castor oil in your skincare routine
We answer your most burning questions about castor oil, the beauty panacea of the moment.
Everything you want to know about castor oil in your skincare routine. Ancient Egyptians used it as a facial oil and centuries later, this miracle cure is still a favorite in the beauty world. Castor oil is on the ingredient list of a whole range of beauty products, from shampoos and hair masks to face creams and serums. Not surprising, because the list of benefits of castor oil on your skin and hair sometimes seems endless. We set out to find out whether castor oil really is a beauty panacea and if so, how you can incorporate it into your skincare routine.
What is castor oil?
Castor oil is a vegetable oil that is pressed from the fruit of the castor tree. The oil consists of 90 percent ricinoleic acid, a substance that provides deep hydration to the skin. Castor oil is, therefore, a natural moisturizer, which means that it is also free of parabens, alcohol, and perfumes. This makes it a perfect fit for your clean beauty routine. Ricinoleic acid also improves wound healing and reduces inflammation. As a result, castor oil aids in skin recovery and prevents pimples. Finally, research also shows that castor oil is antimicrobial , which also helps with acne.
Is castor oil dangerous?
Since the fruits of the castor tree are extremely poisonous, many people wonder whether castor oil is dangerous. Nothing could be further from the truth: castor oil is safe to use. The US Food & Drug Administration has even approved castor oil as a natural laxative. The only potential side effect of castor oil is an allergic reaction. Therefore, first, use a small amount of castor oil on your hand to see how your skin reacts.
How to use castor oil
Castor oil is very thick, making it difficult to use as a moisturizer. Therefore, first mix it with almond, coconut or olive oil. These have a lighter composition and also contribute to your skin care. So two birds with one stone.
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Massage the vegetable oil mix into the skin after cleansing your face. Then let the remaining oil soak in overnight or remove it with a warm cloth. Do you want to boost your hair growth? Massage the oil mix on your scalp, leave it on for two hours and use a warm, wet towel to open your pores even more. This moisturizes your scalp and nourishes your hair follicles. The massage also promotes circulation, so you take better care of your hair roots. Then wash off the oil with your gentle shampoo and you’re done. It’s an easy salon-worthy treatment that you can do right in your bathroom. This is of course a plus, especially in these times.