Sesame oil is derived from seeds of a plant known as sesamum indicum. It’s one of the top oils for skin care and nourishment. It is also called gingelly oil and has been used for thousands of years. It has a nutty fragrance and is well known for its many beneficial properties. In fact, sesame oil is of the most crucial oils used for medication and in Ayurvedic skin care remedies. The oil has plenty of nutrients and that is why it has many benefits for your skin and your overall health. The oil can be applied topically on the skin or even ingested as an ingredient in your food for the benefit of your skin.
Properties of sesame oil
Sesame oil has antibacterial, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antiviral, quickly penetrating, and cell growth regulator properties. It is also very stable and highly unlikely to become rancid if stored at room temperature.
It is rich in vitamins A, B3, B2, B1, and E. it also contains a lot of minerals like calcium, phosphorus, and magnesium. Some people do not like its aroma and like to blend it with other light oils such as jojoba, olive, and almond.
What are the special uses of sesame oil?
1. Soothes wind or sunburned skin
2. Makes facial skin tight
3. Helps to manage acne blemish eruptions
4. Effective for soothing eczema
5. Can be used on baby’s bottom to protect them from diaper rash
6. It has sun-blocking qualities that provide mild natural protection from the sun
7. Can be used as energy rejuvenation in massage oils
8. Can be used in managing dandruff caused by bacteria
9. Protects and heals mild abrasions or scrapes
Benefits of sesame oil on your skin
The vitamin E contained in the oil is an excellent moisturizer and emollient, which when used on a regular basis, can keep your skin healthy, moisturized, hydrated and nourished. This is why this oil is very important for dry skin.
Its sunscreen and sunblock properties help prevent tanning as well as other damages brought about by the harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun.
Sesame oil has soothing and tranquilizing properties hence it’s widely used in aromatherapy and massage therapies. A face or head massage with sesame oil before you go to sleep can help you catch some rest and sleep and can also help people with insomnia.
The healing and soothing properties of sesame oil can help repair damaged skin cells and rejuvenate the skin. Applying sesame oil on the skin can improve your blood circulation which helps repair your damaged skin cells. In addition, it gives your skin a healthy glow.
John is regular contributor and content advisor for cellutitis.org.