Besides being a regular on Fashion Week runways, Dutch model of Moroccan and Egyptian descent Imaan Hammam is also blessed with clear, radiant skin that takes the spotlight in many of the fashion campaigns the model has fronted. While it’s obvious that the former Vogue Arabia cover star was born with it, it is safe to say that her Moroccan heritage also plays a major role as the country is home to one of beauty’s biggest heroes: argan oil.
Recently, Hammam took to Instagram to reveal the concoction which helps her achieve “the perfect body glow”. In her Instagram stories, the model showed herself mixing together fresh pressed carrot juice with pure argan oil from Agadir, Morocco, and crediting her mother for the beauty tip which resulted in a bright orange-colored mask.
Derived from the argan trees in the strip of land between Morocco’s Atlantic coast and the Atlas Mountains, argan oil has long been embedded in Middle Eastern culture and has been used for centuries for culinary and cosmetic purposes. “This oil is so rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties, including vitamins A, C, and E, fatty acids, and omega 6,” says Asma El Mernissi, founder of luxury beauty spa Maison d’Asa in Casablanca. There are many ways to adopt argan oil into your routine. To achieve a healthy glow like Hammam, use the versatile oil in a mask as the model did or apply a few drops to slightly damp skin after cleansing and toning as suggested by Moroccan-British May Hamid, founder of skincare label Argan Liquid Gold.
Click through the gallery below to find all the ways through which you can make argan oil a part of your beauty routine.
Argan Liquid Gold
100% Pure & Organic Argan Oil
This 100% pure, natural and organic argan oil hails from the Berber tribes in Morocco whose women have sworn by its health and beauty benefits for many years.
Yves Saint Laurent
Vinyl Couture Mascara
This lash-lengthening formula harnesses the power of natural oils including argan and castor to provide eyelashes with deep conditioning care.
Argan Oil Beauty Bar
An organic, medical-strength soap infused with vitamin E and vital nutrients, which rectifies sun damage, melasma, and freckles by lightening areas of skin affected by various forms of pigmentation.
100 percent Pure Argan Oil
Sourced directly from Women’s Cooperatives in Morocco, this organic formula is akin to a hydrating shot for your skin, hair, and nails. Massage this quick-absorbing oil into cleansed skin for an instantly brighter complexion that won’t leave you looking greasy. Those with oily skin can also benefit from this formula, as it actually helps reduce sebum production, which goes into overdrive when too many oil-stripping products are applied on the face. Then, smooth a pea-sized amount of the product onto your lengths to treat split ends before massaging it into your hands.
Photo Finish Primer Oil
Infused with argan oil, lavender, jojoba, and arabica oils, this primer will help your skin become silky smooth and perfected for your makeup regime.
This dry oil can be used on the face, body, and hair to provide long-lasting moisture. Created with a blend of argan oils, it can be applied over freshly cleansed skin for a soft, velvety complexion and a subtle sheen. If you’re experiencing irritated skin post-shaving, reach for a bottle of this product and smooth on your legs as a soothing after-shave lotion. The floral ingredients result in a sweet scent, that when applied to the hair, leave behind an aromatic trail.
Superfood Repair Oil
This nourishing treatment is meant to press the reset button on damaged, dry nails. Formulated with Sweet Almond and Argan Oils, the moisturizing oil should be used twice a week to strengthen and repair nails and cuticles.
Lip Sting Plumping Butter
Dry, chapped lips should be exfoliated gently with a lip scrub or a soft-bristled brush once a week and conditioned daily. Reach for this lip balm, which is infused with potent doses of argan oil and honey to lock in moisture and keep lips soft. Housed in a light-catching pink tube, it will make a beautiful addition to your clutch.