Castor oil, now widely recognized for its skincare benefits including acne treatment, hair regrowth, and to treat skin infections, was once famous for its powers to induce labor (please DO NOT ingest castor oil) as well as a means of punishment used not only by parents but also during Mussolini’s fascist regime to humiliate dissidents due to its laxative effects.
The castor bean, also know as Palma Christi from the tropical castor plant, is one of the deadliest seeds found commonly and used medicinally for thousands of years with records of its use dating back to ancient Egypt. Ricin, a poisonous substance found throughout the plant, is most concentrated under the shell of the bean. Castor Oil is expressed through the processing of the bean, extracting the oil without the poisonous concentration of ricin. Rumors perpetuate concern of castor oil’s toxicity, so for those of you who are still unsure here’s a list of other plants we eat and use regularly that contain poisonous substances: cinnamon, cashews, apricots, cherries, and peaches (pits), and tomatoes (stems and stalks). But please do not ingest castor oil without first discussing it with your doctor because it can cause severe intestinal reactions and dehydration.
The Health Benefits of Castor Oil for Skin Care
(and why it’s my new favorite ingredient)
Castor oil is antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory. Ricinoleic acid, a humectant in the oil can inhibit the growth of bacteria that cause acne. Triglycerides, also known as fatty acids, help in retaining moisture and enhance the skin’s smoothness and suppleness. And castor oil has been shown to stimulate the growth of new tissue, while reducing cornification (the buildup of dead skin cells). Castor oil is also used as a scalp and hair conditioner, moisturizing not only the hair shaft, but also soothing dermatitis and inflammatory skin conditions like dandruff as well as stimulating the follicles for fuller growth.
Introducing simple. pure. love. Rejuvenating Serum
Rejuvenating Serum combines the high quality, organic ingredients of cold-pressed castor oil, jojoba oil, argan oil, pure aloe vera, and vitamin E oil to create a nourishing serum (a thin liquid, although made without water), used for facial cleansing, moisturizing, and scalp conditioning.
This summer I’ve been experimenting with facial moisturizers, oil cleansing, and scalp care recipes trying to find the perfect blend of natural nourishment and skin rejuvenation. After researching ingredients, I decided on castor oil for its ability to tone skin while inhibiting the build up dead skin cells. Aloe, one of my favorite ingredients, was a must. The ancient Egyptians knew aloe as “the plant of immortality.” It contains vitamins A, C and E, which are antioxidants that neutralize free-radicals. Jojoba, well know for its ability to soothe and nourish the skin due to its high level of fatty acids, is also easily absorbed making it my go-to as a carrier oil. Castor oil is extremely thick, requiring a carrier oil to comfortably thin its consistency for skincare. Finally, I wanted a lighter ingredient to aid in absorption, as well as lessen the feeling of oiliness. Argan oil not only aids in absorption and cuts down on the residual oiliness after application, it’s also chock full of fatty acids and linoleic acid, acting as an anti-inflammatory to soothe the skin. Vitamin E is my favorite natural preservative, but it’s also an excellent anti-oxidant, blocking free-radicals while boosting cell production and helping the skin retain hydration.
Use Rejuvenating Serum as a facial cleanser, moisturizer for the face and scalp, and as a hair regrowth treatment.
Using a washcloth or hands apply warm water to your face to open pores. Massage a cupped palm amount of serum into the skin of your face for at least a minute (or longer to really deep clean pores). Remove oil using a washcloth soaked with warm water by applying the cloth to your face, holding it against your face to allow the warmth of the steam to remove impurities. Rinse the cloth and repeat, using the cloth to gently remove the serum, leaving a thing layer of serum to moisturize. At night you can apply an additional layer of serum after cleansing to moisturize deeply overnight.
Use a small dollop of serum morning and night after cleansing. You can use alone or in addition to your normal moisturizing routine. In the morning, use a smaller amount for full absorption. At night, a thicker deeply penetrating layer of serum can do its magic as you sleep. This works well for dry scalp too. Apply a small amount at night to soothe dandruff, dermatitis, and to support follicle health.
Hair Regrowth Treatment
Rejuvenating Serum can aid in scalp and follicle health, improving the regrowth of thinning hair. Applying a small amount of serum a few days a week for 20 to 30 minutes before showering can improve the health of your hair. For deep penetration and real conditioning, apply liberally to the roots and scalp and leave on overnight, wrapping your hair to protect bed sheets. In the morning wash with a high quality clarifying shampoo to remove oils (as well as product and hard water build up). Regular shampoo works fine too, but you may need to wash and rinse twice. You should see overall improvements and hair regrowth in a few weeks to a few months.
Every time I create a new product that I love it becomes my instant favorite – this time is no different. I LOVE this stuff, although very reluctant to use it on my face at first because my skin is typically sensitive and prone to breakouts, I quickly realized these oils really were non-comedogenic (non-pimple producing). I always assumed I required oil-free products, thinking oil was the problem, but that’s just hype as I’ve recently learned. I’ve been using the Rejuvenating Serum to wash and moisturize and my skin feels great – smooth and clear. I’ve seen improvement in my hair, including new growth. And I’m happy to share samples for anyone interested in trying before buying.
Like any new skin regimen, start small and occasional, until you’re confident it is a good fit for you. Please check with your dermatologist first if you have an ongoing skin ailment or are highly sensitive or allergic to any ingredient.
Much love and happiness,