Apart from its numerous benefits for the skin and hair, most people avoid using castor oil, generally because of its sticky consistency. Still, castor oil remains the best option in case you need a cheap, all-natural solution for different skin and hair problems.
It regrows and thickens hair, eyelashes and eyebrows
The first reason castor oil is commonly known for is its ability to regrow thin eyebrows. The 90s set a fashion trend of pencil-thin brows; today its followers complain that their eyebrows have never fully recovered. Although they can pencil in the bald spots, this cannot bring back their eyebrows’ natural look.
Numerous articles in beauty magazines are largely promoting the power of castor oil to help regrow eyebrows.
According to one personal account, a woman attributes her new thick, dark eyebrows to the regular application of castor oil. Namely, she bought hexane-free, organic and cold pressed castor oil and applied it to her eyebrows every night after cleaning her face. Within three months her eyebrows had a completely new enhanced look – visibly thicker and darker.
So, you are probably wondering how castor oil can help you regrow eyebrows and improve hair quality.
For one thing, castor oil is abundant in ricinoleic acid, which is an effective anti-bacterial and anti-fungal agent, keeping any fungus or bacteria away from your hair. Being quite thick, castor oil can help you prevent hair loss only by coating your hair and preventing its falling out.
Plus, this oil is also rich in omega-9 fatty acids, which nourish your hair, hair follicles and skin. Castor oil nourishes hair follicles by penetrating deeply into the pores. Thus, it supplies your hair with a healthy gloss and it improves its quality.
A little oil goes a long way, and if you want smoother hair, you should add a touch to your hair ends instead of applying it near the scalp. Rub two drops of the oil between your hands and run your fingers through your ends. However, if you use too much your hair might become quite greasy. It’s best to start light until you eventually determine which amount works best for your hair type.
If you want to regrow your hair, apply castor oil on your scalp. Be cautious as applying on your scalp can be quite tricky. You may want to thin it out using some lighter oil. For this, you can add melted coconut oil, apricot kernel oil or any lighter oil to make it more spreadable.
If you want to thicken your hair that thins at the edges of the hairline, use pure castor oil and apply it with your hand. You can also apply some castor oil to your eyelashes to thicken and strengthen them. Plus, this will prevent any thinning and shedding.
It reduces scar tissue and smoothens lips
Thanks to its ability to penetrate deeply through multiple skin layers, castor oil can work miracles for keloid types of scars and scars consisting of hardened tissue.
Not only does castor oil soften the skin, but it helps in breaking down deep scar tissue so it can eventually be smoothed out. According to scientists, castor oil is a white blood cell stimulating agent and castor bean oil can reduce inflammatory response in subcutaneous tissues. This is because it stimulates wound healing and reduces scarring.
As lips need constant protection, castor oil is highly beneficial for this part of your face as well. Although they regenerate quickly, lips dry out really fast and peel every time they are dehydrated.
Thanks to its fatty acids and thick consistency, castor oil smoothens and protects your lips. In fact, castor oil won’t budge unless you wipe it off. What it does is give your lips a natural shine, which makes it great for both your lip health and appearance.
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