Castor oil or ricin oil is one of the most “experienced” folk remedies. It has a set of properties due to which it is widely used also in medicine, in the food and chemical industries, in the beauty industry and even in everyday life.
In cosmetology, castor oil for the face is used to combat shallow wrinkles, inflammations and pigment spots.
Castor oil is known as a strong laxative. As a “medicine”, it appeared in ancient Egypt, where it was used not only for the intestines, but also as an anti-inflammatory ointment. And today, castor oil remains an indispensable attribute of the home kit.
But oil has significant potential as a cosmetic product. With it, you can independently take care of eyebrows and eyelashes, treat small inflammations of the epidermis and acne, and even whiten the skin.
Castor oil is extracted from castor oil. This beautiful plant with large leaves is widespread throughout the world. It is assumed that the home of castor is in Africa.
Now it is grown not only for medicinal purposes, but also as a decorative flower in private gardens. “Garden”, he was due to unusual fruit-boxes, which dot the entire plant. Castor bean is unpretentious in care, but does not tolerate low temperatures.
The oily substance makes up almost 80% of one castor seed. It is mined using the standard cold pressed method.
The resulting product requires special heat treatment. The seeds of the plant are extremely poisonous – they contain a special toxin ricin, which, if ingested, can cause poisoning and irreversible processes in the body.
The oil from these seeds is processed in a special way with the help of high temperature, as a result of which ricin is completely destroyed and the oil becomes suitable for consumption.
The composition of the product deserves special attention, as it contains valuable polyunsaturated fatty acids from the Omega series. The product has a viscous, taut, oily consistency.
It has a pale yellow color and a slight, but peculiar smell. Does not harden, does not form a film on the surface of the skin or hair.
Table – The composition of castor oil and the main cosmetic properties
|Component||Content in oil||Skin Effect|
|Ricinoleic (ricinoleic) acid|
– gives “velvet” effect;
– has an anti-inflammatory effect;
– has an antiseptic effect
– eliminates inflammation;
– has a positive effect on metabolic processes;
– stimulates cell regeneration
– supports barrier functions
– improves protective properties;
– eliminates peeling and keratinous particles
In medicine, castor oil is named Oleum Ricini. It borrowed its more common name from the Latin word “castor” – beaver.
The fact is that in past centuries it was used as a suitable replacement for the “beaver jet”. This substance is excreted in the prianal glands of the animal. With it, the beavers mark the territory.
In ancient times it was used to enhance the protective functions of the skin and the body.
The castorina is common throughout Russia. Castor oil can be found in almost any pharmacy.
Pure 100% castorca without any additives costs an average of 25 rubles per 30 ml. (Data as of May 2017).
Ricinous oil is found in professional creams, balms, lotions and scrubs. In the “folk” cosmetology indications for the use of oil a lot: from it make nourishing and anti-inflammatory face masks, as well as to strengthen the hair, eyebrows and eyelashes.
In their reviews, many ladies say that castor oil for the face helps to get rid of wrinkles. But castorca has many other useful properties:
- smoothes fine wrinkles and skin irregularities, prevents its early aging;
- makes the skin soft and silky;
- softens coarse areas of the epidermis;
- relieves peeling and dead cells;
- relieves inflammation and redness, soothes irritation, has an antimicrobial effect;
- softens corns, natoptyshs and warts, promotes their healing;
- whitens the skin, brightens pigment spots and freckles;
- stimulates the metabolism in the epidermis.
Castor oil has contraindications for use as applications on the skin of the face. Among them are several main ones:
- allergic reaction;
- individual intolerance;
- wounds, scratches, abrasions and other damage to the skin;
- recent deep cleaning.
Castor oil brings great benefits for the hairy parts of the face. It effectively moisturizes the brow and eyelash hairs.
The oily consistency presses the “flakes” of the hair surface, due to which they become smooth and shiny, and less susceptible to the negative effects of external factors.
Castor has an impact on the very “design” of the hair – contributes to the compaction of hair cells, due to which the eyelashes and eyebrows appear darker and thicker.
For eyebrows and eyelashes ricinous oil is desirable to use in its pure form, without any additives and impurities. Apply a better tool with a cotton swab – it will be easier to distribute the oil over the entire surface of the hairs, while not touching the skin of the eyelids or eye mucosa.
The amount of oil should be moderate. Eyebrows and eyelashes need to lubricate copiously, but so that the substance does not flow. Such a simple mask takes very little time – after 20 minutes, the oil can be thoroughly soaked with a dry cloth.
