Written by Andrea Manitsas
Argan oil comes from the Argan tree grown almost exclusively in Morocco, making it a delicacy among skincare. What's truly amazing about this nut and its byproduct of an illustrious oil goes far beyond its anti-aging, skin rejuvenating effects.
Berber woman have a history of perfecting the art of extracting the oil from Argans' kernels. And, the government is helping them use the surge of interest in this skincare buzz item to make a living for their families. Female cooperatives have financial backing to offer half workdays to mothers in addition to fair wages and good working conditions, helping this beauty product be truly beautiful in all its fair trade-ness. The co-ops have also initiated an ecosystem reforestation project to help preserve the argan forest.
And all of this is so worth it. Argan oil is even better than jojoba oil (although that may just be a matter of opinion...).Commonly referred to as "liquid gold," Argan oil is an incredibly rich source of Vitamin E and essential fatty acids (80 percent!). It has healing, conditioning and anti-aging properties that can keep you head-to-toe gorgeous. Argan oil is so pure - so super - you can eat it (and it goes in many traditional Moroccan dishes).
If you're not yet convinced, here are ten more benefits that make Argan oil practically a miracle:
- disinfectant properties
- stretch mark prevention (hey pregnant mamas!)
- neutralises free radical damage
- soothes chickenpox
- acne relief
- ease psoriasis and dry eczema