Argan Oil is one of those items that suddenly seem to be appearing more and more on beauty related websites, blogs, and vlogs. High-end shampoos, conditioners, lotions, creams and masks are adding it to their formulations. It is receiving recommendations from beauty experts right, left and center. So is Argan Oil a fad receiving over-hyped attention, or is there substance in the claims that are being made for it? Let’s find out.
First, an introduction to Argan Oil
Argan Oil comes from the argan tree (Argania Spinosa) that’s found naturally in only one region of the world, in Morocco, a North Africa nation. Argan trees bear argan kernels that are harvested and cold-pressed to produce Argan Oil.
This area has always had the Bedouin tribe inhabiting it and the Bedouins have been using Argan Oil for beauty and wellness for thousands of years. They use it topically (apply directly on skin and hair), they also ingest it (eat food cooked in it). Argan Oil is a valued home cure and beauty aid for the natives of this region for all skin and hair ailments. Across North Africa and the Mediterraneans, Argan Oil has been a one-stop skincare and haircare solution. And for good reason.
The region where argan trees grow is a semi-desert one. Nature has endowed it with the ability to thrive even in nominal rainfall, harsh winds, and high-temperature conditions. Its oil gives the same benefit to your skin and hair.
Nutrients in Argan Oil
Cold-pressed Argan Oil has fatty acids – essential and non-essential, plus phenolic compounds.
Around 45% of Argan Oil is oleic fatty acids i.e. monounsaturated Omega-9s, and 30-45% is linoleic fatty acid i.e. Omega 6. It also has ample Vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant. This oil also has trace amounts of CoQ10, melatonin and phytosterols.
How does Argan Oil help
✔️ By giving fatty acid nutrition to skin, scalp and hair that nourishes and increases moisture retention too.
✔️ By helping reduce inflammation and soothing the skin and scalp
✔️ By helping counter oxidative stress from free radicals generated by pollution and ultraviolet radiation.
Liquid gold, another name for Argan Oil
Argan Oil is often referred to as ‘liquid gold’ as not only is its colour golden yellow, it also has healing and nourishing qualities that make it valuable as gold.
So, how does Argan Oil help skin and hair
Argan oil works on oily, dry and mixed skin/hair types: Dry or oily or mixed, whatever the nature of your skin, scalp and hair, Argan Oil nurtures and heals. Its qualities match closely to skin’s own sebum (the protective oily-waxy substance secreted by skin glands to moisturize and shield skin and hair). This makes it very useful as a beauty aide.
Argan Oil keeps skin and hair hydrated: Lack of healthy moisture is one reason behind dull hair and skin. Argan oil has unsaturated fatty acids that work to increase skin’s and scalp’s moisture retention capacity which in turn makes the skin and hair look and feel softer and smoother.
Argan Oil keeps skin acne-free: This is a non-comedogenic oil i.e. it doesn’t clog pores. As acne occur due to clogged pores that get infected, Argan Oil is ultra-useful. Use it as a moisturizer and your acne-prone skin stays nicely hydrated without worsening the breakouts.
Argan Oil helps reduce oxidative stress on skin and hair: Oxidative stress caused by free radicals on skin and hair is a big reason behind premature aging. Argan Oil has Vitamin E and other antioxidants to help check free radical damage.
Argan Oil is an anti-aging blessing for skin: Lower the oxidative stress, better the skin’s ability to stay and feel supple and elastic. It is so because free radicals damage the collagen structure underneath the skin that shows up as fine lines and wrinkles.
Argan Oil helps heal wounds and skin conditions: This oil helps soothe inflamed skin, rashes, lighten stretch marks, and heal minor cuts, etc.
Argan Oil conditions hair and helps tame frizz: This oil is a true blessing for dull, dry and brittle hair as it strengthens strands and helps repair damages too. Regular use of Argan Oil or Argan Oil-enriched products helps bring back bounce and gloss to hair.
