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

With so many brands in the marketplace, some proclaiming jojoba, for example, as the only oil to use, others raising argan oil on a pedestal, why do we choose to use both in our skin creams? Today we will examine two of the most popular oils, jojoba oil and argan oil, and whether argan oil is good for skin, and the benefits of jojoba for skin. Many natural skin care lines use these individual facial oils as their star performers; in fact, they have entire companies named after them! So, what important qualities do they bring to our skin, and should you be using both in your skin care routine individually, or in your moisturizing creams?

What Is Argan Oil? Is It Good 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.

Argan oil is a natural antioxidant, containing vitamin E to help combat damage from free radicals. It is rich in fatty acids like oleic acid, at a whopping 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.

Even though argan oil can also be used for acne-prone skin because it does not clog the pores and is non-greasy, we choose to 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.

Benefits of Jojoba Oil for Skin

Jojoba oil, on the other hand, is not really an oil at all, though it is a major player in considering the benefits of oils for your face. Rather, it is a plant wax ester, from the jojoba tree, which is native to Arizona, California, and Mexico. Jojoba is very unique because it has a chemical makeup that is very close to the natural sebum that our skin makes. Jojoba “oil” naturally works with our natural skin barrier, forming a protective layer, and can help 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, 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

Both argan and jojoba oil have one interesting 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 if possible, 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 in the natural skin care world, we rely on oil-based skin care. We also utilize water-soluble ingredients such as plant propanediol, to help our products’ ingredients 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.

Which is Good for Your Skin, Argan Oil or Jojoba?

Both of these oils are good for many age ranges and various skin types, but the combination of both of them together really makes a wonderful list of properties. They both work to soften the texture of our skin, which becomes rougher as we age.

When we create a new cream in our lab, what we look at is what each oil (or ingredient) brings to the table. Since we are a line that specializes 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.

When looking to create creams for mature skin, we select 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 elements increase the elasticity of the skin over 35% after 30 minutes of application. It also stimulates the production of collagen and strengthens the skin, due to its sterol compounds, so that future wrinkle formation is less likely to happen. 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

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.

When we combine argan, jojoba, 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. However, 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 if you have any questions or need more advice, we’re always here for you!



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