I came into a skincare routine into my mid-twenties. This is late as I’ve known girls who have their dermatologists on speed dial in high school! I’ve always had oily skin and that meant enlarged pores and my genetic predisposition to acne made me choose products that sucked the oil out of my face. Oxy10 became a friend as well. In my early twenties, I bought a treatment package from a known facial centre and that began my serious foray into skincare. The diamond peel package I got improved my skin’s texture and the almost bi-weekly facials zapped my zits away. It was also then that I discovered the importance of the right skincare routine. From then on I knew what kind of products I needed – gentle, formulated for sensitive skin. I also learned to value the importance of a good moisturizer. Growing up with an oil spill for a face led me to buy harsh toners that I swiped on my face with such force that I could have wiped off my nose at one point. I didn’t moisturize as well for I feared that it will only add to my *yuck* oiliness.
Right now, I have a fairly simple skincare routine, I have different cleansers (Hada Labo and Alba Botanicals) and different toners (Alba Botanicals with Salicylic Acid for days when my skin is hormonal and Human Nature). For moisturizers, I alternate between Olay and Celeteque. When I have time, I put on a mask (regular St. Ives’ clay mask) and I use the anti-aging serum from Celeteque. Now enter a new product that is getting more attention from my skin nowadays:
My newest nighttime moisturizer comes in a small bottle! My friend gave me a bottle of Souq International Inc.’s Moroccan Argan Oil. At first I thought it would be crazy to put on oil on my already oily skin. Counter intuitive right? However just one drop of the oil at nighttime (although the bottles says 2-3 drops) has certainly boosted my skincare routine! My skin loves it too! I never had any breakouts with this product considering how sensitive my skin is (I get rashes from Neutrogena would you believe?!). The oil also left my skin silky not slimy and I woke up the next morning with a face that’s moisturized and soft, not oily at all!
The distributors of Moroccan Argan Oil, Souq International Inc shared with me what Argan Oil is made of and why it’s safe to use on any type of skin:
The Souq Organics Moroccan Argan Oil is 100% organic. The 30ml bottle contains nothing but pure Argan Oil from Morocco. It is just as good, if not better than other Argan Oil brands in the market because it is cold pressed, and produced under rigorous and strict quality management systems. Our Argan Oil is certified organic by Europe-based ECOCERT – one of the largest organic certifications organizations in the world and at Php 1500, it retails almost half the price of other premium Argan Oil brands out there!
The bottle comes with a dropper but it’s easy to apply promise. I just use place one drop on the tip of my left index finger and dab it on my face and then spread it on like I would any regular moisturizer. The oil is easily absorbed into the skin so there’s no greasy residue and you won’t wake up to face that’s shiny.
Argan Oil is said to have a variety of uses such as:
- Restores and rejuvenates the skin from the damaging effects of pollution, sun exposure, oxidation, tobacco, stress and other environmental factors
- Moisturizes dry, dull skin
- Regulates oily skin
- Softens skin and reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- Reduces skin irritation and redness, especially in the treatment of acne, blemishes, eczema, psoriasis and skin asthma
- Makes scars and keloids less noticeable
- Maintains skin elasticity preventing stretchmarks
- Alleviates rheumatism and arthritis pain
- Nourishes, strengthens and protects the hair cuticle from root to tip to prevent breakage
- Stimulates new hair growth
- Moisturizes hair, promotes shine and smoothens frizz
- Strengthens brittle nails
My friend who gave me the bottle of argan oil uses the product on his hair and scalp. The oil can also be combined with other skincare products and it won’t affect their effectivity. I have tiny zit on my forehead now and I use a salicylic acid lotion for spot treatment. The oil prevents the surrounding skin from drying up.
To learn more about Argan Oil you may visit Souq International’s website at www.souqinternational.com or at their facebook page here.
You can also find these at popular bazaars including Mercato Centrale. A 30 ml bottle costs Php 1,500. I’m going to give away a bottle soon so stay tuned for the giveaway!!