12 Reasons You Should Be Using Argan Oil


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The people of Northern Africa have been harvesting the fruit of the argan tree for food and medicine for centuries. Often called "liquid gold," the oil produced by argan kernels is beneficial for healthy and great-looking hair, skin, and nails. There's even data from the National Institutes of Health to back up argan’s greatness. Research and data aside, argan addicts can't get enough of the stuff. You can even use culinary-grade argan oil in recipes (just know that it doesn't withstand heat well), salad dressings, and just to dip bread in.

We’ve rounded up a dozen ways to use argan oil for hair, skin, and nails. Check out these benefits before you click "add to cart" or head to the drugstore.

Use Argan Oil on Your Hair To...

1. Moisturize

2. Reduce Hair Breakage and Frizz

3. Add Shine

Use It on Your Skin To…

Patricia Farris, MD, a dermatologist who serves as clinical faculty at Tulane University, explains the specific make-up of argan oil, "It's comprised of fats including linoleic acid, which is important for skin moisturization; it's also an antioxidant, and antioxidants protect your skin from aging."

Argan oil enhances the skin's barrier function, too. "The skin's bricks and mortar are in the epidermis, and that top layer is responsible for barrier function. Maintaining barrier function is important in protecting against skin aging," Farris adds. Here are some more skin benefits:

4. Reduce Signs of Aging

5. Prevent Dry Skin

6. Help Acne

7. Give You Smooth and Hydrated Lips

8. Reduce Inflammation and Dryness

9. Make Your Hands Soft

10. Erase Stretch Marks

Use It On Nails To…

11. Save Your Cuticles

12. Make Your Pedicures Last Longer

With all of these benefits, there's a word of warning. Farris cautions people to wade into the argan oil pool carefully: "The main risk is some sort of reaction, contact dermatitis," she says. "Do a spot test, rub it on your neck every night for four to five days before you put it all over your face. I would advise people to look for skincare products that contain pure argan oil; it's a very common ingredient in many products."

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This article is provided for informational purposes only and is not intended to be used in the place of advice of your physician or other medical professionals. You should always consult with your doctor or healthcare provider first with any health-related questions.