Health benefits of Vitamin E

One of the qualities that make argan oil so popular is that the oil contains a sizeable amount of Vitamin E. Vitamin E has many health benefits – it is immune boosting, helps repair damaged skin, nails  and hair, and offers good protection against diseases.  Alpha-tocopherol (the technical name for vitamin E) reduces cholesterol and plaque build-up, which cuts down the chances of developing cardiovascular diseases.

Although the body cannot make vitamin E, it is an essential nutrient, meaning that the body needs to absorb vitamin E from food in order to function properly.  But it is rare for a person to have a deficiency of the vitamin since it is fat-soluble, and can be stored in fatty tissues in the body for up to half a year.  Apart from Moroccan argan, other good sources of alpha-tocopherol include vegetable oils (especially wheat-germ oil), nuts, poultry and wheat.  It can also be taken as a supplement in its pure form.

However, when buying vitamin E supplements, it is important to buy natural vitamin E as opposed to synthetic vitamin E.  The vitamin in its natural form is easily absorbed and much more potent.  If you have trouble telling one from the other, look at the ingredients label.  The natural form of the vitamin is called “d-alpha tocopherol”, whereas the synthetic version is “dl-alpha tocopherol”.

Here is a brief run-down of some of the health benefits to be gained from this vitamin:

  • Antioxidant Properties

Vitamin E is one of the strongest antioxidants out there.  Antioxidants fight free radicals.  Free radicals are unstable compounds that can alter cell structure, causing aging, a weakened immune system, and in extreme cases even cancer.  Antioxidants go a long way in helping to prevent many diseases such as Alzheimer’s and diabetes.

  • Reduces Cholesterol

Cholesterol damages the body because it converts into plaque which clogs up blood vessels, leading to heart diseases and strokes.  Vitamin E prevents this.  It also makes the blood thinner which improves blood flow throughout the body.

  • Skin care

Free radicals affect the skin negatively.  This is the reason why smokers and people who live in polluted areas age quicker than others.  Vitamin E combats these free radicals, and it also helps the skin retain its moisture.  It speeds up the healing of wounds and protects against UV radiation.  Many creams and lotions contain vitamin E oil.  Before I was introduced to argan oil, I used to mix pure vitamin E oil into a generic lotion, which really helped my skin stay soft and hydrated.  Now I just use pure argan oil, which is great for skin care.

  • Anti-inflammatory

Vitamin E has anti-inflammatory properties and also helps to relieve pain.  It can be compared to non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medicines (NSAIDs) typically used to relieve pain caused by arthritis.

Vitamin E is one of the most versatile nutrients out there, and I always make sure to have a bottle of oil containing vitamin E on hand. Use it on your skin to reduce the appearance of blemishes and scars.  Argan oil contains a lot of vitamin E as well as other nutrients that support its actions.

 

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What is Moroccan Argan Oil Good For?

A few years ago, argan oil was virtually unknown to people outside of Morocco. But in just a short while, the popularity of argan oil has skyrocketed.  This Moroccan oil possesses unique properties that have made it a new favourite of the health and skin care industries.  So what does argan oil do, and why has it suddenly become so popular?

A Traditional Moroccan Oil

Argan oil - Argan treeArgan oil is produced from the kernels of the argan tree (Argania spinosa) which grows almost exclusively in Morocco.  The tree once grew in abundance in northern Africa, however it is now considered an endangered species and the argan-growing region was declared a Biosphere Reserve by UNESCO in 1998.  The tree is well suited to the barren lands of southwest Morocco as it has adapted to drought and soil erosion.

Berber peoples have been producing oil from argan trees for centuries.  The oil is used by them for cosmetic, medicinal, and culinary purposes.  The fruits of the argan tree are green and resemble large olives.  Inside the fruit there is a nut which contains kernels from which the oil can be extracted.

Traditionally the oil has been produced manually.  This is done by roasting the kernels and grinding them to a powder.  The powder is then mixed with water, forming a dough from which the oil can be extracted.  This is a laborious and time-consuming process, and it takes about 20 hours of work to produce one litre of the oil. Nowadays, most argan oil is produced with the help of mechanical presses, making the process quicker and more efficient.

Argan Oil and Women’s Cooperatives

Woman's Argan oil co-operative - from Ziliv (Flickr)

Much of the Moroccan argan oil is produced by women’s co-operatives.  The first co-operative was set up by Zoubida Charrouf, a Professor in the Science Faculty of Mohamed V. University.  Charrouf was fascinated by the properties of the argan tree, and while researching it, she saw an opportunity to give help the communities of southwest Morocco:

Dr Charrouf felt the need, first to do field work, but also to give something back to the communities she had consulted in the course of her research. “There’s a debt to be paid,” she states, “there has to be a return to the disenfranchised of these regions who taught us about the argan’s benefits… That’s when I told myself that it made no sense that, at the end of the 20th century, this oil that has so many virtues – nutritional, cosmetic, therapeutic – can be as debased as it was. It’s not right that it’s still sold on the side of the road, in recycled, chipped bottles. It’s not right either that it’s still produced by grinding the nuts between rocks.” (source)

With the help of IDRC (International development research Centre), Charrouf set out to develop co-operatives where local women were could use modern extraction techniques to produce argan oil.  Not only do the co-operatives help the women earn an income, but they also motivate locals to protect and re-plant the endangered argan tree.

