Argan oil is a powerful staple ingredient that has been omnipresent in Morrocan cooking, medicine, and cosmetics for centuries. It’s produced from the kernels of the argan tree and makes a natural oil rich in essential nutrients and fatty acids. In recent years the global cosmetic industry has tapped into the potential of argan oil, seeing its biggest surge in sales in 2020.
The properties of argan oil include antioxidant and anti-inflammatory, as well as hydration thanks to the fatty acid components. Studies have suggested that it could slow the aging process by reducing inflammation and oxidative stress, as well as increasing skin elasticity and hydration. (1)
To boost and enhance the beneficial properties of argan oil, a key component of the peeling face mask is full spectrum CBD. For those unfamiliar with this natural compound, CBD (cannabidiol) is extracted from the hemp plant. It is rich in phytocannabinoids, terpenes, flavonoids, amino acids, and vitamins which all present as they do naturally in the plant. CBD effects the body by interacting with the endocannabinoid system, comprised of receptors. These receptors are found throughout the body and also the skin, making CBD a key dermatological product.
CBD is a natural antioxidant, which in turn keeps the skin young. Every day we come into contact with damaging atoms called free radicals, this is unavoidable (they’re in our food, our air, our water). If left unchecked, they can damage our body and skin, but if we use an anti-oxidant this will help fight the damage.
Studies suggest that as a skincare ingredient, this will help calm and soothe acne.
Other key ingredients in the argan oil peeling mask include apricot seed oil which firms and tones the skin, and contains vitamin A and E which slow the skin’s aging process. Squalane oil fights skin-damaging free radicals and helps boost blood circulation for a healthy complexion. Rosemary oil calms and protects the skin with its natural antiseptic properties, while almond oil provides the smooth texture of the mask – enhancing its absorbancy.