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What Does Sesame Oil Do Topically to the Eye Skin Area?

author image Kathryn Gilhuly
Kathryn Gilhuly is a wellness coach based in San Diego. She helps doctors, nurses and other professionals implement lifestyle changes that focus on a healthy diet and exercise. Gilhuly holds a Master of Science in health, nutrition and exercise from North Dakota State University.
What Does Sesame Oil Do Topically to the Eye Skin Area?
A bowl of sesame oil on a cutting board with sesame seeds. Photo Credit: Marika-/iStock/Getty Images

Sesame oil is perhaps best known for being an ingredient used in cooking, specifically in Asian cuisine. But besides nourishing your body – sesame oil is a good source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat – it may also help nourish your skin when applied topically to the area around your eyes.

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Sesame oil can be applied topically to help moisturize the delicate skin around your eyes. Sesame oil promotes hydration by creating a barrier on the surface of your skin. This barrier helps promote water retention of the skin. In addition to helping preserve the natural moisture of your skin, sesame oil provides your skin with additional moisturizers in the form of four emollient fatty acids: linoleic acid, palmitic acid, oleic acid and stearic acid.


Due to its natural moisturizing properties, sesame oil may help improve the look and feel of the skin around your eyes. Mature skin tends to be dryer than younger skin. As part of the normal aging process, your sebaceous skin glands begin to produce less oil, causing skin to lose moisture and elasticity. Dehydrated skin exacerbates the look of fine lines and wrinkles. Applying sesame oil to the skin around your eyes may help improve hydration, making skin appear more youthful.


The Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert Panel has assessed the safety of using sesame oil on the skin for cosmetic purposes. The CIR Expert Panel determined that sesame oil is safe to use for the purposes of skin and hair hydration. According to the CIR Expert Panel, sesame oil is safe to use around the delicate eye area. The panel found that sesame oil is neither an eye irritant nor a skin irritant.


Sesame oil, also known as Sesamum indicum seed oil, is derived from sesame seeds. Sesame oil is often added to a variety of beauty and personal care products available for purchase, such as lotions, creams and serums for the skin. You can also purchase 100 percent sesame oil and apply it directly to your skin. Gently pat the oil onto the skin surrounding your eyes using your ring finger. Or apply a small amount of oil to a cotton ball and gently swipe.

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