Argan Oil Benefits – What is Argan Oil Good for?

Moroccan argan oil has a multitude of benefits owing to its unique properties:

  • It is extremely high in Vitamin E, a powerful anti-oxidant.  Vitamin E is healthy whether taken internally or externally, which makes argan oil good for ingesting and for treating skin and hair conditions.  The health benefits of Vitamin E are numerous.
  • Argan oil benefitsThe oleic acid in argan oil helps to control cholesterol levels.  The Moroccan oil also contains sterols, which block the absorption of cholesterol in the intestines. Sterols have been found to have anti-cancer properties.
  • Argan oil is excellent for hair care.  It repairs damaged hair, and can also be used for daily hair care.  It gets rid of frizz and split ends while improving the elasticity of your hair.  Argan oil is also used in Moroccan oil shampoo products.
  • Moroccan oil is used for skin health care It is non-greasy and gets absorbed faster into the skin than other oils.  Because of its antioxidant and regenerative properties, it can be used for wrinkles, acne scars, stretch marks and other troublesome skin conditions such as psoriasis.
  • The culinary uses of argan oil are widespread.  It has a nutty flavour and can enhance a vast variety of dishes, from soups to desserts.  Not only does it taste good, but the health benefits are many.  It has been shown to be good for cardiovascular conditions, arthritis and digestion.

DIY Beauty Tips

An essential oil is a concentrated oil containing volatile aroma compounds from a given plant. An oil is “essential” in the sense that it carries a distinctive scent, or essence, of the plant. Essential oils do not as a group need to have any specific chemical properties in common, beyond conveying characteristic fragrances.

Certain essential oils (such as lavender) are antiseptic in nature. Some of them have lipids that the skin can use efficiently for hydration (avocado, for instance). Oil itself doesn’t clog your pores. Dried skin can become trapped in oil if the oil in question is dry-ish and becomes gummy, which can lead to pore-blocking, but a fairly pure oil won’t clog pores in and of itself.

Things to do to keep pores from blocking:

1. Wash your face fairly often (twice or so a day, unless you have super sensitive skin, in which case do so once a day or once every other day).Beauty Tips

2. Exfoliate at least once a week if you have pores that block easily or super dry, flaky skin, at least twice a month otherwise.argan oil for face

3. Don’t use super heavy, oily, or sticky concealers or foundations.skin care cream2

4. Moisturize every day, making sure your moisturizer is not too heavy for your skin type and has a sunscreen in it. (Exfoliating makes skin even more sun sensitive, as it has removed the outer, tougher layer of your skin.)

 

 

Defeat Your Age With Some Helpful Tips!!

Aging change our skin’s appearance, loosen the skin texture and many more things. We all wish to look younger in our life and want to defeat it but there are many factors on which we don’t have any control like depletion of estrogen leading to sagging of skin or give you a particular bone structure based on the genetic. There are many other factors on which if we work regularly we can easily defeat the aging.

UV exposure is the major factor responsible for skin-aging. It can damages elastin and causes a loss of collagen leading to drooping, jawline loss along with wrinkles. Skin discoloration and texture roughness are some other things that can also occur due to sun. So avoid exposure to sun, if required cover your skin with some cloth or use sun screen creams etc.

Skin Texture

 

 

Rejuvenation via exercising makes our skin breathing i.e. tighten our neck and face skin texture. Some of them are Pilates which gives you awareness of your skin as we all know that bad posture can lead to many health problems which in turn lead to aging. Adding of Yoga, Swimming & running etc in our daily routine can keep you fit and also keeps your heart in good state.

Yoga Girls

In addition, having a balanced diet, consumption of water and losing some of the bad habits can also help you. There are many beauty products which when used in best way can help you in gaining the natural texture of skin. Argan oil is one such oil that when used improves skin firmness & elasticity. It is a rich source of Vitamin E, along with omega 3, 6 & 9 which are responsible for rejuvenating the hydrolipidic film (skin’s natural barrier) & lock moisture in skin cells, also rejuvenates elastin & collage essential in lessening the skin’s aging process.

Argan Oil

Many American and European companies are selling Argan oil that is old and long past its lifespan. I know because I’ve sampled it. Sheer Argan’s moroccan argan oil, on the other hand, is fresh, pure and free of any “extra” ingredients.

