Argan oil is havested from the fruit of the endangered argan tree, which is found only in a small portion of Morocco. In the early 1990's, a Moroccan chemistry professor who was intrigued by the local traditional health and nutritional claims about argan oil decided to conduct some research. What she found is that argan oil's high linoleic acid (precursor of vitamin E) and unsaturated fatty acid content make it a rich source of antioxidants and can indeed help lower cholesterol, reduce wrinkles, acne and scarring, and speed the healing of abrasions.
|Goats climbing tree to get argan fruit.|
I use Josie Maran argan oil as a supplement with my regular moisturizer. A few added drops gives me enough of a boost to counteract that tight, dry feeling my skin gets during the winter. I also use Moroccan Oil shampoo and conditioner and Marrakesh Oil hair elixir, which all contain argan oil. To be honest, what sold me on the Marrakesh Oil was the smell, but it does a great job of detangling and smoothing hair, so I'm happy. Have you used any products containing argan oil? What did you think?