I know what you are thinking, another claim to beautiful skin—you have tried all of the celebrity endorsed and ‘top rated’ face masks, scrubs, acne cleansers and wrinkle creams at the beauty counter and haven’t noticed a difference. Well, trust me honey, you are not alone!
The problem is that the majority of these products contain toxic, under-researched chemicals, scents and perfumes that actually cause long term damage to your system, not to mention make a substantial dent in your wallet.
A Bit of History
Castor oil is a versatile, safe and natural oil that was used for beauty preservation by Mediterranean Goddesses, Roman Empresses and Egyptian Queens, all of which were known for their striking beauty. The legendary Queen Cleopatra even used castor oil as part of her beauty regime!
It is the ‘miracle oil’ that does it all! It replaces your cleansers, toners and even your night time moisturizers. In fact, if you look at the products you are currently using, you will likely notice that castor oil is the main ingredient—so why not cut out the crap (literally!) and just use this ‘miracle’ oil as nature intended.
Aging is caused by a lack of circulation to the area; your blood flow constricts and there is a loss of nourishment to the skin, which is why we often see fine lines start to form near the gentle skin around the eyes. We want to bring more blood flow, reduce inflammation and nourish the area—that’s anti-aging 101!
Castor oil has no negative side effects and contains important skin-nourishing nutrients like omega 6 and 9, vitamin E (a known anti-aging vitamin!), amino acids, flavonoids1 and glutathione2 which is important to keep us ‘looking young’. It is antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-fungal and anti-inflammatory, which makes it super beneficial for acne, dry, and aging skin.
The thing that places castor oil on the throne as the queen above others, is it is the only oil that contains ricinoleic acid. This divine component of the oil is super anti-inflammatory3, ultra moisturizing and has a molecular weight that allows it to pass through the first layer of skin (the epidermis) into the deeper layer (the dermis) where our blood and lymphatic vessels lie. This makes it the very best carrier oil for essential oils too!
As castor oil is an exceptional emollient and is nourishing, it also helps to alleviate dark circles, puffiness, redness and the fine lines around the eyes. It is used to enhance growth and thickness of eyebrows and eyelashes.
Of course you must always work on cultivating a healthy inner body ecosystem through nourishing foods and through digesting those foods well, and secondly by making sure that you are getting good quality, restorative deep sleep so that your body can renew… The castor oil pack and Beauty Sleep Eye Kit are two tools that should be staples in your practice to support this.
But your facial care routine can to be radically revamped too! Get rid of the old washes and astringents and let’s cleanse our beautiful faces with a wash that is non-drying, replenishing, redness-reducing and excellent at removing impurities.
Nightly Cleansing Oil Face Wash
Remember your mother always telling you to never go to bed without cleansing your face and removing your make-up? Well, she was right! Just like how we shower mostly everyday, the gentle skin of our faces is exposed to the harsh elements and needs to be cared for as well.
Most of us wash our faces with harsh solutions using soap and antibacterials which strip our faces of their natural oils, leaving them prone to bacteria and dryness. When you strip your face of these oils, often your body responds by increasing the production of oil and sebum, complicating the problem further. But when you wash with castor oil, it preserves your skin’s natural moisture barrier and lifts impurities.
Here’s how to do a nightly cleansing oil wash for your face using castor oil:
- Place a clean face cloth under warm water (hot enough to touch but not to burn).
- Drape the cloth on your face to steam and open up your pores, wiping away any debris or make-up residue that may have accumulated over the day.
- In the palm of your hand place a dollop of Queen of the Thrones™ castor oil (approx.1 tsp), and gently rub it between your clean palms and blot all over your face. Try to concentrate on any areas where you may have make-up such as the eye area.
- Allow the moisturizing, nourishing goodness to absorb into your skin for a minute or two.
- Then splash your face with warm water—this helps to pull debris out and pushes the oil into your skin.
- Using the same face cloth, warm it up again, and wipe in an upward motion to remove all of the excess oil and residue.
That’s it—5 minutes and DONE!
You will notice your skin is firmer, plumper and as soft as a baby’s bottom after doing this cleanse. Unlike other cleansers where you are cautioned to ‘avoid your eye area’, castor oil is super safe and actually has health benefits for your eyes!
The next morning, you’ll only need to refresh your skin with purified water.
Not all Castor Oils are the Same…
Just a reminder that not all castor oil is created equally—your castor oil should always be organic, cold-pressed and extra virgin, as well as hexane-free, 100% pure and ALWAYS packaged in a glass bottle.
Castor oil’s unique chemical structure makes it a magnet for toxic lipophilic components of plastic such as BPA 4, slip agents 5, or UV filters 6. For this reason, please never use castor oil that comes in a plastic bottle, and if you have any, throw it away! Since ricinoleic acid has the ability to pass the epidermis and enter the dermis where our blood and lymph vessels lie, we definitely do not want toxins here!
So now you know that not only is castor oil a great addition to your pharmaceutical cabinet, it also has a well-deserved place in your beauty regime too!
We would love for you to take a picture of your face before and again in a few weeks to see if you notice a difference for yourself!
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