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Argan oil has become quite famous in the skincare industry (for good reason). Like other natural, nourishing oils, it provides several benefits for your skin and hair, and we think you’ll love it as much as we do.

If you’re not sure exactly how to put argan oil to use, you’re in the right place. In this article, we’ll share a few of the ways that argan oil benefits your skin and hair, and then we’ll talk about how to use it in your daily routine.

But before we get to that, let’s start with the basics so you can know exactly what it is that you’re slathering all over your skin.

What Is Argan Oil?

If you’ve shopped around for argan oil, you may have noticed that products typically boast “Moroccan argan oil.” This is because argan oil comes almost exclusively from Morocco.

This oil is derived from a tree called (no surprise here) the Argan tree, which is scientifically known as Argania spinosa. These trees are native to Morocco but also grow in countries like Algeria and Israel.

 argan tree

This lovely tree produces a nut, and inside this nut are kernels. Inside these kernels hides the oil that has become so well-loved in skincare circles!

Argan oil isn’t only used for cosmetics. It’s also used in the kitchen, but the process of extraction is a bit different.

For example, the argan oil that’s used in the kitchen comes from kernels that are roasted and then pressed. Meanwhile, argan oil for your skin is pressed from raw kernels.

Keep in mind that while they may both be called argan oil, they shouldn’t be used interchangeably!

Argan nuts for argan oil 

While argan oil is a delight in the kitchen, in this article, we’ll focus on the ways it benefits your skin and hair and how it can be used in your skincare and beauty routines.

Let’s start with the benefits.

4 Benefits Of Argan Oil For Your Skin

1) Vitamins And Antioxidants

Nature generously gives us all sorts of fruits, vegetables, and nuts that are chock-full of nutrients.

Argan oil is no different! It contains vitamins (like the skin-healthy vitamin E) and antioxidants that benefit your skin when applied topically.

Antioxidants help neutralize damaging free radicals, keeping your skin healthy and even aiding your anti-aging efforts. And who isn’t wishing for fewer fine lines and wrinkles?

2) Moisturization

When you think of natural oils like argan oil, coconut oil, or shea butter, you probably think of their superior moisturizing skills!

Your skin naturally has an oily barrier that keeps it in tip-top shape. It works by locking much-needed moisture in (yay hydration!) and keeping the bad guys (think: skin irritants and pollution) out.

Unfortunately, your skin barrier doesn’t always function at 100%. Some people have naturally dry or easily irritated skin, but outside factors like weather and irritants can also lead to a compromised skin barrier.

This is when your skin needs extra help. Enter natural oils, like argan oil.

Argan oil

Argan oil’s fat content is composed largely of fatty acids called oleic and linoleic acids, which provide your skin with the moisture that it needs to stay healthy and radiant.

3) Anti-Inflammatory Properties

The fatty acids we just mentioned aren’t just for keeping your skin moisturized. They also give argan oil anti-inflammatory properties, making it perfect to calm and soothe irritated skin.

4) Less Sebum

Just as some folks tend toward dry skin, others deal with a tendency toward oily skin.

Argan oil can actually reduce sebum, which is the oil that the sebaceous glands in your skin produce. This is good news for those who are constantly trying to do away with the shine of oily skin.

5) Improved Skin Elasticity

 Woman who used argan oil on her face

Last but not least, argan oil can increase skin elasticity. What is skin elasticity? Essentially, it’s the idea that your skin can move, stretch, and groove but go back to its original shape, looking firm and youthful.

When skin doesn’t have good elasticity, signs of aging (like fine lines and wrinkles) can work their way into your life.

Knowing all of that, let’s take a look at how you can start experiencing the benefits of argan oil.

4 Ways To Experience Argan Oil Benefits

1) Moisturize Your Skin With Argan Oil

 A bottle of oil that contains argan oil

Argan oil is a perfect moisturizer, and there are two ways to treat your skin to it.

The first option is to use pure argan oil and apply it directly to your skin, massaging it in while enjoying a self-care moment.

