I basically called my mom for help. Except when I say mom, I mean an esthetician.
Sea buckthorn oil has been around in skin care products for a minute. If you haven’t tried it out yet, it could be one of the best oils for moisturizing and nourishing your skin.
Sea buckthorn, a shrub that grows in northern Europe and Asia, produces berries that are nothing short of magical for dry and irritated skin. Extracted from both the seeds and the berries of the plant, sea buckthorn oil has long been used in Russia and eastern Europe for skin protection against blustery, frigid weather.
I’ve been using Fresh Seaberry Face Oil, but you can buy sea buckthorn oil (try Mountain Rose Herbs or Garden of Wisdom) and mix it with other oils of your choice. Warning: straight sea buckthorn oil can stain your skin orange.
The Fresh oil is light in consistency, fast absorbing, and has a slightly medicinal herbal scent. I’ve been a big fan of oils for a long time, so I’m used to the happy, deeply moisturized feeling they give my skin.
I wouldn’t say this moisturizes any better or worse than my beloved maracuja oil, but even though the immediate effect is like any other oil, sea buckthorn is in it for the long game. With a ton of antioxidants in the form of carotenoids and vitamins A, C, and E, it’ll fight free radicals to keep your baby face on point as your skin ages.
Rich in anti-inflammatory omega fatty acids, sea buckthorn can be helpful for inflammatory skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and even acne. Studies on mice show that it can also accelerate wound healing. (Poor mice!)
There is one caveat to sea buckthorn's acne-healing properties: it's high in oleic acid, which makes it great for especially dry, irritated, or aging skin, but less friendly to acne-prone skin types. (Psst: read more on oleic acids in this post by Danielle.)
I've been using Fresh Seaberry Face Oil, which contains quite a bit of linoleic acid-heavy grape seed oil, for two weeks without any breakouts. I apply two to four drops to damp, clean skin at night and wake up with a Yoncé glow.
Oh, and of course you can try taking straight sea buckthorn oil internally, like Hannah does, for extra moisturizing power.
Have you ever used a product containing sea buckthorn oil?