If you have seriously dry skin, try using sesame oil instead of lotions. This was recommended to me recently at a health food shop, and I’ve been trying it for a week. You just squirt out a small amount of the oil into your hand, rub it between your hands, then start rubbing it onto your skin. My results surprised me:
- It’s not greasy – it spreads pretty easily as long as you warm it up in your hands first.
- It absorbs quickly so you don’t have to wait to dress.
- It has a bit of a nutty/smoky smell at first, but that goes away very quickly.
- Over the past week, my skin’s gotten noticeably softer and more resilient. I don’t think I realized how dry it was.
Sesame oil is actually the main ingredient in Neutrogena’s Body Oil, so this makes sense. In fact, you can buy sesame oil that’s marketed for skin care, but it’s typically way overpriced. You just need regular, food-grade sesame oil for cooking. You’ll get a much better price per ounce, and since a little goes such a long way, it’s pretty affordable.
Using this seems to plump up my skin and really hydrate it. I’ve never had a breakout from using this oil – even in areas where I’m acne prone.