Moroccan argan oil may well be the perfect travel companion.
It is one of the most versatile products out there, meaning that, for backpackers like me, it’s great as it means I can have all my beauty needs catered to without having to lug around a really heavy bag. For this reason alone, argan oil is, in my unprofessional opinion, a beauty essential for travel!
However, although there are almost endless benefits to argan oil, the vast majority of people I meet have never heard of it.
So just what is argan oil?
Well, argan oil is a plant oil produced from the kernals of the argan tree and the labour intensive nature of extracting it from the argan tree, mostly carried out by women’s co-operatives, has provided a steady income for many women in Morocco, as well as elevating their status within the male-dominated society. It is traditionally used to dip bread into at breakfast time and is also used as a cooking oil or drizzled on couscous, but gradually its versatility is becoming widely recognised and people worldwide are catching onto the global phenomenon that is argan oil.
So, just what exactly are the benefits of argan oil?
1.Can be used as a cooking oil or salad dressing
Now, it may be slightly pricier than your sunflower oil, but don’t disregard it just yet. Ingesting argan oil has been proven to reduce cholesterol, reduce arthritis pains and can even reduce and prevent cardiovascular problems – not a bad addition to your evening meal!
2. Makes your nails strong and healthy
Argan oil not only encourages nail growth but it also strengthens your nails, making brittle nails and painful breakages a thing of the past. My nails are weak from constantly wearing nail polishes and acrylic nails, but argan oil really revives them with minimal time and effort needed – simply rub it in!
3. Eliminates scars
Argan oil is not only great for fading scars, but it also helps with acne scares, stretch marks and other blemishes while keeping the skin lovely and moisturised.
4. Helps a myriad of skin conditions
Argan oil isn’t just great for superficial stuff like soft skin and faded stretch marks. It is also really great at soothing or even healing existing skin conditions that include, but are not limited to:
5. Helps prevent wrinkles
Forget about all of all the latest face creams and anti-wrinkle treatments: one of the benefits of argan oil is that it is great for the prevention of wrinkles! I use argan oil daily on my face in place of moisturiser, and contrary to what you may think, it doesn’t actually make your skin oily but it is great at treating and preventing spots while making your skin silky soft.
6. It is a must for healthy hair
Argan oil doesn’t just make your hair look super shiny. It makes it strong, preventing breakage and split ends, encourages growth, smooths the hair for easy styling and even detangles better than most conditioners! I’ve been bleaching and straightening my hair for years so as you can imagine, it’s in pretty bad nick. However, argan oil genuinely makes it not only more manageable but it also appears shinier and grows much quicker.
7. It is an essential for any pedicure
In addition to all of the moisturising that it provides and the fact that no massage is complete without decent oils, argan oil can provide tired feet with the TLC that they deserve as it is super nourishing for dry and cracked heels. Forget expensive treatments or tiny fish chomping away at your dead skin – just rub some argan oil into your feet, put on some comfy socks and relax!
8. Works as a great exfoliating lip scrub
Why bother spending a fortune on expensive high end products? Just add to brown sugar and vanilla extract for a scrumptious lip scrub and moisturiser – you can thank me later.
9. Can be mixed with just about any make-up product to enhance it
Although I use argan oil before I apply my make-up, it can also be mixed with your toner, foundation or bronzer to softly moisturise and cleanse your skin whilst providing a healthy, dewy look.
10. Creates a super soft shave
I use argan oil religiously when I’m shaving my legs (especially with the dreaded dry shave!). Oils in general are much better to shave with than shower gels or shaving foam, and argan oil is no exception. It doesn’t clog up the razor like thick foams do, and it leads to a smoother finish and less ingrown hairs. What’s more, you only need to use a tiny bit and so it lasts far longer than foams or gels.
So there we have it!
Those are my top 10 benefits of argan oil – it really is something that I swear by, especially when I travel. When you travel, your skin is exposed to harsh sunlight, pollution, different climates and the horrors of air-conditioning, not to mention that it’s usually tired and dehydrated!
Hair also takes a battering when travelling – especially mine – and if it wasn’t for argan oil being so great at detangling, I think I’d have a full head of dreadlocks by now!
What do you think? Do you agree that argan oil is a beauty essential for travel, or do you prefer coconut oil? Maybe there’s another beauty product that you swear by! Let me know in the comments below 🙂