Here are 12 ways you can incorporate this all-natural oil into your daily beauty regimen.
1. Nighttime Moisturizer
Argan oil absorbs quickly and leaves no oily residue. After cleaning your skin with a completely natural cleanser, pour a drop on the palm of your hand to warm it. Apply with a circular movement on the face and neck.
In the winter months, or in drier climates, you may need a second drop, but remember to use sparingly. This oil is soft and safe to use around the eyes.
Apply a drop on your face, using a pattering movement, from the bridge of your nose to your temple and back. Then apply a drop under the eyes with the same gentle touch. Vitamin A and vitamin E can help reduce fine wrinkles and keep this delicate area hydrated. In addition, a 2015 study shows that the benefits of argan oil also include anti-aging effects.
2. Skin Toner
Skin toning is an important step in your skin care routine. For a total shine, add 2 to 4 drops to 8 ounces of your favorite toner, or better yet, make your own toner completely natural and chemical free in your home.
Simply pour 1 cup of boiling water over a bag of green tea and let stand for 7-10 minutes. Remove the tea bag and allow it to reach room temperature. Add one or two drops of your favorite essential oil (orange, lemon or tea tree are great) and 2-4 drops of argan oil and seal in a jar. Use morning and night after cleansing and before hydrating.
Do-it-yourself exfoliators are not difficult to make and are significantly less expensive than what you can purchase in the store.
To experience the argan oil benefits while exfoliating, just mix 1 tablespoon of brown sugar with a couple of drops of argan oil in your hand. Rub into your face in a circular motion for two to four minutes; pay special attention to acne-prone areas and areas that are dry. Rinse with warm water and pat dry.
Regular exfoliation helps to remove dead skin cells and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while giving you a younger, fresher complexion. With the aid of the brown sugar, the argan oil’s nutrients are more readily absorbed into your skin.
Use this exfoliator for more than just your face. If you have dry elbows or heels (or during an at-home pedicure), mix up a bit more to massage the dry and dead skin away.
4. Acne Remedy
Great news for anyone suffering from acne: it has been proven that argan oil reduces sebum levels in people with oily skin. Women who have never had acne before find that in their 30s and 40s this annoying condition arises, and it is often difficult to treat.
Chemical creams can be expensive and, in the long run, actually do more harm than good. The high linoleic acid content of argan oil helps reduce the inflammation caused by acne (not to mention rashes, infections and insect bites) while helping to soothe damaged skin cells.
If you are using argan oil as your moisturizer, but you are still fighting acne, consider adding argan oil to your list of home remedies for acne. Place a drop in the palm of your hand and lightly apply a little extra on the problem areas. To combat stubborn or persistent white heads, be sure to make the toner up, using a couple of drops of tea tree oil.
Tea tree oil complements the benefits of argan oil wonderfully with its rich content of antioxidants and inherent antibacterial, antiviral and antifungal properties. Together, they can help fight stubborn acne while reducing inflammation and scarring.
5. Stretch Mark Remedy
Argan oil can help prevent stretch marks by improving the elasticity of the skin. Warm 2-3 drops of pure argan oil on the palms of your hands and rub gently on your stomach, hips, thighs or any other area with potential problems.
Vitamin A and vitamin E will help rejuvenate the skin while hydrating it, which makes stretch marks less. If you already have stretch marks, start massaging argan oil and brown sugar in the affected areas before your next bath. Rinse well and apply the oil to the affected areas before dressing.
6. Razor Bumps and Burn Treatment
The razor bumps and the shaving burn are uncomfortable and unsightly. Argan oil is an effective treatment for soothing the skin after shaving, both for men after shaving their beards and for women after shaving their legs.
Heat one or two drops of the oil on your hands and gently massage into the affected area.
7. Whole-Body Moisturizer
You can also use argan oil as your moisturizer for the whole body. Fortunately, you are already using a natural moisturizer (such as coconut oil) on your body and avoiding the harsh chemicals hidden in most lotions and moisturizers.
