Sesame oil is such a common ingredient in so many Asian dishes, but we overlook it as anything special — just another bottle on our kitchen self. Actually, sesame oil is so much more than that. Like many natural oils, sesame oil is rich in fatty acids and other elements that can be great for your skin and hair (not just for your taste buds!). As a natural, organic product, sesame oil can both enhance and simplify your beauty routine – check out how:
Soothe dry, itchy skin
Sesame oil is especially healing for those of us suffering from dry skin, or for those of us battling the seasonal effects of the cold winter on cracked knuckles and raw complexion. Apply just a tiny amount of sesame oil – just a dab, a little goes a long way – to the face, hands or even the feet – wherever you want softer, smoother skin!
Fight the effects of aging
In addition to making your skin smoother and softer, the fatty acids in sesame oil will also give your skin a warm, healthy glow. Sesame oil rejuvenates the skin and its intense hydration will make your skin look and feel younger. Sesame oil is also a natural UV protector — it will protect your skin from further sun damage and your skin against harmful outside elements such as smoke, smog and other pollutants.
Sesame as a bath oil
Why restrict use of sesame oil to only one or two parts of your body? Sesame oil has cleansing properties on top of all its moisturizing benefits, so reap all the benefits sesame oil offers by using it as a bath oil — add a few tablespoons to your next bath and while you get clean, enjoy smoother, more radiant and softer skin.
Smooth, soft hair
Sesame oil doesn’t just moisturize the skin – it also moisturizes the hair! Sesame oil is best for those of us with dry hair. Sesame oil makes for a great conditioner and can also help control frizz and fly-aways. Plenty of hair products already use sesame oil as a natural ingredient.
Keep your ‘do in place
While a little bit of sesame oil will go a long way to resolve frizz and dryness, apply a bit more to use as a hair sculptor and keep your hair in place. Sesame oil is a fantastic natural alternative to the nasty chemicals and offensive smells of traditional hair sprays.
With all the things sesame oil can do, it’s amazing we haven’t incorporated this into our beauty routine sooner! Find high quality organic sesame seed oil at your local health food stores, or check out these online vendors: