Sesame Oil: The Most Underrated Ingredient for Glowing Skin

Author: Jane Johnson, Skincare Specialist

You’ve probably heard of sesame oil being used in cooking, but did you know that it can be used for skin health, too? Often overlooked in the beauty department, sesame oil may be one of the most underrated beauty secrets of our time. In this article, we’ll explore how incorporating this oil into your skincare routine can do wonders for your complexion. 

What is sesame oil? 

Sesame oil is derived from the seeds of the flowering sesame plant, also known as Sesamum indicum. Due to its hearty, nutty flavor and high level of healthy fats, sesame oil has become one of the most popular oils for cooking. 

What beneficial compounds does sesame oil have?

Most people don’t know that this common cooking oil’s benefits extend far beyond the kitchen. Sesame oil possesses incredible skincare benefits thanks to its high concentration of beneficial compounds.

Sesame oil contains vitamin E & A, as well as minerals like zinc, copper, calcium, magnesium, and manganese. These nutrients are essential for healing damaged skin cells and protecting the skin from environmental factors like the sun’s UV rays, pollution, and toxins. 

It also contains several phenolic compounds, such as tocopherol, pinoresinol, and sesamol, which give it its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties. 

As if that wasn’t enough, sesame oil contains several essential fatty acids including oleic acid, linoleic acid, stearic acid, and palmitic acid. These acids are effective moisturizers that can help keep your skin supple, soft, and hydrated. 

What skincare benefits can sesame oil offer?

Sesame oil can be used on any skin type, even oil, acne-prone skin. Here are some of the incredible benefits it offers.

Reduces acne and blackheads 

Sesame oil has many properties that make it very effective at fighting acne and blackheads. This anti-bacterial and anti-fungal oil is a thick and sticky oil, giving it the ability to penetrate deeply into pores to rid of dirt, debris, and dead skin cells. 

The polyphenols in the sesame seeds help to restore the skin’s natural oil balance, which reduces acne caused by under- or over-production of oil. 

Additionally, when applied to the skin, the molecules of sesame oil pull oil-soluble toxins out, leaving your skin feeling clean and fresh. 

Moisturizes skin 

Sesame oil is rich in natural fatty acids and fat-soluble vitamins, making it an effective, natural moisturizer. Upon application, the oil absorbs into the skin almost immediately, nourishing it and leaving it feeling and looking silky smooth.

Slows down signs of aging

The high levels of antioxidants in sesame oil help fight oxidative damage caused by free radicals—the primary cause of signs of aging such as wrinkles, fine lines, and loss of skin elasticity. It also helps by improving skin circulation, preventing oxidation of skin cells, and repairing damaged skin cells. 

Incorporating sesame oil into your skincare routine

To reap the benefits of sesame oil, you can either use pure sesame oil on your skin or products that contain sesame oil, such as Green Fern’s handmade, organic lotions and massage oils. With its anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial properties, sesame oil is something you definitely want on your skincare team.