26 Benefits of Argan Oil  [+ DYI Skin Care Recipes]

Argan Oil is one of those products that has hit the mainstream beauty industry like a cannonball with it's array of fantastic health and skin benefits and 100% natural title. 

If you have yet to try argan oil, I'm giving you 26 practical and beneficial uses plus a few easy DIY skin care recipes. I'm also letting you in on my secret supplier, so you can get your hands on the best 100% pure certified organic argan oil. Read on to learn the comprehensive list of argan oil benefits.

History of argan oil

1. Moisturizer

Argan oil is a deeply penetrating moisturizer that won't clog pores or leave a greasy feeling on skin. It's a great choice for people with combination skin because it can effectively balance skin moisture without causing breakouts, we'll get to this more next. Massage argan oil onto face, neck, hands and entire body for all over moisture. Add a couple drops of lavender or jasmine for a relaxing aromatic experience. 

2. Acne Treatment

I first started using argan oil for it's acne treatment benefits and it's proven to be fantastic. It has a high linoleic acid content reduces inflammation caused by acne, infections, rashes, and bug bites. People with acne-prone skin tend to have a low percentage of linoleic acid compared to their oleic acid level in their natural skin oil. Studies have shown that increasing the amount of linoleic acid in the skin will reduce acne. Blend argan oil with a few drops of tea tree oil, frankincense, lavender or rosemary before applying to acne blemishes, which will supercharge the oil's anti-acne benefits. 

3. Anti-aging

Argan oil has fantastic anti-aging benefits. High levels of vitamins A and E in argan oil rejuvenate and promote skin cell restoration. Tocopherol, found in vitamin E, increases cell production to reveal new, youthful skin and, improving skin elasticity. Argan oil's Vitamin A is fantastic at reducing wrinkles and smoothing rough skin. However, strong sunlight can inactivate many forms of vitamin A, so make sure you apply before bedtime to maximize your benefits. Rosehip seed oil is another fantastic anti-aging oil you could blend with argan oil to maximize her benefits. 

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4. Hair Conditioner

One of Argan oil's claims to fame is it's ability to deeply condition hair. Argan oil provides moisture, prevents breakage, and enhances shine and texture. Apply a few drops of argan oil to the tips of hair as a leave-in conditioner or to tame frizzy fly aways. Rub a small amount of argan oil into your scalp as an overnight treatment for to eliminate a flaky scalp and wake with shiny locks. 

5. Burn Healer

Burns from steam, fire or sun can heal more quickly with argan oil. Argan oil restores and heals skin and keeps burns moisturized so your skin can heal efficiently.

6. Cuticle Oil

Argan oil can smooth, moisturize and heal ragged and dry cuticles. Rub a few drops into your cuticles and gently snip away any ragged edges with cuticle clippers.

7. Rash Treatment

Argan oil has anti-inflammatory properties due to it's high content of linoleic acid. It can effectively turnover new skin cells and reduce inflammation caused by allergic issues. Next time you or your child get a little rash, smooth some argan oil on it and watch it clear up by morning. 

8. Bug Repellent and bug bite care

Mixed with certain essential oils, Argan oil makes a skin-soothing and conditioning bug repellent. Argan oil soothes and moisturizes skin while the essential oils deter mosquitos and ticks. Try the 100% natural recipe below

Argan Oil Bug Repellent Recipe

Combine the following in a pump bottle:

  • 30ml Argan oil
  • 6 drops citronella oil
  • 6 drops grapefruit oil
  • 6 drops lemon eucalyptus essential oil
  • 3 drops of lavender essential oil
  • 2 drops of geranium essential oil
  • 3 drops ginger essential oil

For external use only

9. Eczema Treatment

If you have eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis or any other sensitive skin inflammation, you should definitely add argan oil to your beauty routine. It's anti-inflammatory properties work wonders to reduce these conditions while giving you all the wonderful benefits of anti-aging, moisture and acne treatment. Combine argan oil with blue tansy or blue chamomile oil and you have a powerful inflammation soothing product.

argan exfoliant

10. Exfoliant

Argan oil in combination with sugars, salts, or clays can create a nourishing exfoliating product for your entire body. Exfoliation is a key part of skin health, sloughing off dull, dead skin cells and purging toxins to reveal your beautiful new skin. Argan oil will deeply penetrate the newly opened pores and moisturize which will make your skin will glow with vitality.

Sugar Scrub

Combine the following in a jar and use 2-3 times per week for healthy skin

30ml argan oil

25 drops essential oils of your choice - grapefruit, rosemary, lemon and citrus are all uplifting and detoxifying.

approximately 30-45ml organic sugar. You can eyeball this part and make the mixture as dry or liquidy as you prefer. 

11. After sun care

A day in the sun can destroy much of the skin’s natural vitamin E content, but an application of argan oil after sun exposure will prevent the UV light from damaging your skin. Argan oil is packed with vitamins A & E which will regenerate skin cells rapidly. Argan's non-comedogenic moisture and anti-inflammatory qualities will quell the burn and keep parched skin from drying out after a sun burn. Try blending argan oil with coconut oil for an after-sun butter or use argan in combination with raspberry seed or pomegranate oil to protect skin while under light UV rays 

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12. Stretch Mark Prevention

Argan oil can improve and prevent stretch marks by promoting skin elasticity and suppleness. Rub argan oil on areas that are prone to stretch marks, such as belly, hips and thighs. Doing so regularly can prevent stretch marks and the overall condition of your skin. Looking for the ultimate belly butter or stretch mark cream? Add some other elastic promoting ingredients like prickly pear seed oil, marula oil, rosehip seed oil or neroli essential oil to prevent stretch marks from happening. 

