Sesame oil is extracted from sesame seed; the plant is native to East Africa and Indian but now found in most of the tropical, subtropical, and southern temperate areas of the world. The oil extracted from the plant is one of the oldest known oil to man.
There are records of the Chinese using the oil for cooking. About 44 to 60 percent of sesame oil is extracted from the seed. Noted for its stability, the oil resists oxidative rancidity. It is used as a salad or cooking oil, in shortening and margarine, and in the manufacture of soaps, pharmaceuticals, and lubricants.
Though the oil is used mainly for cooking all over the world, there are different benefits that you can derive from using sesame oil on your skin and hair. Sesame oil is rich in vitamin E, B complex, D, minerals, and protein and can be used as an ingredient in cosmetics and as a carrier oil for other essential oil. The press cake remaining after the oil is expressed is highly nutritious.
In this post, we are going to look at the different benefits of sesame oil for skin and hair.
Benefits of Sesame Oil for Skin
Sesame oil is filled with vitamin E and antioxidant which slows down the aging process of skin by fight off free radicals from the body, prevent skin cell from oxidation, and promote regeneration of new skin cell.
The oil is easily absorbed by the skin and can be used on your skin without worrying about any side effect at all. Sesame oil also contains sesamol, a powerful antioxidant that protects your skin against wrinkles and dark spot.
Moisturize Your Skin
Sesame oil when used on your skin would leave your skin well moisturizes. The oil is easily absorbed by the skin without leaving any residue on your skin.
Sesame oil is a natural skin moisturizer, though it has a bad smell. You can reduce the bad offensive smell by mixing it with other sweet smelling essential oil like lavender oil.
Sesame oil is capable of protecting your body against harmful UV light that can damage your skin, the oil works by forming a protective layer on your skin and reduce the effect of sun on your skin.
Instead of wasting your money buying sunscreen, you can use sesame oil on your skin. The oil is one of the main ingredients of sunscreen, face moisturizer, and face cleanser in the market.
Prevent Antibacterial infections
Sesame oil is filled with antibacterial properties and can be used to kill microbes on your skin. You can also use to treat acne, pimples, and ringworm.
You can add the oil to your skin to reduce swelling, redness and to teat wound. Just add a small amount of sesame oil to the affected and leave it on for about 5 minutes before washing it off.
Fade Scar and Reduce Blemishes
Scar and blemishes on the face can be removed by using sesame oil. The oil is filled with vitamin E and sesamol a powerful antioxidant that promotes new skin cell regeneration to replace the scarred skin.
There are different lightening skin creams that you can buy in the market, but theyare filled with dangerous chemical that can harm your skin after using. Sesame oil can be used at home to lighten and brighten your skin without worrying about side effect.
Tighten Skin Pores
People with large skin pores are more prone to oily skin. Excess oil on the skin surface can lead to acne which is very difficult to treat.
Sesame oil can be used to tighten skin pores, thereby reducing the amount of oil in the skin surface. It is useful for people with oily skin and acne–prone skin to use sesame oil on their skin and see the result for themselves.
How to Prepare and Use Sesame Oil for Skin
There are different ways that you can use sesame oil on your skin. Sesame oil facial mask can be prepared at home and use on your skin. This simple homemade recipe can be used brighten skin pores, control excess oil on your skin and moisturize your skin.
Sesame Oil to Moisturize Skin
- Wash your face with water and pat it dry using a soft towel.
- Pour a small drop of sesame oil on your hand and apply the oil to your face.
- Leave the oil on for about 5 to 10 minutes before washing it off with cold water and shampoo.
- You can add sweet smelling essential oil to sesame oil to reduce it bad odor.
- You can repeat this process every day.
Sesame Oil to Brighten and Lighten Skin
- Mix equal amount if sesame oil and apple cider vinegar until it turns into homogeneous oil.
- Pour a small drop of the oil on your hand and apply the oil to your face.
- Gently use your finger to massage the oil to your face and allow the facial mask to stay on your face for 10 minutes.
- Wash your face with shampoo and hot water.
- You can repeat the process every day until you see a desirable change.
Sesame Oil to Tighten Skin Pores
- Wash your face with water and pat it dry to remove dirt and impurities from your face.
- Mix equal amount of rice flour and sesame oil together and stir it together until it forms a smooth paste.
- Apply the paste to your face and leave the face mask for about 10 minutes before washing it off with water and shampoo.
Benefits of Sesame Oil for Hair
Sesame oil benefits are not limited to cooking and skin care alone, it can also be used on your hair as well. The oil is easily absorbed the scalp and they nourish your hair with nutrients as well.
Darken Your Hair
Instead of buying black hair dye to darken your hair, you can use sesame oil to darken your hair. Using the oil would prevent greying of hair in people with black hair.
Nourishes your Hair
Sesame oil is filled with nutrients that would nourish your hair when you apply it to your hair. The oil is easily absorbed by the scalp without any residue.
Revive Dry Hair
Sesame oil can use to revive dry hair and conditioner. Sesame oil is rich in protein and would leave you with a smooth and glowing hair.
Encourage Hair Growth
Sesame oil is easily absorbed by the scalp and is rich in protein and fatty acid. The fatty acid encourages the hair growth by making the hair stronger, softer and well nourishes.
Sesame Oil Hair Mask
- Sesame oil can be used as hair mask as it improves and nourishes the hair with nutrients.
- Apply a small drop of sesame oil to your hair and use your hand to comb through the hair to ensure that the oil reaches all the needed area.
- Cover your hair with a shower cap and leave it on for few minutes before washing it off with water and shampoo.
Alternatively, you can use hot oil treatment on your hair.
- Apply the sesame oil to your hair and use your fingertip to gently massage the oil so that it reaches your scalp.
- Cover your hair with a hot towel for 15 minutes.
- Wash it off with warm water and your regular shampoo.
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