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The Moroccan Argan oil has many cosmetic virtues. Used for centuries by Berber women, argan oil is known for its great nourishing properties. Where is she from ? What are the benefits of argan oil on the skin, hair and nails? How to use it? Michel de Sarrieu, member of the scientific committee of Fleurance Nature, tells us everything about this elixir of beauty.
A genuine gift of nature, Argan oil is extracted from the fruit of the Argan tree, a tree that grows mainly in the southwest of Morocco. Similar to a nuts, the fruit of the Argan tree contains amandons in its core. It is by pressing these small seeds with cold that one obtains cosmetic Argan oil.
As Michel de Sarrieu notes, it takes about 6 to 7 Argan trees to produce 1L of Argan oil, knowing that a tree represents on average 6 to 8 kilos of nuts. It is for this reason that Argan oil is considered valuable, and is often referred to as a “miracle” oil. However, the qualities attributed to him are not all well founded. Moisturizing, curative, soothing properties… What are the real benefits of Argan oil? Michel de Sarrieu helps us to unravel the truth from the false.[/nextpage][nextpage title=”2″ ]
Because of its high content of fatty acids (Omega 6 and 9) and vitamin E , Argan oil is full of moisturizing properties, scientifically recognized. Very nourishing, it helps to fight the signs of skin aging by activating the cellular regeneration and restoring the hydrolipidic film of the skin. Ideal for improving the elasticity and firmness of the skin, Argan oil also helps to fight against external aggression such as wind and sun. It is used daily, pure or mixed with a cream, and preferably in the evening because of its very oily texture.[/nextpage][nextpage title=”3″ ]
Although the results vary from one person to another, real effects have been found on skin diseases such as eczema, acne, chicken pox or chapped skin. For Michel de Sarrieu, this is explained by its high level of omega 6, a fatty acid that helps to calm burns and relieve skin irritations. All these benefits also make it an ideal treatment for very dry skin or superficial sunburn.[/nextpage][nextpage title=”4″ ]
According to Michel de Sarrieu, Argan oil does not alleviate rheumatism and joint pain such as osteoarthritis. Unlike omega 3 (which Argan oil only contains in very small amounts), omega 6 and 9 do not possess anti-inflammatory virtues.[/nextpage][nextpage title=”5″ ]
Argan oil is also beneficial for the skin as for the hair. Applied in mask, it is left to set all night for a brilliant hair in the early morning. Perfect for damaged hair, Argan oil nourishes the hair deeply and makes it much softer. In addition, Argan oil can also be used to nourish and fortify split, soft or brittle nails. Regularly, they are immersed in an Argan oil bath to protect them from everyday aggression.[/nextpage][nextpage title=”6″ ]
First of all, do not confuse Argan oil food and cosmetic Argan oil. Unlike the latter, Argan oil for food is derived from roasted fines. Their odor and color are therefore not the same. A quality cosmetic Argan oil will be lemon yellow, very clear, and will give off a slight odor. Michel de Sarrieu recommends to be wary of “tourist catchers” and Argan oils sold on souks, often cut with sunflower oil. So make sure to always check its composition.