argan oil benefits and information
Argan oil is extracted from the nut of the argan tree. Sadly, due to deforestation, there is only one remaining area of natural argan forest in the world, which is in Morocco around the base of the Atlas Mountains. In recent times the beneficial properties of argan oil have become more widely known and, because of this, the area has been designated a UNESCO biosphere reserve, to protect it. Of course, the women of the Berber tribes of Sub-Saharan Africa have known for centuries about the oil’s beneficial properties and it has been used as a traditional beauty treatment for generations.
argan oil benefits
Think of argan oil as food for your skin. You know it is essential for your body to be nourished with vitamins and minerals and the same is true for your skin. In today’s world your skin may suffer deprivation of its natural oils and nutrition because of environmental stresses from such things as detergents, pollutants and the over-use of makeup. In turn, this deprives your skin of the necessary levels of collagen and hydration and leads to premature ageing.
The anti-ageing properties of argan oil are well documented and arise from its natural composition of vitamins, anti-oxidants and essential fatty acids. These help to restore the skin’s lipid layer and thereby protect the skin from premature ageing. In addition, free radicals are eradicated from the skin by the oil’s natural anti-oxidant properties, thereby reducing the stress and damage that these can cause. Lines and wrinkles, the primary signs of ageing, are due to a failure of the skin to produce adequate collagen and from a weakening of the skin’s elastin. Argan oil is naturally packed full of ingredients that help improve the elasticity of the skin making it more supple and smoother. In turn, this helps reduce the appearance of ageing and wrinkles, helping you, as our logo promises, to “turn back time”.
The natural and rich composition of argan oil makes it a versatile product which also works wonders on nails and in hair products.
why simply argan?
There are different qualities and purities of argan oil, just like with any oil. We have visited Morocco many times to find the best oil and invested heavily in research and development to achieve this. We also test all batches of our oil with an independent UK laboratory. Only the best argan nuts from the crop are selected for our oil. The extraction technique that is employed to get the oil from the nut is unique to us and a closely guarded secret. The result is a high-quality oil with a mild, pleasant nutty aroma; not the strong unpleasant smell found in other argan oils!
simply argan oil is rich in tocopherols (vitamin E), anti-oxidants, phenols, carotenes (vitamin A), squalene, and five essential fatty acids, making it the finest cosmetic argan oil available (please refer to the science section below to find out about these properties of argan oil). It is also100% natural & organic, contains absolutely no artificial colouring, preservatives or perfumes and is vegan & cruelty free.
We issue every bottle of simply argan oil with a certificate of quality and purity. We go to great lengths to find the finest argan oil, so you don’t have to. We do not sell any argan oil; we sell simply argan oil.
beware of what you buy
Beware of cheap, and sometimes not so cheap, imitations. Because of the high cost of argan oil some retailers sell it in a diluted form or even sell less expensive oils as “argan oil”. Of course, we would be delighted if you want to purchase argan oil from us, but if you do buy from elsewhere please refer to our free guide to buying the best argan oil. In fact, adulterating oils is unfortunately common - click here to read newspaper report that 1/3 of olive oil sold in the UK is fake!
You are sometimes not even safe with big name high street retailers, many of which sell items labelled as argan oil but is no such thing. Just check the ingredients on the back before you buy, if it is pure argan oil then the only ingredient listed, to conform to eu cosmetic regulations, should be argania spinosa kernel oil (which is the scientific name for pure argan oil and which must be used).
For example, one very well know high street chain sells a bottle which is labelled prominently on the front of the bottle as “argan oil” with further details underneath stating “perfecting facial oil”, leading any reasonable consumer to believe they were purchasing pure argan oil.
However, if you examine the list of ingredients on the so called “argan oil” the first ingredient (meaning most in it) is isopropyl myristate (which is used as a treatment for killing head lice by dehydration, which will actually dry out your skin) and the second ingredient is actually almond oil which is much cheaper than argan oil! Argan oil is listed as one of the last ingredients. The price of this bottle is under £7 for 30ml and the reason – because it is not pure argan oil.
