Produced from the kernels of the Moroccan Argan tree, argan oil has long captured the attention of locals who noticed its face revitalizing and healing properties. Indeed, Moroccan women have used this magical elixir for hundreds of years, and once a secret, well-guarded, beauty substance, difficult to find outside Morocco, it is now available to the masses worldwide.
Moroccan native women, otherwise known as the Berber women, harvest these fruits. After the harvesting process is complete, the fruits are left to dry up in open air to ensure that the fleshy pulp can be easily removed when it’s ready. This whole drying process usually takes about 2 weeks, making the fruits turn from shinny green colors to dull brown colors. The extracted fruit kernels are then cold-pressed to produce the coveted argan oil.
The most labor-intensive part of oil extraction is removal of the soft pulp (used to feed animals) and the cracking by hand, between two stones, of the hard nut. The seeds are then removed and gently roasted. This roasting accounts for part of the oil’s distinctive, nutty flavor.
The Benefits of Argan Oil
Argan oil has many benefits when it comes to our skin. This is due to the high concentration of fatty acids, polyphenoles and antioxidants. The oil is best known to treat acne, eczema psoriasis, and now there is buzz generating on how it helps relieve angular cheilitis. (The oil has even been making waves in slowing and stopping the signs of aging but that will be discussed later) .
First, argan oil is chock-full of antioxidants that protect the skin from sun exposure and the ensuing free radical damage. These antioxidants, along with essential fatty acids like omega 6, carotenoids, ferulic acid, sterols and polyphenols, and Vitamin E, also protect cell membranes from losing moisture, helping the cells retain their health.
In addition, argan oil has soothing, anti-inflammatory properties which should provide comfort to any skin ailment. It’s promising to note that there even exists speculation that argan oil has antiseptic, antibacterial, and antifungal properties – perfect for getting rid of cheiliits. Indeed, the active substances in argan oil, triterpenoids, have antimicrobial power, and the residual squalene is a natural bactericide.
Those with angular cheilitis are encouraged to try argan oil. It may even be more synergistic to combine it with other essential oils, such as thyme and clary sage, to provide fast relief. Remember, argan oil may be used as a carrier oil, and/or mixed with other oils – coconut oil is another potentially effective perleche-killer - or by itself.
Pure argan oil may not only be used on the lips, but anywhere on the face and body, including hair and nails. It’s natural and gentle enough to revitalize all skin types. Again, this nourishing and moisturizing oil is full of organic nutrients that trap moisture and infuse a healthy glow to the face. It has nearly 200% more Vitamin E than olive oil, besides essential unsaturated fatty acids and antioxidants that rejuvenate and renew skin. All these potent elements combine to protect skin by preventing sun damage, neutralize free radicals and heal a variety of problematic skin conditions.
As previously mentioned, this versatile oil is now gaining even more favor because of its purported anti-aging properties as it helps to minimize the look of wrinkles and creases. The plentiful antioxidants are thought to be capable of rejuvenating the skin by reducing the effects of detrimental free radicals that undermine our skin cells. When utilizing 100% pure Argan oil, you only need a few drops for your whole entire face as a little goes a long way. The oil passes through simply and does not leave an oily remnant.
Summary – Argan Oil for the Face and Body
The benefits of argan oil are multi fold and are available in many products. But very few natural products offer the oil in its pure form. The oil can be used for beautifying and healing purposes, and can help eradicate obstinate skin conditions, including angular cheilitis. At the very least, it should quash any perleche-related pain, but hopefully will assist in the healing process, too.
Since the Argan tree is only found in certain parts of the world, argan oil production is low and hence expensive. But with its vast potential to slow down the facial aging process, repair wounds and marks, foster a more radiant, glowing complexion, and support the eradication of skin maladies, the price may very well be worth paying.