Pressed from the seeds of the Ricinus communis plant, Castor oil is thick and tacky, making it great for coaxing gunk out of your pores. It’s also rich in vitamin E and the faty ricinoleic acid-an Omega 3, which is one of the building blocks for healthy cell development. But the story doesn’t end there. The medicinal properties of castor oil are thought to have been harnessed as far back as ancient Egypt, when the oil was thought to be an immunity-boosting elixir.
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Skin and Hair Benefits
Protects Against Wrinkles
Castor oil penetrates your skin and helps to stimulate your body’s own production of collagen and elastin, which soften and hydrate while keeping your skin supple and plump. Our reserves of collagen and elastin are depleted as we age, especially in the delicate eye region and around the mouth.
Soothes Problem Skin
Castor oil is also traditionally known for its healing properties against eczema, dermatitis, rosacea, psoriasis, and other skin conditions. So how does it work? Being especially rich in naturally antibacterial and anti-inflammatory ricinoleic acid,2 castor oil has the advantage of a dual-action approach. The oil hydrates skin and fights bacteria at the same time, helping to end the cyclical nature of itching and irritation.
Inflamed skin is instantly soothed and, with continued use, could help to heal these chronic and painful conditions.
Promotes Hair Growth
Castor oil has long been reputed to increase hair length more quickly than without making it a common ingredient in lash and brow serums. With continued use on brows and lashes, you might notice your lashes are growing thicker and longer, your brows becoming a little bushier. That’s a pretty sweet bonus to Cleansing your face every night.
Castor oil is viscous, meaning thick as heck and difficult to work with on its own. This is why it’s best to blend it with another more watery oil. Our Cleanse is blended with expeller* pressed Grapeseed oil and a proprietary blend of Eucalyptus, Spanish Lavender and Carrot Seed essential oils.
*Expeller pressing uses a press to physically squeeze the oil out of the seed, rather than use chemicals. With this method, no solvents are used in the process, and therefore there's no chance of having any hexane residue left over.