Coconut oil has been a top beauty ingredient for the past couple of years. And I love it! I use it on my ends, to remove eye makeup, to hydrate my cuticles, etc. But, there’s another underrated oil that has become a coveted bathroom staple: castor oil. Much like coconut and olive oil, it has a million topical uses, especially for mamas, both during pregnancy and postpartum. Read on to learn why castor oil may be the secret to minimizing stretch marks, kickstarting hair growth and more.
- It boosts hair growth
Castor oil boosts blood circulation, which results in faster hair growth. I can confidently say that it’s done this and more. I apply castor oil to my scalp 1-2 times a week, perform a 5-minute scalp massage, then wrap my hair up in a bun and sleep on it overnight. I’ve been doing this consistently for months and I can say that my hair is FINALLY returning back to its normal thickness and length! Fair warning: Because of its thicker consistency, it can take a couple of washes to come out.
- It boosts lash growth
Similarly to hair, castor oil can help your lashes grow longer and stronger. It was especially helpful after I removed my lash extensions. My natural lashes were left weak and fragile, but, after consistently applying castor oil every night before bed, I saw a significant improvement.
- It fades stretch marks and acne scars
When I was pregnant, I applied coconut oil all over my body religiously. Even still, by the end of my pregnancy, a couple of stretch marks appeared at my thighs (though, luckily, the only people who will see them will be my husband and my doctor). I’ve been applying castor oil to the area for a few weeks now, and while I haven’t noticed a huge difference yet, I feel like after consistent use, it will definitely help
- It moisturizes the skin and fights signs of aging
During the winter months, my skin feels dry, tight and flaky. Castor oil immediately restores moisture and helps give the skin a plump, youthful appearance. I even use it on my cuticles to keep my manicure in check.
- It heals irritation, inflammation and acne
While I have been a little nervous to apply castor oil directly to my face, studies have shown that it can be used to soothe redness and prevent acne. Apply it directly to the area or apply a couple of drops to your entire face to reap the skin-clearing benefits.
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