Argan Oil

There is a plant extract that seemingly few people are familiar with called argan oil which comes from the nuts of the argan tree. This is an ingredient that can be used as a component piece of a lotion, particularly for the face, but it is mainly used in its pure form on its own. Its use is in fighting a number of skin issues such as dry skin and acne as it contains high concentrations of vitamin E and unsaturated fatty acids which promote overall skin health.

How to Apply Argan Oil

Just like with any skin product, argan oil is applied directly to the skin. It does, however, require some preparation. Usually with a skin care product you just open up the tube, container, bottle, or whatever packaging it may be and just apply it to the skin. There are a few steps to take to prepare argan oil for use.

argan oil use in skin care products

Argan oil extracted from nuts

It first needs to be heated. Not quite hot, but at least warmer than room temperature. Be sure to exfoliate and cleanse your skin with a gentle cleanser before applying argan oil for it to give best results. Argan oil works most effectively when applied to damp skin. Exfoliating and cleansing helps open up and flush out the pores to allow the oil to penetrate into the skin for a deeper application.

After you have prepared, take a few drops of the oil and rub it into the skin of your face and neck in a circular motion. Pay extra attention to areas that have fine lines and wrinkles and massage it in with slight pressure. Make sure that the product is rubbed fully into the skin and not leave any clumps or residue. You can keep the oil on your face and neck for a few minutes to allow it to absorb fully into the skin.

Why Use Argan Oil?

Argan oil is a natural moisturizer as it contains sterolins which help lock hydration into your skin. It promotes skin cell turnover which eradicates dead skin cells and promotes the growth of new, healthy cells in their place. The fatty acids in argan oil also work to make skin more supple and soft.

Another benefit of argan oil is in fighting acne spots and scars. Argan oil helps in the regulation of sebum production. Over production of sebum, a chemical pushes through the skin’s layers, can lead to clogged pores that turn into acne on the surface. There are also antioxidant properties that remove dead cells from your skin and help in the growth of new cells, a key component in the reduction of scar tissue.

Anti-aging products (like those I discuss here) often use argan oil because of the aforementioned qualities, as well as many makeup removal products. Because of its many skin care properties and its gentleness, it is perfect for any skin type, especially those with sensitive skin. You will find it in many eye serums to restore your skin to a more youthful appearance.