Daikon Radish Oil: A Lightweight Moisturizer for Radiant Skin

Feb 13, 2023by Heather Smith


Radish seed oil is a natural skin care ingredient gaining popularity in the beauty and wellness world. Its unique blend of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids, anti-inflammatory compounds, and other nutrients has made it an effective solution for many hair and skin issues. But what exactly are the benefits of radish seed oil? And how can you use it to improve your skin health? In this article, I’ll be discussing all that and more!

This article is a continuation of our ongoing series about face oil and each of the best for your skin type and concerns. 


Daikon seed extract for skin - infographic by bareLUXE

What Is Radish Seed Oil?

Radishes are a healthy, edible root vegetable grown globally. They're rich in vitamins and minerals and have health benefits when included in your diet.

Raphanus Sativus (Radish) Seed Extract is a lesser-known ingredient that is slowly gaining traction in the beauty and skincare industry. The oil is extracted from the seeds of different varieties of radishes.

Daikon seed extract oil is particularly useful in the cosmetics world due to its unique softness and skin feel.

The tiny seeds are cold-pressed to extract their natural oils. This unique oil contains high levels of vitamin A, which helps promote cell turnover, as well as anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce redness and irritation on the skin. In addition, radish seed oil also provides essential fatty acids such as linoleic acid and oleic acid—both critical components of healthy skin cells.

So why should you consider adding this powerful ingredient to your skincare routine? Its combination of vitamins and fatty acids makes it ideal for restoring moisture and adding hydration to dry or damaged skin. Plus, its antioxidant content can help protect against premature aging due to free radical damage caused by UV rays or pollution exposure. All these factors combined make radish seed oil one of nature’s best-kept secrets in caring for our precious skin!

Benefits Of Radish Seed Oil For Skin

Radish oil is known for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Radish oil is a powerful emollient and an excellent addition to any natural skincare regimen.

This oil contains high levels of essential fatty acids like oleic acid, linoleic acid, alpha-linolenic acid, palmitic acid and stearic acid that make it perfect for moisturizing dry or damaged skin. Though it will vary by batch, the fatty acid profile is highest in erucic acid (~33%), followed by oleic acid (~23%), and then linoleic (10%), alpha-linolenic (10%), and eicosapentaenoic acid (10%). 

Not only does radish seed oil help protect against sun damage, but it also helps reduce inflammation caused by acne breakouts and other skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis (but remember: no carrier oil is an appropriate replacement for SPF).

When applied topically to the skin regularly, it can create a more even complexion by reducing fine lines and wrinkles over time. And if that weren't enough - applying radish seed oil may even be able to reverse some signs of aging!

It's clear that the potential beauty benefits of using radish seed oil are plentiful – so let’s explore how this natural remedy might fit into your routine.

How To Use Radish Seed Oil On Skin

Using radish seed oil on your skin can be a great way to keep it looking healthy and glowing. It may be a component of a face or hair oil, but it can also be used alone at full-strength concentration. Here’s how you can use it:

    • Try a facial massage - this will help to boost circulation and relieve tension in your face muscles as well as moisturize your skin. Gua sha or face rolling techniques can help with puffiness.
    • If you suffer from dry patches or flaky skin, then adding some radish seed oil into your daily skincare routine is essential! It'll help lock in moisture and leave your skin feeling soft and smooth.
    • Don't forget about those lips! Applying some radish seed oil before bed each night can help soothe chapped lips, leaving them looking plump and kissable.

Daikon Radish Seed Oil for Skincare

There are many different types of radishes, and the exact number can vary depending on the classification system used.

Daikon radish seed oil is specifically popular in the skincare and haircare industries due to its non-greasy feel and potential to function as a natural silicone replacement.

Silicones are commonly used in skincare and haircare products as a moisturizing ingredient, but they can also leave a heavy and greasy feeling on the skin and hair. They aren't usually considered natural and tend to be bioaccumulative in the environment. Daikon radish seed oil, on the other hand, is light and absorbs quickly into the skin, leaving it hydrated and nourished without a heavy or greasy residue.

Daikon Seed Extract is a light and odourless emollient oil derived from daikon radish seeds. It contains an uncommon blend of C18, C20, and C22 fatty acids; Daikon Seed Extract presents a new option for formulators.

With characteristics that resemble silicones and emollient esters, it offers a natural alternative to these ingredients, providing a non-greasy feel and good absorption in skin and hair care products while imparting a silky texture.

Daikon Extract Oil for Hair and Beards

Daikon Seed Extract is a beneficial ingredient in hair care products due to its unique composition of fatty acids. The same light, feel of silicone can be replaced by using this natural oil instead.

When applied to hair, it helps to nourish and strengthen the hair shaft, improving the overall health and appearance of the hair and hair follicles. This will encourage healthy hair growth via improved root health.

Daikon seed oil's non-greasy texture allows it to absorb quickly into the hair, leaving it hydrated and silky without weighing it down. In addition, the antioxidants in the oil can protect the hair from environmental stressors, such as pollution and UV exposure, which can damage and weaken the hair over time. This is also very beneficial for scalp health as well and may help alleviate an itchy scalp. You'll notice improved moisture in the hair as well as natural shine.

It's worth mentioning that daikon seed extract can also be beneficial for beards, as the same properties that make it effective in hair care products can help to hydrate and nourish the skin under the beard, promoting healthy beard growth and reducing beard itching and irritation.

Radish Seed Oil And Acne

We've all dealt with acne at some point in our lives, so it's understandable to want to try anything that could help. But is radish seed oil a good choice for people with acne?

Radish oil, daikon seed, in particular, is generally acceptable for people with acne or excess oiliness. It has anti-inflammatory properties, is very unlikely to clog pores, and may regulate your own sebum production, resulting in an overall improvement in oil production.

So while it may not be a miracle cure for acne, using radish seed oil on your face could still provide some helpful results. Be sure to discuss any new products with your doctor, especially if you have inflammatory or hormonal acne.

Radish Oil And Aging Skin

Radish seed oil contains natural antioxidants which help fight free radicals, as well as fatty acids that nourish your skin and restore its moisture balance. This makes it a good oil for mature skin. It also protects against environmental damage caused by sun exposure and air pollution. Plus, this unique oil helps reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines for smoother, firmer-looking skin.

At bareLUXE, we like its many benefits and the luxurious texture and softness it adds to our oil serums. The silky emollience and benefits for mature skin is why daikon seed extract is a key ingredient in our Bakuchiol Age Support Elevated Face Oil

Using seed oils like this one on mature skin helps retain water, so moisturization and hydration both improve. Because of this, elasticity and plumpness follow suit.

Daikon Seed Extract in Eczema and Rosacea

Eczema and rosacea are medical conditions and should be assessed, monitored, and managed by a physician. That said, sufferers of both conditions often do well when using simple, highly moisturizing, and nourishing oils - especially if other treatments cause irritation (I'm looking at you - azelaic acid).

The risk, especially when the skin barrier is damaged, is worsening irritation or sensitization. This is true for any skincare product or ingredient. If you don't have specific allergies and known irritants, most carrier oils are nourishing and protective. They can be soothing, reduce redness and itching, and promote barrier strengthening and repair.

The most critical step is properly patching any new product, which means more than just a 24h test - up to 7-10 days is recommended. Always discuss any new products with your doctor.

Is Radish Farming Sustainable?

The sustainability and environmental impact of radish farming is a complex issue that depends on various factors. One aspect is water usage, as radish farming requires a significant amount of water, especially in areas with limited water resources. Farmers can conserve water by using efficient irrigation practices, such as drip irrigation, and by using drought-resistant varieties.

Another important factor is soil health, as monoculture farming practices can lead to soil degradation and reduced soil fertility. To mitigate these impacts, farmers can use crop rotation, intercropping, and cover cropping to improve soil health and biodiversity.

The use of some fertilizers and pesticides can contaminate soil and water and is another consideration. By incorporating sustainable agriculture practices, radish farming can be made more environmentally friendly and sustainable.


In conclusion, using daikon seed extract in skincare products offers exciting new possibilities for the industry. This light-coloured, odourless emollient oil has a unique composition of fatty acids that provides a non-greasy and silky feel, making it an ideal ingredient for skin and hair care products. 

The oil's ability to hydrate and nourish the skin without leaving a greasy residue makes it a promising alternative to traditional silicones and emollient esters. Furthermore, the antioxidants in the oil can protect the skin from environmental stressors, promoting a healthy and youthful appearance. 

As the demand for natural and sustainable skincare products continues to grow, the development of innovative ingredients such as daikon seed extract offers a new direction for the industry, promoting both sustainability and effective skincare.


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About the Author

Dr. Heather Smith developed her love for skinimalism and clean beauty years ago when she began making home remedies for her newborn's eczema. She is an expert in natural ingredients and active botanicals and has now launched bareLUXE Skincare - a full line of effective oil serums. She dedicates this blog to consumers who are researching ingredients and working to make their beauty ritual more natural and sustainable.


This content is for informational and educational purposes only. It is not intended to provide medical advice or to take the place of such advice or treatment from a personal physician. All readers/viewers of this content are advised to consult their doctors or qualified health professionals regarding specific health questions. Neither Dr. Smith nor the publisher of this content takes responsibility for possible health consequences of any person or persons reading or following the information in this educational content. All viewers of this content should consult their physicians about their skincare concerns and routines.