Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a single pure oil that could keep your skin moisturized, clean, glowing and acne-free?
What is this oil could also grow your eye lashes and eyebrows?
Along with many other facial skin benefits, Castor oil (applied on your face) can do all of these.
I use it to cleanse and moisturize my skin, get rid of chapped lips, blemishes, redness, sunburns, pigmentation, you name it.
I rub a few drops of it every night and wake up with a glowing skin and under-eye puffiness.
And, to my surprise (because I was skeptic):
With thickened eyebrows and longer eye lashes.
But these are only some of the facial (and body) skin benefits of Castor Oil you’ll discover in this post.
The best part?
Castor oil works best when you only use tiny amounts of it.
With this cost-effective oil, less means more.
In this post you’ll find:
- 1 What is Castor Oil and how it Is It Produced?
- 2 9 Epic Uses for Castor Oil on Your Face (& How Exactly to Use it)
- 2.1 1. Castor Oil for Face Glow (& Wrinkle Reduction)
- 2.2 2. Castor Oil for Skin Around Eyes (Under Eye Bags/Puffiness)
- 2.3 3. Castor Oil for Acne
- 2.4 4. Castor Oil for Chapped Lips
- 2.5 5. Castor Oil for Sunburns
- 2.6 6. Castor Oil for Longer Eye Lashes and Thicker Eyebrows
- 2.7 7. Castor Oil for Melasma (Hyperpigmentation)
- 2.8 8. Castor Oil for Scars
- 2.9 9. Castor Oil for Skin Rashes and Irritation
- 2.10 Are There Any Side Effects From Using Castor Oil on Your Face?
- 2.11 Conclusion
What is Castor Oil and how it Is It Produced?
Folk healers around the world have used Castor oil for a variety of skin and health conditions for thousands of years.
(One of the most common uses was for treating eye irritations, and in my experience it’s definitely the ultimate home remedy for dry eyes).
Pure Castor Oil is derived from the seeds of the Castor bean plant (Ricinus communis), which was once referred to as the “Palme Christe” (the leaves were said to resemble the palm of Christ).
It is produced by cold-pressing the seeds and the clarification of the oil by heat.
Here’s the unique quality of Castor oil’s chemical composition:
Almost 90 percent of its fatty acid content is a rare, dense and concentrated compound called ricinoleic acid.
The Proven Skin Benefits of Ricinoleic Acid
Many studies (some are linked to in the post) have shown that ricinoleic acid found in Castor Oil can:
1. Hydrate the skin and prevent wrinkles
2. Prevent the growth of viruses, bacteria, yeasts molds
3. Reduce skin inflammation
4. Help to end ringworm, keratosis, abrasions and fungal infections.
5. Heal acne
6. Reduce itching and swelling
7. Relieve sunburns
8. Treat skin growths
9. Treat skin allergies and rashes
10. Relieve pain
How to Apply Castor Oil on Your Face
Before you apply pure Castor oil, wash your face with warm water to open up your facial pores.
Castor oil’s consistency is quite thick and it’s easier to mix it with a carrier oil to help you massage it in circular motion well into your skin.
You can use carrier oils such as almond oil, coconut oil and olive oil.
Leave the Castor oil on your face overnight and rinse in the morning for the best results.
9 Epic Uses for Castor Oil on Your Face (& How Exactly to Use it)
Some of these uses are science-backed, and some are not. I have had positive results with all.
1. Castor Oil for Face Glow (& Wrinkle Reduction)
Castor Oil penetrates deep into the skin, softens and hydrates it like no other oil.
It promotes blood circulation, and the most-welcomed “arrival” of collagen and elastin, which delay wrinkles and fine lines.
- Mix 3-4 drops of Castor Oil (only pure, cold pressed and hexane free will work) with some olive/coconut/jojoba/sesame oil.
- Rub it on your face for an amazing glow that lasts for many hours.
(I use it after my twice-weekly red light therapy home treatment)
For dry skin: 2 drops Castor oil + 6 drops Sesame Oil
For normal skin: 2 drops CO and 6 drops of Grape Seed Oil or Olive Oil/
For oily skin: 2 drops CO + 6 drops Jojoba Oil.
Do the oil cleansing method with Castor Oil instead of coconut oil:
Gently massage your face with the mix of your choice and put a slightly warm damp cotton cloth on your face for about a minute.
Then remove the excess oil with a cotton pad.
Your skin will be soft, nourished and hydrated – you’ll love it.
A Fast-Acting Face Mask:
· 1 teaspoon CO
· 1 egg yolk
Mix and apply the mixture to your face for 10-15 minutes, than clean your face (without soap).
Enjoy the amazing glow and hydration of your skin.
: Most commercial Castor Oil is made from non-organic Castor seeds, which were heavily sprayed with pesticides, are solvent-extracted (hexane is common), deodorized or otherwise chemically processed.
This will damage beneficial nutrients and may even contaminate the oil with toxic agents.
And, use a dropper bottle to keep the oil clean and uncontaminated.
2. Castor Oil for Skin Around Eyes (Under Eye Bags/Puffiness)
When I started using Castor oil as a home remedy for dry eyes (it’s amazing!) I noticed that I started waking up in the morning with no under-eye puffiness.
