The Ultimate Guide to Pure Argan Oil for the Skin, Hair and Body

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A quick guide to this article: 

  1. What is argan oil for skin, hair, and body?
  2. How is pure argan oil is made for skin, hair, and body?
  3. What are the benefits of argan oil for your skin, hair and body?
    1. Benefits of using pure argan oil for your skin and body
    2. Benefits of using pure argan oil for your hair
  4. How to use argan oil for skin, hair and body?
  5. Why use pure organic argan oil vs other skin products with argan oil on the label?
  6. youforher’s pure organic Moroccan argan oil

 

1. What is pure argan oil for skin, hair, and body? 

    Pure argan oil is a rich and nourishing oil, packed with vitamin E, antioxidants and essential fatty acids (omegas 3, 6 and 9). It is derived from the argan tree, which is only found in Morocco. Argan oil works wonders for the skin, for the face, hands, and all over body, making your skin super soft, smooth and hydrated. It’s also a powerful hair oil, providing rich nourishment to help make those locks luscious and healthy.

    Did you also know that it is a great multi-use oil, not only great for the skin and hair, but also for nails, on babies, beards, and even eating!

    Fun fact: Some people call argan oil as Moroccan oil, argane oil, or liquid gold. They’re all the same. ;) 

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    2. How is pure argan oil made for skin, hair, and body?

    The highest quality argan oil is made using traditional methods by all-female Berber Cooperatives in southwest Morocco. It involves a very manual process, taking one woman around three days to make just one litre of argan oil! Just like one would pay a high price for great woodworking craftsmanship for their beautiful furniture piece, creating argan oil requires great artisan skills, which these women have an abundance of. To learn more specifics about how argan oil is made traditionally, read about it here.

    Please know! There are alternative methods of making argan oil, such as using a solvent extraction method. This is often the way it’s made for large beauty brands that are producing tonnes of beauty products with argan oil inside. It allows the brands to sell the oil at a cheaper price. Be aware that this method doesn’t provide as high-quality oil as the manual process. Fewer nutrients remain inside the oil (therefore fewer benefits for you!) and sometimes, this process results in the oil smelling quite pungent, rather than its natural pleasant slight nutty aroma.

     

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    3. What are the benefits of argan oil for your skin, hair and body?

    Pure argan oil is a saviour for the face, however, it also works wonders for the entire body, hands, nails, lips, and feet! It's a beauty essential that will cull so many products in your bathroom cupboard (yay for minimalism!). 

    3.1 Top benefits of using pure argan oil for your skin and body:

    • It regenerates and nourishes the skin, locking in moisture.

    The secret is the high vitamin E and antioxidant content, as well as the omega fatty acids that pure argan oil has. All of these natural nutrients provide powerful nourishment to your body. Add also into the mix its anti-inflammatory properties, which are very helpful for skin regeneration and healing.

    Argan oil can also be a great moisturiser and at the same time can act as a sealant. So not only does argan oil moisturise your skin, but it also further locks in moisture giving you a dual moist! Argan oil is great for all skin types, that includes super dry and sensitive, as well as oily and acne-prone!

     

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    • It prevents the signs of aging, reducing the appearance of wrinkles and reducing redness.

    Antioxidants and vitamin E are abundant in argan oil. These two components plus its moisturising properties are what makes argan oil very good in fighting ageing and in reducing the early appearance of wrinkles and fine lines. Daily argan oil use brings a subtle dewy, youthful glow to your skin - your friends will for sure be complimenting you on how glowing your skin looks!

     

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    • It improves skin elasticity and softness, giving your skin a wonderful glow and evens skin complexion.

    The high vitamin E content in argan oil powerfully increases skin elasticity, making your skin feel super stretchy and free. It is a light, non-greasy oil that quickly soaks deep into the skin, leaving your skin with a soft, supple feel.

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    • It accelerates the healing process and repairs and soothes the skin. 

    Due to argan oil’s strong anti-inflammatory properties, it is excellent to use to support the healing of small cuts, stings, wounds, and swelling. It also is great for soothing and calming skin and adding moisture, reducing rashes and healing eczema, sunburns, dermatosis, psoriasis and other skin issues.

     

    • It regulates sebum production, making it great for all skin types, from super sensitive and dry to acne, oily skin.

    Argan oil is great for all skin types due to its ability to regulate sebum production. Sebum production starts to decrease by age 20 and continues with age so it’s very important to supplement it with a natural oil like argan oil to keep your skin properly hydrated. For those with combination or oily skin - no worries! Argan oil has a 0% comedogenic rating, meaning it does NOT block pores, unlike other oils out there. The fact that argan oil regulates sebum production means for those faces where there is oversupply of sebum (i.e. oily skin and breakouts), the oil regulates the skin to produce less sebum! And for those with dry, rough skin (not enough sebum), the oil helps the body produce more. It’s quite a fine balancing act. :)

     

    • It helps to prevent and reduce stretch-marks and scars.

