There are various types of oil that are used for beauty products and treatments... some common (coconut oil, or olive oil), some a bit more exotic (Argan oil comes to mind). But there’s another type of oil, a very common one actually, that few people associate with beauty: sesame oil. What can it do? See below...
Sesame oil contains a type of antioxidant called sesamol, which is quite effective in preventing wrinkles. In other words, it has incredible anti-aging properties, and is a lot cheaper compared to commercial beauty products. A word of caution, though: Before starting to use sesame oil on your skin, you might want to consult with a dermatologist to make sure that you won’t have to deal with any allergic reactions.
In the short term, sesame oil is an excellent moisturizer. It contains vitamin E, linoleic acids, stearic acids, and palmitic acids... all of which helps in hydrating and softening your skin. If the sesame aroma feels too strong, you can always mix it with other essential oils such as almond oil.
Speaking of keeping your skin beautiful and healthy, sesame oil is also a great natural sunscreen. Well, it does have a relatively low SPF, so it’s not exactly a viable option if you’re going to, say, spend a whole day on the beach, but it’s still good for daily use. Please note, however, that for this one, you’ll need to use cosmetic-grade sesame oil, not the type that’s used for cooking.
Oh, and in case you do get sunburnt, sesame oil can also treat minor irritations and inflammation on the skin... which is basically what being sunburnt actually is. It’s perhaps also worth mentioning that sesame oil has antibacterial properties, and is being considered as a treatment for skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Moving to our hair, sesame oil can also help those of us with dry hair. Just rub a bit of the oil into your hands, massage into your hair, leave for 20-30 minutes, and finally rinse with lukewarm water.
And there you have it: five areas where sesame oil can help us look our best. But once again, it needs to be stressed that if you’re going to try any of these, look for cosmetic-grade sesame oil... don’t just run off to your kitchen or the condiment aisle at your local supermarket... ;)
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