Virgin cosmetic-grade argan oil is yellow in colour with an acceptable characteristic odour. Berber women have used argan oil for their skin, hair and nail care for centuries. Argan is considered an effective anti-ageing oil due to its high vitamin E content – an antioxidant that helps neutralise free radical damage and control ageing, which is important for skin exposed to polluted Western environments. It also contains saponins, which are skin-softening agents, and it is reputed to help reduce wrinkles by restoring the skin’s hydro-lipid layer thanks to its high unsaturated fatty acid content.
Argan oil is ideal for products such as hand creams, body balms and lotions, and regenerative creams for around the eyes. Argan is not greasy and is even safe for baby skin, and for those with sensitive skin. It can be used in any cosmetic product as an active principle or as a carrier in the oily phase, without any proportion limit.
In addition to this, argan oil is anti-inflammatory and has sun-protective and disinfectant properties. The unroasted oil is used for skin ailments and is claimed to soothe chickenpox, acne, psoriasis, and dry eczema (not to be used on broken skin or weeping eczema), and can also help to reduce scarring and prevent stretch marks.
Although costly, argan oil is definitely worth the investment and a little does go a long way.