    Because argan oil is so good at hydrating and adding super elasticity to the skin, it also helps prevent the appearance of stretch marks, as well as helping reduce the appearance once already there, as well as for scars. The ideal time to use argan oil to prevent stretch marks (for example in pregnancy), is before the belly and breasts really start to grow! Daily use after your shower, from as soon as the first trimester will help your skin become super stretchy (and itch-free too!). For those wanting help for stretch marks and scar healing, it’s best to apply the oil as early on as possible, as soon as it has formed. 

     

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    3.2 Top benefits of using pure argan oil for your hair:

    • It helps keep your hair, scalp and follicles moisturised

    Argan oil is not only a moisturiser for the skin. It is also the perfect moisturiser for the hair. Because of its capacity to lock moisture, it can create a protective layer over the hair strands and scalp. This keeps the hair moisturised and thus prevents it from drying out. More moisture in the hair means less damage! ;)

     

    • It conditions the hair, leaving it silky smooth and shiny

    Argan oil doubles as a wonderful conditioner for the hair, adding a protective sealant as well as adding much needed nutrients to the hair. With the regular use of argan oil either before or after your shower, you’re sure to notice the difference in how much healthier your hair feels, with extra softness and shine.

     

    • It helps to repair, thicken and strengthen hair (and helps prevent hair loss!)

    Argan oil penetrates deeply into the scalp, hair follicles and hair strands. Rich in vitamin E, fatty acids, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, these nutrients from the oil help repair damaged follicles and hair, and help your hair grow healthier, full of nourishment. This includes split ends!

    Healthier hair follicles means more hair actually grows (and healthier), resulting in thicker, stronger hair, and less prone to breaking. This also means it helps prevent hair loss or thinning from malnourished, damaged hair.

    Treat argan oil like a ‘natural hair vitamin’ that keeps the hair nourished, healthy and glowing. Since it's chemical-free, argan oil is safe to use for pregnant mums to help combat postpartum hair loss. It’s also great for men who are worried about balding, or growing a thicker beard.

     

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    • It is great for taming frizzy hair and flyaways

    The moisturising effects of argan oil help to tame frizzy hair. It is so because frizzy hair tends to be drier, thus it needs to have more moisture to make it more manageable. Since argan oil seals a load of nutrients and moisture into the hair, it provides the hair’s much needed nourishment and treatment. With regular use, you could be saying hello to a silkier, softer and smoother hair in no time!

     

    • It helps protect your hair from chemicals, heat and natural elements

    If you want to protect your hair naturally without the use of more chemicals, use argan oil. Wherever you go, your hair gets exposed to various natural elements such as the sun, rain, chlorine and salt (for the swimmers). It also becomes more susceptible to damage because of blow drying, chemicals from shampoos, heat from straighteners and curling wands, and more. Think of argan oil as a barrier to protect your hair from all of these things, whilst still keeping it healthy and perfectly nourished.

     

    • It helps in treating and reducing dry, flakey, itchy scalps

    If you suffer from a dry, flakey and itchy scalp, pure argan oil may just be the help you need. Thanks to its potent nutrients, antioxidants and vitamin E components, argan oil can help soothe irritated and itchy skin, and reduce inflammation. As mentioned above, it’s also excellent at locking in moisture to the scalp. All of these results in a healthier scalp, less dandruff, and a more comfortable you.

     

    4. How to use argan oil for skin, hair, and body

    Generally, there are two things you need to remember when using or applying argan oil to your skin, hair, nails, hands, or any part of your body.

    Key principles when using argan oil for skin, hair and body:

    1. Apply the oil religiously

    • You can apply argan oil every after shower. Yes! It can be applied in the morning or at night before going to sleep, just like your regular moisturiser or night cream. It’s been proved by most argan oil users that continuous or daily use resulted in more effective outcomes. 
    • If you’re worried that daily use of argan oil will clog your pores, no fret! Argan oil has a 0 rating on the comedogenic scale. This means that argan oil does not clog pores. ;)

    2. Don’t forget to massage the oil into your skin. 
    • There’s a difference between just applying your oil versus massaging it into your skin. Applying takes only one or two strokes but massaging requires a more thorough style. When you use argan oil, make sure to massage it into the part where you want to focus on; applying a bit of soft pressure.  

     

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  1. Using argan oil for face and body
  2. There is no perfect science when using argan oil for your face and body. However, the best way to use it for you to experience great results is to apply the oil everyday - either in the morning after shower or before going to bed or even both. You can apply the oil in your face, in your arms, or any part of your body that you feel needs more hydration. Just put a few drops of the oil on your hands, and massage directly into the skin. For the face, you may like to add more or less drops depending if you have naturally dry or oily skin.

     

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  3. Using argan oil for hair 
  4. To obtain best results, apply argan oil generously first to your scalp, then massage the oil into the scalp. Lastly, comb through the rest of the hair using your hands (you can apply more oil to cover your hair well). Feel free to use a shower cap (or the like) to cover your hair. Leave the oil to soak for at least 30 minutes or even overnight before washing out with your favourite (toxin-free) shampoo and conditioner. 