Rinse off with water is not required. The procedure is especially useful in winter, when the skin and hair suffer from dryness and are heavily affected by frost and wind.
Some reviews suggest that the oil can be left on the eyelashes and eyebrows for the whole night, but cosmetologists do not recommend it. During sleep, the product can get into the eyes and cause irritation of the mucous membrane.
Prolonged exposure to the product may have a bad effect on the skin of the eyelids – by the morning, severe swelling or redness is possible.
Well helps castor oil for the face of acne and acne. Castor oil reduces inflammation and heals.
The procedure recipe is very simple – apply oil to the inflamed areas with a point, without touching healthy skin, so as not to clog the pores. For problematic skin, this is especially important – clogged oil pores can trigger a new acne rash.
The skin can be gently lubricated with a cotton swab. After 20 minutes you need to remove the remains of the mask with a dry cloth.
Castor oil softens and moisturizes the epidermis. It significantly reduces the loss of moisture, which is especially important during the winter cold and hot summer.
This is due to the “filling” of the intercellular spaces through which water evaporates.
With regular use of castor oil eliminates wrinkles and wrinkles under the eyes, prevents the appearance of new ones. It does not affect the deeper grooves that appear with age.
However, castor oil is often part of anti-aging cosmetics precisely because of its ability to “erase” small folds, rejuvenate.
To use castor oil for the face from wrinkles, mix it with any other oil. For example, flaxseed and olive soften and nourish.
To prepare the oil mixture, you need to mix the ingredients in equal quantities. For example, one teaspoon of castor and the same amount of olive or other oils.
For these purposes, ready-made solutions with additives for every taste, for example, with vitamin A or E, are offered in pharmacies and shops. Such preparations can cost significantly more than simple castor oil. Here’s what else you need to know before using the tool.
- Oil should be warm. Cold creams, masks, lotions and other means should not be applied to the skin. Under the influence of cold pores quickly narrowed, the blood supply to the epidermis cells slows down. Because of this, the skin receives less nutrients, and the applied agent is very poorly absorbed. The oil is heated in a water bath to a warm state.
- Regular approach. “Course” application of the oil mask will give a noticeable effect after a few procedures. Pure oil can be used for ten days daily. In combination with other components or creams – about a month.
- Light massage with oil. You can slightly massage the skin and tap on it with your fingertips, especially in areas with deep wrinkles. In the epidermis, blood microcirculation will increase and the agent will be more actively absorbed into the skin.
- The duration of the procedure. Pure oil can be kept no longer than 20 minutes, the oil mixture – half an hour. Oil is well absorbed. If necessary, you can remove the residues using a dry cloth or tonic for washing.
You can use castor oil for the face of age spots and scars. Due to softening of the skin and enhancement of subcutaneous microcirculation, renewal and healing of tissues is accelerated, the skin is whitened, it becomes more clean.
Oil applied point. With your fingers or with a cotton swab, so as not to affect healthy skin.
To lighten the pigmentation, freckles or scars it should be kept for 10-15 minutes. Then rinse with water or cosmetic lotion.
To make the effect noticeable, you need to perform this procedure regularly: once or twice a day for a month.
Masks with castor oil for the face not only rejuvenate and refresh the skin, but also treat. For example, it is castorca that is part of the famous Vishnevsky ointment.
The tool has become widespread due to its strong disinfectant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Responses: “Be careful – rapid growth of unwanted hair can begin”
From frequent use of mascara, it happens that the cilia become brittle and fall out. Then I take an unnecessary toothbrush or a clean brush from an old mascara, put some oil on it and spread it over the eyelashes. The result is not long in coming.
About a week later, the cilia become stronger, healthy and lush.
I also use castor oil for eyebrows. I pluck the eyebrows with tweezers, and once, I plucked the hairs a little more than necessary.
At this place they stopped growing, and an ugly bald spot appeared, which I sketched with a pencil every day. After two weeks of applying castor oil to the eyebrows, the hairs of the industry and eyebrows acquired a very healthy, well-groomed appearance.
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Sometimes I smear my face and it, I usually do it in winter. The skin does not clog, does not leave greasy and oily film, nourishes the skin for a day.
By the way, castor oil whitens the skin. I have freckles on my skin, sometimes there may be spots from the sun, especially in the summer.
I smear my skin with castor oil, and all spots and freckles noticeably fade, the complexion is evened out.
Applied to the face. In its pure form, it is better not to use it, because it has blocked the pores strongly and formed subcutaneous white acne on my face.
It can only be in mixtures with anything. And yet, the oil can cause rapid growth of facial hair, so be careful.