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Castor oil, the perfect ally for your skin
Castor oil is naturally rich in nutrients which makes it very efficient in taking care of your skin. Nutrients nourish your skin and help it remain healthy all year long. We are too often pushed into buying “high tech” cosmetic products in order to take care of ourselves. Those products are expensive, the composition is complicated and most of the time, we do not know the long term affects on our skin’s health. Those products might be efficient but I truly believe that it is a shame to forget about natural remedies where you know exactly how it works and where it comes from and that guarantees a beautiful, soft and radiant skin. Try castor oil for your skin and adopt the best natural and efficient remedy!
How castor oil works on your skin
Castor oil contains fatty acids, A LOT!!!
The main one is ricinoleic acid. It acts directly on mushrooms and bacterias. Those antifungal and antibacterial properties help fight against mild acne and diverse skin problems.
This ricinoleic acid is an omega 9. What that means is that when applied to the skin, it reinforces the shield of your skin (the hydrolipidic film) and contributes to its elasticity, its flexibility and its hydration. This acid is so rich that it will not only nourish your skin but also protect it from environmental stress and relieve dry skin. The acid will also contribute in repairing damaged skin and can heal scars faster. Applying the oil topically will accelerate the healing process.
Castor oil is therefore particularly suitable for dry and mature skin where the protective film of the skin is weakened due to the decreased activity of the sebaceous glands.
Ricinoleic acid is also known for its action on brown spots. Its penetration and quick absorption makes it the perfect remedy that helps reduce dark spots on your body and lighten the skin.
How to proceed
Castor oil is a thick oil. My recommendation is either to use it pure or to mix it with another vegetal oil. Mixing it is a good idea to improve the texture if you feel like it’s too thick to be applied on its own. In general, I use castor oil mixed with argan oil for my skin (1/3 castor oil, 2/3 argan oil) but I do not mind at all using it on its own. It’s a personal decision, just try and see 🙂 You can also use castor oil to cleanse your face, see here for a detailed explanation.
Depending on the desired outcome, results are relatively quick. From a few days to a few weeks.
Some other basic advice on how to take care of your skin
Whatever product you use to take care of your skin, do not forget to follow these essential rules:
- Clean your skin everyday (remove any make up before going to bed!)
- Eat well (a well balanced diet will greatly contribute to healthy and beautiful skin)
- Sleep well (7-8 hours of sleep is a must!)
- Use natural products and try to avoid (as much as possible) the use of artificial products
- Try not to clean too often (washing too often irritates your skin by stripping it of the essential oils naturally produced by your skin – same principle for our hair, let them get oily/dirty every once in a while!)
Castor oil for your skin in a nutshell
If you are looking for a natural and efficient way to take care of your skin, I highly recommend you to test castor oil. Castor oil for your skin can be used as follows:
- Hydrate your skin on a daily basis
- Fight against acne
- Treat dry skin
- Natural oil cleansing (for your face)
- Massage (hydrates and rejuvenates your skin by micro blood circulation)
After several months using castor oil the results are simply spectacular. My personal favorite is the oil cleansing method as it made a huge difference on my face. I also love using castor oil for a good massage: not only does it feel amazing but my skin stays hydrated many days after!
What have you tried? Please leave me a comment if you want to share your experience or if you have questions or any suggestion concerning castor oil for skin!