Pretty Slick

The latest superfood for skin and hair? Argan oil, say top dermatologists.

From BBC reports to beauty blogs, 2012 has seen much ado about argan. And rightly so: The Moroccan must-have oil, touted most famously by model Josie Maran as a natural anti-ager, brims with skin- and hair-softening Omega-3 fatty acids and vitamin E. 

The argan nut, which only grows in certain parts of Morocco, produces oil that locals have been using for thousands of years to solve everything from eczema to frizz. The oil's Omega-3 helps cells form healthy membranes so they hold on to hydration longer, and the vitamin E thwarts damage from free radicals so your skin can keep collagen healthy. Plus, "it’s great as a hair treatment because it naturally hydrates strands and soothes an itchy scalp," says Joshua Zeichner, MD, the director of cosmetic and clinical research at Mt. Sinai Medical Center in New York City.

Another benefit? As beauty companies stateside catch on to the oil's beauty benefits, more Moroccan women than ever are empowered to work in cooperatives that produce argan to help support their families. Use it straight up, or try one of these argan-spiked options: