What's the use of Argan oil?

Argan oil – Extracted from the seeds of the argan tree

Argan oil is a rare oil, extracted from the seeds of the argan tree, a tree species found only in Morocco. Containing many fatty acids and antioxidants, argan oil offers many health and beauty benefits. Therefore, the oil is loved and used by many people. So what is so special about argan oil that attracts so many people? Please join us to find out through this article.

What’s special about argan oil?

Extracted from the seeds of the argan tree, the oil is of natural origin and contains no preservatives, chemicals or artificial colors. Is light yellow in color and has a gentle and pleasant scent. The oil contains many essential fatty acids such as: oleic acid, linoleic acid, palmitic acid,… Not only that, the oil also contains many antioxidants such as: vitamin E, carotenoids, polyphenols, squalene,…

Vitamin E (tocopherols)

Contain a variety of tocopherols, a form of vitamin E, including alpha-tocopherol, beta-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol and delta-tocopherol. Vitamin E has powerful antioxidant properties, helping to protect the skin from the effects of free radicals and inflammatory agents. In addition, it also has the ability to increase resistance, protect the heart and support digestion.

Antioxidants

Argan oil also contains other antioxidants such as caffeic acid, oleuropein, vanillic acid, tyrosol, catechol, resorcinol, epicatechin and catechin. These substances help prevent oxidation in cells, protect the skin from the effects of free radicals and prevent skin aging.

Essential fatty acids

Essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid (less than 0.5%), stearic acid (6.0%), palmitic acid (12.0%), linoleic acid (36.8%), and oleic (42.8%). These fatty acids provide moisture to the skin, helping to soften and soothe dry, itchy skin. Furthermore, they also play an important role in maintaining the structure and function of skin cell membranes.

Overall, Argan oil is a rich source of natural nutrients, with many benefits for skin and health. It can be used in skin and hair care products to provide moisture, antioxidants and protect skin from harmful environmental factors.

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Argan Oil production process

Production process begins with harvesting argan seeds from argan trees and continues with processing steps to extract the oil from the seeds. The process is as follows:

Harvesting argan seeds

The argan tree (Argania spinosa) grows mainly in Morocco. The process of producing argan oil begins with harvesting the argan fruit from the tree. Argan fruit has a green outer shell and a seed inside. Argan nuts are where argan oil is extracted.

Removing the skin and membrane

After harvesting, the argan fruit is cleaned to remove the outer skin and inner membrane. This process is usually done using hands or other traditional tools to separate the argan seeds from the fruit.

Drying Argan seeds

After being separated from the argan fruit, will be dried to remove moisture and facilitate the oil extraction process.

Extracting oil

Dried argan seeds are ground or milled to create a powder. This powder form is then pressed or concentrated to extract the oil. The process of extracting oil can use traditional methods, including the use of hot rolling or heat pressing, or use modern technologies such as cold pressing or chemicals.

Argan Oil Extraction

This extraction process allows the separation of oil from the powder and produces pure argan oil. After being extracted, argan oil has a light yellow color and a characteristic aroma.

Filtering and bottling

After extraction, argan oil is often filtered to remove residue and impurities. After that, argan oil is packed into bottles or jars for preservation and use.

The traditional argan oil production process often requires meticulousness and manual work. However, there are now also industrial argan oil production methods using modern technology that help increase productivity and efficiency.

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What’s the use of Argan oil?

What's the use of Argan oil?

As for health

Contains a lot of essential fatty acids, vitamin E and other nutrients. Argan oil is effective:

Anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidation

Oil contains phenolic compounds, which provide a lot of vitamin E. Helps remove free radicals and prevents the oxidation process. Therefore, oil is said to have good anti-inflammatory and antioxidant abilities.

Protect the heart

Contains a lot of unsaturated fatty acids, especially oleic acid, which is an acid that can reduce the content of bad cholesterol in the blood. Prevent cardiovascular problems, such as hypertension and atherosclerosis.

