Argan oil: Facial
Skin care, Anti-ageing & Combating skin disease

Author: Dr. Lisa Dinh
Date: 12.07.2020
Reading time: 14:4 min

Argan oil is not only a delicious cooking oil with exotic notes and flavours, but a popular hair and skin care product that is also known to have healing properties. Berber tribes people valued it as a care product promoting healthy, vibrant hair and used it to treat facial and body skin for eczema and wounds.

Demand has been increasing steadily since the end of the 1990s, especially in the cosmetics industry, for this valuable oil. As Morocco's ‘liquid gold’, it is a constituent of many health products for face and body care.

The unique attribute of argan oil is that it can be used both internally and externally. In addition to mitigating diabetes and cardiovascular disorders, the internal ingestion of Argon also regulates hormonal balance (homeostasis), which in turn has a beneficial effect on your skin! For external use, the oil is applied purely or in mixed form to the face or body.

Argan oil contains valuable ingredients, such as unsaturated fatty acids, which the body cannot produce itself, and tocopherols (e-vitamins) with antioxidative, regenerating properties that regulate the skin's moisture. It also has a positive effect on skin metabolism.

General effect on the skin

Allgemeine Wirkung It is suitable for combination skin, dry or oily skin and doesn’t clog pores. It absorbs easily and does not leave an unpleasant greasy film on the surface on the skin. It gives the skin a fresh, cared-for appearance and provides more elasticity. Acne, pimples, eczema and reddening of the skin are also alleviated or healed completely. Pure, virgin argan oil is also a natural product that has not harmful fragrances or preservatives unlike other vegetable oils, such as olive or sunflower oil. Unique to argan oil, however, are phytosterols, schottenol and spinasterol, which protect and regenerate skin cells and have become the focus of modern research due to their effectiveness against certain cancers.

Many cosmetic skin care products today contain argan oil, although the actual ingredient does not have to be declared on the list of ingredients, known as the INCI list. One can assume that the proportion is rather small. In order to ensure there indeed is enough argan oil, we recommend to mix it into your cream or lotion yourself. Always start with a small amount until you have found your optimal mixed ratio, or mix a small amount of your cream and argan oil with your fingertips directly on the palm of your hand each time you use it.

Argan oil can also be applied undiluted. If applied undiluted, it should be applied to damp skin, after washing the face or body. It then absorbs very well, does not clog the pores of the skin and does not leave an unpleasant greasy film on the skin. Argan oil has a light sun protection factor, approx. SPF 3, which is by no means sufficient for extensive sunbathing, but contributes towards ensuring a long-lasting tan. If a sunburn does occur, argan oil calms the reddened skin and helps to renew the skin cells.

Argan oil for facial care

Obviously one can find a wide range of face creams containing argan oil. When buying, make sure that it contains only pure, natural argan oil and that the cream itself does not contain any other harmful fragrances or preservatives such as parabens, paraffins, microplastics or aluminum. Some of these substances are thought to potentially influence hormone balances and may promote cancer - even in low concentrations. A good option is to mix a natural cosmetic cream with argan oil. Thereby ensuring that there are no harmful substances mixed in, and also you can control the concentration of argan oil.

Using a small, clean spatula, carefully stir in the oil. If this a suitable approach, simply put a small amount of argan oil in your palm and mix in a small amount of your face cream with circular movements of your fingertips, until the oil is fully incorporated into the cream. Apply this homogeneous mixture directly to a clean face, neck and décolleté.

Wrinkles and anti-ageing

Anti-Aging The cosmetic effect of argan oil for healthy, elastic skin is known globally. The anti-aging effect, especially in menopausal women, was demonstrated in a study conducted in Morocco in 2015 in women during and post-menopause. In this phase of life, falling estrogen levels are responsible for the loss of skin elasticity and wrinkle development. The hormone imbalance also reduces the skin's ability to regenerate. The study clearly demonstrated that the simultaneous external use and the oral intake of argan oil balance the hormone balance and significantly improve the elasticity of the skin. The antioxidants of the E-vitamins, as well as the sterols Schottenol and Spinasterol are responsible for this.

In addition to genetic factors, age, lifestyle and diet play an important role in wrinkle formation. A healthy lifestyle with sufficient sleep and exercise, the absence of stress and a balanced diet influences the external, especially the skin. Avoid alcohol and nicotine and drink enough fluids a day, 1.5 - 2.5 liters of water. In addition, add argan oil to vegetables, soups and salads and apply it to your skin every day! You will notice an improved complexion after just a week.

Eyes, dark circles, bags

Try as we may to hide it, our eyes can give away clues about our health, sleep and stress levels without us wnting them to. Dry air, lack of sleep, dehydration or drug use all also impact the the eyes and the sensitive eye directly underneath them. It is absolutely vital to maintain healthy sleep cycles and drink enough fluids to take proper care of this sensitive area.

Regular care with argan oil or argan cream regulates the moisture balance while valuable nutrients tighten and strengthen the connective tissue above and below the eyes. With circular, outward stroking movements, while applying ointment, lymph flow in the area is stimulated through massage. Puffy eyes and bags under the eyes disappear or are significantly minimized. Since the oil does not burn the eyes, the outer edges of the eyelids can also be cared for in this way, while stimulating the growth of the eyelashes.

