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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>

  • Omegas, Sea Buckthorn & Vitamins, Oh My! Our Favorite Beauty Supplements

    It's no secret that good nutrition, proper hydration and a great cleansing regimen can make a huge difference in the health of your skin. But what about supplements? Here are a few our practitioners love.

    New Chapter Wholemega
    Essential fatty acids are key to healthy, moisturized skin. Omega 3s and 6s 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. Get the full complement of omega 3s, 5s, 6s, 7s and 9s in this one fabulous supplement.

    New Chapter Supercritical Omega-7
    "It's actually been proven in women to help skin retain its youthful appearance longer," says Lisa Sawabini, Pharmaca esthetician. "When someone has intense dryness, I might recommend omega-7 and they'd be able to see a difference in as little as a week." The richness comes from the omega-7s found in Sea Buckthorn, which has been used for centuries in Europe and Asia for its medicinal properties.

    Reserveage Collagen Booster

    This mix of the potent antioxidant resveratrol, hylauronic acid and chondroitin can help fill in fine lines and fight cellular damage while it's supporting the strength of joints, hair and nails. It was also just named Best Beauty Supplement of the year by Delicious Living magazine!

    Natural Factors BioSil
    Because collagen begins to diminish rapidly after the age of 30, a good supplement can make all the difference. This one can help generate collagen, elastin and keratin, according to esthetician Carolyn Racke, and can help strengthen bones and joints.

    Vitamin C
    This nutrient is not only vital for protecting skin from environmental assaults, it's also fundamental to the production of skin moisture factors, says Ben Fuchs, formulator for Sanitas Skincare. Get your daily dose through fizzy Emergen-C or tasty Pharmaca Chewable Vitamin C.

    Vitamin A
    "Overall skin health is closely connected to vitamin A metabolism," says Fuchs. "Supplementing with this important nutrient can have a profound effect on skin hydration and the proliferation of excess skin cells." Find vitamin A in a good daily multivitamin.

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