Argan oil is one of those skincare ingredients that we’ve likely all heard of, and likely in a positive light, too. But, even though we all may know vaguely that it’s beneficial for our skin… Most of us just aren’t sure why or how.
Argan oil is somewhat of a wallflower in many skincare products, overshadowed by other flashier or more exotic ingredients. But, we think it’s time to let argan oil have its moment— because its abilities and origin are actually pretty incredible.
The oil we’re familiar with comes from the argan tree, which is native to Morocco and parts of Algeria. The people of these regions have been consuming and utilizing the Argan seed and its oil for centuries. It’s a culinary staple in the area due to its subtle taste and range of health properties (antioxidant and anti-inflammatory powers, to name a few).
Oh yeah, and it’s also great for the skin. So, without further ado, let’s get this deep dive started.
What does argan oil do for the skin?
Most of argan oil’s skincare superpowers come from fatty acids, vitamin E, and linoleic acids. These components all come together to tackle different skin concerns. And, lucky for you, they’re all wrapped up in one single oil that is extra potent.
The fatty acids and linoleic acids help soften dry patches and smooth your skin’s overall appearance. Because argan oil is pretty lightweight (comparatively to other oils like coconut oil), you won’t have to compromise moisturization for greasiness.
But what if dryness isn’t your primary concern? Argan oil is also great for acne and blemish-prone skin. The Vitamin E within argan oil is excellent for soothing the damaged skin barrier that may be causing breakouts. It’s also great for balancing out your skin’s oil production, which can help to prevent blemishes as well.
So, to recap, argan oil is packed with nutrients and is pretty much like a superfood for your face. Pretty cool, huh?
Additional FAQs about argan oil
Q: Will using an oil on my skin clog my pores or break me out?
A: Short answer: Nope.
Long answer: Nope again. Using facial oils can actually balance your skin’s oil production and prevent breakouts. However, it is important to note that choosing the correct oil for your skin type is essential.
The good news about argan oil, though, is that it works for all skin types. It falls in the middle of the spectrum between heavy and lightweight skincare oils, so it shouldn’t clog pores or breakouts.
Q: Can I use an argan oil product on my skin every day?
A: Totally. Because it’s not a heavy oil, you can use it every day or even twice a day.
Q: Is argan oil made from goat poop?
A: No, hah! We seriously love this question. Even though this is a common misconception, it is rooted in some reality. Goats LOVE the taste of argan and will climb the trees to nibble on the juicy yellow fruit. When they’re finished, they’ll spit the pits on the ground, and back in the old days, harvesters would use the discarded pits in their oil production. But, nowadays, harvesters use a much more modernized method. So, don’t worry… You’re not inadvertently rubbing goat poo on your face.
How do I use argan oil on my face?
The easiest way to incorporate argan oil into your skincare routine is to try a facial or body oil blend, like Winged’s Radiance Facial Oil or Body Oil. Products that blend argan oil with other beneficial ingredients (like marula oil) not only maximize the efficacy of the product but help provide a well-rounded approach to your skin concerns.
All of that being said, if you’re not using a product with argan oil in it… Run (don’t walk) to pick yourself up a bottle and get your glow on.
Charrouf, Z., & Guillaume, D. (2008). Argan oil: Occurrence, composition and impact on human health. European Journal Of Lipid Science And Technology, 110(7), 632-636. doi: 10.1002/ejlt.200700220
Sinclair, M. (2016). A Brief History Of Moroccan Argan Oil. From https://theculturetrip.com/africa/morocco/articles/history-of-moroccan-argan-oil-in-1-minute/