If you know me, you know that I’m always researching things that can make lives and the planet better off. Since I’ve been teaching Facelift Massage, I’ve not only studied the ingredients of products marketed as wrinkle removers, moisturizers, and sunscreens, but I’ve discussed the variety of products that people use, and the ingredients in these products. The one ingredient that was in most of the expensive formulas was argan oil.
The use of argan oil dates back for generations in the argan woodlands of Morocco where the locals press the nut of the argan tree to express the oil contained in the nut. Used in wound treatment and a dietary supplement, it’s popular use is to nourish the hair and skin. In 1998 the argan forest was declared a biosphere reserve by UNESCO.
This oil is high in Omega’s 6 & 9, both of which support acne prone skin. It also contains linoleic and oleic acids which aid in reducing inflammation and aid in moisturization and improve the skins permeability.
Many oils are considered the black sheep of face treatments because they clog pores, but argon oil does not clog pores and is absorbed easily by the skin rather than sitting on the surface. Because of this, it has become popular among acne sufferers. It is rich in Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and fatty acids making it a very nourishing supplement to both the skin and hair. The vitamin E boosts cell production which tones and nourishes tired looking skin.
There are many rumors and jokes on the internet about argan oil and goat poop, and yes, let me answer your question. In some cases, the nuts of the argan tree are in abundance at the top of the tree. There are goats in Morocco that climb the tree and eat these ever precious nuts. Yes, SOME of the valuable nuts pass through the system whole, and are then harvested for the oil. The oil is still inside of a whole nut before it is harvested this way. So, read more about it and decide for yourself.
I bought a 2 oz. bottle of argan oil at Natural Grocers for $9.99 and have been using it in nightly facial massage for about a week now. So far, my skin seems to like it, and it looks not-so-tired.
I’m working on a nice formula that we will be using in practice at the Therapeutic Facelift Massage class on Saturday. Will take a survey about it from the students, but so far, I give argan oil a thumbs up!