Sea Buckthorn is a shrub that produces tomato-like berries. It typically grows in Asia and eastern Europe. It’s incredible power not only comes from the berries-the leaves, thorns and bark also contain skin loving properties! It contains 190 nutrients and phytonutrients!!
Interesting fact-Genghis Khan credits sea buckthorn for what made his army so strong. Another neat fact is that China designated sea buckthorn juice as their official drink of their Olympic athletes in 1988 and referred to it as liquid gold.
When it comes to skin care, many studies have been done proving the incredible benefits of applying it topically. One study in particular had women use a sea buckthorn based skin care line for 1 month. They found that 100% saw increased hydration. 79% saw a decrease in age and sun spots. 87% saw a reduction in fine lines and 83% saw reduced pores. 90% of women said their skin was smoother, more even and radiant. 100% of women reported that their skin was softer and more supple after 1 month. Pretty good results, I’d say!
What’s in Sea Buckthorn Oil?
- Vitamins – A, C, E, B1, B2, B5, B9 (folic acid), B12, D, K & P
- Over 24 Minerals
- Beta Carotene
- 18 Amino Acids
- Omegas 3, 6, 7, & 9, Palmitic acid
Skin Benefits of Sea Buckthorn Oil:
- Contains 60 free-radical killing antioxidants!
- Powerful anti inflammatory properties
- Hydrates and nourishes skin
- Boosts circulation
- Protects against UV radiation
- Extreme healing properties particularly when it comes to burns
- Reduces redness
- Anti fungal, Antibacterial and Anti Cancer
- Regenerates the epidermal (outer most layer of skin) cells
- Soothes and reduces the appearance of rosacea and eczema
- Helpful in clearing acne
How to Use Sea Buckthorn Oil:
This oil can be applied neat, or straight to skin conditions in need of healing. For daily skin care, it is best to add it to a facial oil. It has a bright orange color to it and will give you the appearance of a fake tan-think Lindsay Lohan circa 2005. Yeah, not good.
Sea Buckthorn oil should make up about 1/4 of your facial oil. You might want to slowly add it in order to make sure you don’t end up too orange.
I will warn you that it will rub off on your clothes, pillow cases and sheets even with a tiny amount in your facial oil. It does not stain, however. It washes out very easily.
Where to find the BEST Sea Buckthorn Oil:
Mountain Rose Herb is where I get my oils. They cold press their sea buckthorn oil which is absolutely the best way to extract this oil without losing it’s many amazing properties. A 2 ounce bottle is around $30 and this is all you need to make an incredibly effective facial oil!
Stay tuned for my DIY facial oil containing sea buckthorn!
Go HERE to check out my Sea Buckthorn/coQ10 Facial Oil on Etsy. It’s my best product yet! It contains rosehip seed, coQ10, sea buckthorn, vitamin E and a blend of lavender, geranium, patchouli and frankincense essential oils. All ingredients are organic, high quality, skin loving oils! Not to mention-the label turned out SO GOOD!
Top photo courtesy of Sackton.