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Popularly known as the “liquid gold,” Argan Oil is an amazing product that has been creating a lot of buzz lately for its tremendous rejuvenation and anti-aging benefits to the face, skin and body. Argan Oil is extracted from the Argan nut that comes from the Argan (Argania Spinosa) tree. This tree is only found in Morocco!
The harvesting and extraction of Argan Oil consumes a lot of time, and is quite a labor-intensive process. This makes Argan Oil expensive and rare, yet many people readily shell out their money on Argan Oil to gain the countless benefits it has to offer. Not only is Argan Oil rich in antioxidants, Vitamin-E, squalene and essential fatty acids, but it has various other benefits as well!
So let’s learn more about how this you can put this amazing Argan Oil to great use starting today!
Argan Oil is quickly absorbed in skin and does not make your face look greasy. This makes it a wonderful face moisturizer. Cleanse your face and massage a few drops of Argan Oil on your face and neck every morning and night. It protects the skin from drying, makes it radiant, soft and supple. Argan oil also acts as a protective mask against harmful UV rays and prevent acne and wrinkles. It soothes the inflammation caused by acne and pimples and reduces blemishes and scars.
2. Acne & Pimple Prevention
Acne products available in market, such as benzol peroxide can dry the skin, leading to more production of sebum. Sebum will be produced in more quantities to make up for the lack of moisture. This excess oil blocks the pores and cause inflammation and acne. Argan oil has anti-inflammatory nature as it is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin E. It is efficient in soothing the inflammation and reduction of acne, pimple and blemishes. It also makes the skin look even by reducing flakiness.
3. Lip Exfoliator and Softener
Apply a drop of Argan oil directly to your lips to experience a smoothness or mix a few drops of Argan oil with brown sugar and vanilla extract and massage the lips in circular motion. Take care to be gentle while massaging. Rinse off.
4. Leave-in Conditioner
Massage a few drops of Argan oil in your wet hair and scalp after shower to hydrate your hair. This is particularly useful for people who have dry hair naturally or due to hair styling activities such as straightening and curling. Argan oil can also be applied to hair before hair styling to reduce the damage caused to hair, especially if you’re using a hair dryer.
5. Frizz Remover
Do you experience frizzy and dull hair after you wash your hair? Argan oil is an excellent frizz remover and detangler. Apply a few drops of Argan oil on your hair paying more attention to the hair ends when your hair is still wet. It will make your hair soft and easy to comb. Along with this, it adds a great shine to your hair and reduces split ends.
6. Healthy Scalp
Give an overnight treatment to your scalp with Argan oil, if you have dry and flaky scalp. The oil will penetrate deep to produce more efficient results. Massage a generous amount on your scalp for 15 minutes and leave overnight. Wash off the next morning with a mild shampoo. Do this twice a week to get healthy, non-itchy scalp. This treatment is beneficial for both hair and scalp at the same time.
Experts have deemed Argan oil to be the perfect complement for human hair – even next to coconut oil. Hair stylist and makeup artist, Katie Chacon of Fusion Salon and Spa in Folsom described her Argan oil preferences to livestrong.com:
“The molecules in Moroccan oil are small enough to penetrate the cortex of the hair. So while the oil gives hair the appearance of shine, it is also repairing, rejuvenating and moisturizing from inside the hair shaft… It’s packed with antioxidants and vitamins E and F, [and] hair and skin are designed to absorb those elements,” she says.
7. Nail Care
Weak and brittle nails can be treated with Argan oil to make them strong. Regularly massage a few drops of Argan oil on your nails to give them strength and prevent peeling or cracking. This also encourages nail growth. Argan oil is also an effective cuticle softener. Massage the cuticle along with nails to make them soft. Few drops of Argan oil can be mixed with the water during the manicure and pedicure process to experience better results.
8. Heel Softener
Dry and cracked heels are very painful and they also make your feet look bad. Nourish your cracked heels with Argan oil. Massage a generous amount of Argan oil onto your feet prior to going to bed. Let the oil absorb completely. Cover the feet with socks and leave it on overnight. You will notice a marked improvement immediately. Apply it regularly to keep your heels soft and smooth.
9. Body & Bath Oil
Argan oil is rich in anti-oxidants. Add a full dropper of Argan oil into the water during a warm bath. This will make your skin absorb the vitamins, fatty acids and nutrients easily. It will soften all parts of your body including hair and scalp. If you need extra hydration, apply few drops Argan oil all over the body, hair and scalp after the bath.
