In 1998, the Argan forest in Morocco was designated a UNESCO protected biosphere so argan oil is sustainable.
Argan oil is produced from a the nut of the Argan tree, which only grows in Southwestern Morocco.
Local Berber women work in fair-trade cooperatives where they hand-crack the nuts in between two stones, a technique they’ve used for centuries. Instead of being put through a machine, the raw kernels are hand-extracted from the hard shell, hand-ground in a stone grinder, hand-kneaded for hours and first cold-pressed into the oil. It takes one woman three days to make just one liter of oil. This is why argan oil is so valuable.
If you heard of a golden elixir that promised better skin and hair and literally grew on trees, the too-good-to-be-true sirens would probably start going off in your head. However, if the cure-all in question is argan oil, you can quiet your inner alarm bells. Turns out, argan oil packs some pretty amazing science-backed benefits for your skin, hair, and body.
Argan oil has become a cosmetics-counter staple for the many benefits it has for skin. Perhaps the most obvious of these is argan oil’s ability to make skin feel soft and supple. Argan oil’s composition of fatty acids and vitamin E give it moisturizing properties and the potential to improve skin’s hydration.What’s more, a 2015 study found that argan oil, both when consumed orally and applied topically, was associated with improved skin elasticity among postmenopausal women