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Argan oil is a very expensive oil which has become very popular today. Argan oil is made by a laborious hand processing method. Berber women spend hours to make this oil. This oil being handmade is very expensive, and a small bottle can cost you around 30 dollars. However, it has many benefits that make it worth its price. It has rich vitamin E content which makes it great for moisturizing skin and hair both. Here are some advantages and disadvantages of argan oil for facial skin care.
Advantages
There are many argan oil benefits for skin care. So, you can use it for various facial skin care purposes. The most basic benefit of argan oil is for moisturizing. You can use it on dry face skin to moisturize it. To do this first wash your face, then apply few drops of the oil on the facial skin. If you have some dry skin spots, then rub argan oil in circular motions on these skin spots. You can do this after you are done showering on the whole body also for moisturizing. Another argan oil use is for lip care. Our lips don't have any oil glands and so they need additional moisturizing. You can apply the oil liberally 2-3 times a day on your lips to keep them moisturized and glossy. Regular moisturizing will improve elasticity of the skin and over time you will have a beautiful soft and glossy skin.
These were the moisturizing related benefits of argan oil. There are also many other benefits too. This oil being rich in antioxidants has many benefits. First it can help you prevent pre-mature aging of the skin. Due to oxidative damage from free radicals the skin can start developing wrinkles and dark spots early. These signs of aging you can prevent by regularly using argan oil. It is rich in antioxidants which act as a scavenger for the free radicals. Another benefit of antioxidants is that it will help you get rid of existing blemishes or acne scars on the face. Argan oil has anti-inflammatory property. Inflammation is another cause for aging, so again argan oil helps in preventing signs of aging.
Disadvantages
There are certain precautions one need to observe when using argan oil on face skin. This oil is highly moisturizing and is not a very light oil. So, it can make a thick oily layer on the face. This can lead to clogging of skin pores. Clogging of skin pores can lead to breakouts, blackheads or whiteheads. Hence, people with oily skin type should avoid using argan oil on face. But, they can still use it on their lips. However, if you have oily skin and still want to use this oil then mix this oil with jojoba oil in a 3:1 ratio respectively. To increase the benefits of argan oil and prevent acne mix few drops of tea tree oil to this mix too. Then use it for moisturizing your facial skin. However, when it comes to moisturizing the lips it can be used freely no matter what the skin type.
These were the cosmetic uses of argan oil. Apart from these uses, it can be used for many other reasons too. You can use it to coat your nails. It will make the nails stronger and less brittle and more shiny too. You can also use it for various purposes for hair care. You can use it to condition your hair, as a leave-in-conditioner, to massage the scalp, or as a hair mask, etc.