Add just a couple of drops of argan oil to your choice oil of food grade carrier (coconut, olive, jojoba, sweet almond or sesame) to immediately harvest all the benefits of this natural therapeutic oil. If you have dry patches on your heels, elbows or other areas, massage an extra drop in those areas to relieve yourself.
8. Leave-In Conditioner
Argan oil is not only beneficial for the skin, it is also good for the hair. This non-greasy oil makes it the perfect no-rinse conditioner that makes your hair easier to comb while repairing those annoying split ends. Argan oil helps control frizz and cheeks and protects against the heat of hair dryers, curling irons and irons, while promoting the body and a healthy glow.
There is some research that indicates that argan oil can even promote hair growth, so be sure to rub it on the scalp as well. Depending on the thickness, texture, condition and length of your hair, you may need from 1 drop to 3 drops.
Getting the right amount can take some practice. Start with a drop (or for short hair a half drop) and warm yourself on the palms of your hands before running your fingers through your hair, paying special attention to its ends. Once completed, add a ½ drop to the tips of your fingers and massage your scalp. Rub any excess on your face, neck or hands.
9. Overnight Deep Conditioning Treatment
If you have dry and brittle hair, do it once a week with a deep conditioning treatment with argan oil. Warm 4-10 drops on your hands before massaging on your scalp. Continue applying to the ends, rotate and place a shower cap on top. The natural body heat retained in the swimming cap will help penetrate the oil and keep the pillowcase free of oil. In the morning, wash your hair, rinsing it until all the residue disappears.
If you have dandruff or a dry scalp, do a night treatment twice a week until the dandruff disappears. Continue weekly treatments or as needed.
10. Lip Conditioner
Argan oil benefits more than just your skin and hair; it makes for a wonderful lip treatment or lip balm substitute! Rub in 1–2 drops and wipe away any excess.
This will not only relieve any cracked lips, but also keep your lips soft, smooth and conditioned. Keep argan oil handy during the winter to prevent chapped lips.
11. Nail & Cuticle Treatment
Now, let’s talk about how this can help your nails! The non-greasy moisture of argan oil is an ideal treatment for cuticles and nails. Remove all nail polish from your hands and feet and rinse well.
Put a fraction of a drop directly on each nail, one at a time, and rub at the base of the nail and the cuticle. Leave it until all the nails have been treated.
Wash and rinse well and then apply the enamel as desired. The oil will not only help condition your nails, but it will also help keep your cuticles hydrated so you do not develop painful stepparents.
12. Foot Treatment
If you have dry, cracking skin on your feet or heels, rub 2 drops into your feet, paying special attention to the problem areas. Depending on how dry your skin is, you may need to apply a couple of more drops to fully moisturize the area.
Cover with a pair of cozy socks to give the oil a chance to soak in. Leave the socks on for at least 20 minutes, and preferably overnight. Use a warm washcloth to remove the residual oil from the soles of your feet.
Buying & Storing Argan Oil
As you can see, argan oil is easy to incorporate into your morning and evening beauty routine. To enjoy all the benefits of argan oil, use it daily to treat dry skin and scalp, as a styling product, to keep wrinkles at bay and to treat acne. Increases the hydration of your skin and hair, resulting in a healthier and rejuvenated appearance.
It is important to buy high quality oil. A low quality oil will not give you the same benefits of argan oil as it will not have the same concentration of nutrients. When selecting the oil, look for argan oil 100% pure, organic, cold-pressed, unfiltered and deodorized.
A good and pure argan oil will be more expensive, but when you look at the amount of products (eye creams, moisturizers, lotions, hair styling products, etc.) with which you can replace it, it is worth every penny.
Keep bottles out of direct sunlight and tight. It is recommended to use the oil within six months after opening to obtain an optimal benefit. Start with a small bottle and keep track of how long it takes since quality can degrade over time.