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Why Sea Buckthorn Is the Overachieving Ingredient Every Complexion Needs

Whether you’ve got dry skin, acne, a sunburn, or fine lines, sea buckthorn is an ingredient you want in your skin care routine. Discover where to find it below.

These days it seems like a beauty product’s packaging can be more important than what’s actually inside. Thankfully there are some products that are as great for your skin as they look on your shelf.

One that checks both boxes is the Then I Met You Living Cleansing Balm. The emollient formula is a mesmerizing orange hue thanks to its star ingredient: sea buckthorn. But the balm’s photogenic quality is just a bonus compared to what sea buckthorn can do for your skin.

Sea buckthorn is a type of small orange berry that is most often found in skin care in the form of an oil and offers skin benefits that go way beyond hydration. Here, we’re sharing just what makes the ingredient such a game-changer for all skin types.

It offers 360-degree hydration.

Sea buckthorn is a source of omega 3, 6, 7, and 9. These fatty acids, like linolic acid (omega-6) and oleic acid (omega-9), strengthen the skin’s barrier function to help lock in moisture (among other things), prevent moisture loss, and increase hydration in general.

These substances also aid in skin regeneration and repair, which is especially helpful during the harsh winter months or scorching summer months when the skin is particularly vulnerable.

It’s healing and can help treat acne. 

It may seem counter-intuitive to apply an oil on oily and/or acne-prone skin, but the right one – i.e. sea buckthorn – can actually help balance the skin. The non-greasy oil is also a great pick because it’s anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.

The ingredient is also known to help heal acne scars and soothe skin conditions like psoriasis and eczema.

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It shields skin from damage from environmental factors like the sun and pollution.

The ingredient is a rich source of antioxidants and contains an especially high content of vitamins A, C (it has 15 times more than an orange), and E. This means it’s a powerful tone-evening, skin-smoothing, and anti-aging (it stimulates collagen and prevents wrinkles and a loss of elasticity) tool.

Plus, it’s been shown to both provide UV protection (though it’s not an alternative for sunscreen) and help heal UV damage like sunburns.

Where can you find it?

As mentioned earlier, sea buckthorn is a star ingredient in the Then I Met You Living Cleansing Balm ($38). The cleanser melts into skin like a dream and effectively removes oil-based impurities (like sunscreen, makeup, and excess sebum). Because it’s so nourishing, you’ll never experience that tight post-cleansing feeling.

The A’pieu My Skin-Fit Sheet Mask Sea Buckthorn is a quick calming and brightening treatment that also offers the benefit of another antioxidant-rich ingredient: kiwi fruit extract.

A favorite sea buckthorn face oil is the Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Face Oil that also features added vitamin E for an extra supple, nourished complexion.

Finally, Supergoop uses the ingredient in its Forever Young Hand Cream to help reduce redness, boost collagen production, and target discoloration.

+Have you ever used any products that contain sea buckthorn? What other ingredients do you want to learn more about? Share in the comments below!

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