If you’ve read a beauty interview with Gwyneth Paltrow or Miranda Kerr recently, you’ll know that they’ve been waxing poetic about argan oil thanks to Joanna Vargas, the facialist that put them and several other celebrities (Karlie Kloss and Rachel Weisz included) on to the stuff. Curious about the hype surrounding Morocco’s most famous export in recent times, we got on the phone with her to ask her about why she loves it so much. Here, according to Joanna, are argan oil’s biggest benefits.
1/5 As a Night Cream
First off, let’s do away with the assumption that oils clog your pores and break you out, especially because argan oil is what’s considered a dry oil – it sinks into your skin, isn’t greasy, and does not clog pores. And now: “argan oil works great to repair the skin at night while you sleep,” says Vargas. She recommends swapping it with your regular night time moisturiser for a light, nourhsing, all-natural alternative.
2/5 As a Potent Anti Aging Ingredient
“Argan oil is probably one of the most diverse oils because it can also be used for anti-aging. It has one of the highest concentrations of anti-oxidants in a naturally occurring substance in the world,” says Joanna, which is good news because anti-oxidants are famous preventers of environmental pollution and UV radiation.
“It’s great because it helps strengthen the skin and maintain elasticity,” she says, another golden attribute that helps keep skin supple. Add to that its main component – Vitamin E, known to neutralize dangerous free radicals, and you have a winning anti-aging fighter.
3/5 As Your Skin’s Defense Against the Sun
“In addition to help maintain elasticity, argan oil also and stop cell mutation from sun and pollution,” says Joanna. If you’re wondering what cell mutation is, it’s DNA damage (linked to cancer) that sometimes occurs when your cells repair themselves after damage from the sun. That’s not to say you should skip sunscreen entirely, just that argan oil is great for after you’ve been out in the sun.
4/5 For Acne Prone Skin
“I love argan oil because although it’s an oil, it’s very dry, which makes it great for acne prone skin. It will help the healing of the breakouts without creating oily residue on the skin,” says Joanna’s years worth of experience. And because it regulates acne-producing sebum, argan oil even helps reduce chances of future breakouts, along with drying out your old acne scars.
Additionally, its anti-inflammatory properties make it a super ingredient for sensitive skin; calming skin irritations, especially in cooler climates, according to Vargas.
5/5 For Your Hair
It’s not just marketing speak – argan oil really is your hair’s best friend. Being the multi tasker that it is, it works as a conditioner, hair mask and even styling agent all in one. Look for an argan oil-based shampoo if you have coloured or chemically treated hair, use some as a leave-in treatment for dry, parched hair, or run some through your hair when it’s behaving especially badly.