argan-oil1When I had my hair cut a few years ago, my hair stylist finished up by putting a small amount of oil on my hair.  Always curious and wanting to know what goes on me, I asked to see the bottle.  It read argon oil.  I had never heard of it, but since then I have seen it frequently appear in many different beauty products.

You may see argan oil called “liquid gold.”   This rare oil is derived from the nuts found within the fruit of the argan tree, which are grown almost exclusively in a certain region of Morocco.  The argan tree lives between 150 to 200 years old, but it doesn’t start producing any fruit until it is at least 30 years old.  The small cooperatives that produce the oil are primarily run by women, who have sworn by the benefits of argan oil for years.   While it is difficult to produce the oil, the recent discovery of the restorative uses of the oil has driven a high demand for it.

Argan oil is high in vitamin E, essential fatty acids, and antioxidants.  Experts have said that it can be used for everything from dry skin and wrinkles, to psoriasis, eczema, and acne.  Argan oil can be found in some lotions, but in its pure form, it is easily absorbed into the skin, hair, and nails.   It’s safe enough to use on your baby’s bottom.  Moroccans have also received the health benefits of argan by putting this nutty-tasting oil into their food.

If you find that you could benefit from adding argan oil into your morning routine, here are some suggestions:

Hair – Argan oil is wonderful to calm frizzy ends, and it adds moisture and a little shine to dry hair.  You can apply it all over your hair while it is still wet, or just to your ends after your hair is dry.

Scalp – If your scalp is dry, you can apply argan oil on your scalp using a cotton ball.  If you do this before you go to bed, then the oil has the whole night to moisturize your scalp before you wash your hair in the morning.

Face – You can apply the pure oil directly on the skin of your face as you would a moisturizer.   It has been shown that it can make your skin smooth, clear, and radiant.

Body – When you get out of the shower, and your skin is still wet, apply the argan oil on your skin as you would any other lotion or cream.

Hands – Argan oil would be a great oil to use on your hands, especially around the cuticle and nail area if yours are prone to peeling or cracking.

While I’ve given you some ideas on how to use argan oil, how will you use it?