We'll be taking a look a oleic acid tomorrow, but as it does resemble some of the fatty acids found in human sebum, it offers great moisture regulation and possible skin regenerative properties. It is fantastic for apres sun applications, and softening.
Sesame oil contains a polyphenol called a lignan, which is the structural backbone for most anti-oxidants. These exhibit anti-inflammatoryand antiseptic effects (but don't use it as a preservative!) It is showing great promise in regulating sebum production and may help with acne prone skin.
Sesame oil has an interesting feature - it won't stain clothes or sheets - so it's a fantastic massage oil or post shower-before dressing kind of moisturizer. It's a light to medium weight oil with low comedogenicity, so it is suitable for facial or body moisturizers. And because it's well balanced between the linoleic acid and the oleic acid, it offers features of both oils! It should have a shelf life of 9 to 12 months because of the fewer double bonds found in the oleic acid, but it can vary by supplier. And remember to always add some Vitamin E to your mix to stave off rancidity!
For a massage oil, consider using a mix of sesame seed oil and fractionated coconut oil (or another very light, non-staining oil) to give you some serious slip. Add a little Vitamin E and a fragrance or essential oil, and you've got a nice massage oil for those sore muscles!
MASSAGE OIL WITH SESAME OIL
50% sesame oil
48% fractionated coconut oil
1% Vitamin E
1% fragrance oil or essential oil (at safe usage rates)
Mix together, then pour into a bottle that will be easy to use while offering a massage!
AFTER BATH OIL WITH SESAME OIL
66% sesame oil
32% IPM (optional - substitute with more sesame oil or fractionated coconut oil)
1% Vitamin E
1% fragrance or essential oil
Mix your oils together, then pour into a spray bottle for apres bath or shower use. I've included the IPM to make this feel less greasy. Again, you can mix this with any oils you want, but fractionated coconut oil is the best choice because you'll want something that won't stain clothing or sheets.
Join me tomorrow for fun with oleic acid!