Since the main active part in CO reduces swelling, I now understand why this happens.
I’ve added Castor oil to my ultimate anti-wrinkle eye serum recipe ever since, and my under eye bags are gone (except after sleepless nights, courtesy of my toddlers…)
To reduce under-eye puffiness:
Gently rub 2 drops of Castor oil with a few more drops of Coconut oil under your eyes every night before you go to sleep.
3. Castor Oil for Acne
Castor oil can prevent the presence of acne-causing bacteria in the long-term. Daily application of CO is a great addition to a natural acne treatment.
To treat existing blemishes:
Leave on until absorbed.
(If you suffer from chronic acne, I recommend trying home blue light therapy treatments – proven to destroy up to 80% of your acne – naturally).
To prevent future breakouts:
Wash your face with warm water to open your pores, and rub a small amount of CO on your entire face. Leave on for the night.
4. Castor Oil for Chapped Lips
Although you may not want to have Castor oil anywhere near your mouth, it still does wonders for dry and chapped lips.
It’s already added to many OTC lip remedies, but it’s much cheaper to do it yourself at home. All you need is an organic, hexane free cold pressed Castor oil.
Simply rub a bit on your lips and it will help heal cracks while preventing further chapping.
5. Castor Oil for Sunburns
This wonderful oil’s anti-inflammatory properties and proven pain relief abilities make it a great and simple way to soothe a sunburn.
Apply CO mixed with coconut oil (1:1) to the affected area – at least 3 times a day. Even better – leave it on all night and wash off on the morning.
6. Castor Oil for Longer Eye Lashes and Thicker Eyebrows
It’s a little embarrassing, but it’s the truth:
I’ve burned my eye lashes more than 3 times in the last 10 years. What can I say, I tend to get too close to my Lavender-scented candles.
To make your eye lashes grow longer naturally:
Apply 2 drops pf pure CO on your lashes every night.
Since some of it may get into your eyes (which is harmless), make sure to always use a dropper bottle to keep the oil uncontaminated.
The same goes with your eyebrows:
Apply 2 drops of CO on each eyebrow every night to fill them up and make them thicker.
If you’ve over-plucked your eyebrows, this is a great remedy.
7. Castor Oil for Melasma (Hyperpigmentation)
There are a few studies proving CO can reduce even deep type of melasma and pigmentation.
Rubbing a few drops of CO twice a day can help reduce pigmentation and melasma.
Here’s forum discussion about treating Melasma (deep pigmentation) with Castor Oil.
8. Castor Oil for Scars
Scars are simply the left over marks of a skin “injury” when healthy skin tissue is destroyed.
CO is filled with fatty acids, especially omega-3 fatty acids. These components pierce the scar tissue and pump it out. Next, they hydrate the skin and promote the growth of healthy tissue.
The oil also draws out the dirt, bacteria, excess oil and dead cells from the skin, stimulates the lymph system and boosts blood circulation.
This is how CO helps reduce scars and discoloration of skin.
Here are 2 methods to apply castor oil for scars:
1. Clean the affected area, steam your face for a few minutes to open up skin pores, apply a few drops of CO and massage for a minute or two. Repeat twice a day.
2. Apply CO on the scars and wrap with a small cloth. Then place a hot water boil on for about 20 minutes. Repeat every day until scar is gone.
If you’re interested in a real-life example, here’s how Sam from Skinuniverse.com healed her three-year old deep burn scar with CO.
9. Castor Oil for Skin Rashes and Irritation
The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of castor oil make it ideal for treatment of rashes, itches and bug bites.
If the affected area is small, you can soak a band-aid in castor oil and apply it on the area.
Use heat to make it absorb better, and a skin rash can disappear in a matter of minutes.
For larger areas, dip a wad of cotton in CO and apply it directly to the affected skin area.
Leave it for an hour (or overnight for itches) and wash off after, if you’d like.
Repeat this a few times a day to get faster results.
Are There Any Side Effects From Using Castor Oil on Your Face?
The FDA has declared Castor oil as safe to use, but just like with anything else, side effects (skin reactions) have been reported.
Generally, CO doesn’t commonly result in allergies, skin sensitivities and doesn’t act like a photosensitizer, according to human clinical tests.
As with anything new, proceed carefully to avoid possible reactions. Rub a small amount on your arm to check that it’s safe for you.
Avoid if you are pregnant or nursing, and most importantly:
Be careful about your source of Castor Oil. Much of the oil sold in stored is made from Castor seeds heavily sprayed with pesticides.
Always use cold pressed, pure, hexane free Castor oil, like the one I use.
Pure, cold pressed and hexane free is one the best (if not the best), oils you can have at home to use daily on your face.
It’s safe, relatively cheap, and it can be used to keep your face young and glowing, reduce acne, skin growths, fungus, irritation, inflammation and almost any skin problem.
It will grow your eye lashes longer and your eye brows thicker, and eliminate scars that bother you for years.
I have also written about its wonderful benefits for hair health, check them out here.
How about you? What’s your experience with Castor oil? Share it with us in the comments below.
To your health and happiness,
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