If you ever Google-searched “hair growth,” you’re probably familiar with what castor oil can do for you. Once known solely as a goopy laxative, the ingredient has since become synonymous with thick brows and lush lashes. This is partly because our favorite celebs swear by the stuff (Khloe Kardashian, anyone?) and partly because people online have proven it actually works.
Castor oil’s purported hair-growing abilities might be reason enough for you to stock up. It isn’t, however, the only way to use the all-purpose wonder. From moisturizing dry skin to taming frizz and fly-aways, here are 7 ways to make the most out of castor oil.
1. MAKEUP REMOVER
Massage a small drop of castor oil onto your face, then remove the excess with a washcloth and warm water. The oil will dissolve even the most waterproof makeup and moisturize skin to boot!
2. DEEP-CONDITIONING HAIR MASK
For a weekly conditioning hair mask, coat your strands with castor oil, leave on for 10 to 15 minutes, and rinse. Repeat once every few days for healthier, shinier tresses in no time.
3. BODY MOISTURIZER
Castor oil can easily replace your regular lotion. Apply it to wet skin, allow it to sink in, then towel-dry. Your pelt will feel soft, supple, and not at all greasy.
4. STRETCH MARK TREATMENT
To lighten stretch marks, apply castor oil directly on the problematic area or mix a small amount with your favorite moisturizer. Repeat twice everyday to see a visible improvement.
5. LIP BALM
Say goodbye to Sahara-dry lips for good. Just smear a small amount of castor oil onto your pout to smoothen dry patches and any flakiness. If your lips are left sticky, just blot off the remaining oil with a piece of tissue paper.
6. HAIR SERUM
Suffering from fly-aways? Warm castor oil between your palms and run it through your hair with your fingers. This should tame frizz and make your crowning glory shine.
7. LASH AND BROW GROWTH TREATMENT
Apply castor oil nightly to your brows and lashes with a q-tip or mascara wand. This will help thicken your brows and/or lashes with continuous use. Just remember: a little goes a long way!
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L-R: Beryl Essentials Castor Oil (30ml), P229, Beaublends 100% Pure Castor Oil (30ml), P320, Miju Glow Castor Oil (50ml), P195, Sooper Beaute Pure Castor Oil (Lashes/Brows, P180
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