Why Castor Oil for My Beard?
When doing some research online about the different oils you can use to help with your beard care and beard growth, you will definitely stumble across castor oil. This oil has been used for over 4000 years for its numerous benefits to the skin and hair. This oil has been found in the tombs of pharaohs, it being very valuable at the time.
A little warning: this oil is good if used in small amounts. If too much is used, it can dry up the skin and hair. Also, it is a very thick oil and doesn’t absorb very well in the skin and hair, therefore it’s best to use it in combination with other carrier oils, like coconut oil.
In order to understand why we chose to add organic castor oil in our beard oil recipe, let’s go over its composition, and what benefits it brings to the hair and skin.
|2. Benefits For the Skin & Hair|
|2.1 Keeps the Skin Free of Bacteria|
|2.2 Helps With Skin Moisture|
|2.3 Regenerates the Skin & Hair|
|2.4 Promotes Hair Growth|
Castor oil contains many fatty acids. For instance, it contains ricinoleic acid, a fatty acid that is renown for its antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties. It also boosts blood circulation, which brings more nutrients to the hair follicles.
It also contains oleic and linoleic acids. These both have good moisturizing properties and help with controlling bacteria on the skin.
Another important aspect of castor oil is its vitamin E and F content. Both these vitamins have tremendous benefits for skin and hair health.
Finally, there is also a lot of protein in this natural oil. Protein is essential for repairing damaged skin and hair, often damaged by conventional shower products.
Benefits for the hair and skin
With all these beneficial components in castor oil, what can you expect when using it?
Keeps skin free of bacteria
The fatty acids have great antimicrobial properties, which will help with your skin’s general health. When too much bacteria are found on the skin, there will be more irritations, more pimples, and ingrown hairs, as the bacteria enter the pores and inflame them. If this is something you’re suffering from, castor oil is a great oil for you and your beard.
Helps with skin moisture
If the skin is left alone, it will have a tendency to dry up, especially in the colder months of the year when the air is drier. The high fatty-acid and vitamin E content will help your skin stay hydrated. Dehydrated skin will cause more dandruff and more itchiness.
Regenerates the skin and hair
As said above, many conventional hair and skin products can be detrimental, stripping away the protein content in the skin and hair. They need proteins to be able to generate new cells, therefore the protein found in castor oil will help with that process. As the hairs get stripped of their protein, they become more brittle and are more prone to split ends.
Promotes hair growth
Ricinoleic acid is known to boost blood circulation on the regions it is applied on. More blood means more nutrients reaching the hair follicles, essential in healthy growth. Since castor oil keeps the hair and skin healthy and hydrated, plus the blood circulation boost, this is a recipe for hairy success!
Castor oil can have amazing benefits for beard growth, but only if it is used sparingly. Overuse of it can dehydrate your skin, making you go against your objectives. We use a safe amount of in our beard oils to get all those great benefits. If you’re in the market for a high-quality beard growth oil, we highly suggest you read our article on the subject of “growth oils”, you might find it eye-opening.