Castor Oil for Wrinkles
Although the biggest defence treatment for skin is a good sunblock, retaining moisture and anti-oxidization is also important in reversing the signs of aging. One of nature’s gifts is castor oil for wrinkles.
Many people, young and old, are tempted to fight the signs of aging by using over-the-counter topical treatments. This method is expensive and is harsh on the skin; not to mention the fact that it’s made from synthetic materials. For example, some anti-wrinkle creams are now sandled with copper, which will penetrate the skin, and thus the body with this harmful chemical. Even Retin A can be harmful to the liver, as it contains a very high concentration of vitamin A.
In this era of high priced and unhealthy chemicals, it feels great when we make the choice to go green. In fact, research has shown that when we cleanse our system of unhealthy chemicals, we suddenly feel like we have a lot more energy since our bodies don’t need to work as hard to rid ourselves of toxins.
This is why I switched from using expensive pharmaceuticals to using castor oil for my skin and hair.
The Causes of Wrinkles
The main cause of wrinkles is sun exposure. It is no wonder that the most common wrinkle areas are the face, neck, the backs of hands, and forearms. This should tell you something about the importance of wearing sunscreen.
Wrinkles come in 2 varieties: 1) Surface lines, and 2) Deep furrows. Surface lines are the first to appear with age. But as we get older, skin starts to lose its collagen and deep lines begin to form.
There are many causes of wrinkles, some of which can be eliminated:
- Sun damage
- Lack of sleep
- An unhealthy diet
- Some medications
- Too much stress
- Light skin
Many of these you probably have in your life from time to time. Clearly most of these are important to be dealt with for health reasons more than for just wrinkles.
But if you are dehydrated, or you’ve had excessive sun damage (or simply did not use sunscreen every day), by applying a topical treatment that will moisturize the skin and that has anti-oxidant effects, you can reverse some of the damage.
How to use castor oil for wrinkles
There are many ways to apply castor oil to the skin as a treatment for wrinkles. Which way you use will depend on several factors, such as how oily your skin is, whether it is acne prone, and where you have wrinkles.
If your skin is not oily, here is the recommended treatment:
1. Wash the face with a soft cleansing lotion
2. Pat dry (don’t rub) to prevent further damage
3. Apply castor oil to a damp washcloth and press it onto the face, neck and hands
4. Apply undiluted castor oil to problem areas such as beneath the eyes and hands
5. Repeat this process every night
Using castor oil on oily skin:
1. Wash the face with glycerin soap or gel based facial wash
2. Pat dry
3. Apply your regular nightly moisturizer
4. Apply castor oil to problem spots
5. Repeat every night
If you want, you can also apply castor oil to the face in the morning over your sunscreen. This will help retain moisture, especially in the winter.