We know you have a jar of coconut oil in your medicine cabinet— that’s a given. But have you ever experimented with other natural oils as part of your skincare and beauty routines?
Both Argan oil and Jojoba oil are two super effective, gentle and nourishing oils that you should definitely add to your rotation. We’ve outlined their benefits, similarities and differences below for easy comparison shopping.
Call us a broken record if you must but it bears repeating each time; don’t be scared of using straight up oil as a moisturizer. We understand that it may seem counter-intuitive, especially for those of you struggling with combination or oily skin, but adding oil to your skin will actually help regulate your skin’s natural oil production.
When you strip your skin of oils in an attempt to cut down on clogged pores, it sends a signal to your sebum glands that it needs to ramp up natural oil production. Your skin then starts overproducing oil to make up for the dryness— exactly what you don’t want it to do.
By using a natural oil as a moisturizer, you’re reminding your skin that it is well-hydrated at a natural level and it will cut back on its overactive oil production.
Argan oil comes from the kernels of the Argan tree which grow exclusively in Morocco. The fruit is small and round, with a thick peel covering a fleshy pulp. In the middle of this pulp is the Argan nut, which is where the oil is extracted from. To extract the oil from the fruit, the fruit must be dried so the interior pulp can be easily removed. The nuts are hand-cracked to get the kernels inside; the kernels are then pressed to extract the oil.
Jojoba oil comes from inside the seed of the Jojoba plant, a shrub that’s native to Arizona, California and some parts of northwestern Mexico. Extracting the oil from the seed is a two part process. First, the Jojoba wax must be extracted. Water is then added to it to form a chemical compound which turns the wax into an oil.
Spoiler alert: both Argan oil and Jojoba oil are amazing oils for your skin and share many healing properties making either a stellar choice. With that said, there are some differing benefits to each; there’s a definite beauty pay-off to have both in your medicine cabinet and knowing which oil has what benefit.
We’ve explained this in detail above but just to reiterate: both Argan oil and Jojoba oil are incredible facial moisturizers.
Jojoba oil has a natural SPF of 4. Argan oil has no natural SPF protection. This also means that Jojoba oil works as a great sunburn soother.
Eczema often shows up as dry, itchy patches on your skin which are susceptible to fungal and bacterial infections. Because Jojoba oil is antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, it helps soothe irritated skin due to external irritants, making it an awesome eczema combatant. It also forms a protective layer over the skin which cuts down on irritants reaching the sensitive skin.
Both Argan oil and Jojoba oil’s moisturizing properties are super effective in helping to keep cuticles healthy and strong and make cracked heels soft.
Argan oil contains Vitamin A and E, both of which help improve elasticity of the skin and encourage new cell growth which can help prevent stretch marks. If you already have stretch marks, you can make a moisturizing exfoliant by mixing the oil with brown sugar and rubbing it on your stretch marks before a shower.
Because Argan oil is such an effective gentle moisturizer, it is a useful aid in combating razor burn.
Acne is the worst. Thankfully, both Argan oil and Jojoba oil are the best and can seriously improve the state of your skin, no matter how much you struggle with it.
The comedogenic rating system for skincare products tells you how much a specific product or ingredient will clog your pores. When you’re trying to clear up acne prone skin, you want the lowest comedogenic rating possible.
Argan oil has a rating of 0, meaning it will not clog your pores at all. Jojoba oil has a comedogenic rating of 2 which means it has the potential to mildly clog your pores.
There are two Omega 9 fatty acids - Oleic acid and Linoleic acid - that you can find in both Argan and Jojoba oil. Linoelic acid is a light, nourishing fatty acid that absorbs quickly into your skin. It also reduces inflammation and clogged pores while providing serious moisture; basically, it’s an acne-prone person’s dream.
Argan oil contains 34.6% Linoleic acid and Jojoba oil contains 5%.
Jojoba oil is antibacterial so it is effective in keeping your pores clean and clear.
Because of their low comedogenic ratings, both oils make excellent moisturizers for those combating acne and keep sebum levels normal and in check. Argan oil is good for oily skin and Jojoba oil is good for sensitive skin so both are great choices as moisturizers.
Argan oil contains Poly-phonols that help increase cell turnover in a gentle, non-abrasive way.
In the same way that both oils are nourishing for our skin, they’re also nourishing for our hair, making them a serious medicine cabinet multi-tasker.
Dandruff shampoo active ingredients are zinc and selenium and Jojoba oil just so happens to be rich in both of these minerals, making it a perfect natural alternative to those shampoos that are full of so many other harmful ingredients.
Take a dime-sized amount of either Argan or Jojoba oil onto your palms and run over dry hair to smooth down frizz and flyaways.
If the sebum glands in your hair follicles produce too much oil, they get clogged and can’t continue to grow hair at a normal rate. Jojoba oil dissolves the sebum build up in your follicles which allows your hair to grow freely.
You can use Argan oil as a deep conditioning treatment once a week by liberally applying the oil from the mid-shaft to the ends. Leave it on for an hour before washing out— or better yet, sleep with it in your hair and shower in the morning!
We can’t choose! And we shouldn’t have to— and neither should you. Both oils are effective, natural, affordable and safe. We suggest trying both to see if one reacts better with your particular skin; trial and error won’t hurt you here!