top Quality Argan Oil from Fake products?
Not all that glitters is gold, and not all products sold as “liquid gold” Argan Oil are pure and high quality. The market is unfortunately slowly getting filled with over processed, fake and diluted Argan Oil. So how do you recognize if you are buying superior quality organic Argan oil? Here are a few tips:
7 Signs of Pure Argan Oil
- Cold Pressed only: Ensure that the Argan Oil you buy is cold pressed, either in a traditional way (hand pressed oil) or in a mechanical way (using cold oil presses). Cold pressing means that the oil is pressed at below 60 degrees C. Actually, the colder the better.
- Quickly Absorbed: Pure organic Argan Oil will not be greasy or hang onto your skin; instead it will get absorbed very fast without making your skin look oily. No matter what your skin type, Argan Oil should always feel soothing and light on your skin, and not stinging or heavy.
If it stays oily, you likely and unfortunately have Argan Oil mixed with low-quality olive oil or sunflower oil, or have dimethicone, which lowers the benefits of the oil.
- Color: Raw, pure Argan Oil is usually amber-hued and a little cloudy, since it goes through a simple pressing and straining process. Be wary of clear liquids because they would have been manipulated through a complex filtration system, taking away from the oil’s natural goodness.
- Smell Test: 100% organic Argan Oil has a slight nutty fragrance which dissipates within 15 minutes of applying to your skin (since it gets absorbed quickly). If you don’t smell the nutty scent and are instead greeted with no scent, perfumed and flowery fragrance or even a powerful goat-like odor, then your Argan Oil has probably been either made from roasted nuts, heated or filtered with active carbon. Worst-case scenarios: your oil is machine made and deodorized.
All these processes cause Argan Oil to lose much of their chemical properties and benefits. Gamma Tocopherol, the most active antioxidant in Argan Oil will actually drop by more than 20% if the oil is heated.
- Short Ingredient List: The bottle you buy should say just 100% Argan Oil or 100% Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil. A long list of ingredients indicates extra processing.
- Dark Bottle: Argan Oil can be photosensitive, and light, just like heat, destroys many of Argan Oil’s best benefits, so only buy Argan Oil from dark colored bottles of glass, aluminum or stainless steel.
- Sediment: Highly refined or fake Argan Oil will not have any sediments but the real stuff should have a few traces of sediment that settles in at the bottom. This indicates that you have real virgin Argan Oil in your hands!
- Price: Raw, pure, virgin Argan Oil is difficult to make and takes hours of manual labor and pressing. So, quality Argan Oil will be correspondingly priced.
Low-quality or over processed Argan Oil greatly diminishes its many miraculous properties, so a little bit of research before you buy a bottle will help you get the “real stuff.” Your skin and hair will thank you for it later!