When we were planning our trip to Morocco last year, (which almost didn’t happen because I had gotten sick from the cold spring weather in Spain) H & I had one thing in mind to shop for when we set foot on the most northern tip of Africa — Argan Oil. Called “liquid gold”, this baby is supposed to be the answer to ALL of your beauty needs. You can use it on your hair and your skin to revitalize and moisturize. It’s very high on Vitamin E and antioxidants. The oil is awesome because it’s super light and absorbs almost immediately into your skin so the oil actually doesn’t make you look oily at all! It’s said to be good for all skin types. I myself have a mixed skin type.
Argan oil is produced from the nuts of the Argan Tree which only grows in Morocco. The Berber women have used it for centuries as part of their daily beauty regimen. It’s been said that the Berber women probably have the healthiest tresses and skin in the world due to their regular use of Argan oil.
H & I were only able to find 2 small bottles of pure Argan oil concentrate while walking around in Asilah. I brought it back to Manila and use it every so often when I think my hair or my skin needs rejuvenation. There are lots of Argan oil products in the market, but usually crazy expensive, so I use my little stash sparingly (it cost us 2 EUR a bottle ONLY in Morocco).
When I need a deep moisturizing of my face, I first clean it and use an exfoliator. The face has to be super clean before pure Argan oil touches it or it may become prone to break-outs. Then I use 2-3 drops of the oil (yes that’s all it takes) and spread it on my face as evenly as I could. I do this in the evening before I sleep to make sure my face collects as little dirt as possible that may end up depositing in my pores with the oil and just cause more breakouts.
Sometimes, when I feel like I want an extra glow for the day or evening, I put a drop of the oil in the glob of liquid foundation that I will use for make-up. Just mix that in, wait a couple of minutes, then apply.
For the hair, some people will tell you to put the Argan oil with your conditioner then apply it. I use the oil to moisturize my scalp mostly. So I use may be 5 drops at different sections of my scalp and try to spread and massage it in while my hair is damp. Then I just rinse it off with shampoo after a few minutes of letting it sit.
Like I said there are a lot of commercial Argan oil products now that are on the market and available here in Manila. If you’re going to try it, check out this link 7 Signs That Your Argan Oil Is Impure.
You might also want to try out D’s Argan Oil by Cynos Inside Hair Care.