Are you thinking what I (used) to think? How can castor oil possibly help cleanse and purify your skin, for an ultimately healthier and more radiant skin? Trust me, it makes a lot more sense with a little explaining.
Our skin naturally produces and secretes oil (sebum) from our sebaceous glands which in turn lubricates our hair follicles and skin. When oil production is balanced, our skin is radiant and full of life and luster. However, with constant application of chemical solutions that can be found in many commercial shampoos, lotions, moisturizers, etc., our skin can quickly become stripped of its natural oils, resulting in skin dryness. Conversely, our glands can produce too much sebum, leading to over-oily skin/hair and eventually clogged pores and acne. Luckily for us, castor oil can help our skin find its natural balance, keeping our skin and face looking healthy and radiant, naturally.
Using castor oil helps maintain a healthy, happy face 🙂
Oil dissolves oil, right? Not only is this one of the most fundamental principles in chemistry, this time around, using oil to fight oily or dry skin is the best method to purifying your skin. The best way to dissolve a non-polar solvent like sebum / oil is to use + mix another similar non-polar solvent like other oils. By using good oils (vegetal/essential oils..ect..), you can thoroughly cleanse your facial pores from dirt and bacteria.
The best part of using castor oil is that it naturally cleanses and purifies your skin, leaving it soft, supple, healthy, and nourished. No need for those facial cleansers, etc., that have paragraphs of unpronounceable chemicals! Life can be complicated, but the health and beauty of your skin shouldn’t have to be. Castor oil is the solution for you!
What’s more is that castor oil not only purifies your skin, but it also acts to regulate the natural production of sebum/oil, which provides you the natural solution for treating your type of skin; whether it’s oily, dry, sensitive, acne-prone, or else, castor oil can lend a helping hand…err..drop.
I also take this time to note that skin problems can be caused by several factors (nutritional intake, emotions, hormones, harsh environments..etc). Castor oil can help dry or oily skin, but you will maximize your skin’s health and radiance if you couple your use of castor oil with a healthy and balanced daily routine. So eat healthy, delicious meals, sleep fully and soundly, and do your best to think & act positively, every day. Ready, set, HEALTHY!
What to do: Preparing castor oil for your face
Since we all have different skin types, follow this simple and easy chart below to determine the ideal mix of castor oil for your face and skin.
|Skin type Olive oil Castor oil|
|Dry skin 3 tsp 1 tsp|
|Mixed dry/oily 2 tsp 2 tsp|
|Oily skin 1 tsp 3 tsp|
My application method
Apply it on
First, let’s wash our hands thoroughly. Pour the oil mixture into the palm of your hand then rub your hands together well. Next, gently rub the oil mixture on your skin using circular, massaging motions. Rub in oil for 2-3 minutes in order to allow the oil to penetrate and nourish deep into the skin, also giving your skin time to soak up the oil.
Soak it in
Get a washcloth for your face and run it under hot water to get it nice and humid. Ready for your facial?! Place the hot washcloth (don’t forget to wring the extra water out first!) on your face and enjoy the heat! Leave the washcloth on your face until it cools down. I usually redo it once more just because I want to make sure my face gets the maximum benefits from combining heat with the castor oil mix. And plus it’s so lovely and relaxing!
Wipe it off
Lastly, use a clean washcloth or rinse/reuse the other washcloth to gently remove the oil from your face. Don’t rub too hard, but gently wipe it off and pat dry. Once finished, you should feel refreshed and rejuvenated with your face feeling ever so soft and supple.
I use this simple and natural technique every once and a while just to get a boost of freshness and softness because luckily my face hardly gets too dry or too oily. However, some friends of mine and Marianne use it more frequently (1 every day or every other day) in order to have the best results. If you try using castor oil for your face, please do leave a little comment below and share your experience!
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