A couple weeks ago, we had the pleasure of touring the Guide Dogs of America headquarters in Sylmar, California. Guide Dogs of America is a wonderful organization that provides guide dogs, free of charge, to the blind and visually impaired so they can live with increased mobility and independence. The organization relies solely on donations from individuals, corporations, foundations, chapters, and clubs. Prior to our visit, we had no idea how intense and thorough the screening and training processes were for puppies to become guide dogs. Only a small percentage of puppies bred for guide dog purposes actually become certified. The ones that don't graduate are made available for adoption through a waitlist rumored to be twelve-years long. We highly recommend visiting Guide Dogs of America if you're ever in Southern California. Tours are free of charge, but reservations are required.
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Argan oil is still an enigma to many people. Though argan oil is gaining popularity in the beauty industry, there are still a number of people who don't know what this all-natural moisturizer is or how to take advantage of the oil's benefits. In this instructional eight minute video we attempt to demystify argan oil by discussing five ways in which you can use the product as a treatment to alleviate dry skin, acne, chapped lips, damaged cuticles, and oily, shiny skin.
Use #1: Face Moisturizer
Because argan oil is packed with vitamin e and essential fatty acids, it works extremely well as a standalone moisturizer. It is light, non-greasy and absorbs easily into the skin. If you are new to using argan oil on your skin, then it is a good idea to initially test the product at night before going to bed. It will take a little time for your skin to adjust to this all-natural product, but your complexion will improve and your skin will feel noticeably softer. A little argan oil goes a very long way. Use 1-2 drops to moisturize and nourish skin.
Use #2: Soften Chapped Lips
If you have tried practically every lip balm out there and you're still suffering from chapped lips, then you may want to consider using pure argan oil. Many lip balms contain petroleum, which doesn't absorb well into the skin. Argan oil, on the other hand, nourishes instantly and promotes the healing of dry, cracked lips. Simply rub one drop of argan oil between the fingertips and gently apply to dry lips. With regular use, you will notice a vast improvement in the look and feel of your lips.
Use #3: Promote Healing of Acne
If you "pop a zit" without properly treating the wound after, then your skin becomes highly susceptible to scarring. Minimize the appearance of scars by applying a drop of argan oil to healing wounds.
Use #4: Control Oily Skin
Drying out your skin only causes your body to overcompensate and produce more oil than needed. This leads to more acne breakouts and the dreaded "shiny face." Avoid an oily, shiny complexion by regularly using pure argan oil as a moisturizer. Regular application of 1-2 drops of argan oil will keep your skin properly moisturized while keeping your body from overproducing oil or sebum.
Use #5: Soften Cuticles
If you wash your hands regularly, you may suffer from damaged cuticles or annoyingly painful hangnails. Applying a drop or two of argan oil to the fingertips is an effective way to keep your cuticles soft while decreasing the likelihood of getting hangnails.