Take a seat, acai: There's a new berry taking over the skin care town — and it's being equated to liquid gold for your face. We're talking about sea buckthorn (sometimes called seaberry), a tiny, bright orange berry that's rich in antioxidant-loaded carotenoids as well as vitamins A, C, and E to help protect, brighten, nourish, and clarify your skin. Sea buckthorn berries also contain fatty acids — including stearic, oleic, linoleic, and omega 6 — which keep the skin hydrated and plump without weighing it down or feeling too greasy.
Interestingly, sea buckthorn doesn't grow in the sea or even necessarily alongside it. Instead, it thrives in cool temperatures, like Mongolia's Gobi Desert, Russia, China, and Sweden. And while the ingredient is super buzzy right now, it actually boasts a very long history of medicinal and topical use in countries where it's found naturally. Today we're lucky enough to have access to sea buckthorn in skin care wherever we live.
So, on that note, keep on reading to see some of our favorite sea buckthorn-infused beauty products.
One of the most exciting skin care launches at the tail-end of 2018 came from Charlotte Cho, an esthetician and founder of Korean beauty e-commerce site, Soko Glam. The line consists of two products that work separately or in tandem with each other, the Living Cleansing Balm and Soothing Tea Cleansing Gel. The balm has the hallmark golden-orange hue of a product that contains sea buckthorn, and it's a true delight to use. In addition, it also contains persimmon extract, olive and grapeseed oil, and vitamin E.
This silky moisturizer from natural, organic brand Puristry is perfect for those with sensitive skin or anyone looking for a soothing, nourishing treat for their face. It's formulated with aloe vera, shea butter, sea buckthorn oil, coconut oil, and grapeseed oil to hydrate and revitalize, honeysuckle and sea buckthorn fruit extracts for an extra boost of nutrients.
If you're a sucker for a super hydrating face oil then this one's probably going to be a winner on your skin care shelf. It's a luxurious formulation of rosehip oil to brighten and rejuvenate, sea buckthorn oil to hydrate and nourish dry skin, chia seed Co2 to boost luminosity, and meadowfoam oil to bolster the skin's barrier function.
You don't have to limit sea buckthorn oil to your face; this miracle ingredient works on your body just as beautifully. The Better Skin Co. included the ingredient in The Amaze Balm's impressive lineup of rich oils and butters. You've got coconut, sunflower, sea buckthorn, avocado, and primrose oils along with shea and cocoa butter, as well as lanolin and beeswax. It's a thick and creamy balm that sinks quickly into your skin for a super hydrating treat.