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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>

  • Inside Out Beauty: Supplements for Skin Concerns

    Young caucasian woman receiving a head massageConcerned about dry skin? Perhaps wrinkles, fine lines or acne have been your concern. Read on to learn about supplements and strategies for restoring your skin to radiant health.

    The first step to preventing and reversing dry skin, of course, is making sure to stay hydrated by drinking plenty of healthy liquids. The following supplements may also help.

    Sea buckthorn berries contain more than 190 biologically active compounds, including vitamins, amino acids, folic acid, tocopherols, flavonoids and an omega 7 fatty acid that provides antioxidant protection, anti-aging and health support. Try Genesis Today’s Sea Buckthorn 100 liquid or New Chapter’s Supercritical Omega 7.

    Omega-3s—and EPA in particular—are essential for healthy skin because they help regulate oil production. Try Nordic Naturals’ Ultimate Omega or EPA Xtra.

    Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a naturally occurring component in skin that helps maintain its moisture, but production decreases with age. Try supplementing with Hyaluronic Acid from Pure Encapsulations or Jarrow Formulas.

    When pores become blocked with excessive keratin or sebum—often a result of a hormone imbalance—it can cause bacteria overgrowth and promote inflammation. If you’re experiencing acne, I recommend a whole foods diet and avoiding sugar, milk and fried foods, especially those with trans fats. Proper supplementation may also help keep acne under control.

    Zinc is vital to normal skin function and wound healing. Try Jarrow Formulas’ Zinc Balance or Thorne Research’s Zinc Picolinate.

    Vitamin E and selenium are beneficial antioxidants for controlling acne. Try Bluebonnet’s Vitamin E 400IU + Selenium.

    Proper intestinal flora balance is critical in controlling skin breakouts; try supplementing with a probiotic containing both lactobacillus and bifidobacteria with at least 5-10 CFUs per day. I recommend Pharmax’s HLC Intensive or Pharmaca brand Acidophilus & Bifidus.

    A green foods supplement can be a good way to add a flavonoid-rich, plant-based antioxidant formula to your daily regimen. Try Paradise Herbs’ ORAC-Energy Greens or Health Force Nutritionals’ Vitamineral Green.

    Wrinkles naturally develop over time as collagen, keratin and elastin production decreases, and loss of fat cells weakens the structure of skin and its ability to retain moisture. In addition to wearing sunscreen, getting adequate hydration, and eating a whole food-based diet, you can further support your skin by supplementing with collagen or formulas that support your body’s own production of collagen.

    Try Reserveage Organics' Ultra Collagen Booster or NeoCell's Super Collagen + C Type 1 & 3 for quality sources of collagen. Natural Factors’ BioSil is a good way to boost collagen production, and is clinically proven to reduce fine lines and wrinkles and increase skin elasticity.

    Under eye circles
    What exactly causes dark under-eye circles? Some of our thinnest skin is around the eye and the area is susceptible to showing the inflow and outflow of fluids. Many different imbalances can contribute to under-eye circles, including allergies, sinus infections or colds, food sensitivities, anemia, hormone disruptions, kidney issues, toxicity, adrenal fatigue or lack of sleep. Check with your practitioner to rule out more serious issues. Here are a few suggestions, depending on the cause of dark circles:

    Allergies: I recommend quercetin, a bioflavonoid known to support healthy histamine levels and allergy responses. Try Pharmaca brand Quercetin or MegaFood’s Quercetin Strength. I also recommend a neti pot to help relieve fluid build-up related to circles. Try Himalayan Institute’s Neti Pots and Salts.
    Anemia: Try MegaFood’s Blood Builder or Floradix’s Iron + Herbs.
    Sleep: Try Pharmaca brand Sleep Formula or Gaia Herbs’ Sleep Thru.
    Adrenal fatigue: Try MegaFood’s Adrenal Strength or Vital Nutrients’ Adrenal Support.

    Speak with a Pharmaca practitioner about supplements for beautiful skin.

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