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Is Argan Oil the Ultimate Multitasking Beauty Product? We Put It to the Test

Our editors switched their go-to beauty products with argan oil for a week. Here's what happened
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Making its way from the deserts of Morocco, argan oil has been heralded as a cure-all of sorts, used to heal skin ailments and nourish hair with its high concentration of antioxidants, vitamin E and fatty acids. Needless to say, once word of this magic elixir's strand- and skin-boosting benefits reached the states, the beauty world went ballistic (we're talking stock-piling and hoarding, folks).

Among its claims, argan oil has been touted for its ability to make hair shine, impart moisture and to soften rough skin. Could it be that one oil could replace everything from our moisturizer and lip balm to our cuticle oil and deep conditioner? To find out, Total Beauty's intrepid editors put argan oil's seemingly endless benefits to the test. Keep reading to find out if it delivered on its lofty claims.

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Allie Flinn, assistant editor

The claim: Argan oil is rich in vitamin E (good for skin health) and also contains anti-bacterial elements that help to fight against infections and even sweating.

What we did: Applied argan oil on the feet every evening, and left socks on overnight.

How it worked: "I wanted to test this out specifically because my feet are pretty gross (#sorrynotsorry) from working out and running. Oh, and not having had a pedicure for like a year. After using it for a few days, I definitely noticed that my feet feel softer and dead skin has decreased."

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Argan Oil Use: Body Lotion
Rose Curiel, senior editor

The claim: With its hydrating vitamin E and fatty acids, argan oil nourishes skin just as well as any name-brand body lotion.

What we did: Applied in lieu of lotion after showering.

How it worked: "My skin didn't absorb this product as quickly as it does most lotions, which got a little annoying if I was in a rush to get ready. I also felt that my skin didn't get the soft-to-the-touch, silky-smooth benefits it does from more traditional lotions. Instead, I was left with what felt like a filmy residue."

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Mary Squillace, managing editor

The claim: Removes makeup with a couple swipes and nourishes skin at the same time.

What we did: Put a drop on hands, rubbed them together and then gently rubbed eyes before wiping off residue with a cotton round and rinsing to remove eye makeup. Applied a few drops to a cotton round to remove face makeup.

How it worked: "My mascara, liner and shadow came off easily. It didn't irritate my eyes at all, and I've heard that oil is good to nourish brows and lashes, so I felt good about using it. My face makeup was another story. While it was effective at pulling off makeup, it was a little too viscous and challenging to spread. It felt really oily and left a film on my skin, I felt like I ended up using a lot, which seems wasteful."

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Amanda Montell, assistant editor

The claim: Adds shine and moisture to dry strands.

What we did: Applied a quarter-size amount to split ends, both dry and right after getting out of the shower.

How it worked: "On dry hair, it definitely felt a little soupy. Though it did seem to hydrate the ends, I did not care for the thin texture on dry hair. The product works better on wet hair, just out of the shower. It does seem to make ends softer and less ragged."

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