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Ingredient Spotlight: Sea Buckthorn Extract


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Ingredient Spotlight:
Sea Buckthorn Extract

Found in Canada, Europe, China and Mongolia, sea buckthorn is a shrub that grows near the coast and produces edible berries from which oil is extracted and used in skin care products.

The Nutrient Profile of Sea Buckthorn

Our super ingredient, sea buckthorn, contains an incredible 190 nutrients and phytonutrients. Its vitamin C concentrations are 12 times higher than an orange's and are the third-highest source of vitamin E among all plants.


Vitamin C is well known to brighten and reduce inflammation and boost collagen for firmer, plumper skin. Sea buckthorn also contains vitamins B1, B2, K, C, A, and E, folic acid, and an array of powerful antioxidants and minerals.


In addition to vitamins, sea buckthorn is full of fatty acids such as omega 3, 6 and 9 that promote a gorgeous, radiant glow and provide unrivalled anti-inflammatory effects. And it is the only plant source on the planet that contains omega 7Sea buckthorn seed oil contains omega 3 and 6 in an almost perfect ratio, as well as omega 9, which is better suited for dry and mature skin. Sea buckthorn's fruit oil contains omega 6 and the highly sought-after omega 7, which helps skin repair and regeneration. 


One of the most well-known properties of sea buckthorn (and its stock of fatty acids) is its ability to drastically reduce inflammation as it signals the oil glands to stop creating excess amounts of sebum. Acne results from inflammation in the skin, and sea buckthorn's ability to reduce inflammation will also work to prevent future flare-ups, help to fade scars and help promote a smoother skin texture. Unlike conventional acne products, sea buckthorn will begin to heal your blemishes without ever drying out your skin.


Last but not least, sea buckthorn is just as renowned for its anti-aging benefits as its skin-healing benefits. It repairs oxidative damage and has anti-aging properties. It hydrates the skin and promotes collagen formation, a structural protein essential for plump, smooth, youthful-looking skin. Regular use gives you clearer and brighter skin, reduced fine lines, a plumper complexion and a smoother, more refined skin texture.


These powerful nutrients, fatty acids, and anti-inflammatory and anti-aging benefits work together to transform the skin.

The Benefits of Sea Buckthorn for Skin

1. Contains Antioxidants

Sea buckthorn is rich in antioxidants known to reverse and fight free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules responsible for breaking down our skin's collagen. 

2. Moisturizes

Sea buckthorn oil contains lipids that moisturize and soften the skin. According to Dr. Marisa Garshick, MD, a board-certified dermatologist and clinical assistant professor at Cornell University, sea buckthorn also "
contains linoleic acid, which is found naturally in the sebum, so it may help to regulate moisture levels and overall help with hydration." 

3. Reduces Inflammation That Causes Acne 

With its abundance of fatty acids, Sea buckthorn is renowned for its anti-inflammatory properties. Sea buckthorn significantly reduces inflammation by signalling the oil glands to decrease the production of excess sebum. This reduction, in turn, aids in preventing future acne flare-ups. 

4. Improves skin tone

Vitamin C, found in sea buckthorn, is known to even out skin tone and brighten the skin. Vitamin A, also found in sea buckthorn, is known to strengthen the effects of vitamin C.

5. Prevents Moisture Loss

Sea buckthorn seed oil is rich in polyunsaturated fats (omega-3 and omega-6), which minimize water loss from skin cells. It also supports the natural skin barrier, which helps minimizes moisture loss.

6. Anti-Aging

Sea buckthorn is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and fatty acids, in addition to enhancing skin's blood circulation and accelerating cell turnover. These properties provide powerful anti-aging benefits that can minimize the visibility of fine lines and wrinkles.

Valia Cleanser + Verse Lotion Mist
feature Sea Buckthorn Extract

Sea buckthorn is a key ingredient in the 
Valia Cleanser, designed with all-natural ingredients to deeply cleanse and purify the skin, improving texture and tone while firming and replenishing the skin's moisture barrier. This cleanser helps prevent dryness and reduce redness and irritation. It also helps with skin conditions like eczema, rosacea, and dermatitis to decrease inflammation and treat acne.


It is also a key ingredient in the Verse Lotion Mist. It's designed with all-natural ingredients to improve hydration, elasticity and calm visible redness while firming, brightening dull skin, and protecting the skin's moisture barrier. Its anti-inflammatory properties also make it perfect for breakout-prone & oily skin.


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