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If you are looking to add gloss to your hair, a glow to your skin, or improve your overall health, consider adding argan oil to your beauty and health regime. This is because, following extensive research, argan oil is being hailed as ‘liquid gold’ by naturopaths, cosmeticians and nutritionists, due its numerous health benefits.

For glossy hair, or to get rid of split ends, frizzy hair and dandruff, and to prevent hair loss, use shampoos that contain argan oil, or massage it directly into your scalp. The oil is also used as an active ingredient in many personal care products, ranging from face masks to scrubs and even shaving creams, because it contains high levels of omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E, which are vital for a glowing skin and glossy hair.

Consequently, physicians and homeopaths are increasingly prescribing argan oil based creams and lotions to treat a variety of skin conditions – including acne, eczema and psoriasis – which allopathic medications have failed to treat effectively, while experts claim that issues like brittle nails can be remedied by coating cuticles with a few drops.

The oil’s benefits are not just skin deep; ingesting six to seven drops a day is believed to boost your immune system due to its high antioxidant content; it is also thought that argan oil can prevent the development of cancer-causing, malignant cells. And if all this was not enough, it is believed that regular intake of the oil can reduce cholesterol levels substantially. And here’s yet another reason to make this ‘magical’ concoction a part of your life; it can be used as a massage oil to soothe inflammation and relieve stiffness, when heated and massaged onto arthritic joints.

– Ayesha Shaikh

First published in the Health Advertiser Section of The DAWN National Weekend Advertiser on October 26, 2014.