We keep reading Argan oil labeled on almost every skincare and hair care products covering shampoos, conditioners, serums, shower gels, body lotions, and foot care products.
So, what is so special about this oil and why there is such a fuss about it?
Argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the fruit of the argan tree growing natively in Morocco.
When pressed, the nut produce a golden liquid oil known as the liquid gold and that is Argan oil.
Argan oil has a subtle nutty smell and a light texture that is non greasy and rapidly absorbed into the skin; thus, it is regarded as a dry oil.
So, what are the wonders that this liquid gold works??
- Great natural moisturizer
Argan oil is most commonly used as a skin moisturiser to hydrate and soften skin. With its high vitamin E and fatty acid content, argan oil is the ideal product to give skin a natural boost
It 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.
- Anti aging
Argan oil is rich in essential fatty acids, and has moisturizing, anti–aging and antioxidant properties. In cream, it is considered the best anti–aging product, because its high linoleic acid content increases the skin’s elasticity and tightens the pores.
A study examining the effects of using Argan oil as a part of nightly skin routine demonstrated significant increase in overall skin elasticity. This vitamin E rich oil with its antioxidant property has the ability to replenish your skin with elastin to increase skin elasticity making it look plumper and younger. It prevents loss of elastin and collagen with age while also replenishing your skin with newer collagen with elastin by constantly encouraging skin dermal layer remodeling.
When argan oil is used as a topical application on face, its anti-oxidant ability will help your skin protect itself from the oxidative stress and damage from being exposed to environmental pollution, toxic gases and UV radiation. The tocopherols in vitamin E and the fatty acids existing in the oil battle the free radicals thus improving overall skin elasticity and reinforcing cellular strength of your skin. Not only does argan oil give your skin a fuller, brighter and supple look, it also prevents you from getting those unwanted wrinkles without having to undertake expensive Botox procedures.
- Dry Skin Conditions
People suffering from dry skin or conditions such as eczema which can leave skin raw, flaky and itchy will benefit immensely from argan oil. The vitamin E and fatty acids in argan oil are excellent for repairing damaged skin and providing it with nutrients which will prevent further dryness and irritation. Argan oil also contains ingredients which soothe skin. Applying a small amount of oil directly to afflicted skin and massaging in gently can provide relief and encourage healing.
Where many oils and moisturisers can exacerbate skin conditions such as acne, argan oil actually soothes afflicted skin and promotes healing. Acne is often the result of oily skin. Since argan oil is non-greasy, it helps to balance skin by providing natural moisture. Argan oil also contains anti-oxidants which help to heal damaged skin cells and reduce inflammation.
Contrary to popular belief that oily skin is the cause of acne breakouts, the truth is oil is essential for your skin and it is the impurities and bacteria that clog up your pores when combined with oil that can result in the formation of acne. Argan oil with its anti-acne, bactericidal and moisturizing properties is perfect to achieve a flawless moisturized acne-free skin without the side effect of getting dry damaged skin from anti-acne chemical products.
Applying a few drops of argan oil to skin afflicted by acne after cleansing and patting dry ensures that essential moisture and nutrients are introduced to clean, dry skin. Rubbing in gently and repeating twice daily can help clear up mild acne as well as balancing oily or dry skin.
- 5. Protection and Healing
The antioxidants in argan oil are generally beneficial for healing skin which is irritated, cracked, damaged or even burned. It is best used as a preventive for dry or sore skin, but it can also be used to speed up healing. Its properties include reducing inflammation, soothing pain and increasing healing rate.
Smoothing a few drops of argan oil into sore or damaged skin helps to speed up the healing process.
Stretch marks are an issue for many pregnant women, but argan oil is the ideal protection against stretch marks and sagging, puckered skin after birth. Argan oil increases the elasticity of skin due to its vitamin E content. Using a few drops of argan oil to rub into breasts, stomach, bottom and thighs during pregnancy will reduce the likelihood of developing unsightly stretch marks.
Argan oil is also idea for keeping skin and hair soft, healthy and hydrated during pregnancy.
