Argan Oil or Prickly Pear Seed Oil? The benefits and where to get it from.

You have probably heard of Agran Oil or commonly known as Moroccan oil . Up until recently, Argan oil has been the jewel of the cosmetics industry, often referred to as ‘liquid gold’ for its restorative and anti-aging properties for hair, skin and nails. I have been using it for a while and very familiar with benefits of this oil. Also, Agran oil been known as Moroccan oil, so you can imagine, on my trip to Morocco, I was so looking forward to discover the best and the purest one.

However, after several trips to souks and cosmetic/ health shops, I found out ,that Argan oil is not the best Morocco can offer. More recently, a new beauty oil has hit the cosmetics industry, that claims to be even more potent than argan oil, commonly known as prickly pear seed oil or barbary fig.

Indigenous to Morocco, both of these precious oils are rich in vitamin E and essential fatty acids. They are both light weight oils that claim to restore, nourish, heal and contain free radical fighting properties. Amazingly, they are both made of exactly the same elements, so what makes them different?

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After studying it a little ,I decided to create a chat. I think it explains it quicker. As you can see ,Prickly Pear oil is markably high content of vitamin E (Tocopherols) and Linoleic acid. Vitamin E is a super antioxidant that helps to repair and protect the skin against free radicals (molecules that cause damage to the collagen, the cement that holds the skin together, causing dryness and and wrinkled skin) providing exceptional skin hydration, cell regeneration and healing. Vitamin E is especially good for mature and/or drier skin types.
Linoleic acid plays a large part in the composition of prickly pear seed oil, an element that helps to fill out and plump the skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and at the same time increasing firmness, also an element beneficial for mature or dry skin. It is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that forms part of the Omega 6 fatty acids. Deficiency of this can result in dryness in hair, loss of hair and poor healing of wounds. Linoleic acid is often used as an anti-inflammatory and the treatment of acne.
argan oil
Argan oil is also well known for its healing, conditioning and repairing abilities, just the same as with the prickly pear seed oil, but it is composed of a higher concentration of Oleic acid as you can see. Oils and moisturisers with higher values of oleic acid are slightly richer and heavier so have a tendency to be extra moisturising for your skin. They deliver much needed hydration and make for an effective night treatment. 
Argan oil with its high concentration of oleic acid is often used in hair products because of its ability to tame frizz and boost shine as well as promoting healthy hair growth. 
The palmitic acid and stearic acids present in both the prickly pear seed oil and the argan oil are very similar.
 
Vitamin E
The vitamin E, found in the oil extracted from the prickly pear seeds is a fundamental factor of the skin’s antioxidant protection system. It provides defence against harmful UV rays and free radicals that can invisibly come into contact with the outer layer of the skin. Sun exposure reduces the amount of vitamin E in the skin as does the aging process, although with age, the structure of the skin changes, so this decline could be caused by greater penetration of UV light over time. Applying Vitamin E directly to the skin, increases photo protection before exposure to sunlight as well as reducing its effects when applied afterwards. Application after sun exposure can also prevent the dry thickened ‘orange peel’ effect on the skin that results from long term overexposure as well as relieving sunburn. In studies, vitamin E has shown to protect mice exposed to UV from excessive skin wrinkling, but this has been found to be a photo protective effect rather than a treatment of existent lines and wrinkles.
So, after long research , I have selected these oils as best on the market at the moment:

Prickly Pear Seed Oil

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Pure Barbary Fig Seed Oil (Prickly Pear Oil) by Poppy Austin®

Also, if you are lucky enough to visit Marrakesh, pop in to the shop Les Sens de Marrakech. You will be greeted by a very welcoming young lady, who speaks English. She will go through all the products they have, from soaps to oils , and explain the benefits of all the oils. These are mine 2 Prickly Pear Oil products I have purchased from there.
Prickly Pears Seed Oil  by Les Sens de Marrakech available to purchase here
Also, they deliver worldwide and you can follow them on Facebookhere
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Also, wide variety of beauty products containing Prickly Pear oil is available at LookFantastic.com here

Argan Oil

Nourish hair and skin with the 100% Organic Cold-Pressed Argan Oil from The Ordinary. Utilising a pure Moroccan Argan Seed oil formula, the oil is rich in fatty acids, vitamins and carotenes, which combine to deliver hydrating and nourishing properties to skin, hair, lips and nails.

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And it you are in Marrakech, do not miss this place for your experience of finding out more about all the beauty secrets Marrakech has to offer. I have spent about 30 min asking questions and choosing the right oils and herbal beauty product for me .. Very educational and the products are great . They ship worldwide.

Herbariste La Sagesse – great shop in souks Marrakech.

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Argan oil , prickly pear oil and Rose water purchased from Herboriste La Sagesse

You can get in touch with them via Facebook here

For anyone who lives near Chester, for all your healthy vitamins and oils I would highly recommend my favourite Chester Health Store, on 59 Bridge Street Row

Niki is very knowledgeable and friendly, who will be able to advice and recommend the right product for your needs. And, she has the most amazing Organic Natural Argan oil in her store.

Follow Chester Health Store on Facebook here

Hopefully, this article will give you better idea about the difference between Agran and Prickly Oils.

Love, Samira xxx

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