Spotlight on ingredients #4: Argan Oil

Spotlight on ingredients #4: Argan Oil

Posted by Phil Houghton on

Argan Oil is derived from the kernels of the fruit of the Argan tree. Argan trees grow throughout Morocco and the oil used in cooking and to beautify. It has been part of the beauty routine of Berber women since the Iron Age.

The Berber women knew what they were doing; a 2014 study found that daily consumption and application of Argan Oil improved the skin hydration of menopausal women by restoring the barrier function and maintaining the water-holding capacity.

Why? Because Argan Oil is rich in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. 

About of third of the fatty acid content of Argan oil contains from oleic and linoleic acid.

Oleic acid is also known as omega-9 fatty acids and easily penetrates the skin’s surface helping to replenish lost moisture while acting as an occlusive. It also improves skin permeability, assisting other ingredients to penetrate the skin barrier.

Linoleic acid (also known as Omega 6) is an anti-inflammatory and stimulates cell regeneration.

It also contains Vitamin E which is an excellent anti-inflammatory and calming for reactive skin while helping to control the skin’s oil production.

Argan oil also contains squalene which is a natural moisturising factor with antioxidant properties and various phenolic antioxidants namely vanillic acid, syringic acid, ferulic acid and tyrosol which also protect against oxidative damage.

Argan Oil is an important ingredient in New Zealand made Velettà Rejuvenating Oil and Velettà Nourishing Moisturiser. Velettà products are all cruelty-free, vegan and halal-certified. They are luxurious, natural products that really work,


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