Argan oil has been on the cosmetics industry’s radar for some time and you’ll definitely see the name on various skin care labels left and right, of both high-end and main stream product lines. In local stores, pure argan oil usually isn’t as easy to pick up as for example castor oil, but it is widely available online. There are many different suppliers to choose from. The best argan oil is cold pressed and from organic agriculture.
Scientific name: Argan Spinosa
The amount of fatty acids varies between batches and brands, but is approximately:
- Poly-unsaturated fatty acids (linoleic acid/omega 6/vitamin F): 32%
- Mono-unsaturated fatty acids (oleic acid): 46%
- Saturated fatty acids (stearic acid & palmitic acid): stearic acid 6% & palmitic acid 13%
Unsaturated fatty acids, which argan oil has a high content of, are protecting, nourishing, regenerating, work against premature anti-aging, and help making the skin more soft and supple.
Argan oil is rich in vitamin E and known for its nourishing and regenerating properties. Argan oil is also a great antioxidant, which makes it s superb ally in the fight against aging.
Argan oil is one of the richer oils and doesn’t penetrate the skin as well as jojoba oil. Mixing argan oil with a second, more easily absorbed oil (try kukui nut oil or hazelnut oil) can help improve penetration.
Argan oil is basically an anti-aging and nourishing power house. It contain a lot of natural antioxidants, protecting the skin from aging, but also other substances that are antifungal, antiviral, and anti-inflammatory. While Argan oil is great to make the skin softer and more supple, thin or easily absorbed this oil is not! It mainly protects against premature aging, improves the skin’s function as a barrier, as well as protecting from the outside world (including UV rays – to some extent, depending on your skin type), while also improving circulation.
Jojoba oil on the other hand is an oil that penetrates the skin easily without leaving a greasy feeling. It has calming and soothing properties. Jojoba oil’s chemistry that is very similar to that of our own sebum and is superb to combat both dehydration and wrinkles. Because jojoba is so similar in consistency to the skin’s own sebum, even oily skin with acne can benefit from this versatile oil. When used on oily skin (with or without acne) jojoba oil may balance out the skin’s own oil production, paradoxically resulting in less oily skin.
Scientific name: Simmondsia Chinensis
Argan oil vs jojoba oil, which one is best for face care?
Unless your skin is completely free of acne and has no issues with clogged pores what so ever, jojoba oil may just be the oil of choice for your face. Being in my mid-thirties, I am definitely reaching for the anti-aging skin care products now (and have been for a few years), but I still don’t use heavier oils like Argan oil on the skin of my face. Jojoba oil, as well as Rosehip seed oil and a few others, are my favorites. Their lighter consistency makes it easy to layer a little bit of facial oil with something else, or even with a second layer of the same.
While I haven’t felt the need to reach for pure Argan oil as a face care strategy yet, I can recommend these natural face care product that contain Argan oil:
Nourish Organic – Argan & Pomegranate…
Jojoba oil on the other hand, has been a brilliant ally for face care. Whether you’re dealing with mild to heavier acne, oily skin, visible pores, or just have fairly normal skin – perhaps only prone to an occasional breakout, then Jojoba oil is your oil of choice over Argan. If your skin is just starting to become a bit more mature and in need of nourishment, Jojoba oil may still work like a charm, and Argan oil may still be a bit too “heavy”. Argan oil is best used as face care when your skin has no issues with acne or clogged pores what so ever, and is longing for oil all the way.
That being said, if you wonder whether one of these oils (or both) could work well for your face, it won’t hurt much to try them both and observe your skin’s reaction. Should Argan oil appear too heavy, you can obviously stop using it right away and instead make in into a luxurious body oil for the legs, dry elbows and feet, or a super-nutritive hair treatment.
…and which one to choose for body care?
The infinitely small droplet of argan oil in shower gel or shampoo is really not much more than a marketing thing – it won’t do much for your skin. If you’d like to get a taste of the benefits of argan oil (or any oil for that matter) to the skin or hair, why not experiment with a small bottle of pure oil?
Should this appear too rich in itself, blending with a lighter oil could be the solution. Apply the oil very sparingly – otherwise, it will just sit on top on your skin anyways… or soak your clothes with oil. A little goes a long way.
Argan oil vs jojoba oil – comparing prices & availability
Argan oil vs jojoba oil
rich – versatile
$$$ – $$
dry/mature skin and hair – all skin types/hair