In just a few years, argan oil has become a valuable ally for the beauty of skin and hair. Today, let us focus on this golden liquid’s ingredient which have multiple virtues.
Argan oil for a firm and smooth skin
Argan oil’s fatty acids have an interesting action on the suppleness and the elasticity of the skin, which can delay the appearance of wrinkles and reinforce the cutaneous firmness. They also stimulate cell renewal. “The vitamin E it contains protects against the harmful effects of free radicals and retains the quality of fatty acids”, explains Clémence Serot.
While the presence of sterols improves the microcirculation, promoting trade and a good mine. In addition, these lipids limit inflammatory reactions, which accelerate aging, and exert a protective action against UV rays.
Finally, the rich texture of this oil is really beneficial to mature skin, which is often malnourished. It can be used both pure and mixed with an anti-aging cream to enhance its nutritional power, and preferably in the evening, because of the slight glossy film it leaves on the surface.
Argan Oil treats scars and acne
“Argan oil contains more than 80% unsaturated fatty acids, including 45% oleic acid (omega-9), which is found in particular in sebum,” said Clemence Serot. On the skin, it strengthens the hydrolipidic film and thus maintains a good cutaneous hydration.
This fatty acid also improves healing: very effective on cracks and burns, it relieves tightness of dry skin.
“With its 36% linoleic acid (omega-6), the oil reinforces the barrier function of the skin and preserves exchanges between cells,” she continues.
Hence the interest of applying it on dry and mature skin, but also on those with no particular problem to prevent aging. Finally, it is beneficial for colored or weakened hair. Applied as a hair mask on the lengths and ends or in daily care, it forms a protective film against aggression.
How to choose your argan oil
Depending on how it is harvested, argan oil is of more or less good quality. If it comes from almonds collected on the ground, it may be less concentrated in active ingredients. “Goats eat nuts that have fallen to the ground and spit out the kernel, which contains almonds. This alters their quality, “warns Clemence Serot. Rely on known brands and, if you buy an artisanal oil, smell it. It must have very little smell!
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