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This might not be the first time that you’ll encounter the term castor oil. Chances are, you’ve seen it already in your favorite beauty products, may it be local or produced internationally. Given those scenarios, have you thought of the reason what makes this oil is the most sought and incorporated ingredient in your favorite beauty product?
Being a woman means you have to work on your hair, nails, and face twice as much as men do. But you all would pretty much agree that we see it as a form of self-care rather than tasks to do, right? The joy of having a new haircut or having a new nail polish is totally beyond words. Being a woman sure brings a different kind of joy. As such, this might be the best time you get to know more about what’s in it with castor oil that makes it a holy-grail oil for women as it addresses plenty of beauty concerns.
Castor oil is a vegetable oil derived from the seeds of the plant called Ricinus communis that primarily grows in Africa, South America, and India. The oil is derived by cold pressing the seeds. Experts would agree that it is an elixir oil for your beauty concerns as it is packed with antioxidants, vitamin E, proteins, omega-6, and omega-9 that play a vital role in good hair and skin.
At some point somehow, you must have had used beauty products that have castor oil in them. As such, let us introduce you to more in-depth information as to why you should not be taking castor oil for granted.
CASTOR OIL FOR YOUR BEAUTY CONCERNS
Castor oil as your go-to natural moisturizer
Keeping skin moisturized especially during such a time as this should be your top priority. The author of the book Heal the body holistically, C.J Williams believes that it is the high concentration of unsaturated fatty acids where the plentiful benefits of castor oil were derived. Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid a type of monosaturated fatty acid that acts as a humectant that plays a big role in retaining moisture by means of preventing water loss through the skin’s outer layer. Thereby helping skin stay hydrated. The rise of conscious consumerism and beauty enthusiasts are getting more particular in sustainability. Beauty industries are shifting to a more natural approach in incorporating skincare ingredients into your usual beauty products.
Castor oil and its anti-inflammatory properties
As mentioned, the main component of castor oil – ricinoleic acid exhibits anti-inflammatory properties. Thus, may be particularly helpful for those who are dealing with skin concerns such as psoriasis. In fact, its anti-inflammatory properties were further explored by this study published in the year 2015 whereas, treatment with a gel containing ricinoleic acid led to a significant reduction in inflammation when applied topically.
Castor oil for wound healing
This study has shown that ointments containing castor oil showed promising results in treating pressure ulcers as those who were treated with castor oil experienced higher healing rates as compared to those who undergone different healing methods. Castor oil helps heal wounds by means of stimulating the growth of new tissue thereby reducing dryness and preventing the build-up of dead skin cells. In fact, a popular ointment in clinical settings used in treating wounds contains castor oil as part of its mixture.
Castor oil for the hair
Your hair sure is exposed to a lot of chemicals – from hair dyes to your shampoos, thus leading to dull-looking frizzy hair. Castor oil’s fatty acid content helps stimulate hair growth, improves hair health, and controls water loss in hair. In choosing hair care products, opt for a more natural way of doing it so. Experts also believed that since castor oil functions as a lubricant, it can make the dry frizzy hair strands look smoother.
Castor oil for your eyebrows
Fuller eyebrows sure make someone look more feminine. Not to mention the joy of having to curl those at ease. You probably have seen vlogs from your favorite YouTubers shifting to more natural ways of grooming their eyebrows. And the hero? Castor oil – this hydrating oil does so much in making your eyebrows look fuller. The process is as easy as 1-2-3, experts would recommend applying a little oil to the brows before bedtime and washing in the morning. The process won’t necessarily make the brow hair grow but would give them a fuller appearance.
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