The sea buckthorn berry is a powerhouse of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. In fact, it is the most potent source of omega-7 (palmitoleic acid), which is a key building block for healthy skin. The synergistic effect of sea buckthorn’s essential fatty acids, including omega-3, 6, 7, and 9, plus numerous antioxidant flavonoids, make it unparalleled in its ability to repair and protect skin.
Used topically, sea buckthorn berry can soothe burns (including damage from the sun, heat, and chemicals), and decrease the discomfort of acne, rosacea, and eczema. It also moisturizes skin and helps reduce wrinkles, roughness, and other symptoms of age-related damage.
The oil from the berry also benefits damaged hair and nails. Its essential fatty acids and carotenes moisturize the scalp and leave hair shiny. And its vitamins and minerals can moisturize, smooth, and strengthen nails.
When choosing sea buckthorn berry products, be aware that they’re not all created equal. The more sea buckthorn, the better results. Where the berry is sourced is also important. It can be found in Asia, Russia, Europe, and Canada, with the quality and nutrient content varying widely. Sea buckthorn from Tibet’s Himalayan Mountains has the highest level of omega-7 fatty acids, and is considered to be the best.
|Help heal rosacea, eczema, and minor wounds and burns with Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil. Massage the pure, organic oil from the Himalayas into skin until the shine diminishes, and let it absorb. It is also an effective anti-aging treatment for dry skin, wrinkles, and uneven skin tone, and a moisturizer for dry scalp, hair, and nails.|
|Hydrate thirsty skin with Weleda Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Body Lotion. The creamy lotion contains organic sea buckthorn, mallow extract, shea butter, and macadamia seed oil to help dry skin regain moisture and look smooth and soft. The fresh scent from essential oils of mandarin, grapefruit, and orange transform body care into an uplifting experience.|
|Rich in a range of vitamins, enzymes, minerals, and amino acids, supplements of sea buckthorn seed oil help boost beauty from the inside out. We like Sea Berry Essence from Tangut USA, which features 100 percent wild-harvested sea buckthorn seed oil from Tibet in softgel form.|
|❱ Rejuvenate your skin with SeabuckWonders Himalayan Sea Buckthorn Facial Cream. This lightweight, fast-absorbing moisturizer contains a highly concentrated infusion of essential fatty acids—including omegas 3, 6, and 9, as well as the powerful, skin-healing omega-7—that hydrate and nurture skin, minimize fine lines, and protect skin from the damaging effects of the sun and environmental toxins.|
|Tame your curls without weighing them down with Aubrey Sea Buckthorn Leave-In Liquid Conditioner & Curl Activator. Packed with powerful sea buckthorn, evening primrose, jojoba, and white camellia oils, as well as oat protein, this spray-on conditioner adds body and softness while controlling frizz and dryness. Use after your regular conditioner and in-between shampoos to redefine curls and protect hair from blow dryer damage.|
Sherrie Strausfogel is the author of Hawaii’s Spa Experience: Rejuvenating Secrets of the Islands.
Writing about beauty, spas, health, cuisine, and travel, Strausfogel’s work has appeared in more than 100 magazines, newspapers, guidebooks, and websites.
She is based in Honolulu.