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Argan oil for face

Discover argan oil for face

Argan oil for face

What is argan oil and is argan oil good for face? We've got information on why it's all the rage in skin care and what makes it so effective.
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Moroccan women have been using argan oil for its benefits for skin and hair. But what is argan oil, and what makes it so effective?

Argan oil is produced by the nuts found on argan trees which are native to Morocco - these nuts contain between 1 and 3 oil-rich argan kernels which is then extracted by cracking and roasting the nuts to produce what we know as argan oil.

Argan oil is light in texture and easily penetrates the skin. But despite its lightweight consistency, it is a heavyweight in what it can do for the skin. Rich in nourishing nutrients, including vitamin E, fatty acids, squalene, and antioxidants, argan oil can protect, soothe and treat a whole host of skin conditions.

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Argan oil properties

Argan oil is full of fatty acids, antioxidants and vitamin E which protect you against free radicals and other external factors. Argan oil also supports the regenerative capacity of the skin.

Argan oil properties include:

  1. Polyphenols, otherwise known as flavonoids: powerful antioxidants and help give the oil its unique flavour

  2. Carotenes: this is converted by the body into Vitamin A which supports healthy skin, eyes, and boosts your immune system

  3. Vitamin E: helps maintain healthy skin and eyes, and strengthens the body's immune system

  4. Omega fatty acids: help to produce the skin's natural oil barrier so therefore helps to keep skin looking hydrated, plumper, and younger looking

  5. Melatonin and plant sterols - natural Antioxidants

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What is argan oil used for

Argan oil’s bonanza of hardworking health benefits make it incredibly versatile. It can be used for a whole host of issues and skin conditions. While it is widely used, and most commonly known for, maintaining healthy hair and skin, it also has anti-inflammatory and free radical properties among other things that can treat irritated skin. 

Here are a few examples of what argan oil for face is used for:

  • Make-up remover 
  • Hair treatment 
  • Protect skin from sun damage 
  • As a moisturiser 
  • Treating cuticles (rub a small amount of oil into your cuticles to keep them from snagging)
  • Treating acne  
  • Anti-aging 
  • A treatment for stretch marks
  • A body lotion
  • A skin brightener
  • To encourage hair growth (phenols found in argan oil stimulate the scalp) 
  • Fading dark spots
  • Drizzle it on food - its sweet, nutty flavour is perfect on a wide variety of foods
  • Treating wounds and burns

Argan oil for face


Argan oil for face has become such a phenomenon in skin care and hair care because it contains so many beneficial qualities, it truly does provide a large array of benefits when used. There's a reason why it's been dubbed 'nature's liquid gold' and it's not just due to the colour of it in its purest form. But people question: Is argan oil good for face?
Is argan oil good for face?


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1.  Boosts elasticity

2.  Hydrates skin to prevent dry and flaky skin

3.  Prevents and reduces stretch marks: the skin regeneration and repair qualities of argan oil help to reduce inflammation, increase skin's elasticity and minimise  the appearance and texture of stretch marks.

4.  Prevents & minimises sun spots: argan oil contains a physical filter against UV light which therefore helps to prevent sun damage, and its skin repair qualities, including vitamin E help to fade sun spots resulting in happy, glowing skin (note, it should not be used as a substitute for SPF).

5.  Controls oily skin: argan oil’s anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties can treat oily skin and acne. Argan oil regulates sebum production so your skin is hydrated and won't begin to overproduce, this is especially useful if you already have oily skin. 


6.  Reduces breakouts: reducing sebum production helps to prevent clogged pores that can lead to breakouts

7.  Helps other products absorb into your skin: argan oil is ultra-hydrating and aids exfoliation meaning there isn't a barrier of skin cells for skin care products to act through and they can easily be absorbed into the skin

8.  Prevents wrinkles: due to its highly nourishing and sun protective qualities, skin ageing caused by dry skin and sun damage is reduced. Argan oil’s high vitamin E load helps strengthen the skin’s barrier, reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles

9.  Protect hair from heat damage: argan oil’s abundance of vitamin E and fatty acids can protect the hair and scalp from damage from styling tools such as straighteners and hair dryers. Rub a small amount into wet or dry hair before use.

