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Benefits of Castor Oil

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What are the benefits of castor oil? Should you include Castor oil in your skincare regime? The Short answer is yes.

‘’There are many benifts of Castor oil. Castor oil is amazing at hydrating and healing our skin. Products with castor oil are ideal for those with dry, flakey skin.’’ 

Primary Man

What is Castor Oil?

Castor oil comes from the seeds of the castor plant. The plant belongs to the Euphorbiaceae plant family. It has been used for thousands of years for both it’s medicinal and skincare benefits.

The extraction of castor oil is similar to that of other oils,  being whether cold-pressed or extracted via heated chemical methods. As always, we believe for the best results and to have the oil in it’s purest form, look for oils that are cold-pressed. 

Castor Oil is a mixture of saturated and unsaturated fatty acid esters, with the standout feature being it’s high content of ricinoleic acid.

Castor Oil is a Natural at Moisturising Your Skin

When we discuss moisturising our skin, when of the key factors to focus on is how oil can help us to retain moisture on our skin.  

Castor oil helps us to avoid dry skin due to it’s the fatty acid content. Specifically, ricinoleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fatty acid.

Benefits of Castor Oil
Castor oil is highly moisturising

Fatty acids act as humectants, which help to fill in the microscopic gaps in our skin, allowing it to retain water for longer.

Promotes Wound Healing

Oil that can help heal the skin from cuts and wounds is a must-have in any skincare product. When we apply castor oil to cuts, it helps to stimulate tissue growth. 

This growth forms a thin barrier between the external environment and your wound, reducing the chance of infection.  The castor oil also creates a moist environment that stops the wound from drying out.

The above factors are why you will see castor oil in products such as shaving cream and aftershave.  By applying an aftershave with castor oil, you can reduce the impact and speed up the healing process of any cuts you have received during shaving.  

Helps Reduce Inflammation

Inflammation is our body’s natural protection response when we have an injury or infection. White blood cells are triggered and release chemicals to fight off infection. These chemicals are what results in the red, puffy skin that is associated with inflammation.   

Castor oils main fatty acid, ricinoleic acid, has been shown to have impressive anti-inflammatory properties. 

‘’Studies have shown that when castor oil is applied topically, it reduces inflammation and relieves pain.’’

Sage Journels

Castor oils benefit both our skin and hair with it’s anti-inflammatory properties, combined with it’s wound healing makes it ideal for addressing acne as well.

Acne is a skin infection, where dead skin cells have built, breaking down and causing infection in the wound. By applying products with castor oil, you can help to reduce the inflammation and the time it takes wounds to heal. 

Castor Oil Benefits
Castor Oils anti Inflammatory properties can help reduce irritation while shaving

Great for both your Hair and Scalp

You’ll find castor oil in many hair and beard products. That’s because it is ideal for use in hair.  

When our hair is exposed to too much heat or cold, it becomes depleted of it’s central oil and leave it looking flat, with split ends. 

The benefits of Castor oil can be that it hydrates the hair shaft, increasing it’s flexibility while reducing the chance of split ends. 

Benefits of Castor Oil
Castor oil can help hydrate the hair in a dry beard.

How to Use Castor Oil

Given it’s many benefits, castor oil is beneficial to both skin and hair. Here at Primary man, we use it in our beard oil and beard wash, so that it provides benefits to both the skin and hair.  

But now we want to hear from you. Have you used Castor Oil before? What did you think of the Benefits of Castor Oil?

As always, let us know below.

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