There are many ingredients that have been used in Moroccan beauty traditions for centuries. Now, those ingredients are being used in all sorts of skincare products, bringing their benefits to everyone.
Below are some of the most effective Moroccan skincare ingredients that you should look out for to use in your own skincare routine.
Argan oil is a Moroccan beauty staple. It is derived from the kernels grown on the Argan trees that are native to Morocco. It’s celebrated for its moisturizing properties that will deeply hydrate the skin and leave it hydrated and glowing.
Argan oil is also packed with antioxidant properties that help to protect the skin from environmental stressors. Argan oil can help the skin to heal and improve its elasticity. It can also help to soothe irritation and redness, for a calmer complexion.
Whilst argan oil is moisturizing, it can also be used by those with oily skin. Argan oil is non-comedogenic, which means that it won’t clog pores or leave the skin feeling greasy.
Rose water is another traditional Moroccan beauty ingredient that brings a variety of skincare benefits. Rose water helps to hydrate the skin while also soothing and calming. It has antioxidant properties that calm irritation and redness, and also antibacterial properties that can help combat acne.
Rose water is often used as a toner, to remove excess dirt and oils that might be left after cleansing and prepping the skin so it’s ready to absorb any moisturizers.
Rose water is high in vitamin A and vitamin C which are both effective skincare ingredients. They can help to brighten the skin and can encourage the production of collagen, for dewy, glowing skin.
Rhassoul clay is traditionally used in the ritual at the hammam, a type of bathing spa in Morocco. It is mined from the Atlas Mountains, where it has been sourced for centuries and used for its skincare benefits.
Rhassoul clay is used to detoxify the skin, penetrating the skin to clear pores and remove dirt and impurities. It can draw out excess oils and dirt from deep within the skin.
Rhassoul clay exfoliates the skin to leave it soft and smooth. It can help to calm redness and irritation and is full of nutrients and minerals to restore and revitalize the skin. It can help to stimulate collagen production to improve skin’s elasticity and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.
Prickly pear oil
Prickly pear oil has been traditionally derived from the prickly pear plants in the Sahara Desert in Morocco and used for all sorts of beauty and skincare purposes.
Prickly pear oil is high in linoleic acid and other fatty acids, which strengthen the skin’s moisture barrier and improve the skin’s ability to hold on to water. This helps prevent the skin from drying out and keeps it plump and dewy.
Prickly pear oil is another ingredient that is rich in antioxidant and antibacterial properties that can protect the skin from environmental damage, such as pollutants and sun damage. Prickly pear oil can also help to cleanse the skin and can help prevent acne.
Orange blossom water
Orange blossom water has been traditionally sourced from the orange trees that bloom across Morocco and has been used in both cuisine and beauty.
Orange blossom water is rich in vitamin C and other nutrients that can leave skin refreshed and radiant. It helps to balance the skin and tighten pores, cleansing away excess oils while also hydrating.
Orange blossom water can soothe irritated skin and calm redness and can also even the skin tone, lighting discoloration and dark spots that occur from sun damage or aging. It can help to promote collagen production for firmer, more youthful-looking skin.
Desert date oil
The desert date has been celebrated for centuries across Africa and Asia thanks to its healing properties and as a source of food and fuel. Today, it is praised for its skincare benefits and uses.
Desert date oil is packed with fatty acids that soften and hydrate the skin, improving its elasticity and strengthening its moisture barrier. It’s also rich in vitamin A and vitamin E which can help to brighten skin and fight against the signs of aging.
Desert date oil is known for its quick absorption, so it never leaves skin feeling greasy. However, it is still an effective moisturizer, leaving skin soft and glowing.