The unique composition of argan oil makes it one of the most balanced oils ; it has many cosmetic and nutritional benefits.
Argan oil contains exceptionally high levels of essential fatty acids, including linoleic acid (omega-6), which has a structural effect on membran fluidity and contribute to the barrier function of the epidermis. Essential fatty acids also counter drying and loss of elasticity in skin, helping to prevent or delay wrinkling; the skin becomes more supple and more toned.
This action against skin ageing is reinforced by very high levels of gamma tocopherols which are one of the most powerful biological anti-oxidants in neutralizing free radicals. It also protects cell membranes from lipid oxidation, thereby slowing the skin's ageing process.
Argan oil has high sterols content, specially of schottenol (44 to 49%) which has inhibitive properties of the cellular development. With this composition, argan oil can also advantageously replace the cholesterol in cosmetics, without risking an increase of the blood rates of cholesterol.
Also five triterpenic alcohols were identified in the argan oil including lupeol (7,1%) which has anti-inflammatory properties.
Its specific biochemical composition confers interesting properties to argan oil for cosmetics applications.