Wouldn’t it be wonderful if there was a single pure oil that could keep your skin moisturized, clean, glowing, and acne-free?
What if this oil could also grow your eyelashes and eyebrows?
Along with many other facial skin benefits, Castor oil (on your face) can do all of these.
In the last 10 years, Castor oil has trumped every other oil I have used on my face, body, and even my hair.
I use it to cleanse and moisturize my skin, and get rid of chapped lips, blemishes, redness, sunburns, pigmentation, and more.
I rub a few drops of it every night and wake up with glowing skin and less under-eye puffiness.
And, to my surprise (because I was a skeptic):
With thickened eyebrows and longer eyelashes.
But these are only some of the facial (and body) skin benefits of Castor Oil you’ll discover in this post.
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The best part?
Organic, cold-pressed, and hexane-free Castor oil works best when you only use tiny amounts of it.
With this cost-effective oil, less is more.
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- 1 What is Castor Oil?
- 2 What Does Castor Oil Do to Your Skin?
- 3 How to Apply Castor Oil on Your Face
- 4 10 Uses for Castor Oil on Your Face
- 5 What is the Best Castor Oil?
- 6 Side Effects of Applying Castor Oil on Face
- 7 Castor Oil Skin Uses FAQ
What is Castor Oil?
Castor oil is a vegetable oil pressed from castor beans. Castor oil is a colorless to very pale yellow liquid with a distinct taste and odor.
It includes a mixture of triglycerides (in which 90% of fatty acid chains are ricinoleates). Folk healers around the world have used Castor oil for a variety of skin and health conditions for thousands of years.
(One of the most common uses was for treating eye irritations, and in my experience, it’s definitely the ultimate dry eyes remedy).
How Is Castor Oil Produced?
Pure Castor Oil is derived from the seeds of the Castor bean plant (Ricinus communis), which was once referred to as the “Palme Christe” (the leaves were said to resemble the palm of Christ).
It is produced by cold-pressing the seeds and clarification of the oil by heat.
Each year, 600–800 million pounds of castor oil is produced for a variety of uses.
Here’s the unique quality of Castor oil’s chemical composition:
Almost 90 percent of its fatty acid content is a rare, dense, and concentrated compound called ricinoleic acid.
What Does Castor Oil Do to Your Skin?
Many studies (some are linked to in the post) have shown that ricinoleic acid found in Castor Oil can hydrate the skin and prevent wrinkles, prevent the growth of viruses, bacteria, and yeast molds, reduce skin inflammation, help with ringworm, keratosis, abrasions, and fungal infections, heal acne, and more.
Here are a few more uses:
1. Reduce itching and swelling (see the best dry itchy scalp remedies)
2. Relieve sunburns
3. Treat skin growths
4. Treat skin allergies and rashes
5. Relieve pain
How to Apply Castor Oil on Your Face
Before you apply pure Castor oil, wash your face with warm water to open up your facial pores.
Castor oil’s consistency is quite thick and it’s easier to mix it with a carrier oil to help you massage it in a circular motion well into your skin.
You can use carrier oils such as almond oil, coconut oil, and olive oil.
Leave the Castor oil on your face overnight and rinse in the morning for the best results.
10 Uses for Castor Oil on Your Face
Some of these uses are science-backed, and some are not. I have had positive results with all.
1. Castor Oil for Skin Glow and Wrinkles
Castor Oil penetrates deep into the skin, softens, and hydrates it like no other oil.
It promotes blood circulation, and the most-welcomed “arrival” of collagen and elastin, which delay wrinkles and fine lines and immediately create skin glow.
(See the 5 best ways to increase collagen in your face – naturally!)
- Mix 3-4 drops of Castor Oil (only pure, cold-pressed, and hexane-free CO will work) with some olive/coconut/jojoba/sesame oil.
- Rub it on your face for an amazing glow that lasts for many hours.
(I use it after my twice-weekly red light therapy home treatment)
- For dry skin: 2 drops Castor oil + 6 drops Sesame Oil
- For normal skin: 2 drops CO and 6 drops of Grape Seed Oil or Olive Oil/
- For oily skin: 2 drops CO + 6 drops Jojoba Oil.
Do the oil cleansing method with Castor Oil instead of coconut oil:
Gently massage your face with the mix of your choice and put a slightly warm damp cotton cloth on your face for about a minute.
Then remove the excess oil with a cotton pad.