Removing makeup with argan oil

Argan oil is a wonderful method of remove water-soluble and fat-soluble makeup. It does not burn the eyes, and also cares for the eyebrows, eyelashes and the sensitive areas around the eyes. Put a small amount on a cotton pad and gently dab the make-up softly. Then carefully spread outwards from the side of the nose. Then wash your eyes with lukewarm water.

Argan oil for the body skin

Pure, virgin argan oil can also be applied straight to skin. It is best to massage it into the slightly damp skin after showering or bathing. It is absorbed very well and does not leave a greasy layer of film on the skin, but rather the pleasant feeling of nature’s care for your skin. The skin then feels smooth and supple and revitalised.

Of course, you can also mix argan oil into a good body lotion, regardless of whether you have combination skin, dry or oily skin. Always start with a small amount, which you can increase as you like, until reaching your personal favourite mix ratio. Argan oil also supports the skin against sunburn, eczema, neurodermatitis, acne and psoriasis.Learn more

Argan oil for your feet

If you take care of your body skin with argan oil after showering or bathing, treat your feet to a soothing massage or pamper yourself after a relaxing foot bath. It not only keeps the cuticle supple so that it does not tear, but also prevents strong callus formation on the soles of the feet and pads and the formation of deep, painful cracks. If there are already cracks, it is helpful to massage enough argan oil into the feet overnight and put on cotton socks to protect the bed linen. This way the oil can work all night long. The next day, carefully rub off the excess cornea with a pumice stone. When massaging your toes, distribute the oil on your toenails, which will soften them, give them a matt shimmer and prevent nail diseases such as nail fungus.

Schwangerschaft und Dehnstreifen

Schwangerschaft During pregnancy, the hormone swings cause excessive water to be stored in the connective tissue, so that the skin and the underlying connective tissue on the thighs, buttocks and hips are heavily stressed. The skin over the abdomen and breasts has to expand significantly, especially in the last trimester of pregnancy, and this can result in unsightly tissue tears, which unfortunately do not go away. It is therefore all the more important to prepare the skin for the upcoming stress and to massage the skin in the abdominal area, hips and thighs every day.

Because of its unique composition, argan oil penetrates well into the deeper layers of the skin and, with its high proportion of omega-3 fatty acids, provides particularly effective protection against stretch marks. During the massage, the fine hair vessels of the subcutaneous fatty tissue are well supplied with blood, which removes waste matter and stimulates cell renewal. Because of these properties, many women also use the oil after pregnancy: in this way cellulite, which forms in the thighs, can be treated effectively.

Daily massages with argan oil should be started as early as possible, at the latest in the 3rd month. Massage the sensitive skin areas on the abdomen, chest, buttocks and thighs with argan oil. The active ingredients of argan oil make the skin more elastic and prepare it well for the upcoming stress. If the tension on the abdominal skin becomes too great, a belly band can also provide relief and prevent excessive stretching of the abdominal skin. In such a case, follow the recommendations of your doctor. Previously existing stretch marks cannot be removed through argan oil, but it helps to firm the skin and the strips do not enlarge any more.

Tip! Mix argan oil with citrus, almond or arnica oil, which are also beneficial for skin and massage your vulnerable skin zones every day. Also ensure a healthy diet is kept to, with fresh vegetables and fruits, because vitamin C is essential for promoting resilient connective tissue. Continue the massage with argan oil even after pregnancy, because the hormone changes do not cease immediately, but can take just as long after pregnancy to subside. Your skin also needs this time to fully regenerate itself. Stretch marks do not only appear during pregnancy, but also in times of heavy weight gain or weight loss. They can also arise during extreme strength training with strong muscle growth.

Argan oil for skin diseases

The Berbers in Morocco, who have been producing argan oil for centuries, are masters in using its natural healing powers to treat skin diseases such as chickenpox, acne and neurodermatitis, both through external application and ingestion. Pure, cold-pressed argan oil contains many important active ingredients for our skin. The contained linoleic acid moisturizes, protects against dehydration and supports the production of new skin cells, which is particularly important for all skin diseases and wound healing, including sunburn and severe burns.

Vitamin E and quercetin support the healing of inflamed skin. Flavonoids have strong antibacterial effects. The combination of all contained ingredients and the very high antioxidative levels are ideal for relieving all symptoms of skin diseases such as acne, neurodermatitis and psoriasis. Argan oil relieves the unbearable itching in neurodermatitis and psoriasis, which is particularly difficult for those affected. The oil serves well for the prevention of stretch marks, cellulitis and scarring.

Neurodermitis

Neurodermitis Atopic dermatitis is a chronic, non-contagious skin disease that can appear from infancy. The skin becomes thin and parchment-like, tears easily and itches. Affected people are also stressed by the itching, which in turn worsens the symptoms. It is nerly impossible to avoid scratching and this leads to bloody tears where bacteria can enter and inflammation can occur.

