How not to love argan oil? This potent ingredient, which comes directly from Morocco, has become a favorite of influencers when it comes to hair care, gaining prominence in its pure form and in product lines. Although its benefits for the skin are not so widespread, it is a precious component for skincare, offering a series of actions such as moisturizing, antioxidant and anti-inflammatory.
It is important to note that this ingredient is of high concentration and, in its natural form, it has an extremely potent action! To help you learn about its benefits and how to include it in your skin care routine, we invite Dr. Sara Bragança, a graduate doctor in Dermatology, specializing in Orthomolecular Therapy (who attends names like Monique Alfradique and Paola Oliveira) and Dra. Fernanda Casagrande, dermatologist from Florianópolis. Check out his tips!
What is argan oil?
“Argan oil is a natural product resulting from the pressure of the extracted almonds and Argan nuts, a tree available only in the territory of the biosphere reserve in southern Morocco” explains Dr. Fernanda. According to the doctor, the oil contains carotenoids, polyphenols, ferulic acid, squalene, steroids and vitamin E which are potent antioxidants.
According to Dr. Sara, argan oil has antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, fungicidal and moisturizing properties. In its composition, there is squalene, which according to Dra. Fernanda is one of the moisturizing components that has the greatest capacity to penetrate the skin, this because it is very similar with the natural oils of the skin. “Human skin is made up of natural oils and squalene represents 25% of its composition. Steroids work by “imitating” human steroids to help restore the function of the transepidermal barrier ”.
For whom it is indicated:
Argan oil is suitable for all skin types. However, Dr. Sara reveals that oily skins should be more cautious, applying little product, as the spreadability is good, but the excess oil can clog the pores. “Indicated for better skin hydration, severe dryness, such as psoriasis, prevention of wrinkles and stretch marks. It also has an anti acne effect ”.
How to use argan oil on your skin:
Argan oil can be used in two ways: either pure oil, in its natural form - which can be applied directly to the skin or hair - or in cosmetic formulations, in which its concentration is lower - ranging from 2 to 10 %.
“In its pure form, a few drops, around 5, is enough to be applied to the entire face. Because it is very concentrated, the application can be done every 3 days ”explains Dr. Sara. “In cosmetic forms, oil penetration and absorption is facilitated, especially for acne-prone skin”.
Argan oil is exclusive to Morocco! "A lot of imitation or mixtures with other oils are sold as Moroccanoil" reveals Dr. Sara. "Look for the certification of the oil to guarantee the origin".
"To have the maximum effect of the oil on the skin and hair, it must be virgin and pure" explains Dr. Fernanda.