Sea Buckthorn Oil

Ingredient Spotlight

Why It’s Worth the Hype


Sea Buckthorn Oil, chances are you’ve heard of this somewhat “cult favorite” ingredient that enriches our serums and cleansers and anoints the skin in rich orange goodness. So here are some of the reasons why this amazing oil from the Sea Buckthorn Berry Shrub is incredible for the skin!

What is Sea Buckthorn?

The Sea Buckthorn (Hippophaes rhamnoides) Berry Shrub, which is native to Asia and Europe, is also known as sallowthorn, sandthorn, or seaberry. It naturally contains 14 vitamins (beautiful vitamin C and A included!) that contribute to overall skin and body health. The berries are cold-pressed and added to wonderful mixtures to help the skin with a variety of issues, including acne and skin showing signs of aging. It’s also a free radical scavenger, so it finds “broken cells” and helps repair them while also helping aid fine lines, wrinkles, and soothing dry skin. This makes this oil so versatile when it comes to working with all different types of skin and skin conditions.

Sea Buckthorn oil contains 190+ different bioactive compounds that all work together to soothe and repair the skin.

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What does it contain?

Sea Buckthorn oil additionally contains 190+ different bioactive compounds that all work together to soothe and repair the skin. Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil contains omega 6 and the highly sought-after Omega 7, incredible for aiding in overall skin repair, making this oil ideal for problem skin. One of the most helpful compounds in Sea Buckthorn oil when it comes to the skin is linoleic acid, derived from Omega-6, which has been studied and shown to play a role in reversing the signs of aging. “Omega-6 might reverse this process by accelerating the production of lipids in lamellar granules, strengthening the lipid barrier of the epidermis, protecting the skin against epidermal loss of water, and normalizing the metabolism of the skin.” [1]

You might be asking yourself at this point, “is there anything this oil can’t do?”… and frankly, we don’t think there is! Not only does it keep the skin strong while also improving various skin conditions, but it also keeps the epidermis hydrated. “Fatty acids contained in these oils create an occlusive film on the skin which reduces transepidermal water loss (TEWL).” [2]

Where can you find it?

Sea Buckthorn is most commonly added as a star ingredient to cleansers of all types, serums, and facial oils. If you are in a place with your skin where you want to try something new, feel like your skin is missing the support it needs, or you just simply want the benefits of this incredible super-oil, then look into various products that contain this oil to see how your skin reacts! “Scientific reports confirm the content of almost 200 ingredients which ensure that the oil has a multidirectional effect. Therefore, sea-buckthorn and its oil may be considered to be one of the most valuable natural products in the world.” [3]

Remember: if your client has sensitive or reactive skin, it is always best to play it safe by patch-testing any new products right below the ear on the neck to make sure the your skin doesn’t have a negative reaction.

Now off you go… we think everyone needs this in their regimen!