Now that you know how great argan oil is for you, check out these 25 beauty recipes to learn how you can incorporate this liquid gold into your beauty regimen.
1. Moisturizing Facial Mask
Argan Oil – 1 tbsp
Oatmeal – 2 tbsp
Honey – 1 tsp
Directions: Place the oats in a bowl. Add little warm water (not hot) to make them completely soft. Add Argan Oil and honey to the bowl and mix well. The mixture should turn like a paste. Let this paste sit on your face and neck for about 10 minutes, wash off with lukewarm water and then with cold water. This mask will add a healthy glow to your face and nourish it deeply.
2. Rejuvenating Face Mask For Oily Skin
Argan Oil – 3 drops
Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp
Yogurt – 3 tsp (Greek-style)
Directions: Mix all the ingredients together in a bowl and apply on a clean dry face. Leave the mask on face for 10 minutes and then wash off with cold water.
3. Face-Brightening Mask
Argan Oil – 5 drops
Honey – 1 tbsp
Fresh Lemon Juice – 2 tbsp
Directions: Mix all the ingredients and massage onto a clean face for 5 minutes. Leave the mixture on face for 10 more minutes and then rinse with cold water. This mask improves the texture and complexion of face. It also adds a glow to face.
4. Exfoliating Mask
Argan Oil – 1 tbsp
Egg White – From one egg
Fresh Milk – 3 tbsp
Sugar – 2 tbsp
Directions: Place the egg white in a bowl. Mix all other ingredients with the egg white and whisk till a smooth paste is obtained. Massage this paste on face and neck for 4-5 minutes and rinse off. Follow with few drops of Argan oil on face and neck as a moisturizer.
5. Homemade Toner
Argan Oil – 4 drops
Rose and Orange Blossom Water – 2 tbsp
Directions: Argan oil is a good toner itself so it can be applied directly to face and neck to maintain the pH balance of skin and nourish it as well. Another effective way to use Argan oil as a toner is to mix 4 drops of it with 2 tbsp. Rose and Orange Blossom water. Apply the mixture on face and neck in upward strokes with help of a cotton swab.
6. Multipurpose Anti- Aging Serum
Argan oil – 1 oz
Rosehip seed oil – 1 oz
Carrot seed oil – 1 oz
Frankincense – 2 drops
Myrrh – 2 drops
Neroli- 2 drops
Patchouli – 1 drop
Rose oil – 3 drops
Directions: Mix all the ingredients and store in a dark glass bottle. Bottle with a dropper is recommended for easy application. Apply few drops of this serum on cleansed face and neck every day before going to bed. The serum should be stored in cool, dark place. Shake the bottle before each use. The serum has a shelf life of 4-6 months.
This serum is rich in Omega 3 and 6 that rejuvenate aged skin and reduce wrinkles. It effectively heals scars, tones the skin, increases the elasticity of skin, promotes skin cell growth, removes toxin, repair broken capillaries, calm inflammation and increase the hydration level.
7. Face Wash For Sensitive/Aging/Sun-Exposed Skin
Argan oil – ¾ cup
Aloe Vera gel – ¼ cup
Lavender essential oil – 1 drop
Frankincense oil – 1 drop
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Directions: Mix all the ingredients and pour in a bottle with a dropper. To use this face wash, pour a few drops on your palms and massage gently on face and neck for 1-2 minutes. Rinse with warm water. This face wash calms and soothes the skin, prevent acne, decreases the damage caused to skin due to sunrays and reduces wrinkles.
8. Acne and Pimple Reduction
Argan Oil – 2 to 4 drops
Directions: Massage 2-3 drops of Argan oil to a clean face two times a day. Argan oil is a better preventer and reducer of acne as compared to other products available at cosmetic shops. The acne prevention and reduction creams and lotions available in market lead to dryness of skin. This increases sebum production under skin to restore the lost moisture resulting in more outbreaks.
Argan oil is rich in anti-oxidants and vitamin E. Along with these, it has natural anti-inflammatory properties. This oil reduces pimples and acne without drying the face. It also heals the scars and makes the skin glow. It is necessary to clean hands and face thoroughly before applying Argan oil on pimples/acne.