Your skin will be soft, nourished, and hydrated – you’ll love it.
A Fast-Acting Castor Oil Face Mask
- 1 teaspoon CO
- 1 egg yolk
Mix and apply the mixture to your face for 10-15 minutes, then clean your face (without soap).
Enjoy the amazing glow and hydration of your skin.
Warning: Most commercial Castor Oil is made from non-organic Castor seeds, which were heavily sprayed with pesticides, are solvent-extracted (hexane is common), deodorized, or otherwise chemically processed.
This will damage beneficial nutrients and may even contaminate the oil with toxic agents.
Make sure to use a pure, cold-pressed, and hexane-free Castor oil, like this one.
And, use a dropper bottle to keep the oil clean and uncontaminated.
2. Under Eye Wrinkles/Puffiness/Bags
When I started using Castor oil as a home remedy for dry eyes (it’s amazing!) I noticed that I started waking up in the morning with no under-eye puffiness, and much to my surprise – somewhat fewer wrinkles!
Since the main active part of CO reduces swelling, I now understand why this happens.
I’ve added Castor oil to my ultimate anti-wrinkle eye serum recipe ever since, and my under-eye bags are gone (except after sleepless nights, courtesy of my toddlers…)
To reduce under-eye puffiness:
Gently rub 2 drops of Castor oil with a few more drops of Coconut oil under your eyes every night before you go to sleep.
Note: I also use Castor Oil inside my DIY all-natural mascara recipe!
3. Acne & Acne Scars
Castor oil can prevent the presence of acne-causing bacteria in the long term. The daily application of CO is a great addition to natural acne treatment.
To treat existing blemishes:
Leave on until absorbed.
(If you suffer from chronic acne, I recommend trying home blue light therapy treatments – proven to destroy up to 80% of your acne – naturally).
To prevent future breakouts:
Wash your face with warm water to open your pores, and rub a small amount of CO on your entire face. Leave on for the night.
Castor oil can also be used to treat and reduce acne scars, especially if you use it after LED light therapy treatments.
4. Chapped Lips
Although you may not want to have Castor oil anywhere near your mouth, it still does wonders for dry and chapped lips.
It’s already added to many OTC lip remedies, but it’s much cheaper to do it yourself at home. All you need is an organic, hexane-free cold pressed Castor oil.
Simply rub a bit on your lips and it will help heal cracks while preventing further chapping.
This wonderful oil’s anti-inflammatory properties and proven pain relief abilities make it a great and simple way to soothe sunburns.
Apply CO mixed with coconut oil (1:1) to the affected area – at least 3 times a day. Even better – leave it on all night and wash it off in the morning.
6. Eye Lashes and Eyebrows
It’s a little embarrassing, but it’s the truth:
I’ve burned my eyelashes more than 3 times in the last 10 years. What can I say, I tend to get too close to my Lavender-scented candles.
Using Castor oil, I was able to re-grow my eyelashes twice as fast as the last two times. They grew back to their normal length (I think even a little longer) in less than 10 days.
To make your eyelashes grow longer naturally:
Apply 2 drops of pure CO on your lashes every night.
Since some of it may get into your eyes (which is harmless), make sure to always use a dropper bottle to keep the oil uncontaminated.
The same goes for your eyebrows:
Apply 2 drops of CO on each eyebrow every night to fill them up and make them thicker.
If you’ve over-plucked your eyebrows, this is a great remedy.
( Check out how to use Jamaican black castor oil for hair growth)
7. Melasma (Hyperpigmentation)
Melasma is a common skin condition that looks like dark patches on the face, especially on the cheeks, forehead, and upper lip.
Castor oil has been traditionally used in Ayurvedic medicine as a remedy for a variety of skin conditions, including melasma.
Some people believe that castor oil may help to reduce the appearance of melasma by lightening the dark patches on the skin.
It is rich in fatty acids and vitamin E, which can help to moisturize and nourish the skin, and may also have anti-inflammatory properties.
Rubbing a few drops of CO twice a day can help reduce pigmentation and melasma.
Here’s a forum discussion about treating Melasma (deep pigmentation) with Castor Oil.
8. Oily Skin
Castor oil is a better alternative to coconut oil if you want to use it as a face cleanser for oily skin.
Here’s how to do oil cleansing with castor oil, for oily skin:
1. Prepare the oil blend: 1/3 castor oil and 2/3 olive, coconut, or avocado oil.
2. Apply the oil: Pour a quarter-sized amount of the oil blend into your hand and massage it into your face using smooth circular strokes.
Massage for at least a minute to ensure the oil has saturated your skin and to remove makeup effectively.
3. Create steam: Place a clean washcloth under very hot tap water or shower water until it is completely soaked.
Quickly wring out the washcloth and open it.
Place the warm washcloth over your face to create steam against the skin. This will help remove the oils and any impurities in the skin. Leave the washcloth on your face until it cools down.
4. Remove the oil: Dampen a washcloth with warm water and use light sweeping motions to gently remove the castor oil from your face and neck.
5. Rinse the washcloth with warm water as you continue to remove the oil. Once you’ve removed all the oil, allow your skin to air dry and absorb any oil left behind.
6. Follow-up with a gentle cleanser and moisturizer: While oil cleansing can effectively remove dirt and impurities from the skin, it’s still important to follow up with a gentle cleanser to remove any remaining residue. Y
ou can also use a toner to further cleanse and balance your skin. Finish with a moisturizer to seal in hydration and protect your skin.
9. Castor Oil for Scars
Scars are simply the leftover marks of a skin “injury” when healthy skin tissue is destroyed.
CO is filled with fatty acids, especially omega-3 fatty acids. These components pierce the scar tissue and pump it out. Next, they hydrate the skin and promote the growth of healthy tissue.
The oil also draws out dirt, bacteria, excess oil, and dead cells from the skin, stimulates the lymph system and boosts blood circulation.
This is how CO helps to reduce scars and discoloration of the skin.
Clean the affected area, steam your face for a few minutes to open up skin pores, apply a few drops of CO, and massage for a minute or two. Repeat twice a day.
If you’re interested in a real-life example, here’s how Sam from Skinuniverse.com healed her three-year-old deep burn scar with CO.
10. Skin Rashes and Irritation
The anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties of castor oil make it ideal for the treatment of rashes, itches, and bug bites.
If the affected area is small, you can soak a band-aid in castor oil and apply it to the area. Use heat to make it absorb better, and a skin rash can disappear in a matter of minutes.
For larger areas, dip a wad of cotton in CO and apply it directly to the affected skin area.
Leave it for an hour (or overnight for itches) and wash it off after, if you’d like.
Repeat this a few times a day to get faster results.
What is the Best Castor Oil?
The best castor oil should be organic and hexane-free. Here’s my favorite brand:
Side Effects of Applying Castor Oil on Face
The FDA has declared Castor oil is safe to use, but just like with anything else, side effects (skin reactions) have been reported.
Generally, CO doesn’t commonly result in allergies, or skin sensitivities, and doesn’t act like a photosensitizer, according to human clinical tests.
As with anything new, proceed carefully to avoid possible reactions. Rub a small amount on your arm to check that it’s safe for you.
Avoid if you are pregnant or nursing, and most importantly:
Be careful about your source of Castor Oil. Much of the oil sold in stores is made from Castor seeds heavily sprayed with pesticides.
Remember: always use cold-pressed, pure, hexane-free Castor oil.
Castor Oil Skin Uses FAQ
Can Castor Oil be Used as a Carrier Oil for Essential Oils?
Just like your grandmother may have told you, castor oil is a perfect carrier for essential oils. You can use it to create your homemade massage oil with essential oils, and you can use it to dilute any essential you want to use on your face.
Is Jamaican Black Cator Oil Good for Your Skin?
Black castor oil is extracted in a different way, which is also the traditional method of extraction. This oil is often considered to be pure and superior in terms of its nutritional content. When it comes to your skin, black castor oil contains no chemicals that can penetrate your skin.
Jamaican black castor oil is great for regrowing hair too!
Does Castor Oil Lighten the Skin?
Castor oil contains a lot of fatty acids, that reduce pigmentation by piercing the scar tissue and pumping it out. Fatty acids are the magic ingredient that helps reduce pigmentation. They do this by piercing the scar tissue and pumping it out. This naturally lightens the skin.
Pure, cold-pressed, and hexane-free is one of the best (if not the best), oils you can have at home to use daily on your face.
It’s safe and relatively cheap, and it can be used to keep your face young and glowing, and reduce acne, skin growths, fungus, irritation, inflammation, and almost any skin problem.
It will grow your eyelashes longer and your eyebrows thicker and eliminate scars that bother you for years.
To your health and happiness,
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