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Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Buckthorn

Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Buckthorn

May 4th 2015

Sea Buckthorn, or Hippophae rhamnoides, is a deciduous shrub that bears bright orange berries and seeds high in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, fatty acids, and more. Due to its rich levels of carotenoids and the rare Omega 7 fatty acid, Sea Buckthorn has gained an extraordinary reputation for use against oxidative stress, particularly from UV exposure. SOD, or superoxide dismutase, is an enzyme responsible for antioxidant defense that exists within all living cells. However, Sea Buckthorn berries contain more than 4 times the amount of SOD than another remarkably antioxidant plant: Ginseng.

Also on Sea Buckthorn’s lengthy list of nutrients are:

  • Vitamin A (about 3 times more than carrots)
  • Vitamin C (about 15 times more than oranges)
  • Vitamin E (the highest natural source among fruits)
  • Omega Fatty Acids 3 (Alpha-Linolenic acid), 6 (Linoleic acid), 9 (Oleic acid), and 7 (Palmitoleic acid)
  • Carotenoids, Polyphenols, Terpenes, Glucosides, and other antioxidant compounds that fight free radical and inflammatory damage
  • Copper, Selenium, Iron, and Manganese (all fundamental trace elements in cellular detoxification)

This ingredient can be used for all skin types, but is especially recommended for improving the look of fine lines, wrinkles, discoloration, and scarring. Sea Buckthorn oil is extremely moisturizing, improving the skin’s texture and tone, as well as protecting against chapping, dryness, and cracked skin conditions. It quickly soothes irritation, protecting against skin congestion and discomfort. With its abundant nutritional and esthetic benefits to match, Sea Buckthorn is an obvious ally for your every day healthy skin routine.