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Skin Care Benefits of Castor Oil

My first introduction to castor oil was in YA novel. Its laxative qualities were mentioned as part of a teenaged revenge plot. I had never heard of it until then, and then didn’t really hear of it for years later.

But then I learned it’s a good tool to have as part of your skincare routine. We’re not talking just any kind of castor oil, though. Look for cold-pressed castor oil (cold-pressed is the process of pressing organic seeds without adding heat. This method retains maximum nutrients.)

Castor oil contains powerful fatty acids and other antioxidants that are especially good for areas prone to fine wrinkles. It is said to be good for most skin types and does not block pores.

It can be used for treating swollen eyes (also called blepharitis) as well as dark circles under the eyes. The ricinoleic acid acts as an anti-inflammatory agent. Try this before bedtime: apply a warm compress to the affected eyelid for five minutes. Using a cotton swab, apply a few drops of castor oil on the affected eyelid (keeping it closed!). Rinse your eyes with warm water the next morning.

People who swear by castor oil’s properties also use it on their forehead as well as on the chin and neckline. Use by gently massaging and leaving on for about 20 minutes. Then wash off. Some who suffer from acne swear by it. Add a couple of drops of the oil to a facecloth and gently rub the cloth over your face in circular motions right before going to bed. Keep it on your face overnight and wash it off in the morning.

If you suffer from psoriasis and eczema, try using castor oil. Follow the above instructions.

One last thing – castor oil might help thicken your eyebrows as the proteins and fatty acids nourish the hair follicles and promote eyebrow growth. Before bedtime, dip an eyeliner brush into castor oil and apply it to your eyebrows. Gently massage your eyebrows for two to three minutes with your fingertips. Wash in the next morning. Repeat this process for four to five weeks.

 Castor oil is mostly made of ricinoleic acid. Other acids include: linoelic (4%), oleic (3%), and stearic (1%).

Have you tried using castor oil in your skincare regime? Let us know in the comment section below!


Please note: if you have any concerns, consult with your doctor before using. Do not use castor oil if you are pregnant.