Miracle Oil or Same Old Hype

When it comes to face care, I don’t jump on bandwagons. Since high school I’ve pretty much adhered to two rules: Mies van der Rohe’s caution that “less is more” and former University of Texas football coach Daryl Royal’s homespun wisdom that when it comes to taking a chance on something new it’s best to “dance with the one who brung ya.” Not to say that I haven’t updated my skin care products since the advent of Ten O Six, I’m just not on the lookout for the next miracle product. And when I try a new product, it better give results in rather short order. Over the long haul, I’ve turned more skin-care products into hand cream than I’ve used on my face.

arganThis brings me to my recent trip to the land of argan trees. For some time, Moroccan argan oil has been touted as THE product for getting rid of skin problems, as well as for decreasing the signs of aging. Millions of women swear by it. So, I decided to buy some at the source and try it for myself. Why not? The stuff was inexpensive. Plus, what a story to tell back home–first observing the tree-climbing goats who eat the argan pods and then taking in a factory that produces nothing but argan oil products. The process of turning the nuts into oil is mostly done by women by hand, no doubt upping the cost on the international market.

Argane_oil_productionTo give the oil a fair shot, I waited until I returned home to try it. Traveling is hard on skin because anything from local water, to lack of sleep to strange food can turn a normally good completion into a nightmare. I also took a second precaution. Since agran oil can cause acne, I decided to start off by mixing a small amount of it with my regular night repair cream and foregoing it totally in the morning.

oil 2I’ve done this for the past three nights. Thus far, it looks promising. My dry-as-a-shuck skin is appreciating the moisture. So that part’s working as touted. However, I’m a little concerned about how my rosacea will react to the nightly addition as time goes on. Fortunately, the oil hasn’t caused a flare-up, but it hasn’t lessened the redness, either. Only time will tell. Finally, it’s too early to assess the impact of the argan oil on my fine lines. Truthfully, I doubt that it will affect them much. Those nasty little lines are hard to erase, despite what we’re told by the manufacturers of  anti-aging products. Most anti-wrinkle applications merely plump up the skin, thereby reducing the visibility of the lines. If you stop using the product, the lines will reappear almost instantly. You’ve got to have some pretty heavy-duty ingredients and use them over a length of time to get any lasting improvement. And the ground you gain against the wrinkles eventually will erode if you stop using the product.


I’ll keep you posted on my success (or lack thereof) with the argan oil. Check back in a month. By that time I’ll either be singing the oil’s praise as a miracle skin product or will have eaten it on salads.




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