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I am in love with the Kahina product line; the facial lotion has completely changed my skin, which now is porcelain-like. As I try to incorporate more of your products into my routine (I also use the eye serum and the eye cream) I do not know what to do about the exfoliation part of it. I know the mask offers some exfoliation benefits, but are these enough to comply with that aspect of skincare? If not, do you plan on developing an actual scrub?

I’m so happy to hear that you love our products and have had such good results.  Our Cleanser is designed to gently exfoliate using papaya enzymes.  The Mask is a good twice/weekly supplement.  I am of the belief that too much scrubbing tends to thin skin, but I understand that some people just love to “feel” their exfoliants.  For these, I recommend using the Clarisonic Brush with the Kahina Cleanser, which is used in professional spas with great results.

I was trying to decide between the eye serum and eye cream. Could you recommend which you think would be more beneficial for me? I am in my mid-30s and am starting to see some fine lines appearing around my eyes. I have 2 young children, and am pregnant with my third, so I am sleep-deprived most of the time with no end in sight. This unfortunately leaves me with some darkness under my eyes. Lastly, I am a contact lens wearer and have sensitive eyes if that makes any difference in your recommendation. Thanks for your help!

I would recommend the Eye Serum for you.  The botanical extracts really help to stimulate the circulation under the eyes and work wonders on puffiness and dark circles, while increasing cell turnover to help with the fine lines that are starting to appear.  It is very lightweight and absorbs quickly and easily so it won’t cause any irritation to your sensitive eyes.

I use a day cream that has AHA and a Retin-A cream at night. Do I put these creams on AFTER I apply the Argan Oil? I’m concerned that the oil will block the other creams from absorbing.

On the alternate nights you don’t use Retin-A, you can apply the oil.  Or if you use Retin-A every night,you  should apply that first, wait 10-15 minutes and then massage argan oil into your skin.  This will work really well with the drying tendency of Retin-A and be very soothing without being counterproductive to the benefits of vitamin A.  As far as the morning, you could put a drop or two of oil into your cream for more hydration on days you feel like you need it.

I’m in my mid-fifties and nothing seems to be enough for my very dry skin. What would you recommend?

Try the Kahina Serum, the most moisturizing, restorative, and nourishing product, along with the Toning Mist, which will help it absorb even better into your skin.  You might want to follow with our Lotion, which will seal everything in, and provide additional moisture (shea butter, argan oil, sodium hyaluronate + beeswax).  For the eye area (and any fine lines anywhere!), I suggest the Eye Cream, as it’s the more moisturizing of our  two eye products.  I’d also encourage using the Antioxidant Mask, which helps buff away dead skin cells and prevent any flakiness.  It’s not a drying clay mask thanks to the argan oil.

I have a very dry, sensitive scalp. Can I use argan oil on it? What are other uses for hair?

We have had many customers write in to tell us how much our argan oil has helped with various skin conditions and allergies, including psoriasis. In this case, I’d recommend a sort of weekly treatment– massage argan oil into dry scalp and let sit as long as possible, 30 minutes to overnight.  Then rinse with non-sulfate, ideally organic/natural shampoo/conditioner.  See how scalp reacts- if you notice gradual improvement, you may only need to do this treatment once or twice a month.

Keep in mind a little goes a long way.  Hair products that are not pure argan oil contain a lot of other ingredients that dilute the oil. Less is more with pure argan oil.

For other hair ideas, a little bit of argan oil on the ends should do you, or you could make a deep-conditioning hair mask with avocado and argan oil.  I myself like to mix argan oil with water and aloe vera, shake well, and spritz onto my hair- I have thick, almost coarse, wavy hair, and it helps revive the curl between washes.


What is an introductory regimen for normal/combination/sensitive skin? I am in my late 20s and beginning to notice fine lines around my eye area.

Argan oil is very well suited to sensitive and combination skin.  It is lightweight, yet high in essential fatty acids and has anti-inflammatory properties, meaning it’s very soothing.  Oil actually helps balance oil production, so I predict that using argan oil will help balance your combination skin to just normal.

In your late 20’s- really at any age!- you should definitely take care of the eye area.  Since you specifically expressed concerns regarding elasticity, I would encourage you to use our Eye Cream. It contains argan oil and sodium hyaluronate- both ingredients that help boost moisture levels and keep skin plump. It also contains antioxidant-rich white & green tea extracts– great to treat current & prevent future signs of aging. Aloe vera & sea fennel calm, and peptides help restore collagen (contributing to elasticity improvement).

To begin, I’d recommend Facial Cleanser, Argan Oil, and Eye Cream.  This is a bare-bones regimen that can introduce you to Kahina.

Additional products I recommend are our Facial Lotion, which seals in the Argan Oil, and matte-ifies the skin for day.  Our Toning Mist helps the oil absorb even more readily, while also being a moisture boost during the day.  Finally, if you like masks, ours is multipurpose and for all skin types.  It has antioxidant power, exfoliating properties, detoxifying properties, improves skin tone, and will not (like other clay masks) dry skin, thanks to a healthy dose of argan oil.


Can I use Kahina Giving Beauty products with Trentinoin?

Yes. The Kahina Giving Beauty line will be a great complement to the stronger products you’re using.  Trentinoin can of course be very drying and make the skin sensitive.  Apply the Serum and then Facial Lotion after cleansing.  The Eye Cream would be a great addition because it’s soothing and hydrating.

What can I use for acne scars?

The high vitamin E content in argan oil makes it perfect for scars of all kinds, and the anti-bacterial properties in the oil will keep acne from recurring.

What Kahina products would you recommend for mature, acne-prone skin? I’ve been using topical retinols but would like to switch to a more natural, less harsh routine.

All the products except the Serum are suitable for your skin and will be fabulous for hydrating and inflammation since Retinols are often drying and irritating. The argan oil will be great and actually wont be too heavy.   The cleanser has some exfoliating agents as well as anti-bacterial properties that will be perfect for combating both aging and breakout, and the lotion is actually very lightweight and won’t clog pores.

The new mask is really nice, smells amazing and has anti-bacterial properties to help with break outs (without drying on the skin). I would use it a few times a week.


Do Kahina products contain sunscreen?

Our products do not contain added sunscreen.  While sunscreen is essential in protecting against redness by the sun’s UVB rays and should certainly be used as part of safe sun practices, research suggests that photoprotection from topical antioxidants can boost the effectiveness of sunscreen to reduce signs of aging and protect against skin cancer caused by the sun’s UVA rays.  In addition, vitamin E has proven to be effective at boosting UVB protection while vitamin C has strong protective effects against UVA radiation.  Antioxidants also serve as topical antiinflammatory agents, which are critical for healthy skin.

We encourage the use of sunscreen in addition to our products and hope to develop a safe natural sunscreen to round out the Kahina Giving Beauty range.  In the meantime, we hope you will consider boosting your safe sun practices with the application of our antioxidant and Vitamin E rich Argan Oil and/or Serum and our antioxidant-rich and Vitamin C enhanced Eye Serum and/or Eye Cream.