What Are the Benefits of Argan Oil?

Cosmetic Argan oil can be used to rejuvenate the skin, lips, nails, hair and scalp. Culinary Argan oil contains antioxidants and fights against cancer, according to About.com. Culinary Argan oil should not be used topically, and cosmetic Argan oil should not be ingested.

Culinary Argan oil contains omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, and it may improve circulation, help with digestive issues, regulate hormones, and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. It is believed that it promotes health in the heart and brain. It may also prevent inflammation, prevent obesity, treat diabetes and reduce pain from arthritis, according to About.com. Culinary Argan oil has a nutty flavor. Among many other cooking applications, it is used in salad dressings, as a dip for bread and in soups.

Cosmetic Argan oil is used to treat skin conditions such as psoriasis, eczema, dry skin and wrinkles, according to WebMD. It promotes anti-aging and rejuvenates the skin. It is used to restore damaged hair and reduce frizz. Argan oil may be used to treat chapped lips and burns. Cosmetic Argan oil can be used as an effective moisturizer on the entire body, ideally when applied after a shower. Cosmetic Argan oil may also be used to stop cuticles and fingernails from breaking or peeling, according to About.com.

Because the argan tree comes from a very limited geographic area of Morocco and the oil extraction process is long and tedious, pure authentic argan oil is rare and very expensive. VisibleScienceArganOil.com warns consumers against unscrupulous cosmetic manufacturers who may use less effective culinary grade argan oil in their cosmetics or use only a small amount of it, which denies users the full benefits of argan oil.