Tip #1: If you are choosing to use raw argan oil as a beauty product, make sure you buy cosmetic grade and not culinary argan oil.
The nuts destined for culinary oil are roasted to bring out their distinctive nutty flavour; those that will be used for skin- and hair-care products are left raw to maintain the integrity of the essential fatty acids and vitamins.
Tip #2: To preserve as many of the oil’s properties as possible (and be more eco-friendly), opt for a dark-coloured, UV-protected glass bottle, rather than a plastic container.
You can apply it at night as an intensive moisturizing treatment and/or in the morning as a base for your make up. Start by using argan oil at night only to see how your skin likes it. You can then progress to twice a day if your skin needs extra hydration or you can simply apply it to dry or wrinkle-prone areas. If you have very dry skin, also use the oil in the morning.
When using 100% pure argan oil, you only need to use a few drops for your entire face. A little does go a long way. The oil penetrates easily, does not leave an oily residue and can even be used around the eye area.
A gentle evening massage of the face with circular movements is recommended for all types of skin. You can also apply argan oil to chapped lips, massaging them gently (one lip against the other).
To strengthen weak or brittle nails, mix equal parts of argan oil and lemon juice and soak for 10 minutes. This will not only soften your cuticles and limit nail breakage but will also give your nails a healthy radiance. Also, rub a small amount of argan oil in your hands especially before going to bed.
Argan oil restores remarkable shine to hair, cares for scalp to advance hair growth, and helps to mend split ends. Perfect for over-processed hair!
For an intensive hair treatment, to improve dry scalp, to restore dry damaged hair and add shine, apply a generous amount of oil to dry hair starting at the ends, then wrap in a warm towel and leave for 30 minutes or leave it overnight. Wash and style as usual. For dry scalp and dandruff, massage into the roots too. Repeat this once or twice a week for soft, smooth and glossy hair. To calm frizzy hair use a drop or two of the oil, rub palms together and scrunch into ends.
The massage using argan oil improves the firmness of the skin and relaxes the spine. Argan oil is easily absorbed into the skin, leaving no greasy marks; it hydrates and protects the skin against drying out. It is perfect for preventing and reducing the appearance of stretch marks too.
Apply the oil to your body after bathing or showering through a gentle massage. Mix with body lotion in the palm of your hand or apply pure. This will nourish and moisturise your skin and improve its firmness and elasticity, making it velvety.
Argan oil is ideal after sun exposure to enhance the appearance of your skin. Do not apply before or during sun exposure.