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Being one of the most versatile plant oils, Castor Oil has so many uses. It’s a staple ingredient in every natural beauty lover’s cupboard. But what is Castor Oil and how easy is it to incorporate into your beauty routine?
Castor is a plant oil that is produced by cold pressing the seeds of the plant. It is a remarkable source of a monounsaturated Omega 9 fatty acid called Ricinoleic Acid, containing around 90%. It’s down to this little wonder chemical that we can attribute some of Castor Oil’s best qualities.
This age-old beauty treatment has been getting a bit of a revival lately. Used for thousands of years to treatment all sorts of ailments, the skincare benefits of Castor are getting the attention they deserve.
Helps maintain natural balance of skin
Locks in moisture close to the skin
Helps prevent water loss
Soothing and nourishing
Cleansing and balancing
INGREDIENT IN DIY SKINCARE PRODUCTS
Castor is used in loads of different products from skin conditioners, to cleansing balms, to facial serums, the list goes on! It is often used in products that require a shine like lip balms and lip gloss.
TARGETING EXTRA DRY AREAS
Like all vegetable oils, Castor is an emollient and can help look in moisture to your skin. It works particularly well at preventing moisture loss from very dry patches like elbows, knees and heels. You may not want to apply Castor all over your body due to the thick texture but it’s perfect for targeting those problematic dry patches. Try applying the oil to damp skin, just after a bath or shower to lock in moisture and keep skin hydrated and nourished.
MAKE UP REMOVER
Massage the oil into your face and neck. To remove the oil, you will need a muslin cloth as a softer washcloth won’t grip the oil and remove from your skin. Soak the cloth in warm water and gently wipe away the oil. Repeat until you have removed all the oil. Don’t worry if there is some residue left on your skin, in around 10 to 15 minutes, your skin will soak up the oil and leave it feeling hydrated, glowing and plumped. Just bear in mind if you want to apply make-up after cleansing with Castor Oil, you will need to wait until it has been fully absorbed by your skin. If you’re a bit nervous about using castor undiluted on your face, you can combine it with lighter oils and create a cleansing oil blend.
So, we’d all be lying if we said we hadn’t dreamt of beautiful, long, healthy hair. Am I right?! But over styling, heat and harsh hair products can cause some serious damage to our hair. What if I told you there was a simple and affordable way to give your hair the TLC it deserves? And this is where Castor Oil comes into its own.
Delivers vital hydration
Improves scalp health
Seals in moisture
Smooths the hair strand
Improves shine and strength
POWER UP YOUR SHAMPOO
For those of you that want to reap the benefits with the least amount of hassle, this one is for you! The easiest way to use castor is to simply add a couple drops to your shampoo, whenever you wash your hair. This will allow your hair to feel the benefits of the oil but you don’t have to alter your routine.
HOT OIL TREATMENT
Castor can be used as a hot oil treatment. Heat up a couple of tablespoons of Castor in the microwave (not too hot, you don’t want to burn yourself!) Apply the warm oil to the lengths of your damp hair, cover with an old towel and leave it work its magic for at least half an hour. Shampoo and condition as normal, although you may need to shampoo twice to ensure you get rid of all the oil. You can treat your hair to this mask as often as you like but once a week should be good.
HAIR CARE BLEND
If you’re worried about the heaviness of using castor oil neat on your hair, then this method is for you. Create a hair oil blend by combining castor with other hair loving oils like Olive, Avocado and Argan. You can either apply it as a leave in treatment and use it the same as the method above or you can smooth a couple of drops through the lengths of your hair before styling to lock in moisture and help prevent frizz.
Using Castor Oil to help your lashes look long and luscious and brows looking bold and fabulous of course. Applying Castor Oil to your lashes and brows is said to help nourish and improve the appearance and condition of your lashes and brows. I’ve been using it to help to grow back my poor over-plucked brows (I’m looking at you the 90’s!).
Locks in moisture
Smooths hair strand
LASH AND BROW SERUM
Cleanse your face as usual making sure your lashes and brows are completely free of make up. Apply a layer of Castor Oil to your lashes and brows. You can use a clean mascara wand or a cotton bud. Leave it work it's magic while you sleep and wash as normal in the morning.
If you are using castor oil in your beauty routine, always make sure you buy the best quality, pure and unrefined oil you can find. Our castor is all of the things FYI 😉 You can get yours here 👇