ARGAN OIL FAQ’s
Is this Argan oil 100% pure?
Our Argan oil is 100% pure and organic. We source and sell only the best Organic Argan oil for our customers benefit.
Where does your oil come from?
Our Argan oil is ethically sourced from Morooco.
Why don’t you store your oil in glass?
The bottles we use to store Argan oil is PET ( Polyethylene Terephthalate) amber bottles. The reason we do not use glass bottles is because some may break during transit and PET is a fantastic alternative to glass when storing oils.
PET provides very good alcohol and oil barrier properties, PET bottles generally have good chemical resistance and PET bottles are used for many cosmetic and culinary products on the market today because of of chemical resistance and less transit damage. We send our organic argan oil world wide and glass is simply not a safe option.
What does Argan Oil smell like?
The description of organic argan oil varies from person to person. Argan oil does have an earthy smell. Some have described 100% pure, organic, Argan oil as not having a pleasant smell to start with, but the smell disappearing with skin contact and growing on you with time. There are thousands of argan oil products on the market today that claim to be argan oil but have many other ingredients as well as fragrance added to make it smell more appealing or have no smell at all (please be aware that ‘pure argan oil’ will not have no smell). If you have ever used argan oil that smells ‘nutty’ please note this is a culinary oil. It is purposely roasted for the ‘nutty’ smell and flavour to be used for cooking. Argan Oil that has a ‘light’ or mild smell has usually been deodorised or refined, which may lead to the argan oil loosing some of it’s vital, beneficial properties. (Please ask your seller which version they are selling before purchase)
What is the expiry date?
Our Argan oil is bottled per order and has an expiry date of 2 years from date of purchase if kept out of direct sunlight.
What are the main chemical components of Argan Oil?
Essential Unsaturated Fatty Acids - Fatty acids are needed by the body but cannot be synthesised by the body itself. They’re important for regulating and maintaining healthy skin.
Vitamin E - This is an important fat soluble vitamin. A vital antioxidant Vitamin E is also an anti-inflammatory and gives strength to capillary walls. It prevents the evaporation of moisture from the epidermis in skin. It also acts as a barrier against cell ageing and promotes the nourishment of cells.
Polyphenols - Polyphenols are natural plant components and are said to have anti-inflammatory, antiseptic, anti- ageing and antioxidant properties.
Ferulic Acid - Ferulic acid is the most common polyphenol in Argan Oil. Its antioxidant potency increases after exposure to ultraviolet radiation, thus it is effective against the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation.
Carotenoids - Natural fat-soluble carotenoids protect the skin from ultraviolet radiation and free radical reactivity. They maintain healthy skin and are used as a barrier against arthritis.
Sterols - The chemical structure of plant sterols and human sterols are very similar. Sterols assist in keeping the structural integrity of cell membrane, reducing inflammation, improving skin metabolism processes and moisture retention. They are the primary component of the outermost layer of human skin.
Why is Argan Oil known as nature’s anti-ageing skin food?
The properties of Argan Oil such as Vitamin E, plant sterols and essential fatty acids work individually and cooperatively to enhance the skin’s overall health, improve its youthful appearance and are known to help with the natural healing of some dermatological conditions.
How do the components of Argan Oil benefit hair?
Argan Oil is rich in essential fatty acids and Omega 9. These have been shown to improve hair strength and heath. Vitamin E can help revive hair damaged by wind, sea and sun. Antioxidants can assist in repairing cell membrane damage and sterols are useful for moisture retention. Argan Oil can also be used to help smooth the texture of hair and combat frizziness.
What antioxidants are present in Argan Oil?
Carotenoids, polyphenols, ferulic acid, squalene, and Vitamin E are powerful antioxidants present in Argan Oil. Vitamin E is one of the most important antioxidants that can break the chain reactions initiated by free radicals. Argan Oil’s properties can help reduce the effects of ageing thanks to this combination of antioxidants.
What is a free radical?
Free radicals are unstable molecules formed when cells burn oxygen. They react with cells causing cellular membrane, cellular protein, and DNA damage. This leads to premature ageing, wrinkling, and disease (within the body). Free radical damage is associated with oxidation damage because it is the oxygen molecule that is unstable.
What are antioxidants?
Antioxidants are molecules usually in the form of proteins, enzymes, vitamins, and metabolites. These molecules combine with free radicals and stabilize them, thus rendering them harmless. The earlier this can happen, the better for the cell, since many oxidative reactions result in considerable damage to cells.
