Argan oil has been around for a long time, but has only recently grown a reputation in the beauty industry over the past few years. And it’s not just for the magic it works on skin and hair, but also for its contribution to creating an infrastructure in an otherwise poor community.
Made from the kernels of argan trees, which can only be found in Morocco, argan oil is said to have nutritive, cosmetic and medicinal properties. Only one group of women are allowed to harvest the nuts and make the oil – the Berber women in Morocco. Working within fair trade cooperatives ensures that these women get paid fair wages and are provided with good working conditions, creating a viable infrastructure for women to earn income for their families. The forests are kept alive and protected as well by an ecosystem reforestation project – in fact, UNESCO has designated the 10,000-square-mile argan-growing region as a biosphere reserve.
High in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, beauty products left and right are beginning to feature Argan oil, not just for hair, but for skin too. Here are a few Argan oil products I love, perfect for the dry skin that comes with colder weather and restoring shine to dried out hair from all the summer’s activities!
I suggests trying product containing over 65% argan oil, as an overnight hair treatment. Prepare your scalp for hydration while you breathe in the soothing scents of orange blossom. Because it’s completely natural, it can also be applied to the face and skin to treat fine lines and wrinkles, as well as stretch marks and aging spot.