     

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  5. Using argan oil for hands and nails 
  6. Apply and massage 2-3 drops of argan oil onto your (clean) hands, nails and cuticles. The ideal time to do this is right before going to bed so the nutrients of the oil can be absorbed overnight. Argan oil is particularly great for dry hands and peeling or cracked nails/cuticles. You can apply argan oil like you would hand cream, after each thorough hand wash. (Let’s be honest, which is pretty often nowadays)!

     

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  7. Using argan oil for heels, toes and feet 
  8. Argan oil is great for healing cracked heels! To use it, after washing and exfoliating, apply argan oil generously to your feet, massaging into your heels, toes and toenails. It is best to do this before bed and to put on a clean pair of cotton socks straight away, to allow the oil to soak in well overnight. Repeat as needed.

     

  9. Using argan oil for beards
  10. Yes, argan oil is also great for beards! It can be used either as a treatment soak or a daily beard oil. For a treatment, after your usual beard scrub or beard routine, massage in a generous amount of argan oil throughout the beard and the skin underneath. Distribute the oil evenly, using your hands and leave it to soak overnight before washing out. For a beard oil, apply just a few drops of oil into the beard and massage throughout, making sure to apply it all over the beard itself as well as the skin underneath.  

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  11. Using argan oil for pregnancy
  12. What makes argan oil so good during pregnancy (and even postpartum)? Aside from being organic and chemical-free, it is also packed with super rich nutrients, vitamin E and anti-inflammatory properties that help with skin healing, elasticity and regeneration. It helps prevent stretch marks appearing, plus it reduces the appearance of stretch marks and scars existing. Bonus is that it also soothes the skin from any itchiness, as well as heals sore nipples!

    We’ve had a few testimonials that showed the great effects of regularly using argan oil for pregnant mums. Co-founders Jacqui and Hind have used it religiously themselves during pregnancy to prevent ever getting stretch marks, as well as curing that maddening itchy skin that pregnant mums will know oh-so-well! :)

    Apply the oil generously to your belly and breasts daily, best is after your shower, before bed. Start as soon as you know you’re pregnant, so the oil has time to add all the much needed nutrients to your skin to avoid future itchiness and stretch marks as your belly grows.

    If you like to try argan oil to see if it works with your skin, you can buy the pure argan oil travel mini here.  

     

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  13. Using argan oil for babies
  14. Not only is pure argan oil safe for mums during pregnancy, but it’s also safe for babies! That includes newborn bubs fresh from the hospital.

    In fact, argan oil has long been used by Moroccan women for centuries as a multipurpose oil - a go-to oil that helps in just about everything - even for baby related issues like cradle cap, eczema and rashes.

    The oil is super soothing and gentle, and calming for the most sensitive of skins. Apply a few drops of the oil over the desired area and gently massage in. Best time is right after bath time when the skin is still moist. 

    Click here to read more on how to use pure argan oil for cradle cap. >>

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    5. Why use pure organic argan oil vs other skin products with argan oil on the label?

    The best type of argan oil that should be used for skin, hair, and body is in its purest form created from manual cold-pressing. In recent years however, argan oil has become a very popular ingredient for a lot of beauty products, in which they are mixed with other chemicals and additives. This means that the strength of the argan oil in its pure form is no longer utilised! 

    Why use pure argan oil instead of the ones combined with other chemicals and ingredients? Because of these reasons:

    • It is rated 0 in the Comedogenic Rating. Oils rated 0 in the Comedogenic Rating like argan oil do not clog pores, which means they are good and very safe to use daily. 
    • Pure, cold-pressed argan oil contains all the natural components it has mainly because the process in which it was made is not altered. As opposed to the mass production of argan oil used for bigger brands, which commonly use chemical processes to extract the oil, which dilutes the benefits itself of the oil and makes it a lower grade quality. When you use pure cold-pressed argan oil, you’re sure that you get all its natural gifts. 
    • You are helping empower women in Morocco. For the truest pure argan oil, it should only be produced by Berber women working in Moroccan cooperatives. They manually do the extraction process of the kernels, along with cold-pressing the oil, to ensure all of its natural elements are kept. There’s the extra love added in by them too, of course. :)

    6. youforher’s pure organic Moroccan argan oil

    youforher’s Moroccan argan oil is pure, natural, organic and sourced from registered Moroccan cooperatives where Berber women are the workforce. So you can be sure you are buying the genuine one! Always check the ingredients list on any argan oil product you buy, to ensure it really is 100% pure. :)

     

    "Feel better about your skin, hair & others!  Loving using youforher argan oil each day on my face and dry hands. The oil is really light and gentle on my sensitive skin which can be easily irritated. My skin feels so soft!!!” - Belle 

    "Awesome product! I have long, fine hair which typically is quite dry with lots of split ends. After purchasing on recommendation from a friend, I don't think my hair has ever looked this healthy!” - Steph 

    "LOVE! I love this oil so much! It has a silky texture and absorbs quickly. I use it on my face and hands - great for cuticles. My son uses it too in his hair and loves the shine.” - Darcy