Also, have a look at test results for argan oil sold at major high street retailers and by major online brands here. Of course, there are brands we have tested which have been reasonable quality argan oil (but in all truth we have never found an argan oil in the uk to be as pure and good quality as ours), but these have been at the high end price range of the market and generally a lot more expensive than what we sell simply argan oil for.
If you want to find out more about what makes our company special click here.
a little science
What makes simply argan oil* so beneficial for the skin, hair and nails? Below is a brief explanation of each of the active components in the oil and the underlying science of how these work.
Tocopherols are naturally occurring anti-oxidants (vitamin E) which is essential for healthy skin. Many cosmetics have vitamin E added as an ingredient (check some labels, it is added to most cosmetic products) whereas it is found in abundance in simplyargan oil and does not need to be artificially added. What is more, the level of tocopherols found in argan oil are much higher than many other oils and the type of tocopherols found in argan oil (argan oil has high levels of gamma tocopherols) are much more beneficial than those found in many other oils. For example, olive oil contains c300mg/kg of alpha tocopherols (which are not as good for antioxidant benefits than gamma tocopherols) whereas argan oil contains c600mg/kg of which c70% are gamma tocopherols.1 Put simply, simply argan oil has lots of very high-quality vitamin E.
Phenols are used in a range of bath, hair and skin care products and occur naturally in argan oil. Phenols have antibacterial properties that help cleanse the skin and eliminate odour by preventing and inhibiting the growth of micro-organisms. They also help to remove dead skin cells from the surface of the skin, improve various skin conditions and help with eliminating the causes and effects of skin ageing.2
Carotenes are powerful antioxidants that help protect against cellular damage and repair sun damaged skin. They are also regarded as a key anti-ageing ingredient in many cosmetic products and work to even skin tone. In hair products they are added to help with fragility and to prevent split ends. In many cosmetic products they are synthesised from vitamin A and then added, being called such buzzwords as Pro-Vitamin A.
Squalene is easily absorbed by the skin and is an anti-oxidant. It helps prevent UV damage and the formation of age spots, it promotes cell growth and it is also an antibacterial agent. Again, as with many of the natural constituents of simply argan oil, this is artificially added to many cosmetic products and, sadly, it is obtained, in many cases, from sharks’ livers.
essential fatty acids
Essential fatty acids are important for healthy skin and deficiencies of these can have a detrimental effect. simply argan oil is packed full of these with high contents of oleic, linoleic, palmitic and stearic fatty acids. For example, a deficiency in linoleic acid causes the skin to develop barrier disorders and the skin dries out and becomes scaly, nails tend to crack and hair loss may occur. Linoleic acid also promotes the healing process of dermatoses and sun burn by increasing the speed of recovery of the skin.
If you would like to find out more about the science behind argan oil there are numerous scientific papers that are freely available on the internet. Our website has many links to interesting, informative and independent papers, articles and websites on the subject.
* We specifically refer to simply argan oil, rather than argan oil generally, because we test and know the composition of our oil. There are vast differences in the composition and quality of argan oil on the market (we know, as we have tested lots of brands of argan oil). This is the same with any oil and that is why you can pay over £20 for a good bottle of olive oil and less than £2 for a not so good one! Research shows that different brands of the same oils can have very different qualities and contain significantly varying amounts of the good stuff.3
1 Alternative Medicine Review Vol 16 No 3 2011 by Dom Guillaume PhD and Zoubida Charrouf PhD
2 The Potential of Plant Phenolics in Prevention and Therapy of Skin Disorders Int J Mol Sci. 2016 Feb; 17(2): 160. Published online 2016 Feb 18. doi: 10.3390/ijms17020160
3 Food Sci. Technol, Campinas, 34(2): 379-385, Apr.-June 2014