What Is Sesame Oil?
Sesame seeds are made by the Sesame plant, which is most commonly grown in Africa and also in some parts of India. It has a rich history and is one of the oldest oilseed crops known to man. Due to this the seeds are used extensively in cooking all around the world. Sesame seed oil is full of a rich variety of ingredients which can provide many different health benefits. It can also be used in many ways especially as part of your beauty regime with well known benefits for hair, skin and the body.
Sesame oil has become increasingly popular in Europe and the US in recent years, although it has been a staple of cooking and skincare in many Asian cultures, including Chinese, Japanese, and Southeast Asia, as well as the Middle East.
Sesame oil has also been commonly used in massage practices for generations. This is mainly due to its beneficial effects on the body and on the skin. The impressive amount of vitamins, minerals, organic compounds, and other beneficial components in sesame oil is why it has such a wide range of benefits and is considered so healthy.<
What Makes Sesame Oil Special?
As well as being highly nutritious sesame oil is also lubricating in nature. It is enriched with essential vitamins such as E, B complex, D and a range of minerals including calcium, phosphorus and proteins which can help in the strengthening of hair.
What Are The Benefits of Sesame Oil?
1. Skincare Benefits
Sesame oil is filled with ingredients that are capable of providing a nice and silky texture on your skin, it is also rich in vitamin E, D and B complex which strengthens the skins ability to reduce scars and other rashes on the skin, it also makes it a good treatment for cuts and wounds. As the oil penetrates deep into the skin, it will produce a detoxifying effect which will in turn keep skin warm and fresh. Sesame oil can also be used as an excellent remedial measure for the treatment of certain skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis. In addition to this it can be used to reduce other types of skin infections and help to reduce joint pains.
For best use apply sesame oil on your skin before you go to bed at night and wash it off in the morning, this will ensure that it will not only nourish and moisturise your skin, but that it will also help fight your skin blemishes and keep it clear and fresh looking.
2. Anti-Ageing Benefits
Yet another exciting feature of sesame oil is that it can slow down the process of skin ageing. The oil works to naturally reduce the skin cells levels of oxidation and this in turn improves skin rejuvenation. They key to this process id the antioxidant known as Sesamol, this little wonder ingredient that is present in Sesame Oil prevents the appearances of wrinkles and small pores in skin.
One of the most popular uses of the oil for anti ageing is to use it as a night cream and mixing it with lavender oil is thought to provide the best results. When using it as a night cream it is recommended to massage it into the skin in circular motion which can also improve blood circulation. When used on a regular basis this natural night cream means that every day you will wake up with fresher and softer skin.
Another of sesame oil's benefits is that it can leave you with glowing skin. Mix the oil with a little rice powder and then apply it to your skin, this will help to close your small pores and will lead to firmer more glowing skin.
Sesame seed oil is also a great source of vitamin E. This vitamin is hugely popular amongst skincare experts as it helps to fight the effects of free radicals, which are known to be the main cause of premature ageing of the skin.
3. Moisturising Benefits
Although there are a wide range of natural oils which are capable of providing moisturising effect, sesame oil is widely regarded to be the most effective. It is commonly recommended to be used as both a moisturiser and a softener for sensitive or dry skin. Due to the fact that it is a pure natural oil this also means that it can be safely used on a daily basis without the risk of harming your skin with over exposure to chemicals. It is also an excellent solution for keeping your skin hydrated, particularly if you suffer from dry skin. For an easy way to introduce sesame oil into your bathing regime you can try out our Sesame Scrub Exfoliating Soap.
Dry skin is one of the most common skin complaints and can be caused by a wide range of factors that differ from person to person. One of the elements that makes it such a popular oil is its ability to help soothe and heal bothersome dry skin issues such as cracked heels and dry hands. For best results apply the oil to your feet and hands by massaging it in before you go to bed, make sure that you use a pair of socks and soft gloves to ensure that you keep the oil off the bed sheets and this will mean that the oil will penetrate deeper into your skin and will in turn bring quick relief to problem areas, making them softer, smoother and younger.
4. Massage Oil Benefits
Sesame Oil has been the preferred choice for massage treatments in Asia for generations. One of the main reasons for this is the oils ability to detox your skin. A massage given with sesame oil can help to remove harmful environmental pollutants from your skin and body, leaving you feeling completely detoxed.
