Ok.. I can not get enough of this amazing oil! I use it to wash and moisturize my extremely acne prone skin.
Prior to using this stuff I had horrible and painful acne. I used just about every drugstore brand of cleansers and acne treatments and even used Michael Todd true organic products and nothing at all helped my skin! After getting my acne somewhat under control through a change of lifestyle, and herbs, I began checking out different oils. (I must admit putting oil on my already oily skin kinda scared me.)
I tried cocoanut oil, castor oil, jojoba oil, emu oil, etc. Every single one of them broke me out! But after doing more research I ran across sesame seed oil. After reading so many positive reviews I gave in, went to Kroger and bought their unrefined sesame seed oil.. All I can say is.. Wow! That night I had an extremely painful zit that I couldn't help but pop because the pain was driving me nuts. After cleansing I put some of this on my face and the next day, instead of scabbing over or reforming into another pimple.. It was completely flat and gone! All that was left was a red spot. All of my active pimples appeared to be a bit smaller as well.
After a while I completely threw out my cleansers and only washed my face with this using a wash cloth, and my skin got SO much better, and happier. Because I have a hormonal issue, it hasn't magically cured my acne. But it does really help with active acne as well as lightening the hyper pigmentation over time, and serves as a great serum after using a derma roller! (for my hyper pigmentation and dented scarring.) Also, It has a light smell that doesn't bother me a bit.
Lastly, it's a great natural sunscreen. Although it does have a low SPF so I wouldn't rely on this for a long day in the sun! Nevertheless, I would highly recommend giving this a try! It's definitely my HG skincare product!
Okay...guys it seems you are into skin and hair care as much as I am. I appreciate all of the comments regarding the sesame oil for the hair. I currently use organic coconut oil to prevent my scalp from getting dry, however I never thought of mixing the sesame oil with my coconut before getting it shampooed. I will definitely try it. I read that the beauty of the hair in India is attributed to oiling it first before washing.
As far as skin goes I use Black soap to wash then 100% raw white Shae Butter as a moisturizer every night on my face and when I wake up it is absorbed. I NEVER go to sleep with ANY make-up on my face, even though I use it moderately. I actually use the Shae butter as a moisturizer for my skin. I have found nothing that works better than this. Hope my review gives some insight in our quest for beautiful hair and skin!
This oil is amazing! Mix this oil with castor oil and almond oil, apply to dry hair, leave it on overnight, wash it off in the morning and enjoy your silky, smooth hair! Sesame oil is known to improve hair growth and it seriously helped my heat damaged hair! Try it out for yourself and you'll know what I am talking about. The only downside is the smell, I think that it smell absolutely awful and I had to shampoo third times to get it off completely.
I bought a bottle of this to use on my face. I had read up on sesame oil and found it was supposed to be good for skin. Yes it did moisturize but I still was getting acne and my skin would be dry after the oil was absorbed. I wasn't too happy with the outcome and it's now just sitting on a shelf in my bathroom.
Basically I'm acne prone and this didn't help.
All I can say is WOW. I'v yet to try this again as a facial moisturizer (I tried it for the first time last night) but it has worked wonders. I couldn't believe that I was actually putting an oil on my acne-prone combination skin (which can really look greasy and shiny sometimes). This has moisturized my face like no other product and is dirt cheap! It did not break me out either which was a huge relief. Harsh prescription medications (I'm currently using epiduo) are the only things that can keep my acne at bay, unfortunately I have ridiculously sensitive skin at the same time so my skin gets super red and burns like shit! I woke up this morning with baby soft completely calmed skin, it did not enlarge my pores like I worried it would and my face is the farthest thing from greasy, it actually seemed to take away the oiliness! The redness is completely gone as well! I will definitely be using this again as my moisterizer :)
I've found that this is the best oil for salt and sugar scrubs. I hate oil based scrubs that leave me greasy after I get out of the shower, but for some reason sesame oil doesn't have the effect and seems to soak into my skin better. I've tried olive, coconut, jojoba, and grape seed oil, and sesame works the best so far. The scent is faint, but not the most pleasant, so I mix in a few drops of essential oil, mix it with salt or sugar, and scrub away. I love that this is such a cheap and effective home recipe, and I can't believe that I used to drop tons of cash for oil-based scrubs like the Fresh scrub when I can make this myself for a fraction of the price. Also, to the poster who said this oil smelled up her bathroom, could it be that you used toasted sesame oil? Unlike raw oil, toasted sesame oil is extremely strong smelling and not generally suitable for skincare uses.
