There have been three main stages within the cosmetic industry in the past 60 years or so. The first stage was the search for products that made you look younger, they became available from high street stores meaning anybody could purchase them. The next stage was lower priced products that became available in supermarkets and catalogues enabling them to become easily affordable because of Chinese manufacturing which in turn lead to the latest stage. People in the past five years or so have really been looking for more natural, organic products. Perhaps it is down to the increase in allergies or maybe it is purely down to the fact that people are no longer happy smothering their face in a cocktail of chemicals but people are now almost exclusively searching for ‘miracle ingredients’ such as Aloe Vera, Honey and most recently Argan Oil.
Argan oil unsurprisingly comes from the Argan tree which is endemic to Morocco. Its nutritional properties make it perfect for comsetic use but is not exclusively used for this, it is also used in cooking. It is very popular as a dip for bread and also as part of a dressing on salad and with couscous. It has been credited with preventing various forms of cancer as well as diabetes and heart disease and obviously something you are happy to ingest you should also be more than happy to put on your skin.
The unroasted version of Argan is often used to treat skin conditions but the roasted cosmetic version of the oil is mainly used because of its moisteurising properties, nourishing the hair and to help with outbreaks of acne in teenagers. In the US cosmetics market (the biggest and most competitive in the world) the number of Argan based products jumped from only two in 2007 to over one hundred in 2011. Some of the more common mixes you will find are Argan oil and pomegranate seed oil because of the added antioxidising benefits. The government in Morocco is now actually planning as part of the countries future to produce more Argan oil on a national scale as it is that important to the economy. By 2020 they are hoping to have increased the production of the oil from 2,500 to 4,000 tonnes.
Companies from around the world such as Silk Oil Of Morocco UK are now offering the miracle product exclusively to their customers. The feedback has been so good that the demand for the oil is far outweighing the availability of it.