Argan Oil to Beat the Winter Skin Blues
Used for centuries by Berber women, argan oil comes from argan tree nuts, which contain up to three kernels that are roasted (just like coffee beans) and then milled using traditional techniques. This highly perfumed, slightly nutty-tasting oil is often used in traditional Moroccan dishes: spread on bread, in salad dressings or drizzled over grilled fish. But Moroccan women also swear by it to moisturise their skin, soothe minor skin irritations, add shine to their locks and to protect their bodies from the sun. Nowadays argan oil designed for the cosmetics industry is cold-pressed to temper its strong scent.
This nourishing oil is packed with vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, as well as omega 6 + 9 fatty acids and polyphenols. It's fatty content means it's great for soothing dry skin, restoring our skin's hydrolipidic layer and protecting us from the elements - wind, sun and pollution. This makes it a natural anti-ageing wonder, bursting with active ingredients that prevent oxidation and combat dry skin.
Argan oil moisturises, revitalises and softens skin. It also protects skin from the dehydrating effects of cold, windy winter weather. As the mercury drops and our skin begins to suffer, applying argan oil-based creams, oils and lotions works wonders. It immediately soothes skin chapped by freezing conditions. Face-wise, you'll find both day and night creams that contain its beneficial anti-ageing properties. But choose wisely - to be effective, opt for treatments that contain between 3 to 5% argan oil.