5 Reasons We Love Organic Castor Oil
Organic castor oil has been making some noise in beauty circles recently, and with good reason. Whilst its many medicinal and beauty properties have been known for thousands of years (the ancient Egyptians couldn’t get enough of it), in recent times it’s been used mainly as a laxative. And very effective it is at that too, but as much as we love our products, and as much as they are potent multi-taskers, we can’t help but think that ascribing them with laxative properties may be a step too far…
Instead, we use organic castor oil for its amazing beauty benefits. We love how adaptive it is and how it helps us look and feel better. Here’s 5 reasons why we use organic castor oil so extensively and why your skin needs it in its life:
It’s an ultra-hydrating, moisturizing powerhouse.
a) Technical Explanation: Organic castor oil is rich in ricinoleic acid, a monounsaturated fatty acid that acts as a humectant and which helps guard the outer layer of the skin against water loss.
b) In Plain English: Organic castor oil? It’s like a drink for parched skin.
If you’re looking for something that helps fight off wrinkles and doesn’t cost hundreds of dollars a shot, then castor oil may very well be your answer. That’s because it readily penetrates the skin and helps boost the production of collagen and elastin, both vital in helping soften and hydrate the skin and iron out those unwanted lines.
Out, Damned Spot!
Turns out, castor oil is a bit of a superhero when it comes to getting rid of the acne villain. In particular, it has antimicrobial properties which help fight the kind of bacterial overgrowth that leads to problem spots, including Staphylococcus aureus (can’t pronounce it, definitely don’t want it).
Heals Wounds and Irritations
Castor oil not only creates a moist environment that promotes healing, it also helps stimulate tissue growth and reduces the build-up of dead skin cells that can get in the way of clearing up wounds and irritations.
We started our list of ‘5 reasons why you need castor oil in your life’ with a nod towards ricinoleic acid and we’re going to end on the same note. That’s because it’s not only a brilliant moisturizer, studies have also demonstrated that it can help reduce pain and swelling, making it a highly effective agent when it comes to relieving the kind of dry, irritated skin that comes with inflammatory conditions like psoriasis and eczema.
That’s a pretty impressive line-up of benefits, right? Castor oil is no longer the humble, almost forgotten ingredient you’ll find languishing at the back of your mother’s kitchen cupboard. Instead, it’s a modern beauty powerhouse, a multi-tasking natural wonder that your skin will fall in love with.