Produced from the fruits of the Argan, a species of tree endemic to the calcareous semi-desert of southwestern Morocco, Argan oil has been touted to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, in addition to strengthening elasticity and improving skin’s overall youth and vitality. This rare and organic oil has been used by the Berber women of Morocco for hundreds of years for its beneficial use in skin, hair, nail and therapeutic treatment. As you can imagine, it has been building momentum in the U.S. - everyone wants to know what the hype is all about.

Argan oil is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids, and contains high levels of vitamin E. It also contains squalene, ferulic acid, polyphenols or polyphenolic compounds, and carotenoids. Essentially, it's food for your skin. Due to age and environmental stress, our skin is deprived of the nutrients needed to maintain necessary levels of collagen. Argan oil is rich in linoleic and oleic acids, which help to protect and maintain skin resilience, smoothness and radiance. However, it is known to be comedogenic, and therefore, may not be suited for those prone to acne.

There is plenty of research out there supporting the effectiveness of the organic oil. And curious minds want to know (especially mine). You can find many product lines that utilize Moroccan argan oil, such as ar457, Eden, Argan Oils, Kaeline L'Huile de Beaute, Argan Body and Babor Argan Cream. I am eager to try it and will be testing argan oil over the next couple of months. If you want to try it for yourself, prices run the gamut from the above listed websites.

This article is dedicated to Laurie (thank you).

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