Me, a fearless HuffPost manager, lover of trends and lazy beauty junkie. I love product but wear very little makeup, often neglect the expensive potions I buy, and can’t be bothered with a three-step skincare regimen (toner, what?). Alas, my dry-yet-breakout-prone skin has probably suffered for it. As a woman in her later thirties who’s starting to think about a) her fine lines and b) the synthetics she’s putting on her skin, I wanted an age-preventing something or other that I could dab on when half-asleep and be done with it.
I decided to give argan oil a whirl. Long touted by celebrities like Josie Maran and ‘natural’ skincare shopping sites as a miracle anti-aging product, argan oil is a vegetable oil made primarily in Morocco by cooperatives of women. The labour-intensive process involves expressing the oil from the nut in the argan fruit. The oil is supposedly rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids, and started emerging as a skincare trend a couple years back — but like I said, I’m lazy.
I decided to take the plunge when a friend told me she’d found argan oil at the organic food stores in Toronto’s Kensington Market for cheap. And she said it worked so well she started seeing fine lines on her palms disappearing.
I used the product pretty much every day for about four months, and went through two bottles of Divine Essence (the name, er, could use a little work).
I dispensed about a quarter size amount and applied it on my face after cleansing. I applied it to all areas of my face, including around my eye area, my neck, and my lips (it’s edible, after all). I also tried it on the ends of my hair as a conditioner.
…did it work, you ask? Pretty darn good as a moisturizer. It left my skin feeling ridiculously soft, and didn’t cause breakouts like I feared it would, but that may be because I use another moisturizer with glycolic acid to help keep my skin clear. But it left my skin dewy, plumped up and kind of glowing, and was a good companion to my other moisturizer.
Nevertheless, I’m sold and will keep using argan oil. It’s cheap, simple and natural, a super moisturizer and skin softener, and it’s not making my wrinkles or my breakouts any worse. And I like that it helps collectives of women earn legitimate wages independently.
TREE OF LIFE Argan Oil Pure Organic Argan Oil (20 ml / 50 ml)