Skincare 101: Why Do People Refer to Argan Oil as Liquid Gold?

long and shiny hairOnce upon a time, coconut oil was the Filipina’s secret to great hair, great skin, great everything. Your grandmother may have advised you to use it for shiny hair and soft skin. But now, another type of oil has entered the scene and is stealing the spotlight from the ever-dependable coconut oil.

Argan oil is getting more prominent in hair and skincare products. In fact, says Moringa-O2, it is one of Hollywood’s best beauty secrets for beautiful hair and a healthy scalp. The oil comes from the kernels of the argan tree, which grows mainly in Morocco. Given this rarity and its wide range of benefits, argan oil has earned the nickname “Liquid Gold.”

Here’s a gold mine of information about it:

Argan Oil Is Rich in Essential Fatty Acids and Antioxidants

The so-called liquid gold may just be your hair and skin’s next source of vitamin E, polyphenols, linoleic acid, and sterols. And this is why your body needs an abundant supply of those substances:

  • Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that reduces UV damage and prevents skin damage caused by free radicals. It also moisturizes the skin and helps diminish dark marks.
  • Polyphenols are a group of potent antioxidants that contribute to skin repair and rejuvenation. It protects your skin from sun damage and helps reverse signs of aging.
  • Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that supports ceramides, which keep the skin moisturized. It helps keep skin healthy and hydrated. It may also reduce acne breakouts.
  • Sterols speed up collagen production. Collagen naturally slows due to the aging process and due to sun exposure. Moreover, sterols encourage the production of new collagen.

Evidently, argan oil is rich in components that keep the skin hydrated and that slow down the skin aging process. From here alone, you already have an idea of why a simple type of oil is so valuable to many — especially those who are looking for natural moisturizing and anti-aging products.

Argan Oil Keeps the Skin, Hair, and Nails Healthy

Now that you know the components of argan oil, you can have a better understanding of why people call it “liquid gold.” It contributes to the treatment of various skin, hair, and nail conditions:

  • The components of argan oil address a broad range of skin conditions including acne, eczema, and psoriasis. These components also have anti-aging features that help prevent or reverse damage due to skin aging. Additionally, argan oil may improve skin elasticity.
  • Argan oil is an effective treatment for dry hair, split-ends, and scalp-related concerns including dry scalp and dandruff. Given the level of humidity in the Philippines and the pollution, particularly in the metro, this is a great solution for more vibrant hair.
  • You may deal with chipped nails once in a while, but unusually brittle nails might be a problem. In this case, argan oil is a possible treatment for healthier nails.

Constant exposure to the sun and to environmental pollutants may take a toll on your hair, skin, and nails. But argan oil has the solution to hair dryness and skin damage. With it, you’ve struck a gold mine.