Skin Care

By Kathryn Holl

From botanicals discovered in the depths of the Amazon to crushed pearls and caviar, we never get tired of buzzworthy ingredients making their way into the latest skin care products. This month’s ingredient fixation is Argan oil, oil produced from the egg-shaped kernels of the agran tree found primarily in southwestern Morocco. This natural oil, known for being rich in essential fatty acids, specifically linoleic acid, stimulates intracellular oxygenation, neutralizes free radicals and protects soft tissue. Argan oil has more than twice as much tocopherol (a class of chemical compounds of which many have vitamin E activity) than olive oil and boosts skin’s regenerating capabilities – something we all like to hear! Not only does Argan oil do an excellent job of protecting against dry skin (something to keep in mind when the temperature drops below twenty degrees in the Big Apple), it is also used to fight acne, treat burns, calm psoriasis and eczema, and prevent wrinkles. Lucky for us Argan oil is popping up in a variety of skin care products.

Protect skin resilience, smoothness and radiance and protect against oxidation (a known cause of skin aging) with Kiehl’s Superbly Restorative Skin Salve with Fairly-Traded Argan Oil. Kiehl’s uses 100% organic Argan oil that features high levels of antioxidants rich tocopherols, plant sterols and essential fatty acids. Thanks to Kiehl’s fair-trade relationship with the Targanine Cooperative, the Moroccan women are guaranteed a fair price for their Argan oil.

Available: Bloomingdales and http://www.kiehls.com

Another Argan-packed product that gives back to the woman of Morocco via the Targanine Project is Comfort Zone’s new Sun Soul System, a new regimen of products that allows you to have fun in the sun without paying the price thanks to SPF 15 and 30 in their face and body creams. The After Sun Body Creams include Narcissus Bulb extract to help improve skin’s tone and elasticity.

Available: http://www.bluegiraffespa.com

Depending on your skin type, applying a weekly mask is a great way to keep skin looking and feeling fresh. For those looking to combat the signs of aging in between professional treatments, Elemis New Pro-Collagen Quartz Lift combines quartz, Noni (also rich in linoleic acid), the antioxidant power of Moringa Oil and Argan tree oil to help improve skin elasticity.

Not only will you benefit from the Argan oil but Elemis claims this mask will also improve cell communication and create a smoothing, face-lifting effect.

Available: Nordstrom or http://www.elemis.com

Priori Coffeeberry Body Emulsion packs a powerful punch of several natural moisturizers in addition Argan oil to help protect, soften and nourish the skin.

This gentle, light-weight cream also includes other mighty moisturizers and natural ingredients such as sunflower seed oil, avocado oil, shea butter and beeswax.

Available: http://www.priori.com

Argan oil is the key ingredient in BORBA’s Age Defying Advanced Recovery Crème. This anti-ager also contains Mallow Root Extract, known to hydrate and stimulate the moisture balance within the skin. The crème also contains Heptapeptide-1 and Tripeptide-29 to help stimulate skin’s own natural collagen production, defending against coarse wrinkles and loss of firmness. Perfect for those with dull, dry or mature skin types.

Available: Ulta and http://www.borba.com

Originally published February 2009
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