A regular detox of your skin is important as it helps us to stay fresh and healthy. Aside from this the benefits of a massage are well documented and include improving blood circulation, loosening joints and muscle tension and relaxing your mind. A well delivered massage will not only provide a detoxification for your skin but it will also improve its elasticity.
5. Natural Sunscreen Benefits
There is popular myth that only sunscreens which contain chemicals make effective sunscreens. This is not true and there is a growing movement towards natural sunscreens to protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Sesame oil is an ideal solution as it is capable of forming a protective film over the skin which can block UV rays and eliminate the damages done to skin by free radicals. If you are interested in starting to avoid chemical sunscreens, then applying sesame oil on your skin is a great place to start. For a more perfumed solution you can also try mixing sesame oil with another oil such as lavender oil which will have the same protective benefits and also contain an enticing scent.
When used daily, sesame oil will build up a natural protection barrier on your skin from the harmful effects of UV rays and it will also provide a barrier against the effects of pollution and harmful toxins commonly found in the air.
6. Hair Health Benefits
In addition to its benefits for the skin sesame oil has traditionally been used to improve the quality and health of hair. It is well known for its ability to darken hair colour and also to reduce the risk of hair loss. In addition, the anti-bacterial effects of sesame oil can be used to help fight the pathogens and foreign bodies that can attack both your scalp and hair.
The us of sesame seed oil in a hot oil treatment for your hair is known to encourage the growth of thick and shiny hair. To use this simple technique you need to massage some warm sesame seed oil into both your hair and your scalp (make sure that the oil isn’t too hot) and the essential fatty acids in the oil, such as omega-3, omega-6 and omega-9 will both nourish your hair and encourage new, stronger growth.
For those who are looking to enrich their dark hair sesame oil is particularly effective when used alongside other carrier oils such as argan, coconut, olive or sweet almond. sesame oil is well known for its hair darkening properties and is particularly effective as a means of minimising the appearance of premature grey hair.
Conditions hair and prevents split ends
Similarly to the effect on your skin sesame oil makes a great natural hair conditioner. It provides a deep down conditioning effect that will nourish and moisturise your hair, as well as treating and preventing split ends to leave your hair feeling and looking soft and bouncy. To achieve a quick boost of moisture, simply mix an equal amount of sesame oil with your regular hair conditioner and then apply to the length of your hair after shampooing, take care to avoid the roots. Leave this on for around 3-5 minutes and then rinse off with lukewarm water. This will result in much silkier, softer and shinier hair.
Treatment for a dry and flaky scalp
The vitamins, nutrients and minerals that are contained in sesame seed oil, in addition to the anti-fungal properties, make it an excellent treatment for a dry or flaky scalp. Simply massage the oil into your scalp and leave for 3-5 minutes before washing out with lukewarm water.
7. Heart Health Benefits
Like other vegetable oils it is also possible to use sesame oil for cooking. This may prove not to be cost effective but it is worth considering. Sesame oil contains a wide range of polyunsaturated fatty acids, such as Sesamol and Sesamin. These healthy acids can keep your cardiovascular system balanced and also aid in keeping cholestorol levels low. The offshoot of this is that they can help to reduce the risks of a heart attack and be part of a healthy diet.
Best Use Tips For Sesame Oil
As with all types of skin when you are using a new product or oil for the first time is is always better to start with a small treatment to make sure that there is no adverse reaction from your skin. Because Sesame Oil is entirely natural it makes this much less likely to happen but it is always good to follow this practice. For most skin types it really doesn’t matter whether you are using the oil as a cleanser or as a massage oil. The end result should be smoother and shinier skin.
One of the most effective times to apply the oil is after a hot shower. Wait for your skin to begin to dry and then slowly massage the oil into your skin. Once applied leave it like that for around 10 minutes and then rub the skin all over once more to ensure that any excess moisture has been absorbed. Doing this on a regular basis should keep your skin moisturised throughout the day.
Another effective method is to apply the oil before you take a bath or shower. As sesame oil is an excellent remover of toxins from the skin, washing your body after its application will help you to easily remove toxins from your skin.
We hope you enjoyed our guide to some of the wonderful benefits of sesame oil. If you would like to see some of the products that we offer that contain sesame oil then don't forget to visit our natural soap collection.