Josie Maran’s 100% Pure Argan Oil is exactly what it claims to be. The only ingredient in the bottle is, in fact, 100 % pure Argan oil. Argan oil is considered a botanical oil, and it comes from the kernels of the fruit (called the Argan nut) from the Argania Spinosa (argan tree), which is grown in the desert in Morocco. Throughout their history the Moroccan people have always used Argan oil. They actually ingested the oil by dipping their bread into it and eating it. It was also used to treat skin infections, skin rashes, and bug bites.
Today Argan oil is more popular than ever. And still it is used to perform multiple tasks. Research has studied the properties that make up Argan oil and has found it to be extremely beneficial for our skin. First, researchers found linoleic acid, an essential fatty acid found in a variety of plant oils, such as Argan, soybean and sunflower. It is also known as an omega-6 fatty acid. It acts as an emollient and a skin conditioner, combating dryness and roughness. It is also extremely rich in vitamin A, which helps improve the skin’s texture, firmness, and smoothness. Vitamin A is essential for the generation and function of skin cells. When the skin is vitamin A deficient, it becomes thick and dry. Once in the skin, vitamin A converts to retinoic acid that provides the anti-aging benefits we associate with it (retinol.) Vitamin A works even better when Vitamin E is present, which it is also in Argan oil. Vitamin E in Argan oil is naturally occurring tocopherol. While doing the research, I couldn’t believe all that vitamin E does for the skin. It is considered the most important free radical scavenger (it eats up all the free radicals trying to enter the skin). It protects the cell membranes from free radical damage. It prevents water loss from occurring to the skin, and it has possible anti-inflammatory properties. Bottom line, this one-ingredient bottle, 100% natural Argan oil, is 100% golden, both in its color and in the amazing ways it can help your skin.
I have used this oil over the years. I have used it as a moisturizer for my face. It really does soften my skin! The vitamins A and E aspects of the oil definitely reduced the appearance of my fine lines, and it kept my eye area (the most delicate skin on the face) smooth. The slightly thick oil glided onto my skin, and then my dry, thirsty skin quickly drank it up! My skin will felt rejuvenated while it was being moisturized. And, it has no fragrance at all.
There are many ways to use this multitasker.
Here is a list of some of them:
- Use it as a nighttime moisturizer, add 1-2 drops into your moisturizer! (even around your eyes!)
- Use it as a toner, add a few drops into your skin toner, let the nutrients seep into your skin before you moisturize.
- Use as an exfoliator, mix a few drops of argon oil with brown sugar, use it as a face scrub!
- Put a drop on your acne, the high linoleum acid content helps to reduce acne inflammation.
- It helps Razor Bumps and Burns, argon oil speeds the healing time.
- It helps with Stretch Marks, argan oil helps prevent them because it improves the elasticity of the skin.
- Use it as a moisturizer for your whole body!
- Use it as a leave in conditioner for your hair, it’s not greasy and it tames frizzy hair.
- Use it on your cuticles
- Use it for the dry patches on your elbows, knees, and the bottoms of your feet.
It is the least expensive of all of the oils I have tried.
A 1.7oz bottle is forty-eight dollars at Sephora.
If it seems like a lot of money, remember, you only use a drop or two at a time.
It will outlast everything else you have!
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