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Castor Oil For Beard Growth

Beard as a trend:

The popularity of beards has been surging more than ever. People have started wanting a better maintained and shaped beard. According to the latest beard trend, all you need to ace your beard game is grooming. Whatever your beard style is, may it be a lumberjack or stubble beard, knowing how to properly maintain it will not only help you look good from the outside but also feel good from the inside.

Castor oil is one such oil that can take care of all your beard concerns!


Why castor oil for beard?

Castor beans are the primary source of castor oil. The beans are grown mainly for their seeds, which, when pressed, release a pale-yellow viscous liquid with a mild odor.

Castor oil comprises up to 87% ricinoleic, 3% oleic, 4% linoleic and 1% stearic fatty acids. Ricinoleic acid prevents skin irritation and inflammation, while linoleic and stearic acid fends off free radical agents. Oleic acid present in the oil prevents skin ageing and replenishes the lost moisture. Castor oil also exhibits antimicrobial and antifungal properties. 


Benefits of castor oil for beard

  • Moisturizes Beard Hair
    The high concentration of omega-6 and omega-9 fatty acids work together to make your beard hair soft and healthy. According to a study, castor oil infuses moisture and functions as a lubricant that spares your hair and skin from damage, dryness, and friction. 
  • Promotes Beard Growth 
    Studies have shown that the essential fatty acids present in castor oil (ricinoleic and oleic acid) facilitate hair growth and hair follicle nourishment.
  • Prevents Skin Infections 
    The antimicrobial properties present in castor oil help prevent skin infections. Castor oil is also an antifungal agent.  
  • Fights Dandruff
    The linoleic acid present in castor oil has been proven extremely helpful in hydrating adult skin and preventing dandruff, dryness, flakes, and skin irritation.
  • Detangles Beard Hair and Combats Frizz
    Castor oil is an excellent natural elixir in detangling beard hair. A study found that the oil increases the luster of hair. It helps smoothen rough hair shafts while improving the overall hair texture.
  • Protects beard against premature greying
    It is believed that castor oil can help you preserve your beard’s natural color for a more extended time. Using the oil regularly can put a halt to your beard becoming grey.

How to use castor oil for beard growth

  • Castor Oil
    Use warm water and a gentle cleanser to clean your beard and the skin underneath it. After patting your beard dry, take 4-5 drops of castor oil in your palm and rub them together to warm up the oil. Start applying it on the roots and slowly reach the tips. Massage the oil in a circular motion to enhance blood circulation. You can use a beard comb to spread the oil evenly. Leave it overnight and wash off the excess oil the next morning. Repeat this process 3-4 times a week, preferably on alternate days.
  • Castor Oil with Jojoba Oil 
    Clean your beard with a cleanser before applying the oil. Take a teaspoonful of jojoba oil and mix it with 3-5 drops of castor oil. Rub your palms together and start using the oil on your beard. Take your sweet time massaging the oil, as the more you massage, the more you enhance blood circulation. After massaging, dip a towel in hot water, wring it, and put it on your face. Relax for 5-10 minutes, post which gently wipe out the oil from your beard. Pat your face dry with a clean towel and set your skin with toner. Repeat this process 1-2 times a week to maintain a healthy beard.
  • Castor Oil with Almond Oil & Tea tree Oil
    Wash your face with a gentle cleanser. Mix 20 drops of castor oil with one tablespoon almond oil and a drop of tea tree oil. Mix the ingredients well. Apply this mixture on your beard and massage properly. Leave it for an hour. Wash your beard with face wash. Repeat this process 1-2 times a week to condition your beard hair.

Things to remember while buying castor oil

  • Certification 
    Always look for organic cold-pressed castor oil as it is produced without the use of pesticides & fertilizers. It is good for you and environment.
  • Cold-pressed
    There are numerous options available for castor oil, but the best one is cold-pressed oil. The cold press technique ensures that all the essential nutrients are retained in the final product.
  • Purity 
    Ensure the castor oil you choose has only one ingredient i.e., castor oil and nothing else. If the ingredients list is long, then it is not pure castor oil. 

Precautions to be taken while using castor oil for beard

  • Patch Test
    It is advised to apply some castor oil on your elbow and leave it overnight. Check if your skin reacts to it. If not, you can use it on your beard. 
  • Little goes a long way!
    Castor oil is dense oil and a little amount goes a long way. You may as well mix it with other carrier oils like Jojoba, Argan, Hemp to facilitate better absorption.
  • Avoid Stains 
    Castor oil can stain your towel. So make sure that you have removed excessive oil from your beard before using a towel for wiping. 

FAQs

  1. Is castor oil suitable for all skin types?
    Castor oil suits mostly all skin types. Few people suffering from existing skin conditions like dermatitis or acne should use this oil only after a patch test.
  2. Which castor oil is good?
    You can use Organic & cold-pressed castor oil. Cold-pressed castor oil keeps the nutrients intact and helps you get the best results out of using it.
  3. Can I use castor oil on my beard every day?
    We recommend using castor oil on your beard twice or thrice a week. 

Sources: 

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5015816/ 
https://pubchem.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/compound/Castor-oil#section=Other-Experimental-Properties 
https://www.sciencedirect.com/topics/agricultural-and-biological-sciences/castor-oil 
https://www.verywellhealth.com/using-castor-oil-for-hair-growth-4172190 
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319844#takeaway 
https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319844#use 
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/26456343/  
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3319975/ 
https://www.chem.uwec.edu/chem491_w01/%20Pharmacognosy%20491/castor%20bean%20chemistry.pdf 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5796020/#B117-ijms-19-00070 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5796020/ 
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5796020/