Just the other night, I had run out of my prized possession, argan oil. It’s probably one of my top favorite products to lather onto my face. So since it was time for a re-up, that meant online shopping would commence. FTW! I of course wanted to stick to my favorite brand which I’ll get to in a bit, but I was inspired to look at reviews to see what folks were saying about it. Sure, we all can appreciate Cheeky’s opinion, but it’s often not the end all be all and it’s especially helpful to see what folks with different kinds of skin types say about a product that I use. Hint hint, it’s REALLY great for oily AND dry skin types. People were raving.
But anyways, before we get into all that, I thought I’d take us on an argan oil stroll (I’m pretty sure that’s not a real thing, but I’m wanting to take a walk outside today so that sounded peaceful) so we can learn all the ins and outs and most importantly, if your skin will appreciate it as much as mine does.
What is Argan Oil?
Argan oil is produced from a the nut of the Argan tree, which only grows in good old Southwestern Morocco. In 1998, the Argan forest in Morocco was designated a UNESCO protected biosphere so argan oil is sustainable. (That’s a really informative link if you click on it… they said it’s the most expensive edible oil in the world!)
And according to Draxe.com, “It’s a rare oil that is high in both oleic (omega 9 monounsaturated nonessential) and linoleic (omega 6 unsaturated) fatty acids, both of which aid acne-prone skin. 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 moisturization levels, oleic acid can improve the skin’s permeability and assist other ingredients penetrate the skin more easily. In addition, when judged by how much it clogs pores (comedogenic rating), argan oil rates out as a zero, as in it does not clog pores.”
Comedogenicity is the tendency of an ingredient or product to clog pores. Ingredients are ranked on a scale:
- 0 – completely non-comedogenic (argan oil)
- 1 – Slightly comedogenic
- 2-3 – Moderately comedogenic
- 4-5 – Severely comedogenic
One thing to note about the Comedogenicity scale is that your body’s own composition can play a part in how your skin reacts, so it’s not always the end all be all. So don’t panic.
So not only does argan oil help with moisturization of the skin, it also helps combat acne, which seems next to impossible. But it’s possible. And not only that, but argan oil is touted to help with:
- Fine lines & wrinkles
- Skin plumpness
- Dull skin
- Irritated, cracked or damaged skin
- Stretch marks
- Saggy skin
- Dry & cracked hands & feet
- Dry lips
- Hang nails & cuticles
- Eczema symptoms
- Acne scars
- Hair dryness
- Hair shine
…. plus a lot more if that’s possible.
How to Use
If we’re talking in technicalities, oils are not moisturizers. Oils are considered “occlusives” which basically means they act like a barrier to keep moisture from evaporating out of your skin. So it’s good to apply oils on either slightly damp skin to trap all that water in your pores, or massage it on over your moisturizer – to really help lock in those ingredients.
Because argan oil is relatively lightweight, you’ll notice that it sinks in pretty quickly & you’re often left with this dewy glow that’s not to be confused with an oily glow. It really helps your complexion be brighter and less dull looking than before – at least that’s how my skin interprets it. If you’re not into that dewy glow, you can consider applying the oil, just in the evening times when you’re hitting the sack and that’ll do the trick too. I tend to use it every morning and night – but definitely EVERY night.
I also personally like to pat the product into my skin & then use a jade roller to really seal the deal. It’s one of my favorite nightly routines & I truly wake up with dewy and balanced skin every morning. And I swear this is the saving grace for re-introducing the new retinoid… I haven’t had a dry issue since starting it.
#CheekyConfidential With most argan oil products, even if they’re just directed at skincare, you can apply them almost anywhere. Nails, hair, feet, etc. so don’t hesitate to experiment.
What to Look For In An Argan Oil
As you can imagine, not all argan oil is treated equally. We suggest following these general guidelines when you’re on the hunt for your favorite oil:
- 100% Argan oil (so just 1 ingredient)
- Free of fillers, synthetics & fragrances
- Certified organic is always a win
#CheekyConfidential Cold pressed oils retain their original benefits and value over those that aren’t. So you won’t find any harmful solvent residues, they are unprocessed, you won’t find added chemicals or preservatives & they keep their natural antioxidants
- Cold pressed is terrific
- Amber glass to help protect it from ultraviolet light
Our Favorite Argan Oils
‘A clinically proven 100 percent organic, do-it-all essential that naturally moisturizes and smooths fine lines and wrinkles to preserves skin’s youthful radiance. Josie’s 100 percent organic Argan Oil is first cold-pressed and never heated to ensure the most powerful, highest-grade oil. It is 100 percent pure, 100 percent eco-certified organic, and free of any synthetics, fillers, or fragrance. Housed in a recyclable glass bottle and purchased from women’s cooperatives in Morocco to support their social and economic welfare. These cooperatives work within a protected UNESCO biosphere reserve that ensures the protection and reforestation of Argan trees.
The amber glass is not just for looks! Unlike clear glass, amber glass filters out damaging blue and ultra-violet light that can break down the products beneficial compounds and nutrients, ultimately reducing it’s effectiveness and potency.
This product is vegan, cruelty-free, dermatologist tested, clinically tested, and formulated without GMOs, fragrance, and formaldehyde.’
In just 4 weeks, 100% Pure Argan Oil is clinically proven to:
– Visibly improve the appearance of fine lines and coarse wrinkles
– Significantly improve skin smoothness and hydration
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