9. Mask For Dull and Lifeless Hair
Argan Oil – 1 tsp
Olive Oil – 1 tsp
Honey – 1 tsp
Castor Oil – 1 tsp
Egg Yolk – 1 egg
Directions: Take a bowl and place the egg yolk in it. Add honey and mix well. Now, add the oils to the mixture. Mix again till the consistency gets runny. Wet your hair and towel dry. When the hair is still damp, apply the mask from root to tip of hair. Leave for 1 hour for better results or for at-least 30 minutes. Rinse with shampoo and follow with applying some drops of Argan oil to the damp hair again to work as a leave in conditioner.
10. Hot Oil Massage
Argan Oil – 2 tbsp
Almond Oil – 2 tbsp
Avocado Oil – 2 tbsp
Virgin Coconut Oil – 1 cup
Directions: Place all the oils in a bowl and heat in a microwave for about two minutes. Damp your hair with some water. Test the oil before applying on scalp. It should not be very hot. Make sections of hair and apply the mixture evenly on scalp and hair with your fingers.
Cover your head with a plastic cap and sit under a hooded dryer for twenty minutes. If you don’t have a dryer, take a steam bath or wrap your hair with a towel soaked in hot water and wringed instead of plastic cap. Remove the cap or towel, wash hair with mild shampoo and follow with a few drops of Argan oil into the damp hair as a leave in conditioner.
Hot oil massage restores the moisture of your hair. It makes the hair shiny, soft and strong. Along with this, it reduces the damages caused due to frequent styling and coloring of hair. It also decreases the dryness of scalp, hair frizz and dandruff. One important thing to remember is that you should not use this within 3 weeks of coloring or dying your hair as it can remove the dye from hair. For all those who color their hair, this should be done one week prior to coloring.
11. Conditioner For Dry Hair
Argan Oil – 10 ml
Peppermint Oil – 5 drops
Lavender Oil – 5 drops
Jojoba Oil – 30 ml
Boiled and cooled water – 60 ml
Directions: Mix all the ingredients well in a bowl and fill a spray bottle with the mixture. Spray a little on hair whenever you need a leave in conditioner. Water and oil do not remain mixed for a long time so make sure to shake your bottle very well before each use. This conditioner nourishes your hair without weighing it down. It has a nice and refreshing smell too.
12. Heat Protection
Argan oil – 2 drops
Olive oil – 2 drops
Directions: Mix the two oils together and apply on your hair from root to tips after washing your hair. Best method to apply this is to rub them on palm and then apply on damp hair. This will prevent damage caused by heat when you step out. Use this luxurious oil mixture to protect your hair before exposing your hair to any hot styling equipment.
13. Dry-itchy Scalp Relief
Argan Oil – 1 tbsp
Tea Tree Oil – 1 tbsp
Natural Clay – A little
Shampoo- (Tea-tree oil)
Directions: Soak clay in some water to make a paste. Exfoliate your scalp at first by massaging clay gently on scalp for 2-3 minutes. This removes dead cells and prepares your scalp for better absorption of the oils. Rinse well with cold water. Mix Argan oil and tea tree oil and massage on scalp with your fingertips. Leave for 1 hour and then wash off using a tea-tree oil shampoo. This can be repeated two-three times a week.
14. Dandruff Removal
Argan Oil – 1 tbsp
Coconut Oil – 1 tbsp
Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp
Directions: Put all the ingredients together in a bowl and heat for some minutes till the coconut oil gets melted and all the oils are mixed well. Allow the mixture to cool a little. Make sections in hair and apply oil evenly on scalp. Massage gently for 10 minutes and wash your hair after an hour with a mild shampoo. Repeat this every second day to moisturize your scalp and reduce dandruff.
15. Fizz Taming and Detangling Spray
Argan Oil – 2 tbsp
Lavender Oil – 5-6 drops
Jojoba Oil – ¼ cup
Directions: Fill the spray bottle with water leaving space for the oils. Add the oils to the water and shake well. Spray a little on your damp hair. The hair will be easy to comb, soft and shiny all day long. It will also add a nice fragrance to your hair. Oils will not remain mixed in water for a long time so shake your bottle well before every use.
16. Protection From Water Damage
Argan Oil – 4 to 6 drops
Evening Primrose Oil – 4 to 6 drops
Grapeseed Oil – 4 to 6 drops
Almond Oil – 4 to 6 drops
Directions: Water in the pools contains chlorine that damages the hair. Sea water also dries the hair and causes hair loss due to the salt present in it. Before you enter a pool or sea, massage 4 drops for Argan oil on your hair. This will act as a barrier between your hair and the damaging agents. After you come out of the pool or sea, wash your hair with normal water.
