My first discovery of Argan oil
Argan oil I learned many years ago about the good qualities of this oil before it was becoming as popular as it is today. Almost 15 years ago, nobody really knew anything about this amazing oil. Unfortunately, there was no real sale in the small bottles of 100% Argan oil from Morocco that my husband and I had in our hairdresser's salon.
We were at that time "first mover" on the market with this kind of product before it became really popular, and we did not have the really big muscles to marketing this amazing oil. Nobody wanted it at that time - because they think it was to expensive. In or days you will say it was a bargain we sold it for. The small importer who tried to sell this 100 % organic oil here in Denmark doesn't exist anymore.
Where are we today?
Today, Argan oil has become a popular oil compared to 15 years ago when I first became acquainted with it. It has now largely become available to the general consumer. The oil can be used in the hair, for the skin, and eaten in its pure form or purchased as pills in supplements. It has, therefore, become a major player in the food and cosmetic world. Who would have thought that just 15 years ago? I would not. Things takes time.
So what is Argan oil?
Argan oil is a vegetable plant oil that is squeezed out of the kernels from the fruit of the Argan tree, which grows wild in the desert of Morocco + in plantations. You will especially find Argan oil in southern Morocco where the tree grows. This is also where our small importer had his suppliers of the oil he sold many years ago. Let's take a few examples of how the oil is used in the beauty world.
Benefits of Argan oil for hair
The oil can be used in both dry or damp hair. It helps improve your hair's moisture level, reduces cleavage and broken hair. Very good when you suffer from hair that is dry, frizzy and has a tendency to split.
You will find Argan oil in various shampoos, conditioners, hair cures, and various care products for hair that lacks moisture and care. If you have a tendency to oily scalp, be careful with the oil and use it only in the tips of the hair and avoid it getting into the scalp - as it will cause an even greasy scalp than the one you already have.
Argan Oil benefits for skin
I use pure Argan oil for my skin myself - as it is both dry + that my age is in the pro-aging / anti-age segment. Yes, time goes by fast.
The oil is used to moisturize the skin and is also said to have good qualities for inflammatory conditions in the skin such as psoriasis and eczema. The oil helps add moisture and nutrients to your skin and, as I said, has pro-aging / anti-age qualities.
Is Argan oil such a good moisturizing oil?
From the above it is said that the oil is a good oil to provide moisture to both your skin and your hair. One of the reasons for this, among other things, is the high content of vitamin E in the oil. Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that helps your skin store moisture.
As mentioned, a couple of times the oil is good for moisture for both skin and hair - but it also has a few other benefits to your skin:
- Protects against sun damage.
- Moisturizes the skin - as I've mentioned countless times
- Treat a variety of skin diseases such as psoriasis and eczema
- Treatment of acne.
- Suitable for treating skin infections, insect bites, and skin rashes.
- Improves wound healing.
- Relieves atopic dermatitis, which is a skin disease that causes dry skin with a red, itchy rash.
- Has anti-aging effects - as mentioned earlier
As mentioned earlier, the oil is also used in the food universe.
Argan oil for cooking?
Always use 100% pure Argan oil made specifically for cooking. Do not use the same clean oil you get on your face. The oil that is not pure Argan oil may contain other ingredients that are not suitable for eating - so beware.
Traditionally, Argan oil is often used to dip your bread or dressing over your vegetables. The oil can also be taken as a daily supplement to lower cholesterol, for example. If you hate the taste of oil you can buy Argan oil in pill form which is easy to swallow.
I do not use the oil to fry - as it burns at a relatively low temperature - so you get the best out of the oil by using it as described above.
Durability for Argan oil
Argan oil has a relatively long shelf life. Be aware that the quality can be affected by extreme heat and ultraviolet (UV) rays from the sun. To avoid this, store the oil in a cool room away from direct sunlight. Therapeutic oils should be stored in their original light-resistant container.
You can extend the shelf life of Argan oil by leaving it in the refrigerator. Although the oil will congeal when refrigerated in a refrigerator, the oil will return to normal when it reaches room temperature.
If the oil has exceeded the date, has a rancid odor, is suddenly discolored - then discard it immediately and do not apply it.
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