10 Beauty Benefits Of Castor Oil

Written by: Asha Das
Updated: Friday, March 29, 2013, 8:00 [IST]

Castor oil is a natural plant oil from the seed of castor plant. It is rich in ricinoleic acid, which possesses anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and anti-fungal properties which contributes to a beautiful body.

Castor oil is commonly used as a laxative, but it has many other wonderful properties as well. It is extremely softening on hair and skin as it has the ability to maintain moisture levels. It is well-known for its ability to strengthen hair. It is an emollient oil which acts as a deep conditioner for both skin and hair. Because of these properties, castor oil has been used as a hair and skin cosmetic for thousands of years.

Many derivatives of ricinoleate, are used in some common cosmetic products like soaps, eyeliner, deodorant, lipstick or perfumes. If you are looking forward to a good option to replace chemical treatments for any beauty problems, consider castor oil as your first choice. So, add castor oil to your beauty kit and enjoy the new changes it brings. Here are some beauty benefits of castor oil.

Fades age spots

Using castor oil is an easy way to fade age spots. Rub the oil over the ageing spots and massage in a gentle circular motion. Follow this exercise two times a day and you'll be amazed to see the results.

Promotes hair growth

Castor oil is well-known for its ability to promote hair growth. Apply castor oil on the scalp and massage gently. Leave it for half an hour and then wash off with a mild shampoo.

Hair conditioning

The natural fatty acids in castor oil makes it a good hair conditioner. Apply castor oil to the full length of your hair at least 15 minutes prior to the use of shampoo to get soft hair.

Good for hand and nails

Castor oil can be used to massage your hands which will make it wrinkle-free. Apply castor oil to your cuticles and nails every night before bed. It softens the cuticle and prevent nails from cracking.

Skin cleansing

Castor oil is very similar to skin's natural oils which helps to retain the moisture.

Treats cracked heels

If you are worrying about your cracked heels, then it is time for you to start applying castor oil on your cracked foot.

Prevent wrinkles

Castor oil is very effective in removing wrinkles. Massage it on your skin until it gets absorbed completely. Wash it off after some time.

Effective on skin moles

Mix castor oil with 2 tbsp. of baking soda. Apply this paste generously to the mole. Remove after some time. Repeat the procedure for few days until the mole is completely removed.

Acts as a skin moisturiser

It can be effectively used on dry and rough skin to make it smooth and supple. It is a good skin emollient that keeps the skin hydrated.

Diminish stretch marks

Mix two tablespoons of almond oil and a tablespoon of castor oil. Rub in circular motion over the stretch marks. Keep for ten minutes and then wash off.

Prevent sagging of skin

As we grow older, our skin loses its elasticity gradually and this causes the skin to sag. Castor oil can be used effectively to prevent sagging skin. It will keep the skin moisturised and tight.

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Story first published:  Friday, March 29, 2013, 8:00 [IST]
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