#ELLEBackToBasics: All You Need To Know About Argan Oil
Meet skin and hair’s most powerful ally
Argan oil is one of the best superfoods for skin. Coined as liquid gold, it’s enriched with vitamins A, E and C. There’s a reason why it’s found in every product from body lotions to hair serums and even eyeshadows. With properties that can protect and enhance skin, this oil is truly wonderful.
What Is Argan Oil?
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It is a plant oil extracted from the roots of the argan tree (aka Argania spinosa), grown in Morocco. Rich in fatty acids and oleic and linoleic acid, it penetrates deep into the skin and works its magic to treat dryness and sometimes even acne. In terms of texture, it falls right in the middle of the richness spectrum–not too heavy like coconut oil, nor too sheer like rosehip oil.
From lipsticks to shampoos, argan oil is an important ingredient if you’re looking for extra moisturisation, making it ideal for dull and dry skin and hair.
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1. Anti-inflammatory: Argan oil is an ideal ingredient to soothe irritated, itchy skin. Thanks to its non-comedogenic and non-greasy properties, it also works for acne prone skin.
2. Moisturising: Argan oil is the ultimate solution for dry and flaky skin. It moisturises instantly and can also be used as a hair oil.
3. Rich in antioxidants: Thanks to the vitamin E and polyphenols present in argan oil, it inhibits skin damage caused by environmental factors.
4. Anti-ageing: Oral or topical application of argan oil can significantly increase the elasticity of the skin.
For the most part, argan oil does not have any major side effects. However, certain skin conditions can get aggravated like seborrheic dermatitis. When combined with actives, it can enable penetration of strong ingredients like retinol which is not desirable. Additionally, if you have extremely sensitive skin, it’s best to do a patch test or consult your dermatologist before buying a bottle for your shelfie.
Pioneering oil-infused hair care, this bottle is a cult-favourite. Use it as a styling, conditioning or finishing formula.
This non-drying creamy butter is suitable for very dry skin. It provides 48 hour hydration, and it’s dreamy scent lingers on all day.
This multi-purpose oil can be used on the face for your morning and night routine. It can also be applied overnight on hair for a smoothing effect.
For oil-balancing, hydration and fighting acne this serum is your one stop solution.
We love an intensely velvety and creamy textured lip stain. The moisturising formula of this lipstick will keep your lips supple.
This cold-pressed argan oil is multi-purpose. Use it post shower on your body to keep the skin supple, add a drop to your face cream for hydration or apply a few drops on your hair ends to keep them from drying.
Enriched with argan oil, this lightweight foundation will not only give you coverage but also keep your skin hydrated all day.