Castor oil does not look and smell very attractive, being a pale yellow oil with an unpleasant odor, but it can bring a lot of benefits to your beauty. It is highly used in cosmetic industry as a main ingredient in many beauty care products. Its benefits are attributed to its high ricinoleic acid content, an unsaturated omega-9 fatty acid and a hydroxyl acid, which has been proved to have anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties. Here are the top 10 castor oil beauty benefits for skin and hair.
1. Moisturizes Dry Skin
The high concentration of fatty acid in castor oil promotes healthy and glowing skin and helps with skin conditions like dermatitis, which can cause dry skin. A simple recipe is to mix equal parts of castor oil and coconut oil and massage it into the dry skin area. Wait 20 to 30 minutes and then take a shower. You may apply this treatment daily. For your face apply a few drops of castor oil in the evening, after removing the makeup. Massage gently for a couple of minutes. Next morning, your face skin will be refreshed and hydrated.
2. Diminishes Wrinkles
Castor oil easily penetrates the skin layers, reaching deep into the skin to nourish it. Just massage your skin with a few drops of castor oil in circular motion at night before going to sleep. You should do this for 4-6 months to get the best results.
3. Increases Hair Growth
The ricinoleic acid helps balance the scalp’s pH level, reducing dandruff, split ends and hair breakage. In the evening, massage your hair roots and scalp with castor. Wash it off in the morning. Repeat twice a week. If you have oily hair, mix castor oil with coconut oil or sweet almond oil in equal proportions.
4. Thickens Eyebrows and Eyelashes
Castor oil helps fight micro-organisms that hamper hair growth. Apply some castor oil to your eyebrows each night before you go to bed. For thicker eyelashes, close your eyes and gently apply castor oil on your lashes.
5. Prevents Stretch Marks
Castor oil works as a humectant, helping your skin retain moisture and maintain elasticity. Combine 1 tablespoon of castor oil with 2 tablespoons of sweet almond oil. Apply the mixture daily on stretch mark prone areas, such as the stomach or thighs and breasts.
6. Softens Calluses
You can also use this oil for treating corns as well as dry and cracked heels. Soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes and scrub the area to get rid of thick skin. Then, soak a cotton ball in castor oil and place it over the callus or corn and leave it for several hours. Repeat daily until you are happy with the result.
7. Restores Cracked Nails
The vitamins and minerals in castor oil promote nail growth and make them strong. Use castor oil to massage all your nails it into your nail. Another option is to mix castor oil with olive oil in equal proportions and use it as a night cream for your nails and hands.
8. Treats Chapped Lips
Make a lip mask with 1 teaspoon of castor oil and glycerin and a few drops of fresh lemon juice. Apply it on your lips every night before going to bed.
9. Repairs Split Ends
Apply a few drops of warm castor oil directly onto the ends of your hair. Let it stay for 30 minutes, and then shampoo your hair as usual.
10. Heals Sunburn
Mix the contents of 1 vitamin E capsule and 5 drops of castor oil. Apply it on the affected skin before going to bed. The next morning, rinse it off with cool water. Use this remedy daily until you are satisfied with the result.