Mix 4-6 drops of each- Argan oil, Evening primrose oil, Almond oil and grapeseed oil and massage your hair and scalp for few minutes with this. Leave for 10-15 minutes. Wash off with a mild shampoo. For better protection, apply two- four drops of Argan oil on damp hair as a leave in conditioner.
17. Body Butter
Argan Oil – ½ cup
Coconut Oil – ½ cup
Shea Butter – 1 cup
Directions: Use a double boiler to melt Shea butter and coconut oil by placing them on the top. Remove and let it cool for half an hour. Add 20 drops of essential oil of your choice (optional). Lavender oil is a good option for an enchanting fragrance. When the oils are partially solidified, whip the mixture to make the consistency similar to butter. It will take only a few minutes. Put this in a clean, glass bottle. It will last for many days as only a small amount of it will provide sufficient smoothness and nourishment to a large section of body.
18. Exfoliating Body Scrub
Argan oil – ½ cup
Sea salt – 1 cup
Directions: These two simple ingredients work like a magic together. Mix Argan oil and sea salt and apply to wet skin. Pay more attention to elbows and knees. Massage the scrub on body for 2-3 minutes and rinse with lukewarm water. Pat yourself dry. This scrub works great during both summers and winters. Apply a few drops of Argan oil on the body after the bath for extra hydration.
19. Moisturizing Lip Balm
Argan Oil – 2 drops
Vanilla Extract – A pinch
Fine Brown Sugar – A pinch
Directions: Simply mix all the ingredients and massage gently on your lips with your finger tips for 2-3 minutes to moisturize your lips. Apply one drop of Argan oil on lips two times a day to get relief in chapped lips.
20. Cuticle Softening And Pushing
Argan Oil – 4 drops (massaging), 4-5 drops (mixing)
Directions: Massaging the cuticles with Argan oil regularly keep them soft. Apply Argan oil on nails and massage gently. Leave for 15 minutes and then wash off. 4-5 drops of Argan oil can also be mixed with the water to make the manicure and Pedicure processes more effective.
To get rid of excess cuticles around the nails, massage the cuticles with Argan oil and then use a cuticle clipper to trim the cuticles. Argan oil makes this process easy and painless. It also aids in pushing back the cuticles as the oil loosens the cuticles. After trimming or pushing back the cuticles, make sure to wash off the Argan oil.
21. Nail Strengthening And Growth
Argan Oil – 4 to 5 drops
Fresh Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp.
Directions: Mix Argan oil and lemon juice and apply on the nails. Remember to remove nail polish before application. Massage the nails for 2 minutes and leave for 10 minutes. Rinse with water. This increases the strength of nails and prevents cracking and peeling. In addition to this, it boosts nail growth. The nails grow long and healthy with regular application. This can be repeated every day to get efficient results.
22. Nourishing Hand Cream
Argan Oil – 1 cup
Beeswax- ¼ cup
Rosewater – ¼ cup
Directions: Melt the beeswax completely in a bowl. Remove from heat and add Argan oil. Blend the oil and beeswax thoroughly using a stick blender. While blending, add rosewater slowly to the mixture. When the texture is creamy, pour it into a glass jar and allow cooling. Use this hand cream two times a day. It will moisturize and pamper your hands.
23. Hand Mask
Argan Oil – 5 drops
Lemon Juice – 1 tbsp
Avocado – Half of a small one
Directions: Mash avocado in a bowl and add Argan oil and lemon juice to it. Mix well and apply on hands and nails in a layer. Leave for 10- 15 minutes and wash off. This hand mask is an excellent softener which nourishes the hands, prevents drying and also aids nails growth. Use this mask once in a week.
24. Foot Scrub
Argan Oil – 1 tbsp
Jojoba Oil – 1 tbsp
Olive Oil – 1 tbsp
Sunflower Seed Oil – 1 tbsp
Sea Salt – ¼ cup
Directions: Mix all the ingredients together and massage the foot for 5-7 minutes with it. Rinse with warm water and then with cold water. This will remove hard, dry skin, make feet and heels soft and smooth and moisturize them deeply. You can also apply a few drops of Argan oil on feet after scrubbing to get better nourishment.
25. Body and Bath Oil
Argan Oil – 7 to 10 drops
Lavender Oil – 4 to 5 drops
Directions: Simply add the oils to a tub of warm water to get a relaxing and hydrating bath. Soak in for 5-10 minutes. Pat yourself dry. Apply a few drops of Argan oil over your entire body after this. This can be done once in week.
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