Produced from the Argan tree (Argania spinosa) and found primarily in Morocco, this oil offers anti-aging benefits, improved skin elasticity, antioxidant protection (via tocopherols), improved hydration, as well as helping with inflammation.
For those of us who can clearly remember beauty products before the start of the millennium, argan oil still has that new, buzzword feel. Not a particularly well-known ingredient before the turn of the century, the Moroccan botanical import has become ubiquitous in the beauty industry, playing both starring and supporting roles in skin care, hair care, and even makeup. And for good reason.
It’s a rare oil that is high in both oleic (omega 9) and linoleic (omega 6) essential fatty acids, both of which aid acne-prone skin, which studies show is usually deficient in linoleic acid in the sebum.
Depending on its sourcing, argan oil contains about 35–40 percent linoleic acid and 42–48 percent oleic acid. While linoleic acid will reduce inflammation and acne, and increase skin moisture, oleic acid can improve the skin’s permeability and assist other ingredients to penetrate the skin more easily.
Produced from the kernels of the argan tree (Argania spinosa L.), this plant oil is exclusive to Morocco, but historically argan oil use was not. People throughout the world have taken advantage of the many argan oil benefits to help treat skin infections, bug bites and skin rashes. Today, it’s used by men and women who are seeking an effective, all-natural moisturizer for skin and hair.
Wondering why Moroccan argan oil is so beneficial for your hair and skin? Simply look at its compounds — it contains:
- Vitamin A
- Vitamin E
- Omega-6 fatty acids
- Linoleic acid
Here are just a few of the amazing skin benefits of argan oil:
Argan Oil Adds Moisture
Argan oil provides a major boost of hydration to the skin, thanks to its high quantities of vitamin E. “Vitamin E also helps strengthen the skin’s barrier so it’s able retain more hydration,” says West Hollywood-based celebrity esthetician and founder of SkinLab, Joshua Ross. To help seal in hydration, he recommends applying a few drops of 100 percent pure argan oil to your daily moisturizer.
Argan Oil Reduce Wrinkles
Because it’s so nourishing, argan oil may also help your skin appear more youthful. When we talk about thinning of the skin as we get older, we lose both collagen (the building blocks of skin) and the elasticity (the skin’s ability to snap back after being stretched), which leads to tissue paper-like wrinkling of the skin. When used topically, argan oil has been found to improve elasticity of the skin in postmenopausal women.
Argan Oil Reduces Blemishes
If you suffer from hyperpigmentation, or brown spots on the skin caused by hormones, aging, or years of sun exposure, argan oil may help improve and brighten your skin tone. Argan oil contains tocopherols (vitamin E compounds) that can inhibit the production of excess pigment from melasma or scars. Animal studies also suggest that it may even help speed healing from burn scars, she adds.
Argan Oil Cleanses Skin
If you’re battling oily, acne-prone skin, adding even more oil is probably not your first plan of action. However, it may help more than you think. “A small study showed that topical application of argan oil twice daily for four weeks was associated with reduced sebum (aka oil) and a less shiny complexion. This means that it could potentially help to reduce clogged pores and acne.
Argan oil is also an outstanding source of essential vitamins and minerals that can improve your overall health. From antioxidants to anti-inflammatory properties, this oil is a requisite part of any skin care routine. Here are a few of the health benefits of argan oil:
Rich in Antioxidants
Argan oil is rich in antioxidants that help protect against environmental damage, like polyphenols and vitamin E. This vitamin is well loved in skincare for its anti-aging and skin softening properties. Both help scavenge free radicals, helping to maintain skin’s youthfulness.
Rich in Fatty Acids
AO is extremely rich in fatty acids, with about 95% of it consisting of fatty acids. These offer moisture and nourishment to the skin.
Another benefit of fatty acids like oleic and linoleic acids is that they’re also anti-inflammatory. Not only does this make it an option to soothe irritated skin, but, due to these anti-inflammatory properties, it has also been considered for acne as it is considered non-comedogenic and won’t leave the skin feeling greasy.
That’s why we use organic argan oil in the CHARLÍS Revitalizing Daily Moisturizer. This amazing moisturizer enhances surface texture and skin clarity and restores your skin’s natural moisture barrier. Other superstar ingredients include:
CARTHAMUS TINCTORIUS OLEOSOMES: Rich in safflower seed oil and vitamin E and linoleic acid (an essential fatty acid for moisture locking), these tiny oil droplets work both as natural emulsifiers as well as slow- time-released delivery systems, giving the skin long-lasting moisture to maintain the hydration of the skin.
ORGANIC THEOBROMA GRANDIFLORUM SEED BUTTERS: Cold pressed from the fruit seeds of a tree growing in the Brazilian Amazonia, this butter is an excellent vegan alternative to animal-derived Lanolin. It is prized for its rich content of phytosterols (to benefit dry, damaged skin), polyphenols (to combat free radicals in the skin), and fatty acids (to moisturize the skin).
ORGANIC CITRUS PARADISI PEEL OIL: Extracted from the peel of the grapefruit, this oil contains naturally occurring alpha hydroxy acids (AHAs) that help promote smoother, younger looking skin by increasing the rate of cell renewal. It also contains astringent and tightening properties, and due to potent antibacterial and antimicrobial effects, it’s the perfect ingredient to treat and protect acne-prone skin.
ORGANIC PERILLA OCYMOIDES SEED OIL: A member of the mint family and native to Eastern Asia, this oil is a great source of omega-3 essential fatty acids and is an excellent antioxidant, thus helping to prevent free-radical-induced damage to the skin cells, which can result in premature aging. It is also easily absorbed into the skin and is not greasy.
Beauty is more than skin deep. We want you to love your skin, and the CHARLÍS line of luxury skin care products will help you feel confident in your healthy, beautiful, radiant skin. For information on how to order the best skin care products on the market, please visit https://charlis.beauty/.