Cleansing, healing, nourishing, moisturizing – argan oil does it all.
It's why I think:
- It's one of the best-kept secrets in the natural beauty industry.
- It should be a staple on every bathroom shelf.
For years we’ve carried this ‘liquid gold’ elixir that does a little bit of everything.
While we’ve mostly focused on how argan oil nourishes and repairs hair, it does so much more.
To show you how versatile this oil is, I'm going to comb through a dozen plus other benefits this oil can offer!
Before we dive in, let’s talk about what makes argan oil so special…
What’s in argan oil?
Derived from centuries-old trees in North Africa, argan oil is a powerhouse of skin-loving nutrients, including:
- Antioxidants (polyphenols and vitamin E) protect against free radical damage and help maintain a youthful complexion.
- Fatty acids provide essential moisture and nourishment, while soothing irritation with anti-inflammatory properties (oleic and linoleic acids).
- A protective barrier for every skin type (oily to dry), argan oil provides lightweight moisturization that prevents water loss and helps to repair and seal the skin's outermost layer.
21 surprising uses for argan oil
Now that we understand the source of argan oil's magical properties, let me show you some amazing extra ways this oil can help you!
Argan oil is a gentle yet effective makeup remover that can dissolve even waterproof makeup.
Smoothing on a few drops of argan oil to your face creates a smooth, hydrated base to apply your makeup – which also helps keep moisture in, and free radicals out.
Massaging a drop of argan oil into each cuticle will soften, nourish, and strengthen weak, brittle nails.
With summer fast approaching, smoothing argan oil onto an angry sunburn can help soothe, moisturize, and heal sunburned skin.
Applying a small amount of argan oil to your lips will keep them soft, hydrated – and help prevent chapping in the future.
Argan oil can be used as a facial serum to help reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Those antioxidants mentioned earlier help protect your skin from free radical damage and promote a smooth, youthful complexion.
The perfect natural detangler for stubborn knots and tangles, argan oil will leave your hair feeling soft, smooth, and easy to manage.
For a dry, itchy scalp, massaging a few drops of argan oil into the areas will soothe and promote healthy new hair growth.
Argan oil can be used as a body oil to help moisturize and soften your skin all over.
Tame frizz, smooth down flyaways, and boost shine by applying a few drops of argan oil to the ends of your hair. This will also help prevent split ends!
For the guys out there, argan oil works wonders as a natural beard oil, keeping facial hair soft, hydrated, and healthy.
Massage argan oil onto your feet to help soften calluses and prevent cracking.
Add a few drops of argan oil to your bath for a luxurious and moisturizing soak.
Stretch mark and scar prevention
To prevent stretch marks and other scarring during pregnancy, regularly massage argan oil onto your skin.
For men and women, argan oil can be used as a shaving oil to help prevent razor burns and leave your skin feeling smooth and moisturized.
Razor burn relief
Likewise, after you’ve shaved, argan oil offers natural razor burn relief, and can even help prevent ingrown hairs.
Argan oil can be used as a healing balm for minor cuts and burns, as it can help soothe and speed up the healing process.
Eczema and psoriasis relief
The anti-inflammatory properties of argan oil can help soothe and calm eczema, rashes, and psoriasis flare-ups.
Due to its moisturizing and nourishing properties, argan oil is a great natural massage oil that can soothe sore muscles and leave your skin feeling silky smooth.
Oil cleansing method
Argan oil is great to use as an oil cleanser – especially for those who suffer from dry, sensitive skin. Massaging it into your face will help dissolve dirt, makeup and other impurities, then can be easily rinsed away with warm water. Afterward, your skin is left feeling soft, clean and hydrated!