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3 Castor Oil Uses and Benefits for Hair, Skin and Eyebrows

 

When you think about the most effective skin and hair moisturizers, castor oil might not be the first thing that comes to mind — but it should. This oil does some very heavy lifting in the world of hair, nails and all things beauty.

 

 And, although it may be new to you, castor oil is by no means new on the beauty scene. In fact, not only were castor oil beans found in ancient Egyptian tombs dating back to 4000 BC, but Cleopatra was also known to rely on this sumptuous oil as one of her favorite beauty essentials. And if it was good enough for Cleopatra, we're sure you'll love it too! 

 

You may have heard someone mention castor oil before, but it was probably referenced simply as an old-fashioned medicinal remedy (and not one that was remembered fondly). Calling castor oil a mere health remedy doesn’t come close to doing this powerhouse oil justice. The truth is, cold pressed castor oil is a nutrient-dense, multi-purpose beauty oil that can be used to improve the health of hair, skin and nails. Castor oil benefits include healing, moisturizing and promoting hair fullness — couldn’t we all use a little more of all that?

 

Why Cold Pressed Castor Oil is Better

 

 

 

Castor oil is obtained by extracting oil from the seeds of the castor bean tree. But, while this highly humectant oil can be a fantastic addition to your beauty regimen, not all castor oils are created equal. If you want the highest level of nutrients and benefits, it’s important to choose a pure, organic castor oil that was obtained through a cold press extraction process.

 

Some castor oil manufacturers use chemicals to extract the oil from the seeds of traditionally grown (non-organic) castor trees. While this method is faster and less expensive than making cold pressed castor oil, it seriously degrades the quality of the oil, can introduce a variety of impurities, and greatly lowers the oil’s overall potency. Sometimes these manufacturers will even blend in other oils or additives — a method that further decreases the oil’s many nutrients and benefits and can also lead to skin irritation when applied. The end result of this chemical extraction process is a less expensive, but also far less effective product.

 

Organic, cold pressed castor oil, on the other hand, is a nutrient-dense, pure and deeply moisturizing oil that offers a wealth of beauty benefits. Cold pressing is a heat-and chemical-free process in which simple pressure is applied to crush castor oil seeds. This pressure alone releases a robust oil with all of its essential fatty acids, minerals and nutrients intact. The end result? The highest quality organic castor oil — packed with vitamin E, omega 6 and 9 fatty acids, and a host of other minerals and nutrients to deeply hydrate hair, skin and nails.

 

How to Add Castor Oil to Your Daily Routine

While there are numerous castor oil uses, here are our favorite ways to use it: 

 

Use #1: Castor Oil is a Fabulous Moisturizer for Skin, Hair and Nails

 

Castor oil is a highly effective moisturizer that soothes and smooths flaky, dehydrated skin. It is rich in vitamin E and a monounsaturated fat called ricinoleic acid — a fat that acts as a humectant; retaining moisture by preventing water loss through the skin. It does this by drawing in moisture from the air and encapsulating it near the skin. So, you use castor oil for skin on your hands, elbows and any other area that needs a moisture boost.

 

If your hair tends to be dry and prone to breakage and split ends, castor oil can help. When using castor oil for hair, consistency is key. Apply it regularly and you will keep the hair shaft moisturized, which can increase hair’s flexibility and reduce hair breakage. You can also apply it to the scalp to ease dryness and itch and mitigate the flaking that results from a dry scalp.

 

Do you have brittle nails that break or peel easily? Then castor oil should become your go-to nail treatment. Its rich, thick texture and generous dose of vitamin E make it a great option for moisturizing not only the cuticle area, but also the nail bed itself. Since castor oil has also been claimed to promote circulation and blood flow, you may even see improvements in nail strength with regular application. Hello, gorgeous nails!

 

Use #2: Castor Oil Can Promote Hair Health

 

Castor oil is an excellent hair moisturizer, but did you know it can also encourage and promote overall hair health? Studies show that the oil’s main component, ricinoleic acid, stimulates the production of the lipid Prostaglandin (PGE2). This lipid is known for its ability to enrich hair follicles. And who doesn’t want healthier and nourished hair? To use castor oil for hair, and maximize the fortifying benefit, we recommend regularly applying this oil along the hairline to promote definition and luster.

 

 

 

Use #3: Castor Oil Nourishes Eyebrows and Eyelashes for a Bold and Defined Look

 

  

As if its moisturizing and nourishing properties weren’t enough, castor oil is also known to contribute to more defined eyebrows and eyelashes with proper application and continued use. Here’s how we recommend using castor oil for eyebrows:

 

 

 

First, as with any skin care product, be sure to do a patch test before applying castor oil to eyebrows or the face. Allergic reactions are very rare, but better safe than sorry. To test, simply use a cotton swab to apply a small amount of organic, cold pressed castor oil to the underside of your arm. Then wait at least 24 hours to see if you notice any redness, irritation or other allergic reaction. If you don’t have any reaction to the patch test, you can safely use castor oil for eyebrows. Watch this video demonstrating how to apply castor oil to eyebrows and eyelashes or follow our steps below (after a successful patch test is completed).

 

 

 

For Eyebrows

  • Start with clean, dry eyebrows free of makeup. Bedtime application is best.
  • Pour a small amount of organic castor oil into a clean, dry tube that can accommodate a cotton swab or mascara wand.
  • Dip a cotton swab or clean mascara wand into the oil, then wipe off excess.
  • Brush a small amount onto eyebrows, being careful not to get any in the eye (if you do, rinse eye with water).
  • Start at the point of your eyebrow closest to the center of your face and apply the oil in the direction your eyebrow hairs naturally lay. Then, apply the oil in the opposite direction ensuring the eyebrow is saturated with the oil in both directions.
  • Wash off in the morning with a mild cleanser.

 

For Eyelashes

  • Start with clean, dry eyelashes free of makeup, preferably at bedtime.
  • Pour a small amount of organic castor oil into a clean, dry tube that can accommodate a mascara wand.
  • Dip a clean mascara wand into the oil and wipe off excess.
  • Brush a very small amount onto eyelashes, being very careful not to get any in the eye (if you do, rinse eye with water).
  • Be sure to coat both the front and back of your lashes.
  • Wash off in the morning with a mild cleanser.

 

     

    Introducing B. Well Organic + Cold-Pressed 100% Castor Oil

     

     

    By now, you’re probably chomping at the bit to incorporate this moisturizing multitasker into your beauty routine and start enjoying the many castor oil benefits. That’s why it’s our pleasure to bring you B. Well organic + cold-pressed 100% castor oil. This moisturizing liquid gold is 100% organic and will deeply nourish, hydrate and condition hair, eyebrows, scalp and skin. Our castor oil is as pure as castor oil can get, jam-packed with naturally occurring humectants, vitamin E and omega fatty acids to support the myriad of castor oil benefits. And you will love that this luxurious oil is 6-free - meaning no silicones, harsh sulfates, parabens, phthalates, artificial dyes and DEA - because seriously, why would anyone want to rub phthalates and parabens into their skin and hair?

     

    While B. Well organic + cold-pressed 100% castor oil may be a bit pricier than its health-food-store counterparts, you can purchase with pride knowing our organic castor beans are fair trade and come only from farms that uphold the highest trade standards.

     

     

    You'll also enjoy 10% off your first purchase of B. Well Organic + Cold-Pressed 100% Castor Oil. Order your own B. Well castor oil today and get on the road to Cleopatra-level chic with smoother skin, fuller hair, healthier nails and luscious brows and lashes.

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