Sesamum indicum is a flowering plant that is cultivated for its edible sesame seeds, which grow in pods or “buns”. Sesame has one of the highest oil contents of any seed. Sesame seed oil is one of the most common cooking oils used around the world because of its rich, nutty flavor.
Sesame seed oil is composed of several beneficial fatty acids, including and linoleic acid and oleic acid. These fatty acids replenish the skin’s lipid barrier, which prevents water loss and keeps harmful environmental irritants out of the skin. The result is smooth, moisturized, healthy skin. Sesame seed oil also provides antioxidant activity and protects the skin from free radicals, the unstable molecules that contribute to the formation of premature wrinkles and fine lines on the skin.