The quality of our hair and skin diminish over time for myriad reasons, so the quest for shiny locks and glowing skin feels like it just gets more difficult (read: expensive) as we age. But let us introduce you to argan oil, an effective product that combats fine lines and thinning strands, and only costs $10.
Argan oil is extracted from the fruit of the argan tree, which grows natively in Morroco. It’s been used traditionally as an all-natural health and beauty solution, helping to heal wounds fast and even minimize the appearance of stretch marks. About 99 percent of argan oil is made up of important fatty acids, and the rest is made up of antioxidant compounds like vitamin E and CoQ10, making it a nutrient powerhouse that benefits the body both when taken internally and applied topically.
Most recently, argan oil has been recognized for its uses for the hair and skin. Since it’s loaded with essential fats in the form of linoleic and oleic acid, it serves as a potent moisturizer that can fight the signs of aging. As we get older, the decrease in estrogen often associated with menopause, causes skin to lose elasticity and hydration. This leads to the formation of fine lines and wrinkles. However, one study published in the journal Clinical Interventions of Aging found that argan oil increased skin elasticity in postmenopausal women when applied topically and taken internally. Another study similarly found that application and ingestion of argan oil led to increased moisture retention. This is probably due to both the fatty acid content, as well as the antioxidant composition of argan oil. Antioxidants are known as super anti-agers because they encourage cell renewal and fight off oxidative damage.
When it comes to hair care, argan oil should most definitely be added to your routine. Just like with the skin, our hair becomes weaker and more brittle as estrogen decreases. The fatty acids in argan oil, however, have been shown to replenish thinning strands by locking in that much-needed hydration. What’s more, argan oil’s anti-inflammatory properties can reduce any inflammation on the scalp (like dry, flaky skin), helping to reduce hair loss. Bonus tip: regular scalp massage can increase circulation which increases hair growth, so go ahead and add a massage with argan oil to your self-care beauty ritual!
The best part about argan oil is it isn’t some expensive treatment that you’re not going to be able to keep up with over time. Organic varieties like this one from Kate Blanc Cosmetics ($9.99, Amazon) will only run you about the cost of a two lattes.
Once you purchase your oil, you can add it to your regimen by exploring a few options. For your skin, try adding a few drops to your moisturizer and applying it at night and in the morning. Start small with just a tiny amount to test for any reactions. You can even use the oil on its own as a moisturizer. For your hair, you can add a few drops of argan oil to your favorite DIY hair mask. Use it as a deep conditioning treatment by applying generously from root to tip and leaving in overnight or for a few hours before washing. Or use a small amount on your ends before heat styling for an added layer of moisture and protection. We’re confident that you’re going to love this amazing beauty buy!
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