There are times when I wish I would’ve started my beauty blog as a “glam” type of blog instead of a “science-based” one. That way, when it came to times like this and Josie Maran develops three different formulations including argan oil, I could simply splash all three on my face separately, put on a little makeup, make a pouty face, take lots of selfies, upload, and be done. Instead, I’m like, “Nooooo! Not another formulation!” and collapse under the weight of needing to analyze all three formulations at length.
Actually, I kid — I love having a science of beauty blog, and I enjoy writing these in-depth types of posts. With that said, however, there are differences between Josie Maran Argan Oil, Josie Maran Argan Oil Light, and Josie Maran Argan Oil Milk that might surprise you. For more, read on…
What’s all the fuss about argan oil, anyway?
Dubbed ‘the gold of Morocco,’ argan oil contains essential fatty acids (linoleic and oleic acids) and antioxidant polyphenols.
There are only a few natural ingredients that have been tested to show the power of cosmeceutical ingredients, but argan oil is one of them. Argan oil has three times the amount of antioxidant vitamin E found in olive oil.
According to Aveda’s in-house clinical tests, subjects showed a 38 percent improvement in lines after eight weeks of using their upcoming argan-rich firming face cream. How exactly does argan oil benefit the environment? Through the Targanine Cooperative, 2000 Moroccan women work to preserve the Argan Forest by planting new trees and harvesting argan nuts. Because argan oil is exclusive to this land, it is “a source of dependable income and a means of improving their financial independence, access to healthcare, and education,” according to a Kiehl’s press release. Josie Maran herself adds, “Purchasing the oil from the women’s cooperatives supports their social and economic welfare.”
Naturally found in argan oil, linoleic and oleic fatty acids help protect and maintain skin elasticity, smoothness, and radiance.
Linoleic acid is an omega-6 fatty acid. It is an essential fatty acid, meaning that it is not naturally produced by the body, and needs to be supplemented through the diet for normal bodily function. When applied topically on the skin, linoleic acid has been shown in several research studies (cited here) to be capable of reducing inflammation and acne and increasing skin’s moisturization levels.
On the other hand, oleic acid is a omega-9 fatty acid. Unlike omega-6 fatty acids, omega-9 fatty acids are nonessential, meaning that they do not need to be supplemented by the diet. Further, while linoleic acid helps to take down inflammation, oleic acid will simply help maintain a smoother skin appearance. Interestingly enough, linoleic acid comprises 55-60% of olive oil and 56% of açai berry, two other powerful ingredients in skin care today.
Josie Maran Argan Oil: Original Formula — Best for Normal/Dry to Dry Skin
Josie Maran Argan Oil glides onto the skin. It has a medium weight, and it dries after about a minute. It does not leave the skin sticky or tacky.
This oil is best for those with normal/dry or dry skin. If you have oily skin, it may be too much hydration.