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Know everything about argan oil
Get to know argan oil:
Argan oil is a rare and precious nectar from Morocco and has been a beauty secret passed down from mother to daughter for centuries. The past few years, this elixir with priceless virtues became a symbol of relaxation and beauty. It also became very popular, but be careful as many so-called ‘argan oil’ products do not actually contain any argan oil or just very little amounts.
How can you recognize high quality argan oil?
First, cosmetic argan oil does not have a strong smell. Our argan oil has a faint smell of nuts because it comes from the argan almonds. Argan oil is often called liquid gold because it has a fine light gold color, which stays when the nuts have not been roasted for food use. If a strong or rancid odor is detected, it is a sign of oxidization, which can be caused by a bad extraction or conservation method. Argan oil is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree, which grows only in the southwest region of Morocco. Able to live up to 200 years, this tree makes us enjoy its virtues and wisdom. An argan tree produces about 100kg of almonds a year and the production of a liter of argan oil require about 80kg of fresh fruits and more than 12 hours of work. The extraction process is long and laborious, yet the reward that follows continues to fill us with its many benefits.
The harvest is done every year between June and August by simply picking up the fruits that have fallen on the ground. Then, they must dry in the sun for several weeks before the transformation process can begin. Women from the local cooperative are then responsible for removing the pulp of the fruit to then crack the nut inside. This nut is deemed to be sixteen times stronger than a hazelnut and can only be broken manually between two stones one by one to access the precious almonds hidden inside.
The process is only just starting. The almonds then need to be heated up for a few minutes in terracotta dishes and grounded with a grindstone to get a dough that will be essential in the making of argan oil. The real transformation starts now. Traditionally, patience was the key ingredient to obtain the precious liquid, as the dough needed to be triturated by hand for several hours non-stop until the very moment where the artisan added small amounts of warm water to release argan oil from the dough. Today, however, many use a process similar to the one used to extract olive oil: a cold-press method.
Forever present in the secret kit of Moroccan women, argan oil has long been the best ally for body care treatments to counteract the harmful effects of climate change and aging. It works wonders on wrinkles and dry skin, fights and reduces traces left by acne or chickenpox or other skin irritation or skin lesions such as stretch marks, cracks and minor burns. Cosmetic argan oil can be applied on both the skin and hair. Its virtues shall fight hair loss, eczema, dehydration and skin dryness.
Argan oil has proven very successful with Moroccan women who have been using it for centuries now for its cosmetic properties. Non-roasted argan oil has a honey color and is very rich in essential fatty acids, omega-6 and in vitamin E. The latter helps with hydration, preservation of skin elasticity, and nutrition. By restoring the hydrolipid film, argan oil manages to diminish premature aging of the skin and even has an anti-wrinkle effect. Its rich natural ingredients play an important role in the renewal of cells and increase cell’s nutrient intake, making it an ideal candidate for use in cosmetic products.
Argan oil is nourishing and revitalizing for the scalp: it restores shine, natural softness and the silky effect in the hair. Biological argan oil is your best ally to restore health and vigor in your rebellious, split or damaged hair.
Apply argan oil along the entire length of damp hair and let it rest for about 30 minutes before washing it with shampoo and rinsing it thoroughly.
If you have dandruffs, apply the oil on your head by giving yourself a light massage; this will prevent your skin from drying.
Argan oil, a rare and unique prosperity of nature, hydrates, revitalizes, softens, and protects the skin against drying out. Argan oil reduces chapping and cracking caused by the winter cold, but also prevents wrinkling. Thanks to its strong concentration in linoleic oil, argan oil cleans acne-prone skin and leaves it glowing and radiant. Its firming effect does wonder in case of loss of skin elasticity.
In the morning, use argan oil by putting water in your hands and adding 3-4 drops of pure oil, and then rub your hands together to create hundreds of droplets. Apply on the face, neck, and body. Massage gently with circular movements to make the oil go in.
At night, after cleaning your face with black soap, apply pure argan oil instead of your typical night cream.
Argan oil is rich in vitamin E, beta-carotene, linoleic acid, oleic acid, and many other nutrients that nourish skin and fortify soft and brittle nails. Argan oil has so many natural properties for the body that aside from protecting skin against external factors and preserving skin elasticity, it relieves joint pain. Finally, it is very popular for sumptuous argan oil massages.
To hydrate the body properly, use argan oil by putting water in your hands and adding 3-4 drops of pure oil, and then rub your hands together to create hundreds of droplets. After your bath or shower, apply the oil all over the body and repeat as often as necessary to hydrate your body fully. Massage gently in circular motions to make the oil go in.
For a royal massage, use argan oil instead of your regular massage oil, works wonder with hot stones massage
To strengthen your nails and make them less brittle, here is an easy homemade recipe. In a small bowl, pour about one tablespoon of lemon juice and one tablespoon of argan oil. Once the mixture is ready, wash your hands and soak your nails in for about 15 minutes. Generally, one treatment a week is enough, but you can repeat it every day if you do not get the desired result. You can reuse the solution for a whole week at most.
About the Author
Miss Hammam is the nickname I give myself because I love to tell and share my stories, my dreams and unveil my knowledge of traditional Moroccan beauty history. I make sure you can experiences the secret advice I got when I lived in Morocco. I love the beach, salads, Moroccan couscous and shopping, but mostly take care of me naturally.