WOW Skin Science and Argan Oil
At WOW Skin Science, Argan Oil – pure, premium and genuine Moroccan – remains one of our favorites. Many of our much-loved personal care products contain Argan Oil – sometimes as the key active, some other times as support active.
WOW Skin Science Moroccan Argan Hair Oil
WOW Skin Science Moroccan Argan Hair Oil is a premium, non-sticky, non-greasy and fast absorb hair oil created with best quality cold-pressed oils. Formulated to revive thin, dry, brittle, undernourished, split-ended, frizzy and unmanageable hair, it contains genuine and finest quality Moroccan Argan Oil along with Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil, Castor Oil, Jojoba Oil & Coconut Oil. Regular application of this hair oil leaves hair softer, silkier and smoother; helps strengthen hair follicles, reduces hair damage and improves overall hair health.
WOW Skin Science Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo
WOW Skin Science Moroccan Argan Oil Shampoo with Natural DHT Blockers has been formulated to bring back smoothness, restore silkiness, and reduce hair loss in extra dry hair. It contains Moroccan Argan Oil to reduce dryness and restore strength. This shampoo also contains Saw Palmetto and Nettle Leaf Extracts for natural DHT blocking action (DHT or dihydrotestosterone is a hormone responsible for hair loss and baldness) to help reverse hair loss and reduce hair fall. It also contains Vitamin B5 to strengthen hair follicles and boost hair growth.
WOW Skin Science Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Conditioner
WOW Skin Science Moroccan Argan Oil Hair Conditioner has been formulated to improve extra dry hair. It comes powered with pure Moroccan Argan Oil (also known as liquid gold) and Vitamins B5 & E to give wholesome anti-dryness nourishing care to hair. Moroccan Argan Oil – rich in healthy fatty acids and vitamin E – gently removes dryness and restores hair health. Additional vitamin E and vitamin B5 strengthen hair follicles and boost hair growth. All in all; this premium conditioner helps improve strength, boost hydration and revive the silkiness of excessively dry hair.
WOW Skin Science Hair Mask for Normal Hair (With Argan Oil)
WOW Skin Science Hair Mask for Normal Hair gives the ultimate nourishing care to revive and revitalize your tresses. Even normal hair needs intensive care to stay healthy and look good. The strengthening and conditioning formulation of this hair mask contains Hydrolyzed Wheat Protein, Wheat & Soy Amino Acids, and Moroccan Argan Oil to moisturize, repair and deep condition hair and scalp. Wheat & Soy Amino Acids strengthen hair cuticles and attract more moisture for strength and glossiness. Moroccan Argan Oil boosts hydration of hair and scalp. It also shields hair from potential sun and styling damage.
WOW Skin Science Raw Argan Oil Body Butter
It helps replenish your skin’s lost moisture and restore a healthy glow. It delivers the goodness of Moroccan argan oil, rich in vitamin E and fatty acids, to help repair dry, damaged skin and manages signs of ageing. Often called ‘Liquid Gold’ for restoring skin, argan oil is extracted from the fruit kernels of the Argan Tree. It is rich in vitamin E and fatty acids that give skin a natural boost. This rich body butter also contains shea butter and sweet almond oil, rich in vitamins A B & E to support provide complete nourishment and gives smooth and soft skin. Aloe vera delivers deep hydration to help nourish and soften skin. Regular application of this body butter helps brighten skin, and give it a smooth glow.
WOW Skin Science Coconut Milk & Argan Oil Body Lotion
It is a premium moisturizer suitable for normal skin types. Formulated to provide balanced, non-greasy, long-lasting hydration to parched skin. Powered with Argan Oil, Coconut Milk Extract, Shea & Cocoa Butters, Hyaluronic Acid, D Panthenol (Pro Vitamin B5) and Tocopheryl Acetate (Vitamin E) that work as a team to retain hydration, repair damage, boost collagen and soothe inflammation for silkier and smoother skin.