The Surprising Reason To Slather Yourself In Cooking Oil
I have chronically dry skin, but have always had trouble finding a moisturizer that would truly hydrate my skin without clogging my pores.
Turns out there’s a big difference between moisturizing and hydrating when it comes to skin.
A friend of mine who works as a commercial makeup artist told me that she has used sesame oil (the exact kind you’ll find at the grocery store) as a whole body moisturizer for years and encouraged me to do the same.
It sounded, um, crazy. After all, sesame oil is for sautéing vegetables and making salad dressing, right? It belongs in the kitchen, not my bathroom cabinet.
After some research, however, I found out sesame oil has a whole host of benefits for the skin that make it a great low-cost alternative to pricey moisturizers!
Health Benefits Of The Sesame Seed
“Sesame seeds may be tiny, but they have huge health benefits. They were worth their weight in gold during the Middle Ages, and for many good reasons,” wrote Care2 contributor Diane Herrington. Sesame seeds are packed full of protein and anti-cancer compounds including phytic acid, magnesium and phytosterols.
It’s another nutrient that suggests sesame’s potential as a moisturizer, however.
Sesame Oil For Healthy Skin
“Sesame oil is filled with ingredients that are capable of providing a nice and silky texture for your skin. Presence of fatty acids along with linoleic acid makes them an effective moisturizer for skin. They are also rich in vitamin E, D and B complex which makes them effective enough to reduce scars and other rashes on the skin,” explains the Good Health Academy.
Sesame oil also has high levels of zinc, which helps the body produce collagen, giving skin more elasticity and helping repair damaged body tissues!
How To Use Sesame Oil As A Moisturizer
1. Choose only high quality sesame oil. You’ll want to look for non-GMO sesame oil that’s been refined using high heat—NOT TOASTED! This oil will always be lighter in color and odor than other types of sesame oil, making it more desirable as a moisturizer.
2. Apply sesame oil after getting out of a hot shower. It’s okay if your skin is still a little bit wet as you slowly massage the oil into your skin. Sesame oil is great for all parts of the body, but shouldn’t be used on face or neck as it’s a little too heavy.
3. After applying the sesame oil, put on a loose fitting robe made of cotton or another low-fluff material. Wait around 10 minutes before getting dressed so the oil has time to sink into your skin and won’t transfer onto clothes.