We have always known that exercise is healthy. It’s good for the heart and if you exercise on a regular basis you will most likely live longer. But recently, we also found out that exercise can keep you feeling and looking younger.

The Producers of Forbes Living TV wanted to find out more about this and how it works. Well, one of the signs of youth is tight skin and when you exercise regularly your muscles and skin tighten significantly.

You can work on specific areas with weights and Pilates like the hips and butt and bustline. You can also tighten your neck and face with exercise. Forget about that facelift get out and try exercising four times a week. Certain exercises are more helpful than other. Take a look at the exercises below recommended for feeling and looking younger.

  • Pilates-through Pilates you gain awareness of your body such as how you stand and sit. The more aware of these things the more you will work on them. Bad posture is one reason people get a pot belly. You will also notice a stronger core and better flexibility once you have been doing pilates for a couple of months.
  • Yoga-yoga is known for tightening muscles, increasing mobility and relieving stress. You will see and feel a difference in your appearance when you do yoga on a regular basis.
  • Running-Getting rid of the stress from the day also helps you look more youthful, and running will help you achieve this. Running also tightens many muscles including neck and face muscles.Running
  • Swimming-this is one of the best exercises for tightening up your body. When you swim you are using just about every muscle in your body. You will notice a difference within a month. Your neck and face should show some tightening along with your arms and legs.

When you swim you should try different types of strokes that incorporate the legs, chest and arms.

You should incorporate a healthy diet along with a good exercise program. The things you eat show up on your body as wrinkles, sagging skin and cellulite. Forbes Living TV suggests giving an exercise program a try for a few months and see if it makes a difference before going under the knife or trying another serum.

Drinking Water Can Help Removing Forehead Wrinkles

I used to have a big Asian skincare routine and I actually found when I simplified it I saw better results. Asian skin care are usually big on hydration and nourishing the skin.

Drinking water and staying hydrated has made the biggest improvement in my Forehead Wrinkles. I can tell immediately if I am dehydrated by the lines in my skin.

While you are right about severe dehydration causing severe symptoms, I wouldn’t so strictly say it has no effect on skin before it has a direct one on your brain.

When you stop drinking water and a body feels a lack of it, it concentrates urine so you’d pee in dark yellow-orange, smelly urine. Next step is to extract water from the body cells… skin included. This is done so you have enough volume of liquid in your veins. And loss of water from brain cells happens as an absolute last measure, when the body can’t do anything to stop it.

There is a test we do, called skin turgor – pinching slightly the skin atop of the back of your hand, or belly. If you’re dehydrated, a kind of lump forms and stays for a second or two. If your not, the skin goes back to the way it was instantly. And this happens way before a person develops any noticeable “brain” symptoms.

So, drink water, folks!

25 DIY Beauty Hacks Every Girl Should Know

1. For the love of god (and clean white pillowcases everywhere) never, ever, ever sleep in your makeup on.

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Sleeping in your makeup can result in unnecessary exposure to the free radicals in th e environment, which the makeup holds on to,” says Dr. Schweiger. Read more

2. Use petroleum jelly/eye cream to remove eye makeup or correct a cat-eye gone wild instead of stinky chemical removers.

Coat your lids, then gently swab with a tissue.

3.  Exfoliate before shaving! Get a sugar scrub and do work on those scaly limbs.

Stay away from more sensitive skin, but for your legs, choose a sugar scrub: it’s strong enough to get the job done, leaving skin and body hair ready for a smooth shave.

4. Do not wash your hair everyday! Find a hairstyle you can wear “dirty” and learn to love dry shampoo!

Washing your hair everyday will strip it of natural oils that it needs to keep it healthy. My favorite go to unwashed hairstyle is a top knot bun. 🙂

5. Use your favorite bronzer as your eyeshadow too for a beautiful natural look in the summer or spring

In fact, lip liner and eye liner are made of the same ingredients and the only reason they tell you not to mix them is if you have already used it. If you put some eye liner on your eye and then use it on your lips too that is not safe. But you can use eye shadow, blush, shimmers and powders wherever you want. I actually bought a shimmer powder suppose to be for your face but I use it as eye shadow almost everyday I love it!

6. Don’t buy brush cleanser. Buy a spray bottle and some cheap toner and spray it on makeup brushes for a very effective makeup brush cleanser/sanitizer.

7. Small drop of eye makeup remover (very small drop!!) in mascara that is drying up. Makes it last like a week longer.

8. Exfoliating Lip scrub made of olive oil and sugar. Rub it all over and wash off. Lick off whatever remains. Tastes amazing, does the job, and is about 1/100 the cost of Lush’s lip scrub.

9. Hair serums are bullshit – Use coconut oil. It’s natural, healthier, makes your hair shiny, bouncy and more manageable if your hair is naturally coarse.

if your hair is naturally curly and you’re wearing a straight style – ONLY STRAIGHTEN AND WASH YOUR HAIR ONCE OR TWICE A WEEK. It’s less drying and you are doing less damage. Wear a shower cap.

