In the flux world of beauty and fitness, every now and then a “miracle” ingredient is given the spotlight and suddenly everyone takes note of it and scrounges for it in every product they buy. Castor oil happens to be one of those ingredients, but although it’s the star substance of some skin care products recently, it has actually been used for several years as an additive in plenty of different food and medication products. So what is castor oil and why does it seem to be the talk of the town?
Castor oil is extracted from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant. It undergoes a heating process that works to deactivate a toxic enzyme it contains called ricin, thus producing castor oil that is safe to use.
Castor oil is commonly used to treat different conditions including skin problems and constipation. Do those uses sound weird to you? Well, castor oil is so versatile that it can be used for internal and external issues. Containing ricinoleic acid (definitely different from ricin!), an unsaturated omega-9 fatty acid, castor oil has gained popularity as a substance that has plenty of antioxidant properties.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the different benefits of castor oil and why you should consider incorporating it in your daily routines.
Warm up some castor oil by rubbing a small amount between your palms, massage it into your hair, and leave it there for 30 minutes to an hour before washing it off. Enjoy soft, glossy, and moisturized hair through this easy and affordable method!
Castor oil has also been said to be a lash booster, which is why some companies have created tubes of this product to be applied on eyelashes to make them longer, fuller, and more luscious.
Castor oil can fight bacteria without clogging the pores, leaving you with soft skin that’s acne free! Because of its anti-inflammatory properties, castor oil helps fight and prevent acne breakouts as well as soothe irritated, acne-prone skin.
It is often used in cosmetic products that promote hydration including lotions and cleansers. You can even go all-natural by regularly massaging it into your skin as part of your beauty routine. Although you must note that castor oil runs pretty thick, so you might want to mix it in with other skin care products that have a lighter formula. It can also be used to treat dry, chapped lips!
Not to be mistaken as a cure for chronic constipation, castor oil can indeed be used as a natural laxative to relieve temporary constipation due to its anti-inflammatory properties.
If by some chance, you skipped applying sunscreen for the day, soothe your sunburn by applying an apt amount of castor oil to the affected area. It will be able to heal the area, reduce redness, and remove dead skin cells along the way. Feel free to use it to treat wounds as well.
Even though castor oil is a very versatile substance, take note of its possible side effects to know whether it’s an ingredient that’s right for you. Ahead are some important reminders!