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Non-fragrant plant oil expressed from the kernels of argan trees. 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 antioxidant vitamin E (tocopherol) and, like several other plant oils, a source of other antioxidant compounds.
Despite the hype, argan oil isn’t a miraculous ingredient by any stretch of the imagination. It’s merely a good, emollient, non-fragrant plant oil. It’s a consideration if skin or hair is dry to very dry, but is not necessarily any better than many other non-fragrant plant oils used in cosmetics. As with any plant oil, those with oily skin should think twice before applying it full strength as doing so will make skin look and feel greasy.
References for this information:
The Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology, December 2010, issue 12, pages 1669-1675
Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology, June 2007, issue 2, pages 113-118
Clinical Nutrition, October 2004, issue 5, pages 1159-1166
Journal of Ethnopharmacology, October 1999, issue 1, pages 7-14
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