Beauty Skincare

Amazing Argan

Argan is nature’s precious gift to mankind. The nut is filled with goodness and works wonders on your skin and body.

Think argan oil and the first thing that comes to your mind is: bouncy, shiny, luscious, flowing tresses. While the argan oil is tress heaven, this wow ingredient is a beauty multi-tasker that also works wonders on your skin. No wonder then that skincare aficionados, beauty junkies and experts around the globe are raving about this cult beauty product.

Let’s understand how it helps your skin and body.

Back to the roots

Indigenous to the mystical, historic and golden Kingdom of Morocco, the argania spinosa tree gives us the too-good-to-be-true argan fruit. The nut in the fruit contains the kernels which, through a laborious and intensive process, are pressed to release the oil from within. Though argan oil has garnered attention and travelled the globe only lately, it has been used by Moroccan women for centuries as a part of their beauty rituals.

Powerhouse of beauty

The hazel-hued argan oil has taken the beauty industry by storm. The holy grail of oils is suitable for all skin types and its luscious benefits give your skin an instant glow. It is also the perfect moisturiser. The vitamin E and other essential fatty acids found in the oil keep your skin nourished, hydrated and moisturised for long hours. Its lightweight feel helps it to get easily absorbed into the skin and fights dry and flaky skin.

Health wonders

Apart from the numerous skin benefits, argan oil comes with health benefits and has been traditionally used in Morocco to treat various ailments. It helps in healing of burns and cracks, clearing up acne, smoothening fine lines and wrinkles, protecting skin against environmental aggressions and preventing the appearance of stretch marks. Thanks to its ability to deal with multiple concerns, the oil has been dubbed as extremely versatile. So much so that even celebrities all over the world swear by its magical properties.

Natural goodness

Now that you know the amazing benefits of argan oil, use it to whip up some DIY skin recipes that help you glow like a goddess.

As a bath oil

10- 12 drops of argan oil
10- 12 drops of lavender oil
10- 12 drops of grapeseed oil

Method: Pour the three oils into a bowl. Heat the oils togther until they blend well. Ensure that the oil is only warm and not hot. Once heated, gently massage the oils into your skin. After 30-45 mins wash off using a mild soap or body wash.

For Rejuvenating

1 tbsp argan oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
3 tsp yogurt

Method: Mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Apply the mixture on face and leave it on for 15 minutes. Wash with cold water for a refreshed and rejuvenated skin.

For Exfoliating

1 tbsp argan oil
1 egg white
3 tbsp fresh milk
2 tsp sugar

Method: Add egg white in a bowl. Mix argan oil, fresh milk and sugar with the egg white until it forms into a paste. Apply it on your face and neck and let it sit for 10 minutes for an improved complexion and visible super glow.

For Lipcare

1 tsp argan oil
3 drops vanilla extract
1 tsp brown sugar

Method: When it comes to beauty care, lips are mostly ignored. It’s time to give your lips a treat with this easy recipe. Mix all the ingredients and gently scrub the paste onto your lips for relief from dry or chapped lips.

For Moisturising

1 tbsp argan oil
2 tbsp oatmeal
1 tsp honey

Method: The mix will look delish, but resist eating it. Add the oats to a bowl, mix it with hot water. Then add the argan oil and honey to it. Mix the ingredients well until the mixture becomes a paste. Apply this paste on your face and let the mask sit for 10 minutes. Rinse off later for healthy, nourished skin.

For Nailcare

1 tsp argan oil
1 tbsp lemon juice

Method: If you thought argan oil was all about skin, think again. These two ingredients together can work wonders on your nails too. Massage your nails gently with a mix of argan oil and fresh lemon juice. This combination prevents cracking and peeling of nails and also boosts nail growth.

Fact file

• Argan oil is rare and found in a small region in Morocco.

• The Moroccan argan forest is a UNESCO biosphere reserve.

• The argan fruit resembles an olive.

• Extracting oil from the argan fruit is an extremely tedious process.

• Argan is a complete head-to-toe treatment.