In severe cases, the irritated skin must be covered with a bandage in order to avoid infections and to prevent children from scratching their scabs. In almost all neurodermatitis patients, the symptoms worsen with stress. Many suffer from allergies and /or intolerance to food, additives in food, clothing or in cosmetic products and medicines simoultaneously. Sometimes certain foods need to be restricted and the diet needs to be changed. Since most neurodermatitis patients are very sensitive, natural, pollutant-free products should be of preference for food, cosmetics, clothing and home furnishings.

The aim of medical treatment is to find the triggers of neurodermatitis and to calm the irritated skin in order to relieve the itchiness and the subsequent stress. Argan oil can optimally support a natural treatment: it soothes the skin and reduces itching by greasing dry, parchment-like skin. This makes it more elastic and resistant to tears. The anti-inflammatory properties allow open skin areas and inflammations to heal quickly. Argan oil cannot cure eczema, but it can make the symptoms bearable.

Ekzeme

Ekzeme Eczema is skin irritation, for which certain foods, additives in clothing, detergents, cosmetics and medicines are almost always the cause.

In all cases, the environmental cause should be properly diagnosed with a specialist. It is worth trying to treat the eczema with argan oil until the doctor's visit to soothe the skin. If the cause is found, argan oil can also be used to prevent scarring and infections.

Psoriasis

Psoriasis is a non-contagious autoimmune disease in which patients suffer from red, inflamed skin spots on individual parts of the body, on the scalp or on the whole body. The skin becomes dry, hard and flaky. The formation of new skin cells proceeds too quickly, so that the skin becomes hard and inelastic and the uppermost skin cells continue to fall off as scales. The skin is very itchy, so that those affected scratch it permanently, which in turn leads to bloody skin cracks. Scales and crusts can also form on the head and combing becomes a painful procedure. Dandruff and flakes fall out of the scalp and scratching of the head due to the strong itching makes affected people look unprofessional and unhygienic.

Visits to the swimming pool should be avoided because the rash is thought to be contagious. The disease often occurs in episodes, which can also be triggered by stress, poor nutrition, hormonal fluctuations and nicotine. For general skin care, doctors tend to prescribe drugs that contain tar or cortisone. Although these provide temporary relief, they are also associated with side effects. In order to prevent the development of psoriasis, there are now expensive drugs for immunosuppression that are very effective, but also have strong side effects, necessitating regular checks. These drugs must be discontinued before surgery.

Argan oil cannot cure psoriasis, but according to reports from patients, it can significantly alleviate unpleasant symptoms, through oral intake and external application. The tocopherols and phytosterols relieve itchiness and the skin inflammation calms down. Skin becomes softer and more elastic and is thus protected against tears.

Argan oil massaged into the scalp 1 - 3 hours before shampooing, loosens dead skin cells that have formed crusts, frees individual hair follicles and supplies them with nutrients. In the same way, argan oil can soften and remove the crusts on the body before showering. Used as a body lotion after showering, it has a calming and moisturizing effect on the still damp skin. In addition, foods that contain sugar and white flour, as well as luxury foods such as alcohol and nicotine should be avoided completely.

Cellulite

Cellulite is the formation of irregular and unsightly skin nodules in women on the thighs, sometimes also on the abdomen, which are more of a cosmetic than a medical problem. Regular exercise such as walking, running, cycling and swimming tightens the connective tissue and helps reduce cellulite build up. A varied diet with minimal amounts of fast foods, sugar, white flour and alcohol and containing lots of fresh vegetables, herbs and fruit is equally important. The daily massaging of the legs with argan oil not only a pampers, but also supplies the skin with many valuable ingredients, promotes blood circulation, which leads to the removal of waste material in the connective tissues and supports the skin during the formation of new collagen fibers and skin cells.

Nail fungus

Studies have not shown that argan oil effectively treats already existing nail fungi. Nail fungus is perpetuated by a hardy germ that first turns the nail brownish, then separates the nail from the nail bed and causes it to become porous until the nail finally dissolves and only an unsightly deformed remnant remains. Already during early stages of brown discoloration, you should clarify with a dermatologist whether this really is a case of nail fungus. Start medical treatment immediately to prevent the nail from loosening and spreading to neighboring nails. Nevertheless, you can prophylactically protect your toenails from infection by massaging your feet and toenails with argan oil after a bath or shower. It makes your toenails shimmer gently, keeps the nail bed soft and supple, and also prevents against the formation of new infections.

Pigment spots

Pigmentflecken Pigment spots, brownish discolouration of the skin, face and back of the hand, which occur especially in old age and after intense sun exposure, are not skin diseases in the medical sense. They are a sign of ageing skin that nobody enjoys. It is "only" a cosmetic problem and an indication that the skin does not regenerate as much as it did in earlier years. Nevertheless, studies show that the daily use of argan oil or even the residues left over from pressing argan nuts, helps the skin to regenerate and reduce age spots. The valuable ingredients boost regeneration and improve overall complexion. With age spots, it is advisable to take the oil daily, whether as capsules or as an edible oil as an addition to salads and vegetable dishes.