A few ingredients have truly won over beauty enthusiasts around the world, and one such wonder ingredient is argan oil. Also known as liquid gold, this miracle oil is endemic to Morocco, where local women used it for healing and beauty purposes centuries ago. Fast forward to today, beauty influencers and top celebrities like Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Kim Kardashian have revealed that argan oil is one of the secrets to their flawless beauty.
A flurry of new beauty launches has also been putting a spotlight on argan oil as a powerful ingredient that works wonders for all skin types. From stopping premature skin ageing in the track to fading blemishes — there’s nothing this oil can’t do. Here are five reasons why you need to include argan oil in your skincare routine ASAP.
- 01. Moisturises skin
- 02. Keeps premature ageing at bay
- 03. Suitable for all skin types
- 04. Shields from sun damage
- 05. Fades dark spots and scars
01. Moisturises skin
The one quality that makes argan oil a crowd favourite is that it makes for a great moisturiser for the skin. It is also rich in vitamin E, antioxidants and fatty acids that help retain hydration in the skin. We’re big fans of the Love Beauty and Planet Argan Oil & Lavender Soothing Body Lotion, which has pure Moroccan argan oil, organic coconut oil and hand-cut French lavender. The vegan product is free from sketchy ingredients like parabens, artificial fragrances, silicones, etc., and keeps the skin feeling smooth and nourished for up to 24 hours. Plus, the aromatic scent of lavender will keep you smelling fresh all day long.
02. Keeps premature ageing at bay
Staying true to its moniker ‘liquid gold’, argan oil is an incredible beauty ingredient for mature skin. A powerhouse of vitamin A and E, omega fatty acids, saponin and melatonin — regular use of argan oil can make your skin firm, improve elasticity and decrease the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. By boosting moisture, the oil also makes skin plump and youthful-looking.
03. Suitable for all skin types
This benefit is something to say ‘hurrah’ for! Unlike other plant-derived oils that may feel heavy on the skin, argan oil actually works perfectly well on all skin types – oily, dry, combination and even sensitive. Since it’s a fast-absorbing oil, it won’t clog your pores or feel greasy and sticky. Plus, it makes it easier for us to layer other skincare and makeup products without weighing down the skin.
04. Shields from sun damage
Various studies so far suggest that the presence of antioxidants in argan oil can help your skin deal with free radical damage caused by sun exposure. This, in turn, helps protect the skin from sunburn and pigmentation. So while skipping sunscreen is an absolute no-no, go ahead and slather on some of the Love Beauty and Planet Argan Oil & Lavender Soothing Body Lotion for added sun protection.
05. Fades dark spots and scars
Dark spots can appear on skin for several reasons, be it hormonal changes, UV rays, melanin increase or ageing. Medically, it’s also dubbed hyperpigmentation. Thanks to argan oil, it helps to reduce the visibility of such spots and acne scars. It has vitamin E that hinders production of dark pigments of melanin and boosts cells regeneration for a clearer, revived skin tone. Being anti-inflammatory, it also soothes redness and irritation left behind by scars or sun exposure.
Now, this is what we call an all-winning skincare ingredient!
Written by Pratishtha Rana on Sep 09, 2021
Pratishtha is a writer driven by curiosity. With over two years of experience in journalism, her toes are dipped in the exciting world of beauty, fashion, food, travel and luxury. Trust her words to help you navigate the do’s and don’ts of all that’s trending online (and offline). A lover of minimal aesthetics, she’s also big on experimenting with colours and prints, and often finds herself power-dressing even for a quick grocery run. When not at work, she’s reading a book, learning Korean, binging on K-Dramas and kimchi ramyeon or just karaoke-ing her hours away.