10. Scarves are okay for spring and summer. Cute way to add pop and sophistication to any outfit.

11. Brush the hair gently in the morning, if there a tangles deal with them first then brush through, to avoid hurting her if there are tangles, hold the strand above the knot to avoid pulling the scalp.

12. Curl your lashes – really opens your eyes up and looks dainty. You can set the curl with a clear mascara.
13. Take care of your hands. Keep your nails nice, even if they aren’t long, and use a cuticle pusher to keep your cuticles at bay. Use hand cream so your skin is soft and smooth.
14. Ditto with your feet. Keep your toenails well-shaped and not too long, and keep your cuticles pushed down. You can do super easy pedicures yourself at home, for cheap.
if your feet are dry and not soft, right before bed rub Vaseline on them and put on some old socks and sleep with them on. Do it for a few nights and your feet will be magically super soft.

15 I love using facial masks and some of them can be a bit drying. Before applying most masks, I massage my face with coconut oil.

It allows the mask to do its job without drying my skin out. Don’t forget to put coconut oil on your lips as well. I find it moisturizes my lips without drying them out. Most lip balms dry my lips out, even the “natural” ones.

16. I sometimes use a face mask made from turmeric mixed with enough yogurt to form a paste.

This mask always leaves my skin rosy and glowing and smooth but be warned– it will stain anything that isn’t skin or tile.

 17.  Always wash your face at night, no matter how tired you are.

Basically throughout the day, even if you don’t wear makeup (or especially if you do), your face still gets “dirty”. Then sleeping on a dirty face = dirty pillow = clogged pores/acne. Maybe not to that extent for everyone, because I know plenty of people who don’t wash their face at night and their skin doesn’t look bad. For me though, this cleared any and all acne problems I was having. Hope that makes sense!

18.Let you’re skin breathe, try and take some time each week with just clean moisturized skin with no products.

I know it’s not feasible for everyone but a good pair of sunglasses if going in public helps

19.  Get the proper lighting set up in your makeup area, if you can.

You want light evenly around you and sunlight is best. I see so many women wearing either too much or the wrong shade of foundation.

 

20. Use Coconut oil as moisturizer.

I stopped using my expensive moisturizers and switched to coconut oil. Since then I’ve had no drying issues and no breakouts. And my skin looks great. Coconut oil is a natural antiviral, so it really is good for any skin type.

Read more: Coconut Oil for hair

 21 Make up is not at all a way to show you care about yourself.

Make sure you are taking good care of yourself. Eat lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, avoid processed foods. Stay hydrated, avoid sugary beverages. Get enough sleep at night, figure out what the right amount of sleep is for you. Exercise on a regular basis, it doesn’t have to be super intense it can be things like gardening or going for a walk, just move.

22. Go with Natural Oils for Hair

I don’t put anything in my hair…ever. I wash it with literally just water, every other day maybe. The natural oils (read my previous post about natural oils I used ) make it look amazing. I can do cool stuff like twirl it around my finger to get some curls, and I can braid it into a giant bohemianesque braid that stays all by itself (no conditioner either).

I used to wash and condition every day, and would straighten it til it was perfect but due to a guy I’ve been dating the past year and a half, I’ve learned to love how it looks naturally. And other people love it too 🙂

23. Do not compare yourself

I wasted years trying and amending myself and the best version of myself was always here all along! Easier said than done though. I now compare in a healthy way by learning and seeing what a girl did with her hair and seeing if it’d suit me instead of getting down about it all.

24.Go with Green Energy Drinks

Learn to love raw veggies before you’re 25. Eat meat and veggies and please, Rora6, if you even think of being a vegetarian, imagine what you will look like 30 lbs heavier for the duration! Learn more green food recipes here.

25. Never start smoking! 

Smoking one cigarette interferes with your body’s healing ability for two weeks.

[Reblogged] Reap The Advantages Of Natural Argan Oil

I just read an entire article on argan oil and I wish I read it sooner because argan oil is amazing. I’m actually going to do an entire write up on argan oil now because I never knew how great this oil was.

One notable effect is that it can inhibit melanin to help treat Post Inflammatory Hyperpigmentation.

Taken from the article “The antioxidant and reducing properties of argan oil provide additional benefit to the cells via the reduction of oxidative stress in the absence of melanin. Melanin has a free radical scavenging property in pigment cells. In conditions where melanin is decreased, such as in cells treated with argan oil or in melanocytes deprived of melanin such as in OCA2 cells, oxidative stress inhibitors may provide protection from oxidative damage”

Source: http://sharmamukesh.hubpages.com/hub/Reap-The-Advantages-Of-Natural-Argan-Oil