ARGAN OIL

Lipstick & Roses Ingredient

Skin Type:

All Skin Types; ideal for Oily Skin

Comedogenicity Rating:

0 – won’t clog pores

Natural SPF:

Unknown

Region of Origin, Cultivation & History:

This oil is produced from the kernels found in the pulpy fruit of the argan tree (Argania Spinosa) in Morocco.  This kernel is fatty in nature and is the source of Argan oil.  The oil is extracted from the 1-3 kernels found in the hard-shelled nut surrounded by the argan fruit’s pulp.  Surprisingly enough, goats are drawn to this tree and they actually help in the argan oil production.

Constituents:

Gamma Linoleic Acid, Stearic AcidPalmitic AcidPalmitoleic AcidOleic AcidLinoleic Acid, Alpha Linolenic AcidErucic AcidGondoic AcidBehenic AcidArachidic AcidSqualeneCarotenePhenol

Health & Beauty Benefits:

  • Emollient – It is a good moisturizer.
  • Cicatrizant – It is a good wound healer.
  • Anti-Sebum – A study has found out that applying cosmetic grade (topical) argan oil twice daily for a month reduces the amount of sebum ( the natural skin oil ). As a result, oiliness and acne can be suppressed naturally.
  • Anti-aging – Applying argan oil regularly on the skin can help to keep skin strong and healthy.
  • Antioxidant – It is a good antioxidant and reduces free radical damage both externally and internally.
  • Hepatoprotective – Protects the liver.
  • Anti-diabetic – Argan oil has demonstrated anti-hyperglycemic effect in rats. It means that it can prevent spikes in blood sugar levels.
  • Cholerectic – Increases bile secretion from liver.
  • Chemopreventive – Ability to reduce or delay cancer. It exhibits anti-proliferative activity which inhibts or retards the growth of malignant cells.
  • Hypolipidemic – Improves the lipid profile.
  • Hypocholesterolemic – It improves HDL ( High density lipoprotein ) cholesterol and slows the oxidation of LDL cholesterol.
  • Antiatherogenic – It prevents the formation of atheromatous lesions in the blood vessels and contributes towards keeping the cardiovascular system healthy.

Warnings/Contraindications:

There is still not much information about the safety issues regarding argan oil. However, it may be a potential irritant in some people and cause itching, inflammation, rashes and in severe cases, bronchospasm.  There are no common side effects of using argan oil, but there have been limited reports of allergic reactions in the form of rashes, and in one extreme case – anaphylaxis. You should always speak to your medical professional before adding an herbal remedy to your health regimen, and always purchase argan oil from a reputable source, like a trained herbalist.

 

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