L'or D'afrique Moroccan Argan Oil July 21, 2015 10:15
Moroccan Argan oil also known as "liquid gold" is now taking the beauty and skin care product industry by storm. From just two companies taking advantage of this natural product, they have increased into over a hundred in 2011 and is still growing today.
Argan Oil Production
Organic Argan oil is extracted from Argan nut that is harvested endemically from Southwestern Morocco. Before it was known as one of the best body shop products, it was used by Moroccans for food as drizzle for pasta and bread dip.
Extraction of pure argan oil is done by local Berber Women. They do it by hand cracking nuts using two stones and then manually operating stone grinders since doing it mechanically was never successful.
Since Argan trees are only grown within the 10, 000 square meter region of Argan Forest in Morocco, UNESCO has declared it as Biosphere Reserve in 1998. Today, extraction is overseen by the Government through women's cooperative and due to its tedious process, it takes three days to produce one liter of organic Argan oil, making it high-end.
Now, what exactly are the benefits of Argan oil?
Argan Oil For Skin
It has thrice the amount of Vitamin E that is in olive oil and is also rich in Omega 6 fatty acids, Vitamin A, antioxidants and linoliec acid making it a good organic skin care product.
It rejuvenates skin, increases elasticity and repairs damaged skin cells. In fact the hands of Moroccan elders who extract oil are wrinkle free, soft and young looking proving that argan oil makes good anti aging skin care product, hence, considered as one of the best moisturizers for aging skin.
It also eases inflammation while hydrating the skin. It is easily absorbed and non greasy and helps improve acne by balancing facial oil, it improves psoriasis, rosacea, eczema and dry, itcy and flaky skin. It is also used to treat cracked heels and nails.
It contains phystosterols that makes scars, keloids and stretch marks less visible. In fact, one test showed that 38% skin improvement was noted after the subjects used argan oil twice a day for eight weeks.
Argan oil for hair
Aside from argan oil skin moisturizer, another of its product is the argan oil hair conditioner pioneering various hair care products online like argan oil shampoo that maintains PH level in the scalp thus makes for bouncy and nourished hair.
Pure argan oil is sold without additives and is non irritating and tames frizz, promotes hair growth and fixes split ends. It protects hair not just from heating and styling products but also provides sunscreen.
Being one of the best organic hair products, it can also be used as overnight moisturizer by applying it on hair and wrapping it until the next morning. This results in a more beautiful and glowing hair.
Aside from the personal benefits of argan oil, it has improved Morocco socio-economically since proceeds from sales worldwide are used for the education and livelihood of Moroccan women.