Argan oil is deemed by many a super-ingredient when it comes to skin care. This is due to its anti-aging and restorative benefits which come from high levels of antioxidants, essential fatty acids, and vitamin E .

Argan kernel oil (Argania spinosa) comes from the nuts of the argan tree, which grows only in southwestern Morocco. Women there have been using the oil for its healing and age-defying effects for centuries. But argan is a bigger part of these women’s lives than just a beauty remedy. It is the women of the Berber culture from this region who traditionally, and exclusively, produce the argan oil which is then exported to other countries.

Though the Berbers use argan for far more than skin care (food, charcoal, building material), the oil remains its primary use. Argan oil is very high in Vitamin E, which protects skin from premature aging, and reduces the appearance of fine lines, wrinkles, stretch marks, and scarring. The oil also contains phytosterols (naturally-occurring plant alcohols) which brighten and boost radiance in skin.

Argan is a rich and highly emollient oil, but is quickly absorbed by the skin, so leaves behind no residual greasiness. The oil is effective in fighting signs of aging and sun damage, and improving skin’s elasticity. It can also be used to soften cuticles and as a hot oil treatment for hair.

Lavera utilizes the benefits of argan oil in moisturizing products: Body Effect Anti-Cellulite Oil Spray and the Solution Eye Cream. Argan provides supreme hydration and anti-aging properties to these skin care treatments, smoothing and protecting the skin. All argan oil used in Lavera products is certified organic .