Vitamin E rich castor oil is a great moisturizer. The oil extracted from the castor oil plant which is pale yellow in color has an unpleasant smell, but it is great when used topically on both skin and hair. It is used in most beauty care products because of its multiple beauty benefits. The ricinoleic acid and hydroxyl acid, present in castor oil has anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties which heals the skin. But before you use it on your skin and hair, you need to always do a patch test, just to be sure if you are allergic to it or not. We had earlier shared with you benefits of using facial oil in your daily beauty regime, here are some beauty benefits of castor oil. Here’s how you can use it in different ways to in your skincare and haircare regime. Also Read - Here's Your Step-to-Step Guide For Daily Skincare By Shahnaz Husain

Promotes hair growth

If you want your hair to grow thick and strong fast, you need to include castor oil in your haircare regime. The oil will deep condition and thicken your hair, leaving you with beautiful and shiny mane. The oil balances the scalp’s pH level, reduces dandruff and also hair breakage. Simply massage warm castor oil into your scalp and hair thoroughly. You can also mix it with coconut oil, since the consistency of castor oil is really thick. Apply it before bed and wash it off in the morning using a mild shampoo. Repeat twice a week to get strong hair. (ALSO READ How to oil your hair: Step-by-step guide to apply hair oil for hair growth and conditioning). Also Read - There's Nothing Called a Bikini Body: Adline Castelino, Miss Universe 2020 Runner-up | Exclusive

Moisturizes dry skin

Vitamin E rich castor oil works as a great moisturizer for dry skin as it penetrates deep into the skin and gets rid of the dry and flaky skin. The high concentrations of fatty acids make it the best oil to use on your skin to get healthy and glowing skin. To use it on your dry skin, mix equal parts of castor oil and coconut oil. Massage it on skin and after 20 minutes take a shower. Use this every day to flaunt great skin. Also Read - Summer Skincare: DIY Anti-Tan Face Packs That Shahnaz Husain Swears By

Top 6 beauty benefits of castor oil: Vitamin E rich castor oil can do wonders for your skin and hair!

Reduces wrinkles

You can include castor oil in your anti-ageing beauty treatment as the oil promotes the production of elastin and collagen. It delays and reduces the appearance of fine lines, and wrinkles and keeps your skin looking youthful. You can also use a couple of drops of castor oil to massage your face at night and wash it off in the morning for hydrated and glowing facial skin. Using it on a long term basis will give you the desired results. (ALSO READ Top 5 beauty oils to include in your skincare regimen for flawless skin).

Thickens eyebrows and eyelashes

You can flaunt thick eyebrows and long lashes using castor oil as the nourishing oil stimulates your hair follicles and promotes hair growth. The proteins, vitamins and fatty acids nourish and thicken your hair. To use it, simply dip a cotton swab in castor oil and gently rub it into your eyebrows and on your lashes before going to bed. You will have to use it for a couple of weeks till you reach the desired thickness.

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Prevents stretch marks

During pregnancy and post drastic weight loss or weight gain, you might notice formation of stretch marks on your skin. Using castor oil, you can help your skin retain moisture and maintain elasticity. The fatty acids in the oil helps in regeneration of the skin tissues and also to improve the skin’s texture. You need to mix one tablespoon of castor oil with two tablespoons of almond oil and apply this mix on areas such as your stomach, thighs and breasts (basically all the stretch mark prone areas). And if you want to fade the stretch marks you can massage castor oil directly on the area for 10 minutes and then use a plastic wrap to cover the area. Apply heat using a heating pad for about 20 minutes. Repeat daily to see noticeable results. (ALSO READ Oil cleansing method: Try this natural, organic skin care method to get glowing skin).

Treats corns, dry and cracked heels

Using castor oil you can soften calluses, corns and cracked heels. The oil will help to restore moisture, making your dry and cracked skin soft and smooth. This thick oil is an excellent moisturizer that helps soften calluses by treating dry, rough skin. The anti-inflammatory property also minimizes the pain and swelling. To use it for your feet, first soak your feet in warm water for 10 minutes and then using a pumice stone, scrub the area to exfoliate the hardened skin. Rinse your feet and pat them dry with a towel. Pour some castor oil on a cotton ball and place it over the affected area. Secure the cotton pad with a tape so that the oil will stay in contact with the affected area. After several hours remove the cotton pad. Repeat this daily for soft and beautiful feet.

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