Argan oil will make a great organic skin care gift this holiday time if you know where to get it. This oil has been used by Moroccan women for hundreds of years to keep their skin smooth and supple in spite of the harsh desert winds and killingly hot sun. So what is it about Argan oil that makes it so good for the skin? Argan oil is extremely rich in tocopherols (vitamin E), phenolics and carotenes, all of which are very powerful antioxidants, and also squalene which is a powerful skin moisturizer. The antioxidant content of Argan oil protects the skin against the damaging effects of the UV radiation in sunlight, which would lead to serious wrinkles and leathering of the skin if nothing was done to prevent it. Many pale skinned people in the hot states of the USA end up with tough leathery and wrinkled skin because of these effects of the sun. Because of its strong antioxidant effect, Argan oil can destroy the free radicals that rupture the cell membranes of your skin and lead to premature aging. These free radicals are generated not only by sunlight, but also by pesticides and atmospheric pollution from industrial and traffic emissions and tobacco smoke. That's why heavy smokers tend to age young. Free radicals are also formed during the cellular respiration that is your body's process for creating energy in your cells from glucose and oxygen. Because they kill off the cells in your skin, they rapidly form deep wrinkles, and you look a lot older than you really are. Argan oil prevents this, and can be used by anybody to help their skin remain looking younger for longer. Argan oil is therefore a fabulous organic skin care gift for anybody, particularly if they understand what it does. However, it doesn't just stop there because Argan oil contains more than just these powerful antioxidants. It also contains the moisturizing squalene that keeps your skin soft and moist, and also a number of health-promoting fatty acids. This really is a great gift to give anybody, male or female. It can be used as a nourishing night oil and to protect the skin in cold, dry weather. If you have any hard areas of skin, Argan oil will soften them. Lavender and Argan together is a good soother for your skin after exposure to the sun, and if your nails are brittle, you can make them stronger and your cuticles softer by applying the oil to them each night. It is also great to rub into your hands to keep them soft and smooth. It really is a panacea for all sorts of problems with hard, rough, dry and wrinkled skin and an excellent choice for anybody as an organic skin care gift. The oil has found a number of unusual uses, such as a cream to remove stretch marks after pregnancy by a woman who was allergic to regular anti-stretch mark creams, and is also great to use for your scalp and hair if you have been out in the sun too long. It makes your hair more silky and takes away the brittleness - your girl will just love this, or your guy if he is out in the sun a lot and getting problems with too much sun on his scalp. Let's not forget the fatty acid content of Argan oil. The fatty acids help support the immune system and also help to retain moisture in your skin and the mucus membranes of your nose and pulmonary system. They also help to reduce blood pressure, cholesterol levels and to decrease the risk of you suffering diseases of the cardiovascular system. These latter effects would naturally be slight were you simply rubbing the oil onto your face or hands, but they are there nevertheless. Argan is not the only oil suitable as a gift during the holiday period, and there are many more organic skin care products that you can give. Among them are a whole range of essential oils that offer a wide range of properties and effects on your skin and your hair, depending on the oil chosen. There is also a range of essential oil soaps, moisturizers and hair care and scalp care products that would make fabulous organic skin care gifts. However, Argan oil is one of the best you will find because if its powerful antioxidant properties. It is much more powerful than olive oil, and is in a class of its own as an antioxidant organic skin care product that is also highly acceptable as a gift in any of its forms.