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Is argan oil good for face?


An amazing argan oil skin benefit is that it’s very beneficial if you suffer with acne as it helps to reduce acne scarring. It does this by promoting natural skin regeneration, hydration, and elasticity. When you buy store bought acne remedies, they often contain ingredients that strip the skin of it's natural oils causing dry skin to take its place and then sebum production increases tenfold to supplement the lost oils. This then leads to clogged pores, and further breakouts and scarring.


This is where argan oil for acne comes into play. Argan oil soothes and reduces inflammation that comes along with acne breakouts, which helps to control sebum production and reduce further clogged pores, as well as promoting self-exfoliation - allowing your pores to breathe. In terms of helping to reduce existing acne scarring, the Vitamin E it contains promotes natural skin repair and antioxidants that work to repair and heal damaged skin. What more could you want?

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Is argan oil good for face?

Argan oil dry skin care

Argan oil is extremely moisturising and so particularly suitable for dry skin. You can use it on your face, but also on your hands and cuticles, for example. It absorbs deeply into the skin without leaving a greasy film.
Argan oil’s omega fatty acids, vitamin E, and linoleic acids, all of which work to hydrate your skin and soften dry patches. 
Either use it daily on your face, or rub an argan oil, or an argan oil based cream, into dry areas such as your elbows or around the eyes.

Argan oil for face application


  1. Wash your face with cold water using a gentle face wash to make sure your face is clean before applying anything else to it.

  2. Pat your face dry (don't rub as this can irritate your skin) and leave your skin slightly damp, but not wet.

  3. Apply 2-3 drops of argan oil to your face and gently massage in using circular motions ensuring that you're spreading it evening around your face.

  4. Leave to absorb into your skin for 5 minutes (the longer you can leave it the better)

  5. Repeat this process once a day and watch your skin flourish

Prefer a cream or lotion to an oil but still want to reap argan oil’s benefits?

Argan oil isn't just limited to oil-based products, it is also commonly used in day creams, night creams and body lotions - so it's great for any skincare need.


An effective way to reap the rewards of argan oil is to incorporate it into your daily morning routine, in the form of a day cream. This way the antioxidant properties of argan oil can protect your skin from external aggressors all throughout the day.


If you’re stuck on which day cream to choose, explore the NIVEA Q10 Anti-Wrinkle 60+ Replenishing Day Cream with SPF15, made with pure Q10 and organic argan oil for up to 24H of intense hydration and care. As well as keeping your skin hydrated, this specially formulated cream helps to firm the skin and reduce and prevent wrinkles - for glowing, younger-looking skin. The formula also contains SPF 15, to protect your skin from damaging UV rays that cause premature skin ageing. After just 4 weeks, skin feels plumper and deep wrinkles are visibly minimised. All thanks to the power of argan oil and Q10!

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There is nothing like it! Here are some tips for integrating argan oil into your daily beauty routine.
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Thanks to its mild, non-greasy texture, argan oil is one of the best oils to massage with. Its caring properties aid skin repair as it softens and hydrates. So dim the lights, light a candle and indulge in a massage – your skin will thank you!
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A leave-in hair mask can be just what damaged hair needs. Simply massage the oil into your hair and scalp, before wrapping it in a towel. Leave it for a few hours or overnight to give the oil a chance to work its magic. Then rinse out, shampoo your locks and enjoy softer, sleeker hair. Alternatively, rub a small amount on to the driest tips of your hair before you go to bed and wash it out in the morning for super soft hair.  
argan oil body lotion


Rich and comforting, argan oil can deliver a moisturising hit from head to toe. NIVEA Oil in Lotion Rose & Argan Oil is a fast absorbing lotion that delivers all the benefits of argan oil and soothing rose without leaving a greasy residue. Slather on after a shower or bath on damp skin - as it sinks in so easily you can use it morning and night without worrying it will get onto clothes. You’ll be left with glowing, nourished skin.

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  1. It is one of the rarest oils in the world.

  2. Moroccans often use it to massage their babies, as locals are convinced of its health properties.

  3. In 1999, the Moroccan argan forest was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

  4. Goats really enjoy eating the fruity flesh of the argan fruit and often climb the trees to access it.

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