Argan oil has been used for centuries to treat rare skin conditions and is fantastic for keeping your beard soft and healthy, so it’s no surprise that more and more beard companies are choosing to add argan oil to their beard care products. With hundreds of beard oils on the market all claiming to soften beard hair and promote healthy growth, it can be tough to know which ones to choose, but if a softer beard is your goal then you should be choosing an argan beard oil that that contains pure Moroccan argan oil.
Argan is a plant based oil which is extracted from the kernels of the argan tree, which is endemic to Morocco. The argan kernels are found deep within the fruit of the argan tree. Argan tree fruit are small and round in shape with a fleshy pulp covered with a thick peel. Buried inside the pulp is a small hard shelled nut. It is within these nuts that the argan oil kernels can be found. Each nut houses one to three argan kernels.
Argan fruits are left to dry in the open air to make the removal of the fleshy pulp a simpler task. Most of the pulp removal work is done by hand, although some producers have developed machinery to assist with the process. Finally the nut is cracked to expose the argan oil kernels. This last stage is extremely antiquated and despite several attempts there have been no automated machines produced that complete the job. Workers spend many time consuming hours manually cracking the argan nuts.
Once the kernels have been extracted they are normally roasted and cooled before the workers grind them down to produce a brown colored paste that exudes pure argan oil. This process is used to produce argan oil for culinary use. The cosmetic argan used in beard oil is produced in a similar way, although the roasting stage is eliminated to avoid an undesired nutty scent.
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Argan oil is used widely in both the food and cosmetic industries and has seen an increase in popularity in the UK.
Argan oil is often used in a similar way to olive oil and is great for drizzling on salads or dipping bread. As well as tasting great, argan oil has excellent health enhancing properties. Recent medical research has concluded that daily argan oil consumption can possibly prevent cancers and cardiovascular disease.
Argan oil is quickly growing in popularity in the cosmetic world and is now being used in more than 100 products to care for the skin and hair. Argan oil is an excellent natural moisturiser and is often the main ingredient in products for treating acne, flakey skin and dry hair.
Many beard care companies are choosing to use argan as a main carrier oil in their beard oils since it is known to be very effective at nourishing dry hair. Since argan oil is good for both skin and hair it allows companies to produce 2-in-1, or even 3-in-1 products that can be used to wash head hair, beard hair and the face.
Argan oil is being used to create beard balms, beard oils and even beard washes that promote healthy growth and a softer beard. It’s quite rare to find a beard moisturiser that can also be used as a face mousturiser, but this has been achieved by a company called Azbane with their Moroccan argan beard and face moisturiser.
The Beard Shed stock a range of Argan based beard care products with the Azbane
Moroccan Argan beard wash being extremely popular, since it can be used as an all-in-one hair, beard and face wash.
One of the main benefits of argan oil is that despite being great for nourishing beard hair, it is lightweight and in no way greasy. Argan oil works to coat the hair shaft, preventing environmental damage, which is a great benefit for head hair as well as beard hair. Since argan oil is rich in vitamin E it is excellent for nourishing both head and beard hair and provides a healthy shine whilst repairing split ends.
Treat your beard with the respect it deserves and invest in a good quality argan beard oil from The Beard Shed.