argan oil

This past holiday season I was lucky enough to receive a gift-card for Sephora, which meant I had some choices to make. After an embarrassing amount of research I ended up buying the Josie Maran Whimsical Wonder Argan Oil Skincare Essentials set. While mine is a bit different from the one online, I am extremely happy with my purchase!

 

Every winter I try to incorporate oils in my skin care routine to combat dryness. However after last winter’s rough conditions I decided to amp up my routine this year. I had used Josie Maran’s cleansing oil in the past and really liked it, so I was hoping this set would leave me with the same result. My essentials set came with a moisturizing serum, a daily SPF moisturizer, a “intensive creamy oil“, a whipped body butter, and 100% pure Argan oil. Since all of these products were in mini sizes, I used all of them up in a matter of weeks, which left my skin soft, glowing and healthy looking. I can’t help but believe that it’s the Argan oil found in all Josie Maran products that made this possible. Their website contains helpful information regarding Argan oil’s origins, benefits and multiple uses.

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Argan oil (or more commonly known as Moroccan oil) comes from the kernels of Argan fruit trees, which is why it can be considered a natural and/or organic ingredient. The Argan fruit trees are found in Morocco, where workers extract the oil from the kernels, using the outside for animal feed and keeping the oil obtained for a variety of uses. The Argan oil used for cosmetics is left un-roasted to avoid leaving a nut-like scent in the product.

Regarding the chemical composition, Argan oil consists of tocopherols (vitamin E), phenols, carotenes, squalenes, and a variety of fatty acids including at least 70% oleic and linoleic acid. The mixture of fatty acids is what makes this multi-tasking ingredient best for the skin, by retaining moisture and repairing damaged skin cells.

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the five main fatty acids in argan oil

When it comes to using an oil in your skin care routine it’s always a good idea to look into the comedogenic rating. What exactly is a comedogenic rating? Basically, it is a rating on a scale from 0 to 5 that’s supposed to tell you how pore clogging an ingredient will be. Because of Argan oil’s extremely low comedogenic rating of 0, it is commonly used in skin care and can be great for those who are prone to breakouts. It is also good to note that comedogenic ratings have been under a lot of speculation lately due to the source of the ratings, so as of late, comedogenic rates are not considered very seriously.

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This multi-tasking oil has tons of uses that can be implemented into any beauty regime. I’ve been using Argan oil in my hair post-shower for a while now, and I would strongly recommend it. The oil helps keep my hair soft, shiny and healthy looking all year round. Occasionally when my hair’s extra frizzy I’ll add a few drops to smooth everything out and to help tame split ends. Since purchasing the Josie Maran skin care set I’ve been using Argan oil on my face after cleansing and toning, and then following with a night cream. It adds a great hydration barrier for my skin, so I essentially use argan oil as a moisturizing serum. A quick search on Pinterest or Google can show off the many uses of Argan oil for your skin, hair, and nails.

Overall Argan oil is an all natural ingredient with amazing moisturizing and repairing abilities, that can be especially beneficial during these cold and dry winter days!

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