- Foot, Hand and Nail Treatment
Argan oil’s softening properties are ideal for brittle nails, dry hands and cracked, hard skin on feet. It both moisturises and softens skin, leaving hands and feet supple and soft and nails strong and healthy. Try massaging a few drops of argan oil into cuticles, hands and feet before bed each night.
Argan Oil is rich in vitamin E, Sterols and Omega fatty Acids that help prevent the formation of stretch marks and even reduce the appearance of existing stretch marks.
It is useful for treating stretch marks because it improves skin elasticity and accelerates skin renewal and healing.
This is why Argan Oil the best natural oil for removing and preventing stretch marks – striae gravidarum – during pregnancy.
Best of all it is a safe, non-toxic, organic and natural oil ideal tried and tested over centuries by the Berber women of Morocco.
Argan Oil for Removing Stretch Marks
Studies show that there are many plant-derived compounds that affect cell proliferation and stimulate cell growth.
Natural plants, herbs and oil, such as Argan Oil, have long been used for their beneficial effects on skin health.
It has been shown that they work through powerful antioxidant effects that increase cell signalling, the process by which the body communicates with cells. 
This is why many drugs and an ever growing number of cosmetic products use natural plants and extracts in their formulations – because they work.
Of all these oils are the most convenient way to apply a natural lotion for stretch marks.
Preventing Stretch Marks
The middle dermis layer of your skin is made-up of strong, inter-connected fibres which allow skin to expand and contract.
However, a rapid stretching of the middle layer of skin may cause it to break or tear, allowing deeper skin layers to show through and this produces stretch marks.
Our goal is to improve elasticity, reduce inflammation, prevent dryness. Improving skin elasticity allows your skin to stretch without tearing.
This means you also avoid the problem of removing stretch marks
This is where Argan Oil can be of such help.
Argan Oil contains many vitamins and nutrients that nourish and improve your skin texture including:
- Tocopherols( Vitamin E ) Anti-oxidants to promote cell growth
- Essential Fatty Acids Omega 3 and Omega 6 to keep skin pliable & reduce inflammation
- Triterpenoids Tirucallol for cicatrisation ( the process of healing wounds )
- Beta amyrine: Skin protection
- Butyrospermol Anti inflammatory
- Lupeol: Antiseptic
Collagen is also an important component of skin elasticity which can also benefit from treatment with a combination of Argan Oil and vitamin C.
Applying this Argan to your skin has the ability to make your skin stronger regardless of your skin’s current condition. If you haven’t started seeing stretch marks, then the oil can moisturise and strengthen your skin dermis and reduce damage from stress as it occurs even from dietary deficiencies in essential fatty acid that affect your skin.
If you are starting get stretch marks, then the increased anti inflammatory and cell stimulating nutrients should help prevent further stretch marks. In many cases continued treatment may help reduce stretch mark scars.
Is it Safe to use Argan Oil During Pregnancy?
Argan Oil is almost certainly safe to use during pregnancy.
Although there are currently no specific scientific studies into this we Argan Oil has been used for many centuries by the Berber women of Morocco.
They have enjoyed natural protection against stretch marks during pregnancy without reported side effects.
Argan Oil is an Organically produced oil so no chemicals are used at any stage of the process.
By comparison commercial anti stretch mark products often contain a long list of chemicals that may well have unknown side effects.
Finally, since Argan Oil is often eaten for is health benefits it is probably safe to assume that Argan oil is safe to use when pregnant.
How to use Argan Oil during Pregnanacy
One of the problems that rapid stretching of skin causes is dryness and irritation.
So, before applying Argan Oil wash skin with a high quality, light, non-perfumed soap. To reduce dryness further do not use very hot water.
After cleansing the skin apply Argan Oil directly to the area or into the palm of the hand.
Use just enough oil so that you it is smooth and easy to massage the oil into the skin.
After a minute or two you should find that any oily residue disappears to leave the skin feeling soft and refreshed.
Pure Argan Oil can be used as often as desired. But most probably twice a day, morning and night should be sufficient.
Ideally, start applying as skin first starts to stretch.
After birth it is advisable to continue use for a month or two or until you feel skin has returned to normal.