Have you heard of all the benefits of castor oil yet? It is most well known for being used to grow your hair and eyebrows, but this vitamin-rich oil serves countless benefits to the skin.
We all know the wide range of benefits from coconut oil, argan oil and others, but castor oil and its long list of benefits seems to be less known. Read on to learn more about the healthy benefits of this incredible oil and why we use it in our products!
What is Castor Oil?
Castor oil, derived from the seeds of the castor plant, is a thick, odourless oil that is much thicker than coconut or argan oil. It is also far richer in vitamin E and fatty acids than most plant oils, making it an effective replenisher for the skin.
Its uses dates back to ancient Egypt where they used it for beauty treatments and an immunity-boosting elixir. Since discovered, castor oil has evolved to be beneficial for beauty regimens, healing the skin, and hair growth. Let's dive into the benefits;
Castor oil is a natural moisturizer
Castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid. These types of fats can be used to moisturize the skin and help retain that moisture by preventing water loss through the skin's outer layer.
Because it's a natural moisturizer, castor oil is often infused into cosmetics and lotions as it promotes hydration.
Many products that claim they are moisturizing often contain harmful ingredients which can irritate your skin, but swapping out these products with ones that contain castor oil can make a positive difference in the hydration of your skin.
It's healing to the skin
Applying castor oil to cuts and burns creates a moist environment that promotes healing and prevents sores from drying out. With our product containing castor oil, it is also perfect for people with dry, cracked hands as the oil stimulates tissue growth so that a barrier can be formed between the hands and the environment.
It has impressive anti-inflammatory effects
Since castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, it has impressive anti-inflammatory properties. When applied topically, it can reduce inflammation and relieves pain. This is great for people who struggle with swelling or arthritis in the hands.
It can protect against bacteria
As ricinoleic acid is known for being naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory, castor oil has the advantage of a dual-action approach. The oil hydrates skin and fights bacteria at the same time, helping to end the cycle of itching and irritation.
Who knew that one simple, natural ingredient could hold so many benefits? Not only is it rich in moisture, but the healing properties is what makes us want to use castor oil in our products. It is gentle on the skin, and keeps your hands hydrated and silky smooth.