13. Nursing Ointment

If you've ever breastfed a baby, you know what a toll it can take on your nipples. It's even more so for fair-skinned mother's like me who have skin is sensitive. A combination of argan oil, beeswax, coconut oil and lavender can be very soothing to ultra irritated nipples and promote healing more quickly. I don't recommend using this if you plan on nursing soon after because we don't want baby ingesting it, but if you have at least 6 hours over night, this blend can really be a savior.

14. Cradle Cap Treatment

Newborns sometimes get a crusty, flaky condition on their precious and fragile baby heads called cradle cap. Although it's nothing to worry about and generally goes away on it's own with time, you can give your baby a little scalp treatment to encourage healing and condition her sensitive skin. Gently rub a few drops of argan oil into your baby's scalp and let it soak in for at least 5 minutes, then rinse with luke warm water and use a soft comb to peel off any areas of cradle cap that look ready to go. You need to be extremely gentle and don't force, pick, or scratch the fragile skin or scabs. The argan oil acts as a softener which should help and also make the baby's head feel less itchy.  Be careful not to get any in her eyes. 

15. Foot Soak

Dry feet aren't pretty. You can use argan oil to make either a foot soak or a steam treatment for super soft feet! 

Foot Soak

Fill your tub or a basin with steamy water and add 1 tablespoon of argan oil + a few drops of lavender or tea tree + 1 tablespoon of himalayan pink sea salt. Soak your feet for 5 minutes to soften skin, release toxins, and eliminate bacteria. Pat dry and massage more argan oil into your feet before bed. 

Foot Steam Treatment

Slather your feet with a combination of argan oil and lavender or tea tree oil. Wrap both feet with a steamy towel and let the steam work it's magic with the oil for up to 15 minutes. Your feet will be silky soft!

16. Razor Burn & Bump Treatment

Again, if you're a redhead like me, your fair complexion doesn't do well with abraision and can result in painful razor burn or ingrown hairs. Argan oil makes the perfect after-shave oil because it calms down that angry inflammation and rapidly heals abraised skin. 

17. Lip Conditioner

Pucker up!  Argan oil soaks deeply into the thin skin on lips to keep them moist, supple and plump. Combine argan oil with beeswax and you have a moisture-drawing/holding treatment that also protects lips from the elements.

argan bath soak oil

18. Bath Oil

I adore putting oils in my bath for a spa-like experience. Argan oil is my top choice because it soaks into skin so well and feels light weight on your skin as you dry. Try adding some luscious dried flowers like rose petals or lilac which will boost argan's reduction of lines and wrinkles and also create an aromatic steam that will open your pores.

19. Dry hand repair

Severely dry hands sometimes need more than lotion can provide. The deeply penetrating moisture benefits of argan oil can heal dry hands and even decrease the wrinkles that often come with dryness. Rub argan oil into your hands at least twice per day, including at night when skin does vital repairs.

20. Scar Fading

Argan oil's high content of linoleic acid can help reverse those dark sun-spots on the face and reduce the appearance of scaring from acne. We also infuse white peony root into our argan oil which contains natural tannins that brighten and lighten skin tone.

21. Wound Healing

Argan oil can speed up the healing process of cuts and wounds by regenerating skin cells and soothing inflammation. 

22. Toner

Some toners can be drying or too harsh for sensitive skin. You can use argan oil to soften those affects by adding a few drops of argan to your toner OR making your own toner. Steep a tea bag of green tea and add a few drops of argan oil. Use this argan oil and green tea toner to keep skin from getting that tight and dry feeling that water based toners so often create.

23. Under eye circle and puff correction

Although under eye bags, darkness or puffiness can often be genetic, from stress, exhaustion or other factors, argan oil can help lessen the look of them. Argan oil's vitamin E is a great anti-oxidant that promotes skin elasticity as well as reduces fine lines which can come as a result of under eye circles. For even better results, infuse your argan oil with gunpowder green tea or matcha tea, which can help tighten capillaries that often make under our eyes look dark.

argan cleansing oil

24. Face Cleansing

Oil cleansing is becoming more mainstream because people are realizing it really works wonders to detoxify your skin and clear up congestion. Argan oil is a fantastic oil cleanser since it absorbs so easily; combine it with a teeny bit of castor oil which pulls toxins out of skin and you have an ultra detoxifying yet nourishing cleansing oil. 

Directions to oil cleanse:

  • Pump a dime sized amount of oil into the palm of your hand, rub both hands together to warm the oil and apply to your face, massaging deep into your pores to dissolve impurities.
  • Focus on your problem areas and take your time, letting the oil work in deeply to loosen debris and hardened sebum.
  • Run your washcloth under hot water and wring it out letting it cool a bit but still steamy and warm.
  • Gently hold the washcloth over your face and let the warmth penetrate your pores before wiping and repeating 2-3 times. 

25. Cellulite Reduction

Cellulite is such a frustration for so many women. Massaging argan oil into area of cellulite, such as thighs, hips and butt and gradually lessen the appearance. Argan oil helps to keep skin supple and elastic which is important in order for our skin to be pulled taut. 

26. Culinary Oil

The Moroccan people have long used argan oil as a food ingredient. Argan oil is used regularly as a dip for breads and salad dressings due to its nutty flavor and healthy fatty acid content. Much like olive oil, consumption of argan oil has been associated with combating obesity, cardiovascular diseases, and cancer prevention. 

Source the best argan oil

Argan oil benefits are plentiful and magical but not all argan oil is created equal. It's important to make sure that you are purchasing certified organic argan oil, free of other additives. I cannot tell you the number of times I've picked up a product that says "Agan Oil" on the front and realized it's a combination of oils on the back ingredient list. Not cool. Not cool.

For the highest quality, pure, Moroccan, certified organic argan oil, visit  Organic Infusions.

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