Sesame oil is derived from sesame plant that grows in Africa and India. Sesame oil is a rich and thick oil used for cooking as well as cosmetic purposes. It contains nutrients that are beneficial for skin and you can easily use this oil with nutty flavour for a variety of homemade skin treatments. Wondering about the beauty applications of sesame oil? Read this article to know its best benefits and uses!



  1. SUNSCREEN PROPERTIES: Sesame oil contains vitamin E. Its antioxidant and sunscreen properties help revert sun damage and protect your skin from the harmful UV rays. However, make sure that you opt for the cosmetic grade sesame oil and not the one for cooking. It is best used as sunscreen before you jump into the swimming pool this summer.
  2. SKIN DETOXIFICATION: The outer layer of the skin has to put up with pollution and environmental stress. Some of these toxins are easily soluble in sesame oil. Go for a 15-minutes’ body massage with warm sesame oil in order to do away with these toxins.
  3. SKIN MOISTURIZER: Sesame oil, which contains palmitic acids, stearic acids, linoleic acids and vitamin E, is a natural moisturiser for your skin that helps keep dryness away. One easy way of using sesame oil for hydrating your skin is to apply it all over your body before a warm bath. Rub this sticky oil into the layers of your skin for about ten minutes. Leave it on for some time and then, take shower as usual. Skin feels moisturized throughout the day. Add it to your bathing water to prevent cracked heels and parched skin.
  4. ANTI-AGING PROPERTIES: Sesame oil contains sesamol that is effective in keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay. It is fantastic in improving the texture and elasticity of skin.
  5. MASSAGE OIL: Sesame oil can be used as a wonderful carrier oil to dilute essential oils. Use it for massaging skin to perk up blood circulation and restore the damaged skin cells.
  6. ANTI-BACTERIAL PROPERTIES: Prevent bacterial infections on your skin with this amazing oil with anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, this oil is often used for homemade treatments for psoriasis and eczema. Its healing action helps cure skin conditions. It also helps fade blemishes when applied topically..
  7. ENCOURAGES HAIR GROWTH: Using sesame seed oil for a hair massage and hot oil treatment helps to promote growth of shiny and thick hair. Fatty acids like Omega-3, 6 and 9 initiate luxurious growth of hair.
  8. DARKENS HAIR: Mixing sesame oil with olive oil, coconut oil or almond oil and using it on your hair strands is known to darken hair and minimise the problem of premature greying of hair.
  9. HAIR CONDITIONER: The natural moisturising properties of sesame oil make it a superb hair conditioner. Mix warm sesame oil with conditioner, apply the mixture on hair and wait for at least an hour before you shampoo your hair. It nourishes hair and deep conditions hair strands. It revitalizes the hair strands and imparts softness and shine to them.
  10. TREATS SCALP PROBLEMS: The oil is rich in minerals and vitamins along with anti-fungal properties. Massaging your scalp with sesame oil helps to deal with problems like fungal infection and dry flaky scalp.


So, sesame oil is a magic ingredient for your beauty recipes. Include this oil in your regular skin care and hair care regime to get healthy hair and glowing skin naturally.



BY Somreeta Mukherjee

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