Have you heard about the many beauty benefits of sesame oil yet? We might associate sesame oil with cooking, but there are so many other ways to use it! Unfortunately, sesame oil doesn’t get as much attention as coconut or olive oil, but in my opinion, it’s still very much worth trying out. Like most oils, sesame oil makes an exceptional moisturizer for hair and skin, but it also has other phenomenal health and beauty benefits that aren’t to be overlooked. If you’re curious to know more about this extraordinary oil and its benefits, keep on reading!
Many oils have incredible anti-aging qualities and sesame oil definitely does not disappoint in this area. Oils have gained popularity as an anti-aging product due to their ability to gently yet deeply deliver potent active ingredients without irritating the skin as well as leaving a healthy, radiant glow. Some of the benefits of sesame oil are that it contains vitamins, antioxidants and four emollient fatty acids which soften, hydrate and help prevent premature aging.
If you’re looking to switch over to a natural sunscreen, there are quite a few oils that offers protection from the damaging rays of the sun. Sesame oil is one of the many oils that offers around SPF 4 so regrettably it’s not adequate on its own. However, due to its high antioxidant content, sesame oil can help neutralize free radicals from UV exposure. The best oils for a natural sunscreen include wheat germ oil, carrot seed oil and red raspberry seed oil which offer anywhere from SPF 20-50.
Another benefit of sesame oil that people aren’t often aware of is that it can help draw out impurities. This is one of the reasons why it’s one of the highly recommended oils to use in oil pulling. Using sesame oil on your skin can help treat acne, control oil, get rid of dead skin cells and has been found to have the ability to attract and trap oil-soluble toxins. It’s naturally antiviral, antifungal and anti-inflammatory.
Since moving to a windy area, I find myself always on the hunt for moisturizers and other skin care products to prevent and soothe wind burn. Turns out, sesame oil makes a fabulous natural treatment to soothe sun and wind burns. Sesame oil is regarded as a calming and warming oil that will soothe your irritated skin.
Sesame oil has long been regarded as a healing oil due to its rich content vitamins, calcium, protein and magnesium and essential fatty acids that help relieve symptoms of eczema as well as psoriasis. This fragrant oil is highly moisturizing and traps moisture, soothes itching and burning and helps minimize redness and swelling.
Using oils in your hair is nothing new. Coconut, jojoba and olive oils are extremely popular in DIY hair conditioners and masks, but it’s time to add sesame oil to that list! Sesame oil can treat and control dryness, help prevent premature greying, increase circulation and nourish the scalp. Use it on dry hair as a leave-in conditioner, or warm it up and massage your scalp, or leave it on your hair for at least 30 minutes as a deep conditioner.
The last benefit of sesame oil isn’t necessarily a beauty benefit, but it can certainly help you feel more beautiful. Using sesame oil as a massage oil is often used in Ayuveda therapy to help decrease stress and anxiety and strengthen your immune system. Unlike traditional massage oils, with sesame oil you will wash off the oil after 20 minutes. This massage is soothing to the mind and body and is a great way to start your day. For full instructions on the massage, visit anxietyunravelled.com.
Were you aware of all of these benefits of sesame oil? Honestly, I never thought much about this common oil but I’m so glad that I’ve discovered the many advantages of using it! Although sesame oil is easily found at the grocery store, sesame oil obtained from the health food store might be better for use on your skin and hair. Have you ever used sesame oil as part of your beauty routine before? Let us know how you use it!
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