Almost every leading cosmetics brand now uses Argan Oil in their product lines. The first time I tried it was late last year during a shoot for Urban Zone. The owner of the house introduced me to the product. She told me that it was known as the “liquid gold” of Morocco. It can be used on all parts of the body from hair to face to legs and nails.
This rare oil is made from the nuts of the Argan tree, which grows in no other part of the world except in the Southwestern region of Morocco. It is high in vitamin E and is known as the purest anti-oxidant. The oil is golden coloured and contains high levels of phytotestorols, squalene, essential fatty acids and unsaturated fatty acids – all of which do wonders to the skin, hair, and nails. Because it is rare, argan oil and Argan Oil based products tend to be very expensive.
I have a few argan oil products from different brands now. The others, I use on my hair and I massage on my legs to keep them moisturized. This bottle from Souk International contains pure argan oil with no other mixture and is certified organic by Europe-based ECOCERT. I use it sparingly on a little patch of eczema on my knee. Sparingly because it’s not cheap and a little drop goes a long way. It hasn’t completely healed my eczema but it keeps it moisturized and controlled. I apply it every day. It sits by my bedside. I also use it on my dry elbows.
Upon doing some research, pure argan oil claims it can soften skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles, reduce skin irritation and redness, especially in the treatment of acne, blemishes, eczema, psoriasis and skin asthma, make scars and keloids less noticeable, prevent stretchmarks, stimulate new hair growth and more. You can apparently mix it with your current skin care and haircare products. Just add a few drops. I have stopped using any product on my face now so I didn’t find the urge to try it. Though many beauty editors and even Hollywood stars swear by this.
Moroccan Argan Oil is available at The Souq Organics Boutique, Unit #2, Bellitudo, #79 Katipunan St., Whiteplains, Quezon City. Contact Numbers: 727-9731, 0906-2441539, 0906-2441537. The Souq also has other brands of organic products for skin, beauty and health – like Mukti and Pangea.
MUKTI pink grapefruit lotion. Mukti is a 12-year old Australian brand that makes products that contain only pure, high grade certified organic and 100% natural ingredients
For more info on The Souk Organics, visit www.thesouqorganics.com