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Safe Sun Review: Kahina Argan Oil

5 16 2012

May is Melanoma Awareness month and we’re really proud to partner with the Melanoma Research Alliance (MRA) to support Melanoma research. All month long we’re supporting the MRA through a host of exciting initiatives in-store, on our blog, and through social platforms like TwitterFacebook, and Pinterest.

Today, guest contributor Katharine L’Heureux, of Kahina Giving Beauty, shares the first time she discovered argan oil…

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I first discovered argan oil on a trip through the Moroccan desert in 2007 after my skin care products had been confiscated at the airport on the flight in.  My skin was severely dehydrated after the long flight.  Five days later, after traveling from Casablanca to Fez and down to the Sahara desert, I was desperate. My usually combination skin was so badly dehydrated that my few days in the desert had left my complexion reddened and peeling.  I asked my guide what Moroccan women use on their skin and he told me about argan oil and how it was the only product his grandmother and mother ever used.  Unaccustomed to using a pure oil on my face, I was reluctant to try it, but with no other option, I was taken to the apothecary when I reached Marrakech to buy some oil.  The results on my skin were immediate. Reddening was lessened, sunburn soothed, my skin went from the texture of shoe leather to smooth, supple and moisturized.  I was amazed by the results and decided to look further into argan oil and the “science” behind this age-old ingredient.

I learned that argan oil is extremely rich in antioxidants (protecting the skin from cancer-causing UVA rays), essential fatty acids which moisturize and repair skin post sun, and Vitamin E which boosts UVB protection.

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Now, Kahina Giving Beauty Argan Oil (212 872 8720) is a must-have compliment to my sun care regimen for body and face. And I love the radiant glow that it gives my skin.  It would most certainly be the thing I would choose to have with me if I were stranded on a deserted island!

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Katharine L Heureux

Katharine L’Heureux began her search for the perfect skin care regimen at the age of 12 while rummaging through her mother’s cluttered bathroom cabinet in San Francisco. Her search ended in 2007 on a journey to Morocco that led to the creation of Kahina Giving Beauty, her certified natural and organic skin care line intended for women like her looking for a simple and effective skin care program without harmful ingredients. A Northern California native and oenophile, Katharine is also a partner in her family’s sustainable vineyard and winery in the Napa Valley, Vine Hill Ranch. Katharine divides her time between homes in Chelsea in New York City and the Hudson Valley with her husband, three children and dog, Kira.