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Argan Oil The Magic Potion From Morocco
Argan Oil The Beauty Ingredient
What Is Argan Oil
Being a new and lesser known addition to the long list of skin and hair rejuvenating elixirs, Argan oil, better known as Moroccan Miracle Oil, is a plant based oil hand extracted from kernels of the Argan tree that is endemic to Morocco. The fruits of this tree are nut sized, round, oval or conical, each containing up to 1 to 3 oil rich kernels. Oil extraction is a cottage industry to the local women of the Berber tribe, a tradition that they have cherished since centuries, passing hands from one generation to the other and also helping them earn a livelihood. Working in Fair Trade Co operatives, these women hand crack argan nuts between two stones, the raw oil rich kernels being hand extracted from the nuts, hand ground in a stone grinder, hand kneaded for hours and then cold pressed into fresh, golden colored Argan oil.In this entire procedure, there is no use of machinery, that the quality and health benefits of the oil are retained.
This golden yellow, clear liquid is composed of various essential and non-essential fatty acids which include Oleic acid, Linoleic acid, Palmitic acid, Stearic acid and Linolenic acid.
It does not get rancid easily, and is more resistant to oxidation on exposure than Olive oil. It owes its antioxidant properties to tocopherols (Vitamin-E), phenols, carotenes, squalene, unsaturated fats, caffeic acid, catechols, resorcinol, epicatechin and catechin, that are contained in it.
Cosmetic Uses Of Argan Oil
Argan oil is a revitalizing concoction for dry, sun damaged, dull, aging skin as well as dry, lustreless hair, damaged by frequent chemical hair treatments, coloring agents, straighteners, hair care tools and harmful sun rays. Being rich in Oleic acid, it promotes healthy levels of sebum production, and its Linoleic acid promotes healthy skin turnover, and prevents the build up of dead skin cells.
As a constituent of hair shampoos and conditioners, it calms frizzy hair, adds moisture to dull, dry hair and helps treat split ends.
As a face moisturizer, 1 to 2 drops of it applied to the face help unclog pores, minimize the appearance of fine lines and provides a natural glow to the skin.
As a face toner, it minimizes juvenile acne.
As an exfoliating scrub and a lip moisturizer, it keeps delicate skin of lips supple.
As a cuticle and heel softener, it works as a great hand and foot cream.
As a body bath oil, a few drops being added to bathing water prevent skin from getting dry and protects from skin allergies.
As a natural stretch mark remover, it strengthens the stretched skin post pregnancy or after weight loss.
As a natural hair protectant, a few drops of Argan oil applied to the hair and kept while sleeping, strengthens hair roots, removes tangles and roughness without making the hair look greasy or sticky. It acts as a natural hair styling agent.
Argan Root Stem Cells Used For Antiaging
Argan Root Stem Cells- A Part Of Antiaging Creams
Argan tree has its roots penetrating deep in the soil, thus preventing desert encroachment. Stem cells extracted from these roots make up the contents of various antiaging creams. Their extracts stimulate human skin stem cell multiplication, protect the skin against sun's ultra violet light induced damage and reduce the appearance and depth of wrinkles.
Cosmetic benefits of Argan oil
Repairs chemically damaged hair
Calms frizzy hair
Cuticle and heel softener
Treats split ends
Removes strtch marks
Argan oil an essential in every woman's shelf
The next time when you shop for beauty products, look for this yellow colored bundle of benefits. You won't be disappointed carrying it along.