Whether 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.
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.
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.
Often recommended for great skin, this supplement also said to promote a healthy digestive system and provide respiratory support.
Speak with a Pharmaca practitioner about your health and beauty questions.