You don't get a nickname like "the gold of Morocco" for nothing, and if there was an award for most overachieving oil, argan oil would take home the blue ribbon. "There's a reason I call argan oil 'the Moroccan miracle moisturizer,'" says Josie Maran, founder of Josie Maran Cosmetics. "It's loaded with essential fatty acids and vitamin E, which makes it a natural moisturizer and skin nourisher."
Thanks to the oil's antioxidants and anti-aging properties, it diminishes fine lines and reduces inflammation and scarring. "Lots of people with oily or combination skin are afraid to use oils, but argan oil actually reduces and balances sebum production, so it can help prevent breakouts and shiny skin," Maran says. This lightweight oil also can be used for hair care. "It's hydrating and provides shine," says April Ponder, a hairstylist at Spa Isbell. "It helps hair resist humidity, and it also protects from heat and thermal styling. The Hydrating Styling Cream and the Moroccanoil Treatment by Moroccanoil are my favorites. I use them together."
Argan oil also can treat nails, making it a versatile addition to a beauty regimen. "Argan oil is a wonderful multi-tasker," says Torrie Jakes, aesthetician and owner of Jakes Aesthetics. "It ... moisturizes the body, leaving a glow year round ... and, my personal favorite, it thoroughly conditions nails, too."
Cue Lusterphile Sept 2012