Every now and then the beauty industry grabs hold of a new ‘wonder’ ingredient and squeezes it for all its got.
Argan oil has achieved cult beauty status and products from mascaras to serums to shampoos claim to bestow its user with the bountiful benefits of Argan oil.
But is this oil really all it’s cracked up to be and should you buy into the hype surrounding the miracle properties of Argan oil?
Where is Argan oil from?
Argan oil is a plant oil produced from the kernels of the Moroccan Argan tree. Used in Moroccan culture as both a beauty and culinary oil, this ingredient must be extracted by hand making it very labour intensive to produce.
Since its popularity has grown, Argan oil has left Morocco and been adopted by many big name beauty brands. It can now be found as the ‘hero ingredient’ in many moisturising or de-frizzing high street personal care products.
What are the benefits of Argan oil?
Those trumpeting Argan oil hail its high levels of vitamin E and moisture-boosting properties that help keep skin hydrated and hair frizz-free.
Whilst this oil may help with some of these issues, there are many other fabulous fruit, plant and seed oils out there that offer these same benefits.
Oils such as Rosehip, Perilla, Avocado and Sweet Almond are all amazing moisture-boosting oils and each have their own unique properties that set them apart.
Argan oil is actually relatively unstable and some grades oxidise very readily unless protected with powerful antioxidants.
As well as being unstable, the benefits of Argan oil can be matched by other base oils and oil blends, meaning there is little or nothing unique about this over-hyped ingredient.
Other ingredients found alongside Argan oil
Whilst you can buy pure Argan oil in health shops and online, many high street beauty products are now formulated with the oil included.
While it may add some of its benefits to these formulations, many of these products are loaded with artificial fragrances, colours, alcohol and preservatives that can wreak havoc on your skin despite the addition of the oil.
For example, some high street brands add Argan oil to mascaras, promoting the formula as moisturising and conditioning for lashes. Unfortunately, many high street mascaras also contain ingredients such as phthalates, commonly used as plasticisers to keep them flexible.
Shockingly, phthalates have been shown to affect the normal development of the central nervous system, plus have hormone disruptive activity too.
No amount of oil can cancel out the damaging properties of harsh chemicals such as these, so we always recommend using a natural mascara.
We all know that some things are too good to be true, but when we’re offered a miracle treatment at a micro cost it can be hard not to fall for the hype.
If you do want to use Argan oil, make sure you buy the pure oil from an independent health shop as some online outlets sell fake Argan oil, using cheap oil as a replacement.
Or you could choose certified organic products containing Argan oil, as these will provide lots of other lovely natural ingredients, without the chemical nasties, to nourish and protect your skin.
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