The beauty and health industry has ramped up research in the last several years to find new treatments and products which improve skin conditions and help people live healthier lives and keep their skin healthy and young.
One of the treatments which has been discovered recently and sold all around the world is argan oil. This oil is made from kernels which grow on argan trees native to Morocco and can be applied topically to the skin as well as ingested. It provides a litany of benefits to the skin; here are just a few.
Reduces Sun Damage
Argan oil has been used for centuries as a way to protect skin from sun damage. Multiple studies have been done which support the concept of using the oil to help protect skin from sun damage. The oil is so useful for this purpose because there are many antioxidants provided by the oil, which prevent sun damage from taking place. In short, using argan oil can help protect your skin from sun damage like severe burning and hyperpigmentation.
The most common use for the oil is as a moisturizer, which explains why argan is found, in some form or another, in many types of lotions, soaps, and shampoos. To moisturize the skin, many people apply the oil topically, on a daily basis. The oil works as an effective moisturizer because of the heavy amount of vitamin E found within it. This is a fat-soluble vitamin and helps the skin retain water.
Heals the Skin
There are many components of healing found within argan oil, mostly because of the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory ingredients within the oil itself. The oil can be used to treat and reduce conditions such as psoriasis and rosacea. If you want to use argan oil to treat these and conditions like these, it’s best to apply the oil topically, directly to patches of skin which have been most severely affected.
Helps Fight Acne
Acne is usually caused by hormones, which are spurred on by excess sebum. Argan oil is known to possess a number of anti-sebum effects, making it an incredibly efficient and effective acne treatment for those suffering from severe or mild acne symptoms. The oil can also help promote a complexion which is smooth and soft to the touch. Again, the oil should be applied topically to any of the affected areas to see best results.
Heals Skin Infections
There are a number of reasons why the skin can become infected. Both bacteria and funguses can find their way onto the skin and cause an array of problems, such as swelling, inflammation, and redness. Argan oil can help treat such infections, however, because of its antibacterial and fungicidal properties. You should apply the oil topically twice daily for a few weeks, or until the infections have begun to subside.
Hastens Wound Healing
Yes, argan oil can even help your physical wounds heal faster and more efficiently. This is again due to the many antioxidants found within the oil. These work in tandem with the impressive amount of vitamin E found within the oil to help wounds and cuts close and heal faster and more smoothly. For the purposes of wound healing, you should ingest argan oil daily.
Mitigates Atopic Dermatitis Pain
Atopic Dermatitis is a common condition of the skin where patches of red and itchy skin will emerge and irritate those with the condition. Applying a topical treatment of argan oil to the infected areas will reduce the pain and irritation commonly associated with this condition. The vitamin E and inflammatory properties of the oil are responsible for this soothing response.
Argan oil wouldn’t be one of the most popular oils right now if it weren’t for its anti-aging effects on the skin. Recent studies have shown that taking argan oil both orally and cosmetically will actually increase and improve the elasticity of the skin, leading to younger and healthier looking skin over a period of weeks or months. It’s a great anti-aging treatment, especially when taken in a combination of orally and topically.
Makes Skin Less Oily
The oiliness of skin is heavily dependent on individuals; that is, some people simply have less oily skin, or more oily skin, than others. For those of us who have oily skin, argan oil can actually reduce the natural oil which accumulates on a daily basis. This is also because of the sebum-reducing properties of the oil, which decreases total sebum in the body, therefore reducing oil on the skin. Apply twice daily for best results.
Reduces Stretch Marks
Stretch marks are common to women and occur most commonly during pregnancy, as the stomach stretches out to make room for the new life. Anyone can experience stretch marks, however; they’re not exclusive to women or pregnancy.
A study was done which tested a water-in-oil cream which contained a substantial percentage of argan oil. This study found that such an oil improved elasticity of the skin and reduced visible stretch marks, as well as helping to prevent any new stretch marks from forming. Applying argan oil directly to stretch marks twice daily will also help you reduce visibility.
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