If you have any interest in beauty, it’s impossible not to have come across castor oil at least once in your life. But what is castor oil? Well, the Ricinus Communis plant seeds are cold-pressed to get a colorless or slightly yellowish vegetal oil – castor oil, as we know it. Castor oil is a popular ingredient in the beauty industry, but also in healthcare.
Did you know that in ancient times, Egyptians and Chinese used castor oil as fuel for the candles, but also as balms and moisturizers? Originally from Africa and India, castor oil has gained popularity throughout the world due to its anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Nowadays, castor oil is often used to treat a certain skin condition, promote hair growth, and even strengthen the nails. Let’s have a look together at some of the most popular uses and benefits of castor oil!
1. Reduces skin inflammations
It is painful and doesn’t look too good either. It’s inflammation that could be caused by sunburns, acne, and even something as common as overly dry skin. Castor oil can help with this. All you have to do is apply a small amount of castor oil to the area affected and let it work for 30 to 60 minutes. Then rinse the oil with warm water, and you’ll notice a significant improvement in terms of skin condition.
2. Helps reduce acne
It might seem crazy to even mention oil in regards to treating or reducing acne, but, as we’ve mentioned before, castor oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties, which can help in dealing with acne. If you have acne-prone skin, you probably know already that oils can clog pores, and you should avoid them. But castor oil is very different, and it’s actually good to use it on your skin. Wash your face with warm water to open the pores, then massage castor oil into the skin for a few minutes. Use gentle, circular motions, and don’t use more oil than necessary for the fingers to slide easily on the skin. When you’re done, remove the excess oil with a paper towel and let it work overnight. In the morning, all you have to do is wash your face with cold water and follow up with your regular beauty routine. Soon, you will notice fewer breakouts and a healthier-looking complexion.
3. Moisturizes dry skin
If you are looking for a natural, affordable, and always available moisturizer, you should definitely try castor oil. It’s inexpensive, which is always a good thing when it comes to a product we need to use all the time. You could use it on the hair, eyebrows, eyelashes, hands, and feet, as well as the rest of your body – including areas with sensitive skin. The fatty acids in castor oil penetrate the skin easily and make it soft and smooth.
4. Promotes eyelashes growth
One of the most popular natural beauty recipes for home entails using castor oil and a small brush to promote hair growth at the level of the eyelashes or eyebrows. And there is a significant number of people swearing on the efficiency of this natural treatment. You could give it a try if you want diva-like eyelashes without any of the side-effects associated with drug-store eyelash products.
5. Prevents stretch marks
Stretch marks are those unaesthetic marks that occur at the level of the skin during pregnancy or when we lose/ gain weight suddenly. They are actually scars caused by the rupture of the collagen fibers due to the over-stretching of the skin. This is the reason why any weight loss/ gain program should be associated with massages with castor oil to keep the skin elastic and hydrated. Also, if you are pregnant or planning to get pregnant, you can start using castor oil on the tummy, tights, and breasts to prevent stretch marks. Apply castor oil daily during the last months of the pregnancy, and your skin will thank you!
6. Helps with hair regeneration
Castor oil stimulates hair growth, so if you want longer, thicker, more lustrous hair, you should massage your scalp with this oil at least once a week. Castor oil massages stimulate blood circulation at the level of the scalp, and you might notice that your hair grows faster than before and it has a beautiful shine. This oil can also nourish the skin and scalp and prevents hair breakage, so even more benefits!
7. Helps with scalp conditions
Certain irritations or skin conditions that occur at the level of the scalp can have unpleasant side effects such as inflammation, dandruff, and even hair loss in more severe cases. Since castor oil has antifungal and antibacterial properties, it can be highly efficient in fighting microorganisms causing infections.
8. It can be used as a cleanser
It might sound funny to use a vegetal oil to cleanse the face, but once you try it, it might become a beauty routine. Double cleansing is very popular nowadays, so why not skip a traditional cleanser and use something just as efficient but more natural, such as castor oil. Apply castor oil with your fingertips or with a cotton pad as the first step of the double cleanse and follow up with your regular routine.
9. Can disinfect wounds
You’ve just got a nasty paper cut, and you’re worried it might get infected? Apply some castor oil on it! Castor oil can be used to disinfect and even heal superficial wounds, cuts, and scratches. As it has anti-inflammatory properties, it can soothe and calm down the pain too.
10. It can be used as a laxative
Castor oil is ideal for people who are often suffering due to constipation. It could be a good, natural laxative that will make you feel better if you didn’t use the loo for a while. In Greece they have been using castor oil for this purpose exactly ever since the Middle Ages, so it’s safe, tried, and tested!