Argan is a tree with juicy flowers and fruits, typical of the lands of Morocco,  and the province of Tindouf, in western Algeria. It occurs in semi-desert climates around the world, and medicinal and healing properties are attributed to it. The medicinal part and the one used especially in cosmetics, is the fruit of the tree, from which an argan oil is extracted that is similar to almond oil.

The Argan Tree

It is a tree of the Argania spinosa species, of the Sapotaceae or sapotáceans family, which, due to its ability to survive in extreme and dry climates, was declared a World Heritage Site by Unesco in 1998. It is one of the trees with greater resistance to drought. It is adapted to live in almost desert climates.

Curiously, the fruit of this tree is wet, so an oil can be extracted from it. This is so, because this tree has large roots, deep enough to feed on groundwater.

Argan oil benefits

The fruit of this tree is very beneficial for the skin; it has various cosmetic qualities and important medicinal properties. In this article we will show you the wonderful benefits and uses of argan oil.

Medical uses

Treat acne: Argan oil can be applied as a treatment for acne and different types of eczema, due to its bactericidal properties.

Eliminate fungi: Due to its fungicidal action, fungi on the skin and mucosa can be treated with this oil. Recent studies indicate that its action on the skin in case of fungal infections is very effective.

Burns: It is also possible that you use it when you go to the beach, and in addition to protecting you against ultraviolet rays, it also relieves burns from the action of the sun; therefore, against burns it has a double action.

Dandruff: It has been determined that dandruff is a fungus that lives on the scalp. Argan oil, due to its fungicidal action, contributes to the effective removal of dandruff.

Cardiovascular benefits: Argan oil has a high content of Omega 9, a large amount of vitamin E and also a high content of antioxidants, which helps in the prevention of cardiovascular problems. This oil is very similar to olive oil in this regard, but argan oil is an oil with much more pronounced properties.

Cholesterol: Important studies have shown that people who consume argan oil, lowered their levels of bad cholesterol in the blood, and elevated levels of good cholesterol, even much more than those who took drugs. Some have included argan oil as part of their diet.

Hypertension: Serious studies indicate that hypertension is regularized by argan oil, as an alternative treatment and included in a healthy diet, as support for people with previous therapies to control high blood pressure and also for those with a propensity to suffer high pressure.

Cancer prevention: Because it is rich in antioxidants such as tocopherol, carotenoids, phytosterols and squalenes, which are natural preventive of cancer, natural medicine gives argan oil these properties. Included in the diet is a powerful anticancer, it is believed that due to its antioxidant content, its properties are preventive, but not curative.

Cosmetics and skincare

The uses of argan oil can also be used as beauty treatments, and for skin care. Learn how they can be used to improve your figure inside and out.

Moisturizing

As an oil, argan has hydrating or moisturizing properties. For this reason, it is used to maintain cell structure, as it is rich in fatty acids, which keeps the skin hydrated. It is widely used on the face and body to maintain optimal hydration.

Skin nutrition

Due to its high content of antioxidants and vitamins E and D, it is an excellent enricher of skin properties, such as elasticity. If used daily, it neutralizes free radicals, facilitating the nutrition of the skin.

Powerful anti-aging

The properties of argan oil, and the number of antioxidants it contains, gives your skin the benefit of being more elastic, which is why it delays the appearance of premature wrinkles.

Regenerating the skin

It also has regenerative properties for skin fibers, so it can be applied to small or surgical scars, marks and age spots, helping with their disappearance.

Stretch mark reduction and prevention

It has been recently observed that argan oil influences the reduction or attenuation of stretch marks that have already appeared, and in preventing the appearance of possible new stretch marks, due to its property of providing elasticity and resistance to the skin.

Hardening of nails

It has been shown that nails acquire strength and some flexibility due to the vitamin properties of argan oil, both as if you consume it in your daily diet, as if you use it on your nails, they will look longer and stronger, even much more than if you use collagen for nails.

Uses for hair

Argan oil when applied to the scalp, strengthens it and prevents excess hair loss. It also hydrates and strengthens it, giving it more volume. The wonderful argan oil is currently being used to make hair straightening treatments through its use. It confers moisturizing properties for your hair and for this reason it is used as a therapy for hydration and deep moisturizing of it.

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