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Why Sea Buckthorn Oil Should Be In Your Beauty Bag

You might not be familiar with the tiny orange berry, but sea buckthorn is one potent ingredient you should have on your radar.

Why You Should Try Products With Sea Buckthorn
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Next time you're looking to add a new skincare product to your arsenal, might we suggest seeking out one containing the elusive sea buckthorn. Although you might not be familiar with the tiny orange berries, you should be. Sea buckthorns come from a resilient fruit that grows in the harsh Himalayan mountains. The oil from the berries is coveted for its array of antioxidants, vitamins and fatty acids, including Omegas 3, 6, 7 and 9. 

As any beauty guru knows, these are all winning combinations for healthy skin. For years, sea buckthorn has been used to treat burns, rosacea, eczema, lesions, sun damage and more, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Not only does it help with more serious skin ailments, but also, it can be used in topical face and body care products. In fact, it can be found as both a standalone oil, and as a common ingredient in other products such as eye creams and facial oils. It can even be mixed with your favorite oils or serums to enhance moisture absorption. Just be warned—straight sea buckthorn can stain skin! 

In case you'd like to incorporate the nourishing ingredient into your beauty routine—without the possibility of dying your hands!—we've rounded up three options for you.

SeabuckWonders Sea Buckthorn Deep Hydrating Serum, $35, at seabuckwonders.com

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This serum helps maintain skin's moisture balance as well as support collagen production.

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Body Cream, $15, at sibubeauty.com

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Combined with meadowfoam, shea butter and aloe, this sea buckthorn-based cream boats softening and healing properties.

Dr. Hauschka Skincare Daily Hydrating Eye Cream, $52, at beauty.com

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This eye cream not only contains calendula, pineapple and marshmallow to soothe tired yes, but sea buckthorn oil moisturizes, nourishes and tones to give a full treatment.