Incorporating Oils into your Routine: Argan Oil vs. Jojoba Oil for the Skin

You may have noticed some skin care brands employ jojoba in their formulas, while others use argan oil. At Ayr Skin Care, we choose to use both in our skin creams. To understand why, let’s examine how these two popular ingredients, jojoba oil and argan oil, and explore how argan oil is good for skin, as well as determine the jojoba oil benefits for skin. Many natural skin care lines use these individual facial oils. Some have product lines named after them. So, what important qualities do these natural substances bring to our skin? And should you be using both in your skin care routine?

Why Is Argan Oil Good for Skin?

Argan oil has been in use for skin care since ancient times. Originally harvested by Berber women in Morocco almost three thousand years ago, Argan oil derives from the nut kernel of the argan tree. The best oil is organic and cold-processed to retain all of the nutrients.

Containing vitamin E, which helps combat damage from free radicals, argan oil is a natural antioxidant. It is rich in fatty acids like oleic acid, up to 34.6%. Linoleic acid helps soothe the skin and helps reduce inflammation. Oleic acid helps restore elasticity to the skin, so it is a good choice for mature skin as it helps soften and keeps hydration from evaporating from the surface of the skin.

Argan oil can also be used for acne-prone skin because it does not clog the pores and is non-greasy. We also use it in our Pure Moisture Day Cream and Restore Night Cream because of its omega 6, 9, vitamin A, and E. We love this facial oil’s benefits for its anti-aging properties that boost your skin’s elasticity.

Jojoba Oil Benefits for Skin

Argan oil has been in use for skin care since ancient times, harvested by Berber women in North Africa (specifically Morocco) since about 600 BC. It comes from the nut kernel of the argan tree and is best used organic and naturally processed.

Jojoba oil, on the other hand, is not really an oil at all, though we include it in our consideration of the facial oil’s benefits. Rather, it is a plant wax ester from the jojoba tree, which is native to arid climates such as the southwest U.S., Mexico, and the Middle East. Jojoba is unique because it has a chemical makeup that is very close to the natural sebum that our skin produces. Jojoba “oil” naturally works with our natural skin barrier, forming a protective layer that helps balance the natural oils in the skin.

In fact, although you should never depend upon oil or wax as your daily sunscreen, jojoba in its natural form does have an SPF of 4. It has strong antibacterial and anti-inflammatory characteristics, making jojoba oil an ideal anti-aging agent. This versatile oil/plant wax helps with acne, as well as sensitive and dry skin types. It is rich in antioxidants like vitamin E and contains vitamins A and D as well.

Benefits of Facial Oil Products for Penetrating Skin

When considering how it is that argan oil is good for skin and jojoba oil’s benefits for skin, we should note that both argan and jojoba oil have one thing in common: they are both very good penetration enhancers.

When we formulate our skin care products, we always want certain properties of the moisturizer to penetrate a little deeper, to deliver the vitamins, nutrients, and hydration to a deeper level of the skin.

In traditional skin care, petrochemical ingredients are sometimes used in this effort, but that is not the Ayr Skin Care way. We are passionate about using only naturally produced oil-based and water-soluble ingredients, such as plant propanediol, so that our products nourish your skin on a deeper level.

In addition to helping other ingredients penetrate, both of these oils help form a soft, protective barrier against the environment. This quality of helping avoid moisture evaporating from the skin is called trans-epidermal water loss, or TEWL. 

TEWL is one of the main reasons that thicker waxes, butters, and oils are used in skin care creams. It is interesting to note, that most of the oils that are good at creating a strong barrier come from very hot climates. Ayr Skin Care sells Pure Virgin Marula Oil, for example, which comes from our Fair Trade initiative in South Africa. 

Marula oil is one of the best single oils available, and it is from one of the hottest places imaginable. There are theories that the harsh conditions and heat that these trees grow under, allow them to create the properties that make the oil protective for our skin.

How Is Argan Oil Good for Your Skin in Comparison to Jojoba Oil?

Each of these oils are good for many age ranges and various skin types, but the combination of the two of them together creates a wonderful range of properties. They both work to soften the texture of our skin as we age. 

When we create a new cream in the Ayr Skin Care lab, we consider what each oil (or ingredient) brings to the table. Since we specialize in products for dry, sensitive, and mature skin, we are always looking to bring properties that will come together and help hydrate, protect, and moisturize the skin. So, although we love the properties of both argan and jojoba, we choose to use jojoba, for its benefits for anti-aging skin care and powerhouse properties, in greater quantities in both our Pure Moisture and Restore creams. This includes utilizing fatty acids that will keep the skin supple. When we are younger, our skin snaps back, but over time we lose elasticity and begin to form wrinkles. 

Collagen is an essential protein in our skin that helps our skin bounce back when we make facial expressions; it gives the skin that plump youthful radiance. Jojoba oil’s anti-aging properties increase the elasticity of the skin over 35% after 30 minutes of application. Jojoba also stimulates the production of collagen and strengthens the skin, due to its sterol compounds, thereby slowing wrinkle formation. This factor alone makes Jojoba a worthwhile choice for maximum quantities in both our day and night cream.

Using Single-Oil Based Skin Care Products & Creams in Your Routine

Ayr Skin Care's line of products made in California with natural, vegan ingredients and Fair Trade butters and oils Although facial oil products can be used individually to moisturize, we also recognize that some skin types, especially mature ones, really need some of the active ingredients that are only in creams that contain both oils and water-soluble ingredients like probiotics, glycerin, and saccharides for moisture and many others.

We have explored how argan oil is good for skin and have looked into jojoba oil benefits for skin. We also combine argan, jojoba with marula and other oils, with their wonderful fatty acid profiles, with our active ingredients like a 72-hour moisture well, and vitamins and probiotics, we can offer much more than just the qualities of oil.

We realize that all skin types are different. Even on a given day, a woman’s skin may appear drier or more irritated. By incorporating single oil, you can supplement and customize your routine. Some days it may be enough to just use the day cream and night cream alone, and other days a drop or two of added oil may help with extra conditioning and thicker protection.

If your skin is not quite as dry or mature, single oils like argan or jojoba may be just what your skin needs. Remember, your skin works hard for you! Pamper and treat it according to what works best for your skin type. And when you choose Ayr Skin Care products, you can be certain that all of them are produced with the highest ethical standards, that they are sourced through fair trade practices, that they are paraben-, petroleum-, and cruelty-free, and that we do all of this without compromising on the benefits they provide to your skin.

And if you have any questions or need more advice, check out the Ayr Skin Care blog. Reach out to us for help from our esthetician for more information about your skin care routine.

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