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Argan oil is made from the kernels of the argan tree fruit that grows almost exclusively in Morocco. This oil is one of the rarest in the world due to the small supply and the limited growing area – hence the high price and the hype. Traditionally, the oil is produced by hand. First the soft pulp is stripped from the nuts, which are then laid out in the sun to dry. Stones are used to crack open the dried nuts so the seeds can be removed. Next, they’re gently roasted to give the oil a rich, nutty flavor. A little water is added to the roasted seeds and they are ground into a thick paste which is squeezed by hand to extract the oil.
Chemically speaking, argan oil consists of a blend of fatty acids (over 70% oleic and linoleic acids.) It is also rich in vitamin E, phenols, and carotenes. Historically, argan oil has been used in cooking, but since it’s so rich in essential fatty acids it has been found to be beneficial for hair and skin.
What are the benefits? The fatty acids in Moroccan oil make it an excellent moisturizer. It can improve the appearance of dry hair and skin and add shine to hair. In fact, there has been some research that indicates that argan oil may be a treatment for psoriasis (more research needs to be conducted though).
Babor Skinovage PX Vita Balance Argan Nourishing Cream combines the exclusive Osmo-Tec with the proven power of Alpine Stem Cells to maintain optimally healthy skin and prevent premature aging. Argan Nourishing Cream is formulated with pure Argan Oil and other nourishing natural moisturizers to deeply replenish and comfort skin and restore balance.
- Replenishes and cushions skin.
- Hydrates for 24 hours.
- Prevents premature aging.
- Boosts skin’s defenses with antioxidants.
- Formulated to enhance efficacy of active ingredients.
- Osmo-Tec – Restores skin’s osmotic balance to improve cells’ ability to receive and process active ingredients.
- Alpine Stem Cells – Stimulate and accelerate production of optimally healthy cells.
- Argan Oil – Replenishes moisture, cushions skin, and improves elasticity.
- Shea Butter, Avocado Oil, Macadamia Seed Oil – Nourish and condition.