Castor oil, a prominent folk remedy is filled with essential nutrients. Read how to use castor oil for melasma.
Melasma denotes brown, blue-grey colored patches on the central face, cheeks and jaw line. It is mostly found in women between 20-50 years of age.
Like women men too may get melasma, but their percentage is very less.
What Causes Melasma?
It’s difficult to pinpoint the exact cause of these brown spots.
Hormonal imbalance, genetics, UV rays, drug interaction and allergic reaction with cosmetic creams are held responsible for this disorder.
These factors stimulate melanocytes, resulting in dark skin.
American Academy of Dermatology states that melasma patches fades away with time, if they are triggered during pregnancy and due to birth control pills.
If not you can use hydroquinone cream to lighten their appearance.
As natural remedies are safe, effective and goes well with your sensitive skin. Beauty experts prefer them.
Why to Use Castor Oil for Melasma?
My cousin isn’t a makeup freak, but she uses 3 beauty creams. After asking she said one is for exfoliating or scrub, second is for moisturizing and third one is normal cream.
No surprise, another cream pops up if she experienced any skin disorder.
Instead of that castor oil is naturally packed with all essential vitamins and minerals that your skin needs. It can treat ailments, moisturize your skin, enhance collagen production to improve elasticity and make your skin supple.
- Rinoleic acid is the vital element in the sticky oil that reduces melasma.
- Vitamin E packed in this pale-yellow oil can moisturizes your skin and helps to achieve natural glow.
- Antimicrobial activity of the oil guards your skin from infectious germs.
- Restorative ability residing in castor oil promotes natural healing and helps to restore natural color of your skin.
- Assorted nutrients prevent hyperpigmentation and protect skin from UV rays.
- This natural shield by this innate remedy allows skin to heal naturally.
- Antioxidants ability combats with free radicals that damage cell membrane.
- Repeated application of castor oil will fade scars and other cosmetic issues.
How to Use Castor Oil to Treat Melasma?
Excellent thing about these natural remedies is that they don’t show overnight results. Because they take time to penetrate deep into the skin and uproot the main cause.
However, to make them more effective often experts blend other natural ingredients to fit their skin type.
I’ll share few homemade recipes of castor oil to for melasma.
Castor Oil before going to bed
If you love simple things like me
Wash your face, pat dry and apply this pale-yellow colored oil evenly all over the face.
Don’t go out with this mask over your skin. Its sticky nature attracts impurities and pollutants.
Castor Oil and Turmeric for Melasma
Both these ingredients are old home remedies in India.
Add required amount of turmeric powder in castor oil and evenly apply it over the face.
Turmeric may leave yellow stains on your face, which fades within hours. Limit its use if you want to avoid those yellow stains.
Lemon, Honey and Castor Oil to Treat Melasma
These ingredients need no explanation. Benefits of honey are been documented in religious and ancient books.
Lemon is known to have bleaching property that can reduce dark spots, hyperpigmentation and melasma.
- Take 1 tablespoon of raw honey, few drops of lemon juice and add it to required amount of castor oil.
- Wash the face to cleanse impurities and dead skin cells.
- Pat dry with soft cloth and apply this homemade facial mask.
- Rinse it off after 15-20 minutes.
Have you ever tried castor oil to treat melasma? Share your recipe in comments.