Precious Moroccan Argan Oil Supreme Hydration Serum

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$28.50 - 1 fl. oz.
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Last Updated:
8/24/2012
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This thin-textured serum contains argan oil, but contrary to the product name, it's not a precious or supremely hydrating ingredient for skin. Like all non-fragrant plant oils, argan oil is a good source of fatty acids and antioxidants, but it isn't the best oil around nor is it the best antioxidant. There are many good antioxidants and the more of them you apply to your skin, the better (it always takes more than one)! Searching for one "ultimate" antioxidant isn't the solution any more than eating one "superfood" is the key to ultimate health.

One more thing about argan oil: The intense hype around it mirrors other ingredient crazes we've seen over the years and, like every one of them, will fade into the background when women realize it doesn't live up to the claims. See More Info to learn more about argan oil.

Although this serum has merit for slightly dry to combination skin, it contains fragrant lavender oil, which is a problem for all skin types (see More Info). For this reason, Precious Moroccan Argan Oil Supreme Hydration is not recommended.

Pros:

  • Contains some good antioxidants and skin-repairing ingredients.
  • As far as serums go, this is relatively inexpensive.

Cons:

  • Contains fragrant lavender oil.

More Info:

Research indicates that components of lavender, specifically linalool, can be cytotoxic, which means that topical application causes skin-cell death (Source: Cell Proliferation, June 2004, pages 221–229). Lavender leaves contain camphor, which is a known skin irritant. Because the fragrance constituents in lavender oil oxidize when exposed to air, lavender oil is a pro-oxidant, and this enhanced oxidation increases its irritancy on skin (Source: Contact Dermatitis, September 2008, pages 143–150). Lavender oil is the most potent form, and even small amounts of it (0.25% or less) are problematic. It is a must to avoid in skin-care products, although it's fine as an aromatherapy agent for inhalation or relaxation (Sources: Psychiatry Research, February 2007, pages 89–96; and www.naturaldatabase.com).

Argan oil

Non-fragrant plant oil expressed from the kernels of rarified argan trees. Argan trees are extremely capable of adapting to severe environmental conditions, including droughts. Argan oil contains several beneficial lipids and fatty acids for skin, including oleic acid, palmitic acid, and especially linoleic acid. It is also a good source of vitamin E (Tocopherol) and, like several other plant oils, is a source of antioxidant compounds. Argan oil is a natural source of the antioxidant ferulic acid. The cosmetics industry is hailing argan oil as a restorative wonder owing to its use by Moroccan women for years to tend to their hair, skin, and nails. Despite the folklore stories (which is irrelevant because not all Moroccan women have great skin, hair, and nails, or use argan oil, not to mention different cultures in the Middle East use different oils with mixed results), and limited availability of the trees (plus the difficult extraction process to obtain the oil), argan oil isn't a miraculous ingredient by any stretch of the imagination.

The research on argan oil has shown that, like sunflower and olive oils, its fatty acid and antioxidant content has health benefits (such as lowering cholesterol) when consumed orally. As for topical use, there is limited information about argan oil's unique benefits. In one study, 20 subjects with combination to oily skin were evaluated using a cream containing argan oil, saw palmetto, and sesame seeds. Subjective and qualitative analysis showed that the oil was reduced by 20-42% depending on the inherent oiliness of various parts of the face. The study did not demonstrate that argan oil played a specific role in the results—all we know is that the random formula itself showed the benefit and it wasn't compared to any other product so the results are irrelevant. Moreover, the cream was only used for four weeks, so we don't know if ongoing use may have caused breakouts (and given the fatty acids present in argan oil, there is a possibility it can cause breakouts). Argan oil is a good plant oil to consider if skin or hair is dry to very dry, but is not better than many other non-fragrant plant oils used in cosmetics (Sources: Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, June 2007, pages 113–118; Clinical Nutrition, October 2004, pages 1,159–1,166; European Journal of Cancer Prevention, February 2003, pages 67–75; and Journal of Ethnopharmacology, October 1999, pages 7–14).

What we know to be true at this point is that argan oil isn't the one oil to look for, nor is it the best (Source: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, December 2010, pages 1,669–1,675).

Combining two desert tree extracts, argan and baobab, this intensive serum gives your skin a beautiful moisture boost.

Water, Propylene Glycol, Glyceryl Stearate, PEG-100 Stearate, Sodium Hyaluronate, Cyclomethicone, Hydrolyzed Adansonia Digitata Extract, Argania Spinosa Kernel Oil, Hydrolyzed Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Caesalpinia Spinosa Gum, Glycerin, Lavandula Angustifolia (Lavender) Oil, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Dimethicone, Polyacrylamide, C13-14 Isoparaffin, Laureth-7, Cetyl Alcohol, Fragrance, Carbomer, Disodium EDTA, Triethanolamine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben, Propylparaben

Signature Club A is a line of skin care and makeup sold exclusively on the Home Shopping Network (HSN). The woman behind this brand, Adrien Arpel, has been involved in the world of cosmetics for over 40 years. Back in the 1970s she owned a namesake skin-care and makeup company sold in department stores.

Adrien Arpel sold her namesake line to a large corporation, but several years later, she had a falling-out with them. As a result of this falling out, she was prevented from attaching her name to another brand, so she began to market herself and her new products under the name "Adrienne." These products are now being sold under the brand Signature Club A.

As was true when Paula first reviewed Adrien Arpel's brand in the 1980s, there are more disappointments then strengths. This is not a line to turn to for anti-aging formulas despite the myriad options available, especially considering Signature Club A offers only one sunscreen. Dozens of anti-aging products and only one sunscreen should be illegal, but sadly it isn't, even though your skin will suffer as a result! Abundant research makes it incontrovertibly clear that you can't fight wrinkles, brown spots, and sagging skin without daily (and we do mean daily) use of a sunscreen designed for your skin type. And it should be loaded with antioxidants for even greater benefits.

Beyond skin care, the key to looking younger longer is to consider the corrective cosmetic procedures (Botox, dermal fillers, laser treatments) you feel comfortable having done. Indeed, the combination of a brilliant skin-care routine with the right cosmetic procedures can make a strikingly positive difference.

Whether you're intrigued by Signature Club A's skin care or makeup, there are only a handful of products to consider. This line is known for its large makeup kits. Although these may seem like a great deal, they aren't because most contain so-so products that aren't nearly as good as what many brands at the drugstore offer. They definitely don't have anything over the e.l.f. brand, which costs far less. Note that Adrienne's on-air presentations often spotlight makeup kits. These may seem like a  great value, but they're not if the products are mediocre (most of them are) which means you'll be less likely to use them often, if at all.

Bottom line: You're not missing out on some anti-aging miracle or secret formula if you skip this line altogether. The curious should shop carefully, and follow our recommendations on what to avoid so you can be sure you're getting the best of what Signature Club A has to offer.

For more information about Signature Club A, call 1.800.284.3900 or visit www.hsn.com.

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