The Skin Benefits of Castor Oil

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Guest Post by Cailey George

There are several oils that can be used in skincare, one of which is castor oil. Castor oil has many great benefits and knowing what these are might help you decide if this oil is the right choice for you.

Castor oil is made from the castor plant, also known as Ricinus Communis. India is the biggest country in castor oil productions, but it can also be grown in parts of Africa. The seeds of this plant contain a poison, but the pressing and heating process implemented to extract the oil effectively deactivates the poison, making the oil safe to use in skincare. In ancient Egypt, castor oil was used to treat ailments pertaining to labor and even eye irritations.

Castor oil is commonly used today for its anti-inflammatory properties. These properties can be beneficial to users with acne, as the redness from their acne is reduced. The oil is antibacterial, preventing the bacteria that maliciously clogs pores and results in acne. Not only can castor oil reduce inflammation, but it has also been known historically to reduce pain, a wonderful added benefit when applying to skin. This oil is capable of evening out the user’s skin tone because it aids in growing healthy skin tissue. These capabilities along with its anti-inflammatory properties cause the skin to lose some redness and to remain an even, uniform color.

Castor oil is also a natural moisturizer, being rich in monosaturated fatty acid. For this reason, it is often used in lip products to soothe and prevent dry lips. Castor is a thick substance, and is therefore better suited to skincare when mixed with another oil such as hemp seed oil or vitamin E oil in products such as this ultimate face moisturizer. Be sure to follow the directions as specified on any product you might choose that implements castor oil as an ingredient.

Castor oil is a fantastic resource in skincare products as it moisturizes, reduces inflammation and the resulting pain, and removes bacteria and discoloration. It works well hand in hand with other oils and is easy to access and use.


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