Argan oil is also commonly known as “liquid gold,” and frankly, we can’t argue with that. It’s a superfood for hair and skin, packing in everything from age-defying antioxidants to hydrating omega fatty acids. But we bet you didn’t know it’s also an amazing acne fighter, razor burn healer and UV blocker. We’re breaking it down below.
So, what is argan oil?
Argan oil comes from the nut of the Argan tree which only grows in Southwestern Morocco. Local women harvest the oil entirely by hand in fair trade co-ops—from cracking the nuts between two stones to extracting the raw kernels to grinding and kneading them for hours. It’s a centuries’ old technique that takes each woman three days to make just one liter of oil. So yeah, it's pretty valuable.
What are the benefits of using Argan oil?
It’s full of great stuff (think antioxidants, vitamin E and essential omega fatty acids, just to name a few), so it’s a super-hydrating and soothing moisturizer for your hair and body. It also has anti-inflammatory qualities that help control oil production, making it a great option for blemish-prone skin types.