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Acure

Argan Oil 100% Certified Organic

1.00 fl. oz. for $ 12.99
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Argan Oil 100% Certified Organic is true to its name—it contains only 100% argan oil, omits fragrance, and is a good option for those seeking to supplement their skincare routine with a little extra oil-based moisture. This is an ideal choice for those with normal to dry skin, including sensitive skin. Those with oily to combination skin, of course, likely don't need the extra moisture that a pure plant oil provides.

The price is reasonable, too. Packaged in a 1-ounce dropper for less than $15, it's only a fraction the cost of similar products from the high-end brands.

Argan oil is a good ingredient for moisturizing, but it isn't dissimilar to less exotic-sounding oils, such as grape seed, jojoba, almond, and avocado. Like those non-fragrant plant oils, argan oil contains a mix of beneficial compounds, such as moisturizing unsaturated fatty acids and squalene as well as antioxidant polyphenols, tocopherols, sterols, beta carotene, and vitamin E (Journal of Chemistry, 2013).

However, also like those plant oils, it cannot live up to the lofty claims made about it here—don't expect this to improve your wrinkles, fight blemishes, or minimize your stretch marks. Why couldn't Acure have been satisfied with just sticking to the facts of what argan oil is really capable of doing for skin?

Note: Normally we're not fans of single-ingredient products, because skin care is never as simple as one ingredient or one product. However, because argan oil (like many non-fragrant plant oils) is a rich source of fatty acids and antioxidants, it is a single ingredient with many benefits for skin. Still, for best results, we recommend using a product like this along with a well-rounded moisturizer or serum so you're also providing your skin with a nice array of other good ingredients.

Pros:
  • Argan oil is a beneficial ingredient for moisturizing skin.
  • Fragrance free.
Cons:
  • Outlandish marketing claims.
  • Somewhat of a one-note product.>
Jar Packaging: No
Tested on animals: No

Our Certified Organic Argan Oil is from a woman's cooperative in Morocco and is sustainably harvested to protect the bounty of the Argan tree. A true skin SUPER FOOD! Incredibly rich in Vitamin E, Essential Fatty Acids, and Proteins, Argan Oil helps fight lines, repair imperfections, minimize scars + stretch marks; all while restoring texture, elasticity and tone. Lightweight and easily absorbed! This oil is often referred to as "liquid gold" so get yourself some beauty bling!

100% Certified Organic Argania spinosa (Argan Oil)

Acure operates with the mission statement of using only the purest, most effective fair trade, natural and organic ingredients available. At first glance, there are a lot of interesting products in the line, as Acure includes a great deal of antioxidants and other beneficial ingredients in their formulas. Unfortunately, on closer inspection of the brand, we found quite a few inconsistencies.

First the good news: Along with the inclusion of antioxidants at nearly every turn, Acure made the effort to avoid jar packaging, which is beneficial in terms of protecting the abundance of anti-aging ingredients their products contain. They are also exceptionally affordable products, an increasing rarity in the cosmetics industry.

On the other hand, Acure stretches the boundaries of belief when it comes to what some ingredients are capable of, such as plant stem cells. While fruit and plant stem cells can function as antioxidants, they cannot lift skin, repair wrinkles, or affect the skins own growth factors when added to a skincare product. Not only are plant stem cells unable to substitute for the body's own stem cells, but also they (like all stem cells) must be alive to function. Once these delicate cells are added to skin care products, they are long dead and, therefore, useless. Plant stem cells make for a good story, but the research simply isn't there to support their use in skin care or the claims attributed to them.

One point worth noting: when we originally reviewed Acure in 2015, much of the brand's focus was on so-called toxic or harmful ingredients found in other brands' skin care products that were not present in its own. This has since shifted to a much more positive approach targeted on the quality of ingredients Acure uses as opposed to any unnecessary fearmongering.

For more information on Acure, visit www.acure.com or call 1-877-902-2873.

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