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Argan Oil Explained 2018: Limitless Health Benefits

Published on Jul 07, 2018 in Essential Oils

In recent years, the natural approach to skin and hair care has gained popularity. Argan oil, from the seeds of the Moroccan Argan tree, is loaded with antioxidants, omega 6 fatty acids, linoleic acid, and Vitamins A, C, and E.

It has been used for centuries to maintain the health of skin, hair, and overall health. This “miracle oil” is derived from a nut in the fruit of the Moroccan Argan tree. Its benefits include wound healing and nourishing of the skin and hair. It can also be used as a dietary supplement. Some of its many benefits include:

Healing Acne

The high levels of linoleic acid in Argan oil help reduce inflammation and heal damaged skin cells. It improves the appearance and greasiness of oily skin by reducing the sebum levels. Plus, it helps heal acne scars and mild acne due to the triterpenoids naturally found in this oil.

Reduces Premature Aging

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Argan Oil can help slow down symptoms of aging.

The high levels of fatty acid that Argan oil contains (roughly 80%) aid in erasing signs of premature aging, such as wrinkles and crow’s feet. It has also been proven to fade age spots by restoring skin elasticity, and increasing the regenerative rate of healthy skin cells.

The oil keeps your skin moist and hydrated. When your skin is well hydrated, it loses less collagen, in turn slowing down the skin aging process. It also helps keep the skin protected from the elements.

Helps Fight Against Dermatitis

Symptoms of this common skin condition consist of inflamed and itchy patches of skin. Using Argan oil helps minimize these flare-ups by keeping the skin hydrated so that it can better perform its barrier function. It locks in moisture and protects cell integrity with the help of its fatty acids. The high levels of Vitamin E also help to fight the damaging effects of free radicals.

Related: Check out our article about Essential Oils for Your Dry Scalp and Natural Oil Shampoos for Dandruff!

Eliminates Razor Bumps

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Argan Oil helps smooth out skin after shaving.

Argan oil helps soothe and heal razor bumps for men and women. Many notice a reduced amount of ingrown hairs caused by shaving, after using the oil.

Lowers Cholesterol

Culinary grade Argan oil can replace less healthy oils in order to reduce bad cholesterol levels. Schottenol and Spinasterol are plant sterols found in this oil which literally block the absorption of bad cholesterol from the inside of the intestinal tract. These healthy fatty acids can be found in fish as well. Still, studies show that the essential fatty acids derived from plants are twice as effective, so Argan oil is your best bet.

Aids Digestion

When added to food, Argan oil increases the levels of an enzyme called pepsin found in gastric juice. Pepsin digests proteins found in meat, eggs, and dairy products. When your digestion is improved, it provides your body with more energy, decreases hunger, and helps improve weight loss.

Repairs Split Ends

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Argan Oil for split ends.

This Vitamin E enriched oil nourishes the hair, increases its shine and healthy appearance, and repairs split ends by coating the hair shaft. It seals in moisture, protecting it from the elements and preventing it from drying and breaking. It can be used to tame frizz, or as a leave-in conditioner to repair split ends.

Prevents and Treats Hair Los

And finally, Argan oil ensures that you don’t lose more follicles than you are able to grow. It can even stimulate new growth due to its rich nutrient content.

Conclusion

There are many oils out there, but a lot of them are unhealthy or lacking in nutrients. Argan oil is one of the most beneficial oils you can buy, and its uses extend to your hair, skin and diet health. If you’re the kind of person who has oily or acne-prone skin, then a new bottle of the “miracle oil” should definitely be your next purchase. Trust me, your skin and hair will thank you for it.

 

Argan isn’t the only oil worth knowing! Read up about Marula Oil, Jasmine Oil and Rose Oil, right here at Maple Holistics!