Josie Maran Argan Oil Milk is a sensational product that brings together the antioxidant power and skin-enriching benefits of argan oil, in a lightweight formula that is suitable for oily and normal/oily skin types. (Those with dry or dry/normal skin types are best with the original Josie Maran Argan Oil.)
Argan Oil: An Antioxidant That Is Good for the Environment
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.”
What Do Linoleic and Oleic Fatty Acids Do for the Skin?
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.
Personal Use and Opinions
Ingredients-wise, Josie Maran Argan Oil Milk is fantastic, particularly for being an all-natural product, which typically contain lower concentrations of active ingredients. For being a “milk,” this lightweight formula will drink into your skin fairly quickly. The level of hydration is mild due to the alcohol content (propanediol) and lightweight base hydrators (Glyceryl caprylate, Glyceryl undecylenate), leaving it best for those with normal/oily to oily skin types.
If you insist on using this oil if you have normal/dry to dry skin, apply it immediately after a shower. The formula will hold the moisture against the skin.
As Part of a Regimen
As a part of a regimen, Josie Maran Argan Oil Milk is best for nightly use for those with normal/oily to oily skin types.
I highly recommend this product after cleansing, toning (optional), and application of a retinoid, such as our FutureDerm Time-Release Retinol 0.5.
Josie Maran Argan Oil Milk is pH-balanced, and may be applied immediately after application of a retinoid.
If you demand your skin care is good for the environment, but want results too, then you don’t get much better than this product. Argan oil hydrates with essential fatty acids and protects with more vitamin E than even olive oil. I love it personally, and am a new fan. If you love natural and want results, go for it!
Water**, Argania Spinosa (Argan) Kernel Oil*, Propanediol**, Glyceryl Caprylate**, Glyceryl Undecylenate**, Phosphatidylglycerol**, Sodium Benzoate**, Xanthan Gum**, Citric Acid**. *Organic. **Natural.
Massage three to five drops onto clean face, day and night after cleansing. Follow with 100% Pure Argan Oil or 100% Pure Argan Oil Light.