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Rich, Exotic & So Amazing: Why We Love Argan Oil

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With that rare, silky smooth feeling that lasts for hours, there’s a lot to love about argan oil, but for most of us, it’s a bit of a mystery. So, we wanted to share with you why we love argan oil and how its unique properties nourish the skin and hair in ways that you’ll love too.

WHAT IS ARGAN OIL?

Argan oil makes an incredible journey from its origins to our apothecary and then to your skin. This tree nut oil is pressed from the kernels of argan trees in Morocco.

Long used for cosmetic purposes, argan oil is rich in antioxidants and essential fatty acids such as:

  • Vitamin E
  • Vitamin A
  • Linoleic Acid
  • Omega-6 & Omega-3

Together, that makes it an extremely nourishing oil that so deftly maintains our natural lipid barriers. It absorbs quickly and yet no oily residue here. This is one oil that’s beneficial for all skin types and in so many can’t-get-enough ways.

WHAT IS ARGAN OIL GOOD FOR? THE BENEFITS OF ARGAN OIL FOR THE SKIN & HAIR

Sun damage protection
With its high concentration of antioxidants, argan oil protects the skin from free radicals caused by exposure to the sun—helping to prevent burns, skin damage and even hyper pigmentation.

Water retention
Vitamin E is a fat-soluble antioxidant that does an incredible job of retaining water. When your skin is hydrated, it glows and glows.

Anti-inflammatory action
If you suffer from dermatitis, psoriasis or rosacea, argan oil has been proven to help calm, lighten and nourish these uncomfortable skin conditions.

Regulating oil production
One of the less-known argan oil benefits is that it takes care of oily T-zones. While it might seem counterintuitive to fight oil with oil, it’s true: Argan oil’s smaller molecules and higher concentration of fatty acids means it penetrates the skin easily to boost your moisture levels perfectly. Now your skin doesn’t have to over-produce its own oils and your skin is balanced and clear.

Anti-aging, scars and post-menopausal skin action
With powerful antioxidants proven to improve skin elasticity, argan oil has become a sought-after ingredient as women look to restore the look and feel of their skin through various life stages. With argan oil formulations, you can embrace your skin through all the phases of womanhood.

Hair softening
Wondering if you can use argan oil for your hair? Yes. Yes. Yes. Argan oil makes a great conditioner because those tiny molecules easily penetrate hair follicles, leaving your locks soft and untangled.

CAN YOU BE ALLERGIC TO ARGAN OIL?
Since argan oil is actually a tree nut oil, people who have allergies to tree nuts may find it causes redness or sensitivity. Tree nut allergies are a little more common than you might think, so if you’re using skin care with argan oil and experiencing redness, it could be the argan oil.

WHY IS ARGAN OIL KIND OF EXPENSIVE?
Two reasons: One, it comes to us all the way from the argan trees of Africa. Two, it’s that idyllic make-up at the molecular level. With such small molecules, you have a high concentration of fatty acids that can completely soak into the skin and give you that powdery soft glowy-but-not-greasy feel. It really is the perfect skin oil and that’s what makes it so coveted.

HOW DOES OM USE ARGAN OIL IN OUR SKIN CARE?
For all the almost endless ways argan oil benefits the skin and hair, we love argan oil around here.

Here are three Om bestsellers that make the most of argan oil.

TRY: MARULA + CACTUS AGE-DEFYING FACE OIL for face
Argan oil is one of several carefully selected ingredients in this formulation designed to hold in moisture and improve skin elasticity.  

TRY: COCONUT MILK HAIR MASK for hair
Our founder, Kari, created this hair mask because she didn’t want to settle for less than soft and glowing locks, and couldn’t find a natural hair mask that met her standards. Chocked full of high end ingredients not normally found in other formulations, this hair mask delivers gloss and softness in spades. The argan oil specifically targets split ends and frizziness while bringing natural shine alongside honey and silk and oat proteins.

TRY: ARGAN + TUCUMA LIP BUTTER for lips
This lip butter soothes for hours. Penetrating your lips quickly and deeply, our Argan and Tucuma Lip Butter erases dryness and chapping to give your lips a soft, smooth finish perfect for layering with lipstick.

Learn more about the thought and care that goes into our formulations in our article What’s inside our pure, plant-based totally clean natural skin care?

What does your skin and hair really need? You don’t have to settle. Shop our plant-derived non-toxic skin care by skin type or product type and get your glow on—naturally. 

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