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  • Why We Love Sea Buckthorn—and its Omega-7—for Beautiful Skin

    PrettySkinWhether you apply it topically or add it to your diet, there’s a lot to love about these tiny, bright orange berries. Valued for their healing properties for centuries and packed with omega-7, sea buckthorn has become the latest sought-after ingredient in the quest for glowing, healthy skin.

    “I recommend Sea Buckthorn for all sorts of skin issues,” explains Pharmaca esthetician Leah Benyamin. “It’s particularly helpful in keeping your skin hydrated, and unlike other oils, it’s not inflammatory.”

    Sea Buckthorn oil, which is made by squeezing the small berries through a press, is a true skin multi-tasker, according to Benyamin. For oily skin types, it can help balance and reduce the skin’s oil production. And for aging skin types, it can help repair damage from free radicals and help diminish hyperpigmentation.

    With an array of skin-beneficial vitamins, Sea Buckthorn berries contain three times the vitamin A of carrots and 10 times the vitamin C of oranges. And it’s one of the few plants to offer both ascorbic acid (water-soluble vitamin C) and ascorbyl palmiate (fat-soluble vitamin C), which means it’s better absorbed than ascorbic acid alone.

    Second only to wheat germ as a source of vitamin E, Sea Buckthorn is also a rich source of beta carotene, as you can tell by its bright orange color. And because it’s also high in antioxidants, many people drink it as a juice or take it as a supplement, according to Benyamin, who is also an herbalist and certified nutrition consultant.

    To get glowing, healthy skin from the inside out, consider incorporating some of Benyamin’s favorite Sea Buckthorn products into your daily diet and beauty routine.

    Evan Healy Sea Algae Serum

    Sea buckthorn oil, seaweed, algae and CO Q-10 combine for a silky, sheer firming treatment designed to nourish skin damaged by sun, pollutants, aging or inflammation.

    Genesis Today Organic Sea Buckthorn Liquid

    With a tongue-tingling, slightly sour flavor, this juice is the world's first 100% pure, unfiltered, undiluted sea buckthorn berry juice with 30,000 mg of sea buckthorn in every fluid ounce.

    Weleda Sea Buckthorn Body Oil

    With oil from both the Sea Buckthorn berry and seed, this intensive moisturizing body oil is packed with essential fatty acids that replenish vital moisture, while pro-vitamin A and vitamin E soften and protect your skin.

    New Chapter Supercritical Omega-7

    Often recommended for great skin, this supplement also said to promote a healthy digestive system and provide respiratory support.

    <p class=”italic”>Speak with a Pharmaca practitioner about your health and beauty questions.</p>

  • Your Body: A Well-Oiled Machine

    Want the dewy, glowy look of hydrated and nourished skin? Turn to these versatile oils, many of which can be used inside and out, to smooth, heal and repair skin--and keep it glowing for years to come.

    Sea Buckthorn Oil (Internal & External)

    Over the centuries many populations have used sea buckthorn for a variety of medicinal purposes, as it contains palmitoleic acid, an omega-7 fatty acid, along with potent antioxidants like carotenoids and phytosterols. (In Russia, sea buckthorn is clinically prescribed for inflammation, circulatory disorders and cellular regeneration, among other things.) "It's one of the hottest things right now," says Joan Shure, esthetician at our Pacific Palisades store. "And it can be beneficial topically for reducing stretch marks, too." Internally, try New Chapter's Supercritical Omega-7, or smooth on Weleda's Sea Buckthorn Body Oil externally.

    Fish Oil (Internal only)

    Experts agree that omega-3s are key to healthy, moisturized skin. They can help reduce inflammation (which can deprive the skin of nutrients), and are involved in the production of phospholipids and ceramides, which contribute to overall skin health and moisture. "The glow factor is really big with omegas," says Joan, adding that fish oil can help reduce wrinkles and boost elasticity. She likes fish oils from New Chapter and Nordic Naturals.

    Vitamin E Oil (Internal & External)

    You may not know it, but vitamin E is actually a powerful antioxidant that helps protect cell membranes and other fat-soluble parts of the body. Maybe that's why it's so helpful in healing scars and other skin damage. And since our bodies can't produce it, we have to get it through diet or supplementation. Pharmaca's Vitamin E capsules can be taken both internally, or broken open to apply topically.

    Tea Tree Oil (External only)
    Tea tree oil is a natural antiseptic and a cleansing agent that rebalances oiliness on the skin. Tea tree is a member of an extensive botanical family that releases powerful essential oils, and has long been used by Australian aborigines for its healing properties. "It's a great spot treatment for blemishes," says Erin Alden Velez, esthetician at our Sonoma store. But because it works as an antibacterial, Erin says, it can dry out your skin if you use it all over. So make sure you hydrate afterwards! Try Pharmaca's Tea Tree Oil.

    Coconut Oil (Internal & External)
    This tropical fruit is filled with medium-chain fatty acids such as lauric, capric and caprylic, all of which serve special health functions. It's ultra-hydrating when applied topically, and its antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties can help balance digestion--a key to good skin health--when taken internally. "You can use it in stir fries, bake with it, anywhere you'd use olive oil," says Joan. For topical use, Joan recommends applying it as a moisturizer right out of the shower, when your skin is still damp. Try Nature's Way's EFAGold Coconut Oil for either application.

    Argan oil (External only)
    Packed with essential fatty acids, this oil has long been valued in its native Morocco for its nutritive, cosmetic and numerous medicinal properties. Argan oil helps fight lines, repair imperfections, minimize scars and stretch marks, restore texture, elasticity and tone, and reduce inflammation. You can even massage Acure Organics Argan Oil into hair and scalp for balance and shine.

    Speak with a Pharmaca esthetician about other oils that can help keep your skin glowing.

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