• Empowering Women Through Argan Oil

    March is Women’s History Month, and we are in an age where more and more women are gaining the rights they deserve. In some communities, it is harder than others, but there are some impressive ways women help each other out, even in the harshest of environments. A good example is the Argan Co-operative, a group of women that manufactures the production of Argan Oil in Morocco. Backed by the government, they oversee the laborious process of grinding down argan nuts into a paste, which is then sent to factories to extract the elusive Argan Oil. This cooperative runs a large-scale business, while sharing profits among women of the Berber tribe. What a great way to proactively support the entire community as a whole!

    The extraction process of Argan Oil is a cumbersome process, making it expensive and rare. However, the riches really lie in the benefits of the oil itself. It has an unusually high concentration of Tocopherols (Vitamin E) and Carotenes (a form of Vitamin A). It is also an excellent source of antioxidants and flavonoids that help prevent collagen and elastin breakdown. Essential fatty acids and plant sterol protect skin while reinforcing the barrier lipid layer. A great moisturizer for skin and hair, it is easily one of the best and oldest ways to hydrate the body.
    Look for this ingredient for maximal skin benefits and make sure it has been certified by government regulatory bodies to meet their standards. Some oils claim to be Argan Oil, but in fact, are counterfeit oils. Using this ingredient not only helps your skin, but also a small and mighty community of women in Morocco.