The second option is to combine argan oil with other natural ingredients by using a product like Babo Botanicals Miracle Moisturizing Face Cream or Skin Repair Nutri-Firm™ Treatment Oil.

Miracle Moisturizing Face Cream is a rich moisturizer that helps soothe and protect dry, chafed skin. Made with argan oil along with colloidal oatmeal, shea butter, coconut oil, and organic calendula, it contains the perfect blend of active botanicals to help protect delicate and sensitive skin.

This means you can use it to relieve eczema patches, rashes, or dry spots on your face and body. And, like all Babo Botanical products, it’s free of sulfates, parabens, phthalates, and synthetic fragrances, so you can feel good about what you’re putting on your skin.

Another great option for moisturizing with argan oil is our Skin Repair Nutri-Firm™ Treatment Oil. This 100% natural product combines the power of argan oil with other firming oils including kahai, rosehip, and sea buckthorn oils.

Remember what we mentioned about argan oil improving skin elasticity? This combination of oils is a nod in that direction.

It’s a complex rich in omegas, vitamins, and antioxidants to help improve the appearance and smooth the texture of stretch marks, scars, uneven skin tone, and aging skin.

Finally, if you’re looking for clean beauty choices for sun-blocking moisturization, look no further than our Daily Sheer Tinted Facial Mineral Sunscreen SPF 30.

2) Wash Up With Argan Oil Soap

 Mom applying lotion to child that contains argan oil

Washing your hands regularly is a must and something we teach our kids from day one! But the truth is that washing up can really dry out your hands.

This is why we love the idea of hand soaps that are not only effective at cleaning your skin but also moisturize at the same time.

Babo Botanicals Lavender Dream™ Plant Based Hand Soap and Eucalyptus Plant Based Hand Soap are both made with oils (including argan oil, shea butter, and olive oil) to moisturize your skin as well as antibacterial manuka essential oil to cleanse your hands.

Manuka oil can also be found in our baby version of hand soap: Sensitive Baby Fragrance Free Foam Hand Soap. It’s perfect for cleaning your little one’s delicate skin as you teach them the healthy habit of hand-washing.

3) Apply Argan Oil To Your Hair

There’s a lot of talk about argan oil for skin, but don’t let your hair and scalp get jealous! It’s also a great oil to apply directly to your hair or scalp (which is, after all, skin).

Use it as a scalp treatment or to moisturize dry hair. Just keep in mind that if you apply oils directly to your hair, you’ll have to figure out the right amount since oil can really weigh hair strands down.

You can also use argan oil for your hair by shampooing with Babo Botanicals Calming Shampoo, Bubble Bath & Wash or 3 in 1 Eucalyptus Remedy™ Plant Based Shampoo, Bubble Bath and Wash.

 Babo Botanicals Calming Shampoo, Bubble Bath & Wash

Both of these 3-in-1 products are EWG Verified, sulfate-free, and crafted with argan oil among other botanical ingredients.

4) Treat Your Little One’s Skin To Argan Oil

The other great thing about argan oil is that it’s safe for the littlest ones in your family.

Treating your baby’s skin to the benefits of argan oil is simple with a moisturizer like Sensitive Baby Fragrance Free Miracle Cream or bubble bath and body wash combos such as 3 in 1 Birthday Bubbles Plant Based Bubble Bath and Wash or Moisturizing Baby Bubble Bath & Wash.

A fun, safe, moisturizing bubble bath? What more can you ask for?

Argan Oil For The Whole Family

 Dad giving kids a bubble bath

Argan oil is one of many natural oils that is oh-so-good for your skin and hair, and your whole family can reap the benefits — from the little ones with delicate, kissable skin to those of us who are young at heart but are trying to push back the signs of aging.

Put this moisturizing, anti-inflammatory, nourishing oil to use by applying the pure oil directly to your skin, scalp, and hair. Or choose a product made with argan oil, like Babo Botanicals Miracle Moisturizing Face Cream, Skin Repair Nutri-Firm™ Treatment Oil, argan oil hand soap, or bubble bath for the little ones.

We have no doubt that this oil — and products that contain it — will soon become a favorite in your family!