Despite all of the glowing buzz and hype around natural face oils, how many of us actually use one? I’m willing to bet it’s not many. Maybe it’s because putting oil on acne-ridden skin sounds bananas, or could it be that the concept of a “face oil” seems too lavish for your low-maintenance skincare routine? Whatever the hesitation, I’m here to shed some truth on the glow-maker that everyone swears by: Argan Oil.
Argan oil’s nickname is liquid gold, and validly so. It’s acne-healing, age-reversing, skin-conditioning powers are the most therapeutic and transformative in nature- and it’s perfect for all skin types. It’s packed with omega fatty acids 6 & 9, vitamin E, vitamin A, and linoleic acids, all of which work to moisturize, soften, and revive your face from the inside out.
Wait… what? Believe it. Unlike coconut and avocado oils (which are the biggest pore-offenders), argan oil is 100% non-comedogenic. Comedo-whatty? Comedogenic is just a fancy term for “pore-clogging”. To determine an ingredients comedogenicity, there’s a rating system that goes from zero to five, where oils with a rating of zero (like argan) won’t cause acne or clogged pores, but higher numbers (like coconut oil) will (1a). Lower numbers signify lighter oils that also sink into the skin quicker, so you’ll reap the benefits of hydration without breaking out or feeling weighed down. That’s why using argan oil for your face is a safe, cleansing technique that actually cleans out the pores while the nutrients are at work.
Turns out, fighting oily, broken-out complexions with oil is the next best thing you haven’t tried. While the concept seems faux-pas, the science behind it makes perfect sense: argan oil’s molecular structure actually mirrors the structure of human sebum (the natural oil produced by the body). This helps control your skin’s oil production by balancing out your sebum levels, resulting in fewer breakouts, blackheads, and balanced hydration (1b). Plus, all of the vitamins and antioxidants naturally found in argan help to soften the skin and make it glow with health. Starting to see how this oil got its gold-star reputation?
The most powerful feature of organic argan oil for your face is its ability to repair skin damage like wrinkles, sagging, and dryness. Studies show that argan oil promotes skin elasticity in older women because its nutrients help to boost cell regeneration (1c). The vitamin E in argan oil penetrates deep into the skin to actually slow down the aging process. Think of this oil as a nourishing shield that protects the skin barrier from free radicals and environmental damage (both of which cause aging). Even if you already have mega wrinkles, vitamin E will reverse the cell damage from oxidation and have a plumping effect on the skin- making your face youthful and radiant.
Pure argan oil hails from Morocco’s Argan Forest and is found inside the fruits of the slow-growing argan trees. It’s extracted from the argan fruit’s kernels and hand-pressed by local Berber women into the precious oil that gets distributed all over the world. Even still today, extracting the argan oil is an ancient, laborous technique that’s usually done by hand and stone. This highly valuable oil is rich in essential antioxidants, omegas 6 & 9, tocopherol (vitamin E), vitamin A, linoleic acids, tocotrienol, phenolic compounds, and flavonoids. These nutrients work to repair the skin’s natural barrier function and reverse damage that’s been done over the years by harsh products, environmental toxins, and UV rays.
Whether your complexion is dry, oily, or combination, your skin will drink this miracle oil right up. Really- everyone and their mum qualifies as a good candidate for using argan oil on their face. It glides on like silk and is 100% non-greasy. If you’re skeptical about an oil being non-greasy, here’s some science to explain it: argan oil is technically not a moisturizer - it’s an occlusive. An occlusive oil acts like a barrier to keep moisture from evaporating from your skin (like the tinfoil that keeps your food warm). That’s why it’s especially great for sensitive and dry skin because it’s ultra-hydrating but gentle, as it locks all the moisture and healing nutrients into the pores.
By now, I bet you’re at least considering joining the Moroccan bandwagon. From personal experience, I’d say it’s the most indulgent way to get your vitamins. It leaves your complexion silky smooth, bright, and youthful. Here’s three ways to get radiance from argan oil in one, easy step!
Sure, you could spend $50-$70 for a “luxury brand” of argan oil that you see on beauty store shelves, but there’s actually no difference in quality. Our organic argan oil is the exact same oil that usually comes with the hefty price tag. It’s totally pure, just the way it’s cultivated by the Berber women of Morocco- because that’s who we do business with. Untouched by chemicals, fragrances, and anything artificial, we confidently offer the best argan oil for face care, at the most affordable price.