How does Argan Oil soothe inflamed skin?
Any injury, infection, or allergic reaction to the skin will elicit an inflammatory response. Interestingly, all inflammatory responses will involve free radical activity. The presence of antioxidants in Argan Oil will help reduce free radical activity. In addition to their antioxidant effect sterols and Vitamin E also have soothing and healing properties. Vitamin E protects essential fatty acids from breaking down. Essential fatty acids are necessary for the production of prostaglandin, a lipid compound manufactured by enzymes within the cell that is a natural anti-inflammatory.
What components of Argan Oil help support sun-damaged skin?
Essential fatty acids protect the cellular membrane and DNA from UV-induced damage. Carotenoids and squalene can deactivate the free radical known as singlet oxygen. This free radical, when exposed to the sun’s radiation, becomes excited and therefore extremely destructive. Ferulic acid is unique because exposure to UV light actually increases its antioxidant potency. Vitamin E reduces tissue damage caused by UV light and increases the rate of healing.
How does Argan Oil help keep skin hydrated?
Healthy barrier function is vital to maintaining proper levels of hydration. Water loss from the skin through evaporation is increased when the skin’s barrier is disturbed by injury, environmental pollutants, UV radiation, and stress. The ability of the top layers of the skin to resist moisture loss depends on the presence of essential fatty acids. These are water binding and enhance the outer barrier of the skin to reduce transdermal water loss. They also help regulate sebum production. Sebum is the skin’s own natural oil. Its main purpose is to waterproof and protect the skin from drying out.
Argan Oil’s Vitamin E, squalene and sterols are important factors in moisture restoration and retention. Vitamin E protects the integrity of essential fatty acids and both vitamin E and squalene accumulate in the epidermis. Squalene is a nutrient rich oil with the unique ability to anchor itself to the cell membrane and so protect against moisture loss at the site of each cell. Sterols work synergistically with human sterols to promote excellent moisture retention and play a fundamental role in aiding and maintaining optimal skin barrier function.
How does Argan Oil help correct and help protect against wrinkles?
The youthful appearance of skin is directly related to the health of collagen and elastin proteins. Collagen provides strength to the skin’s structure and elastin provides the snap, or resiliency. Wrinkles seem to start in the dermis when there is a change in the elastin structure that causes the elastin to lose its snap. Essential fatty acids maintain optimal levels of hydration and healthy function of the dermis where collagen and elastin reside. Argan Oil’s antioxidants help prevent free radicals from damaging collagen and changes in elastin’s cellular anatomy. Additionally, Argan Oil contains high molecular weight proteins that, when applied to the skin, construct a network of molecules that are known to provide an instant tightening effect.
How can Argan Oil assist in reducing the appearance of stretch marks?
Stretch marks occur when the dermal collagen and elastin in your skin stretch beyond capacity and the fibres separate. Argan Oil’s antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents, such as essential fatty acids, Vitamin E, and sterols helps the skin cells to remain connected during rapid periods of growth.
How does Argan Oil absorb so thoroughly?
Argan Oil is easily absorbed by the skin because of its unique composition. Squalene can penetrate deeper and more readily than most other oils because of its compatibility with the skin’s own natural oils. Human sebum, the skin’s own natural oil, is comprised of 25% squalene. Sterols found in Argan Oil penetrate rapidly because their structure is very similar to the human sterols that are the main component of the outermost layer of the skin. Essential fatty acids are the building blocks of the cell membrane and therefore can be metabolised and directly assimilated into the skin.
Does Argan Oil clog pores?
No, Argan Oils does not clog pores because of its ability to be thoroughly absorbed and assimilated into the skin.
What components of Argan Oil are known for their antiseptic properties?
Antiseptics are antimicrobial substances applied to living tissue to help reduce the possibility of infection. Argan Oil’s polyphenols are known for their antiseptic properties, and squalene is a natural bactericide.
How long does Argan Oil last?
The same antioxidant properties that protect the skin also protect Argan Oil itself from oxidizing. These active properties allow Argan Oil to maintain its integrity for up to 2 years, so long as the bottle is kept away from direct sunlight, high temperatures and the lid is kept tightly closed.
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Some key points to remember when using our Organic Moroccan Argan oil!
Our oil is cosmetic grade and is provided for external use only. If you have a nut allergy please consult your doctor before applying Argan Oil based products to your skin or body. Do not apply Argan Oil to skin immediately before exposure to direct sunlight.
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