What is it about Argan Oil that is so popular? We use it in our hair to make it shiny and smooth; however, it also has many other purposes. I checked out sephora.com for information on my favorite: Josie Maran 100 % Pure Argan Oil. Why is this particular brand so special (at the price of $18.00 for only 0.5 oz, $58.00 for 1.7 oz, and 4.0 oz for $125.00)? Because it is specifically formulated to use on any part of your skin that’s dry, including your face and cuticles. Finding an Argan Oil that can be used on your face as a moisturizer is difficult, so I searched far and wide before I found this product at Sephora.
The Ethnoeconomical, Ethnomedical, and Phytochemical Study of Argania Spinosa (L.) Skeels explains that Argan Oil is made by taking fruits of the Argan Tree that have a thick peel which covers the pulp within. The pulp surrounds a nut, containing 1 to 3 Argan Oil-rich kernels. What is interesting about Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil from an environmental and feminist view point is the fact that it is first cold-pressed to ensure the best quality. It is housed in a recyclable glass bottle and purchased from women’s cooperatives in Morocco to support their social and economic welfare. These cooperatives work within a UNESCO biosphere reserve that ensures the protection and reforestation of Argan trees.
According to the product description, 100% Argan Oil is “rich in fatty acids” and “rich in Vitamin E.” Plus, it is organically grown in Morocco. Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil is gentle enough to use on all skin types, and I can agree that it helps with skin conditions, even acne. It absorbs into skin easily and gives a “youthful, dewy glow, and has astonishing healing, conditioning, and anti-aging properties.” The product helps keep skin and hair nourished and revitalized to keep you looking beautiful from the top of your head to the tips of your toes. It’s “clinically proven to improve skin hydration and skin elasticity after only 4 weeks,” and the description claims their study saw “a visible reduction in coarse wrinkles and fine lines in the eye area, and more than 83% of women showed significantly improved skin hydration.”
After purchasing the small size to begin with, I am pleasantly surprised that 3 or 4 drops of oil goes a long way and will moisturize your entire face and neck. The oil feels smooth on your skin, without being overly greasy or thick like other moisturizers. After putting on the oil at night, I use a toner and anti-aging serum to wake up with fresh skin. The oily feeling of the product does not remain in the morning; my acne began clearing up. I feel like my face would look too oily in the daytime if I put the product under my makeup, but it is an excellent nighttime moisturizer. It also has healed dry patches around the corners of my mouth and eyes due to the winter.
Although Argan Oil is often used in the hair to make it shiny and smooth, I would not waste Josie Maran 100% Pure Argan Oil on this; instead, I would go to the drugstore and buy a less expensive product such as Nexxus Frizz Defy Frizz Protection Leave in Oil Shine Treatment: With Lightweight Morrocon Argan Oil and Coconut Extract ($15.00) at Shoppers Drug mart. You can also pick up Moroccan Oil at Sephora, also by Josie Maran. Josie Maran Argon Oil Hair Serum is available at Sephora at $39.00.
Josie Maran 100% Argan Oil has been a life saver for my skin. If you try it, or have tried it already, let me know what you think in the comments below.