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“Open sesame!” heard that phrase from the Arabian Nights a lot? That’s because many of our ancestors believed that sesame had mystical powers.
While studying history, we have learnt a lot about ancient Egyptians and their methods. They have often been the first to consume a lot of crops we grow today in India and abroad, just like sesame. The Britannica Encyclopedia says that the ancient Egyptians first used the ground seeds as grain floor. And today, sesame is used in various forms around the world.
In India, we use sesame seeds, sesame oil and the sesame cake that is left behind after extracting the oil. But how healthy exactly is sesame oil? Is sesame oil good for skin?
If you decide to buy sesame oil after reading this article, always remember to get the organic variety. It is better in quality and is made from sesame seeds that are grown without the use of toxic chemicals.
Before we learn the answer to — ‘Is sesame oil good for skin?’, let’s take a look at the nutrition facts of sesame.
Serving size: 1tbsp
|Total Omega-3 Fatty Acids||40.5mg|
|Total Omega-6 Fatty Acids||5576mg|
|Vitamin E||1% of the recommended daily intake|
|Vitamin K||2% of the recommended daily intake|
The short answer to ‘Is sesame oil good for skin?’ is YES! To know how, read on.
Sesame is rich in vitamin B6 and thiamin, according to the Britannica Encyclopedia. And a book titled, ‘Handbook of Diet, Nutrition and the Skin‘, states that B6 promotes skin development and maintenance. The deficiency of vitamin B6 can lead to dermatitis.
The ‘International Journal of Molecular Sciences‘ found that plant oils as sesame oil can help by healing the skin and protecting against microbes.
The abovementioned research also found that sesame oil can promote skin barrier homeostasis. Our natural skin barrier may get damaged due to pollution, use of chemical-loaded cosmetics, etc. Topically applying sesame oil can help repair that barrier.
The lignans in sesame oil display antioxidant effects that reduce the oxidative stress that ultimately leads to ageing. According to the same research mentioned in point 2 & 3, sesame oil inhibits the production of xanthine oxidase and nitric oxide to reduce oxidative stress.
The research also found that topical application of sesame oil can protect the skin from UV radiation, reducing damage to the skin due to sun exposure.
The same study also found that sesame oil shows chemopreventive effects. The lignan, sesamol found in sesame oil plays a role in preventing skin cancer.
A study published in the journal ‘Cureus‘ found that sesame oil can help treat any kind inflammation of our body tissues.
That was the long answer to the question, ‘Is sesame oil good for skin?’
Now that we know that the statement, ‘sesame oil: good for skin’ is true, let’s learn what the best way to use for the skin is. Sesame oil works wonders when used as a night moisturizer. Wash your face with lukewarm water and clean it. Once you have patted your face dry, take a small amount of sesame oil in a cotton ball and dab it all over your face. You can leave it overnight.
You can also mix it with some rose water if you don’t like the smell or add an essential oil of your choice like lavender or peppermint. You can also exfoliate your skin with a skin scrub before applying sesame oil.
Do not use a large amount of sesame oil as it may lead to clogged pores. You can also apply sesame oil to your lips, cracked heels, or any part of your body that feels dry.
Around for more than 5000 years, sesame oil is a wonder that needs to be a part of your life. Along with being used as cooking oil, it works great as a salad oil too. It is also widely used in the manufacture of soaps and other beauty products.
Quick fact: Sesame oil was burnt to make soot for Chinese ink blocks once upon a time!
Add sesame oil to your skin routine to get flawless skin naturally. Buy organic sesame oil. That way you will do a favour to your skin, the Indian farmer and the environment.
Try 24 Mantra Organic’s sesame seeds and savour the taste of organic goodness.
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