Sesame oil is *amazing* for filling out fine lines and smoothing wrinkles. A masque of raw turmeric and sesame oil, massaged into the skin and left to dry, works wonders for the skin. Wipe off after drying and apply yogurt to absorb the turmeric stains.
Sesame oil also works great with sandalwood paste. This combo is like a made-for-each-other duo, lol! Mix sandalwood paste with sesame oil (it should be a runny mix) and apply all over the body before shower. One can also add a tiny pinch of turmeric if needed but the turmeric needs to be pure (and not adulterated). Additionally, essential oils like jasmine, frankincense or vetiver also work great with this mix. Let the mix dry out. If possible try to get some morning sunshine with this mix on. After the mix has dried, rinse off with lukewarm water or get a steam bath if possible before a lukewarm shower. Do not apply soap as the fragrance of the sandalwood is sufficient. The skin is left soft, radiant and glowing. This is termed as 'abhyangasnan' in Sanskrit and is a Diwali ritual. It calms the mind, de-stresses and promotes blood and lymph circulation.
Sesame oil also works wonders for the hair and scalp. It softens the hair and cleanses out dandruff.
It's also used for joint pain, arthritis and varicose veins - especially black sesame oil is used for this. Mix lukewarm black sesame oil with a calming essential oil such as sandalwood or frankincense-myrrh and massage the knees and joints.
The smell of sesame oil can be bothersome but I don't mind it much. I usually mix it with rose water or some essential oil.
Oh sesame oil how I love you! I have used it on my hair, but I prefer coconut and castor oils for my hair. But sesame oil on my body? LUSCIOUS! Sesame oil has many benefits. The usual ones like the omegas, amino acids, and the antioxidant benefits. But there are also some unusual ones. Sesame oil is an anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral. It's also been used for centuries as a natural sunscreen. It's blocks out about 30% of the sun's rays (so an SPF is still needed, but every little bit helps!) so it's great as a basic moisturizer. And since it's so lightweight, it never feels greasy. There are also studies of how it helps joints and blocked arteries (although I like hyalouranic acid supplements better for the joints). It's also a cell growth regulator and can help fade dark spots and scars. It's such a great oil! These are my personal recipes (which I use) that include sesame oil:
1 tsp Aloe Vera Gel
1 tsp Sesame Oil
1 tsp Distilled Water
1 pinch L-ascorbic Acid (Vitamin C)
5 drops Chamomile Essential Oil
5 drops Licorice Extract
5 drops Raspberry Extract
Mix the water and l-ascorbic acid then mix in the other ingredients. Keep in a dropper bottle and use after toning. Make weekly to gain the full benefits of the vitamin c and keep in the fridge. Great for daily use!
2 tbsp Aloe Vera Gel
1 tbsp Sesame Oil
1 tbsp Distilled Water
1 tsp L-ascorbic Acid
10 drops Licorice Extract
10 drops Raspberry Extract
Mix the l-ascorbic acid and water, then add the other ingredients. Once again, make fresh every week to keep the vitamin c fresh and potent! Keep in the fridge.
Makes my skin soft, glowing, and completely redness free. It's a great oil. It does go bad, but I use mine up so fast that it doesn't even get close the expiration date. I will definitely keep buying it!
I love sesame oil, I use it for everything! I use it on my hair once a week as a deep conditioner along with coconut oil - it leaves my hair wonderfully soft and silky smooth. I also use sesame oil every night as a pre-cleanser and face moisturizer. I've been using this regime for years and it never breaks my skin out unlike all the other oils I've tried. I massage it into damp skin, wipe of with a cotton pad and follow up with my Burt's Bee's cleanser. Pat my face until it's just a little damp, then pat the sesame oil onto my skin. It leaves my skin smooth, clear, hydrated. I just love it. A bottle lasts me at least half a year, and considering it costs under £2 I save a lot of money on skincare!
LOVE!! I use it as a makeup remover and a facial moisturizer in the summer (I live in Winnipeg, so I need something a little more rich during the winter months). I have the most sensitive skin EVER. Most products give me a rash, but this stuff is heavenly. I love that it is all natural too :) I use Aura Cacia organic sesame oil (I order it from Well.ca since it can be difficult to find in stores sometimes).