Castor oil is highly viscous oil that is used for a variety of purposes in India.
It is used as a laxative though I wouldn’t suggest that because some things are best left to the medical profession. But it is widely used by the beauty industry.
This oil rich in ricinoleic acid is found as an ingredient in variety of face creams.
Castor oil for hair growth
Castor oil cools the body when applied. So use it with care during winter or wash it away after a few minutes instead of leaving it overnight.
A few drops of castor oil can be applied to hair tips to make hair soft and pliable. It can be diluted with other oils like sunflower oil, coconut oil, jojoba oil or olive oil so it can be spread easily on the scalp.
I pierce a couple of vitamin e capsules and add it to castor oil along with a little bit of coconut oil and use it as pre-shampoo hair conditioner. After shampooing, the hair is visibly soft and frizz is gone. One of the best benefits of castor oil is that it arrests hair fall instantly.
Though it is a thick and viscous oil, it penetrates deep into the hair shaft and protects the hair from getting split ends. It not only arrests hair fall but also reverses the effect of hair loss and stimulates new hair growth. Regular massage of castor oil can bring new hair growth.
Castor oil for eyebrows and eye lashes
A drop of castor oil applied with the help of clean fingers or q tips to eye lashes will help you grow thicker and longer eye lashes. Many people swear by this. It can be applied before sleeping and you will be able to see results after a few months.
Similarly eye brows that have become thinner after years of plucking or threading can be grown to have a fuller look by applying a drop or two overnight.
Castor oil as a makeup remover
Oil dissolves in oil. Most makeup and creams have oil and that is why they can be effectively removed using oil. There are makeup removing oils available in the market.
Many homemade makeup remover recipe call for a mixture of baby oil and water. Castor oil can be massaged into the skin and then wiped off with cotton ball to remove not only face makeup but also eye make up. This is preferable to using harsher chemical cleansers on the delicate skin around the eye
Oil cleansing method (OCM) with castor oil
- Mix castor oil with any other vegetable oil like olive oil or sunflower oil to dilute it.
- Take half a spoon of this oil in your hand and rub both your palms to make the oil warm.
- Massage the oil on your face in upward strokes. Massage so that the oil seeps in deep into the pores and dissolves the dirt and encrusted skin oils trapped into the pores.
- Dip a clean wash cloth in hot steaming water and after squeezing out the excess water, lay this wash cloth as a face mask on the face. The heat should be tolerable but hot enough to open the pores in the skin and dissolve the oil. If it is too cold, it will leave oil residue on the skin.
- When the wash cloth is cool, rinse it and dip it again in hot water and repeat the process once or twice.
- If you feel that your skin is over cleansed and tight, add a drop of this oil blend and next time keep the hot towel for a shorter duration.
- Enjoy your baby soft and well moisturized skin.