Rich in fatty acids, it is a soothing, lubricating oil that is readily absorbed by the skin. It moisturizes by acting as a humectant to attract and lock moisture to the skin. Castor oil is prized for it's anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties. Its high concentration of fatty acids, hydrate the skin to help remove dry patches and encourage new skin cell regeneration. In hair care, castor oil is commonly used in hair conditioners and in hot oil treatments for brittle, damaged hair or hair loss. Castor oil coats the hair shaft and smooths the cuticle layer, sealing in moisture and leaving the hair feeling soft and silky.