Prevent diabetes and cancer

Many studies show that argan oil has the ability to prevent diabetes. Polyphenolic compounds found in argan essential oil have the ability to reduce insulin resistance and prevent cancer cells. Especially prostate, colon and breast cancer. Not only that, vitamin E contained in essential oils also helps kill cancer cells.

Lower blood pressure

If you want to control or treat blood pressure related diseases. You can use essential oil as an alternative treatment to regular oils. With abundant antioxidants, unsaturated fatty acids and phenolic compounds. It can effectively help reduce blood pressure.

Argan oil for beauty

Not only has many health benefits, but it is also a product, which has many uses for women’s skin and hair care, such as:

Skin humidity

Vitamin E contained in the essential oil will provide moisture for the skin and protect it from dehydration. Argan oil is suitable for all types of skin, especially oil softens and soothes the skin without producing lubrication and stickiness. Not only for the face, oil can also be used to moisturize the lips and the whole body. Provides a smooth skin.

Stimulate the production of collagen and elastin

The nutrients in oil will help stimulate the production of collagen and elastin. From there, increase skin elasticity and reduce wrinkles. Help the body stay young and keep a youthful figure.

Prevention and treatment of acne

Argan oil helps to lubricate oil and reduce sagging on the skin. At the same time, linoleic acid will help reduce inflammation and swelling on the skin. It’s caused by fish eggs.

Exfoliation

Used in combination with other materials, combined with massage, to remove exfoliation from the face and body skin. In addition, this oil is also used to treat stretch marks after childbirth or pregnancy.

Hair care

This oil can also be used as a hair conditioner for annealing and nourishing hair. Oil has a mild texture and small molecules that can penetrate into the stratum corneum of hair. Make your hair softer and less dry. In addition, it also protects hair from the heat effects of curling, drying, and straightening hair.

Not only that, the oil is also effective in treating dandruff. Gently massaging your scalp with oil will help you treat dandruff effectively. Stimulates blood circulation and fights inflammation without clogging hair follicles. Stimulates hair growth and supports the treatment of hair loss.

Nail care and hand softening

Argan seed oil is a great natural product for nourishing nails and softening hands. When the weather is dry or exposed to external factors, hands and feet often become dry and rough. Argan oils have the ability to provide moisture to nails and hand skin, helping to limit brittle nails and peeling skin. For weak nails, you can use oil by soaking your hands in it for about 10 minutes. This will help regenerate and soften your nails, and you will feel the difference right away. 

In addition, you can also use hand cream containing Argan ingredients to increase effectiveness, especially if your hand skin is severely peeling. Argan is a benign product, does not cause skin irritation, and has many benefits for nail care and hand softening.

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How to use argan oil

Because it has multi-disciplinary uses, the way to use argan oil will also be different. To ensure high efficiency during use. You can refer to the following ways:

How to use argan oil

Skin care

First, you should wash your face or whole body. Then, put a few drops of oil in the palm of your hand, rub evenly and apply to the skin surface and pat gently. For acne spots on your face, you can use your fingers or cotton to absorb a little oil and apply it to the acne area. To reduce swelling, anti-inflammation, antibacterial and prevent scarring.

Hair care

After washing your hair, put a few drops of oil in the palm of your hand and gently rub it on your hair roots. You should use your fingertips to massage your scalp so that the oil is well absorbed. Use a warm towel to wrap and incubate your hair for about 30 minutes, then open the towel and rinse your hair with water. In addition, argan oil is also used in cuisine. You can mix oil with salad or combine it with butter to replace olive oil or other vegetable oils. Using this oil to replace other oils in the diet can help prevent heart-related diseases.

It is a natural resource rich in nutrients and health-promoting nutrients. Therefore, if possible add this oil to your daily use to support health and beauty.

Note: Argan oil is considered a safe ingredient for all skin, including baby skin, and does not cause irritation in general cosmetic formulas. However, to ensure that products containing Argan oil do not irritate the skin, you need to try in smaller skin areas and then use in larger areas.

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