Buying skin and hair oils can be difficult. You don’t want anything strong that could have a bad effect. Or something that will make your hair strands look greasy. As mentioned, Moroccan oil has long been considered a savior when it comes to dry and damaged hair, skin and nails, thanks to its purifying properties. And why is this so?
Read what experts say about the benefits, how it works and how you should use it.
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What is Moroccan Oil?
Moroccan oil is made from the kernels of argan nut found inside the fruits of tree that originates in Morocco. To obtain the oil, the fruit must be dried, the nuts extracted, then opened and pressed to release the oil. Due to the low supply on the market and the fact that growing this type of tree is generally limited to one country, Moroccan oil is a rare oil, which explains why it can be so expensive.
If you’ve heard of Moroccan oil, chances are you’ve heard of argan oil. If you are wondering what the difference between the two is, the answer is simple: they are more or less the same. However, argan oil is a purer form, says New York dermatologist Debra Jaliman. Because it comes down to just this difference, the doctor actually recommends that you choose a product that is claimed to be 100% argan oil instead of what they call Moroccan Oil.
Moroccan oil is full of omega fatty acids that enhance dry skin and give shine to damaged hair. Phenols maintain the health of the scalp and help to balance pH levels. But also keep hair from being greasy, Debra explains. This oil also boasts vitamin E and linoleic acids. So it lightly moisturizes your skin, softens dry spots and even reduces acne scars, the doctor adds. There’s something even better! Moroccan oil is considered a great anti-aging agent. Which means it can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and prevent sun damage.
Although safe for use on almost all skin types (it can even help fight psoriasis and eczema), Dr. Jaliman warns against using it if you are prone to inflammatory processes on the skin. Moroccan oil contains oleic acid, and is a comedogenic ingredient (can clog pores) and can cause acne.
If you are prone to acne and often have inflammation, you should not use too much of this oil. However, this is a light oil compared to others that are much heavier and close the pores.Dr. Jaliman warns
How to use Moroccan oil
When it comes to using Moroccan skin oil, a small amount of it can do a lot, so less is more. Apply a few drops to the palm of your hand, then massage your face or cracked skin with your fingers.
Because argan oil is lighter than other oils on the market, it can work wonders for dry, damaged hair. Especially when it comes to hydrating and adding shine. Famous stylist Dimitri Giannetos, who works with Camila Cabello and Meghan Trainor, adores Moroccan oil:
Perfectly moisturizes the hair compared to all other oils without making the hair heavy or greasy. Use it on hair that you previously dried with a towel, and in the morning put it on the ends of your hair before combing, says the stylist.