Sea Buckthorn Oil
Sea buckthorn oil has been used for thousands of years as a natural remedy for various ailments.
It is extracted from the berries, leaves, and seeds of the sea buckthorn plant (Hippophae rhamnoides), which is a small shrub that grows at high altitudes in the northwest Himalayan region.
Sometimes referred to as the holy fruit of the Himalayas, it’s a popular remedy in Ayurvedic and traditional Chinese medicines. It’s said to provide health benefits for more radiant hair and skin.
Sea buckthorn oil has been used as a traditional skin treatment for centuries.
It’s rich in unsaturated fat, antioxidants, phytosterols, carotenoids, and vitamins E and K — all of which function together to protect your skin’s integrity and promote its renewal.
Sea buckthorn oil is also rich in palmitoleic acid, which is a type of fat naturally found in human skin that can be used to treat burns and promote wound healing.
It’s also a good source of linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid that’s the most abundant fatty acid in human skin. Research suggests that linoleic acid may reduce acne and psoriasis, as well as protect against dry or scaly skin.
In addition to linoleic acid, sea buckthorn oil contains other omega-6 fats, such as gamma linolenic acid, which may help reduce eczema and improve acne.
Furthermore, compounds in sea buckthorn oil appear promising in protecting your skin from the damaging effects of UV rays from the sun.
Perhaps unsurprisingly, sea buckthorn is commonly added to various pro-aging or wrinkle-reducing products. It’s also a common ingredient in products intended to treat dry, irritated, flaky or itchy skin.