Here Are 3 Wonderful Argan Oil Benefits for Your Skin

    Here Are 3 Wonderful Argan Oil Benefits for Your Skin

    Some people would find it weird to use oils on their faces, especially for those with oily skin types. But, did you know that there are many reasons why you may want to considering using oil on your face? This article shares a thing or two about argan oil benefits and how you can maximize its usability.

    What Is Argan Oil?

    Argan oil is extracted from the seeds of argan trees that are native to Morocco (Argania spinosa (L.) Skeels). People normally use this in its pure form by either of the following:

    • Applying directly onto the skin (topical way)
    • Using it as a dripping oil for meal preparations

    The use of argan oil benefits people as it contains fatty acids, carotenes, and other various phenolic compounds.

    Linoleic acid, or omega 6, accounts for approximately 29-36% fatty acid content, whereas oleic acid takes 43-49%. Its composition in olive oil allows the reduction of blood pressure levels.

    Argan oil is also high in vitamin E, a known antioxidant vitamin that is essential for healthy skin, hair, and eyes.

    Some people commonly refer to this as the most expensive oil.

    What Are Some Argan Oil Benefits?

    Argan oil would have to be one of the common ingredients in the skincare industry. This is due to the components and properties that work together to create a potent combination that could help improve skin health.

    It Has Antioxidant and Anti-inflammatory Properties

    The phenolic compounds present in argan oil make up for their antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.

    It also contains vitamin E or tocopherol. This is a fat-soluble vitamin that works as a powerful antioxidant that combats the harmful effects of free radicals. Other compounds that contribute to the rich source of antioxidant properties include:

    Several studies also suggest the topical use of argan oil to help reduce inflammation from infections or other skin conditions.

    One of the most common argan oil benefits is its capability to treat acne.

    It Helps Lock in Skin Moisture

    Argan oil is a common ingredient in lotions, creams, and even hair conditioners. The oil’s capacity to lock in the moisture is all thanks to the mighty vitamin E, providing skin’s water retention.

    Contrary to popular belief, argan oil helps control sebum production. Thus, keeping your skin hydrated and preventing overproduction. This is one of the argan oil benefits that people with oily skin can take into consideration. Postmenopausal women can also benefit from the moisturizing effect of argan oils.

    It Helps Reduce Visible Signs of Aging

    Argan oil gained its popularity in the skincare industry due to its anti-aging effects, a top consideration of many.

    Research shows that the consumption of argan oil supplements reduces inflammation and oxidation stress. Thus, slowing down the aging process. Moreover, the topical application also aids in the maintenance and repair of healthy skin, which reduces visible signs of aging.

    Researchers discovered that combining oral and cosmetic argan oil resulted in a significant increase in skin elasticity.

    Key Takeaways


    The use of argan oil benefits many people, of any skin type, as it could work wonders for one’s skin.
    You may be worried that adding more oil to the skin can worsen your skin condition, but that is not the case. Because of its sebum-reducing properties, argan oil helps in unclogging the pores and reducing oiliness of the skin. Your skin can easily absorb it since its formulation is not too heavy.
    Consider doing a patch test first if you are not sure how your skin would react to plant source oils.

    Learn more about Skin Care and Cleansing here.

    Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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    Oleic acid content is responsible for the reduction in blood pressure induced by olive oil – S Terés, G Barceló-Coblijn, M Benet, R Alvarez, R Bressani, J E Halver, P V Escribá, https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/18772370/, Accessed February 2, 2022 

    Anti-Inflammatory and Skin Barrier Repair Effects of Topical Application of Some Plant Oils – Tzu-Kai Lin, Lily Zhong, and Juan Luis Santiago, https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5796020/, Accessed February 2, 2022

    Does Argan oil have a moisturizing effect on the skin of postmenopausal women? – Kenza Q. Boucetta, Zoubida Charrouf, Hassan Aguenaou, Abdelfattah Derouiche, and Yahya Bensouda, https://www.researchgate.net/publication/236021893_Does_Argan_oil_have_a_moisturizing_effect_on_the_skin_of_postmenopausal_women, Accessed February 2, 2022

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    Written by Fiel Tugade Updated Aug 24
    Expertly reviewed by Dexter Macalintal, MD