If ever there was a wonder product for face and body, Argan oil is it. Moisturising parched skin and giving all complexions a healthy glow, it truly is 'liquid gold'.
Used for centuries by Berber women, argan oil comes from argan tree nuts, which contain up to three kernels that are roasted (just like coffee beans) and then milled using traditional techniques. This highly perfumed, slightly nutty-tasting oil is often used in traditional Moroccan dishes: spread on bread, in salad dressings or drizzled over grilled fish. But Moroccan women also swear by it to moisturise their skin, soothe minor skin irritations, add shine to their locks and to protect their bodies from the sun. Nowadays argan oil designed for the cosmetics industry is cold-pressed to temper its strong scent.
THE BENEFITS OF ARGAN OIL FOR MY SKIN
This nourishing oil is packed with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, as well as omega 6 + 9 fatty acids and polyphenols. It's fatty content means it's great for soothing dry skin, restoring our skin's hydrolipidic layer and protecting us from the elements - wind, sun and pollution. This makes it a natural anti-ageing wonder, bursting with active ingredients that prevent oxidation and combat dry skin.
A TREATMENT TO PAMPER DRY SKIN DURING WINTER
Argan oil moisturises, revitalises and softens skin. It also protects skin from the dehydrating effects of cold, windy winter weather. As the mercury drops and our skin begins to suffer, applying argan oil-based creams, oils and lotions works wonders. It immediately soothes skin chapped by freezing conditions. Face-wise, you'll find both day and night creams that contain its beneficial anti-ageing properties. But choose wisely - to be effective, opt for treatments that contain between 3 to 5% argan oil.
AS A BODY CREAM
Packed with omega 6, vitamin E and antioxidants, argan oil both moisturises and softens the skin. Derived from the fruit of the Moroccan argan tree, this oil is 100% natural: being lipid-free it's suited to all skin types and is quickly absorbed. Apply a few drops of argan oil every day after your bath or shower, paying particular attention to drier areas such as your elbows and knees. Your skin will immediately feel more supple and soft. A great tip for pregnant women – you will find argan oil helps combat stretch marks that can appear on the cleavage, thighs, stomach and hips.
AS A REPAIRING BALM TO NOURISH DEHYDRATED SKIN
Argan oil is a superhero when it comes to dehydrated, parched, dermatitis- and eczema-prone skin. It helps soothe irritation, calms fiery skin, relieves itching and repairs damaged skin. Despite being a summertime favourite, argan oil is nonetheless ideal during winter - it soothes hands dried out by the cold, chapped lips or noses sore from continual blowing. If your skin is very dry, apply some argan oil 30 minutes before your shower or bath: your skin will be eternally grateful! It’s non-greasy and doesn’t irritate the skin, so won’t clog up pores and can actually help diminish the appearance of blemishes.
AS A NATURAL ANTI-AGEING PRODUCT
Rich in antioxidants and highly moisturising, argan oil is a good source of vitamin E and a natural anti-ageing powerhouse. It revitalises the skin and helps to fight against ageing. Massaged onto the face and neck daily, it can help reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles, restore suppleness and elasticity and boost cell renewal.
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