Argan oil comes from the kernels of the Argania Spinosa tree, one of the oldest tress in the world. It is a natural organic oil made by the Berber women of southern Morocco. Pure argan oil has been used in Morocco for centuries to nourish and protect the hair, skin and nails. Argan oil contains many chemical elements which are beneficial such as natural tocopherols, vitamin E, essential fatty acids, squalene and antioxidants.
Possessing 80 % monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acids, Omega – 9 and 6, and a significant proportion of linoleic acid, an unsaturated fatty acid it acts as waterproofing the skin, creating a protective barrier and maintaining elasticity.
Rich in carotenoids, terpenoids, polyphenols and tocopherols, all powerful antioxidants against free radicals – which are responsible for skin aging. The palmetic, stearic, oleic acids and the phytosterols have anti-inflammatory action and act on remedial skin tissue.
It also contains squalene, a unique and rare element against skin cancer.
Argan oil has an interesting content of essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid (omega 6), which is involved in membrane fluidity and strengthen the barrier of the epidermis. These essential fatty acids help the skin gain flexibility and tone, becoming more resistant to the elements.
This action, beneficial against skin aging, is reinforced by a very high rate of gamma tocopherols, which have high antioxidant action and help neutralize free radicals. They protect the cell membranes against lipid oxidation, thereby slowing the process of skin aging.
Furthermore, Argan oil is also rich in sterols, especially schottenol (44-49%) which has inhibitory properties of cell development. Argan oil can thus advantageously replace cholesterol in cosmetics without risking result in increased blood cholesterol levels. In the unsaponifiable fraction, five triterpene alcohols were identified, lupeol (7.1%) has anti-inflammatory properties. Its specific biochemical composition gives argan oil interesting properties for applications in cosmetics. Also present are polyphenols and carotenoids in abundance.
Thanks to its high content of vitamin E, Argan oil is one of the most nourishing, anti-wrinkle and anti-aging oils in the market, gaining its nickname “liquid gold”. What makes is even more special is its non-greasy properties.