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Product Review: Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Skin Oil

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Skin Oil ($50, amazon.com) contains sea buckthorn oil, cranberry seed oil, and grape seed oil, which contain a bevy of compounds known for being beneficial to skin.
Fresh-Seaberry-Moisturizing-Skin-Oil Skin oils and arctic fruits have both been popular lately in skin care. Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Skin Oil combines both of those.
Recently, there’s been quite a focus on arctic fruits, particularly those that survive very cold temperatures and have a long shelf life because they often contain a lot of vitamins and other compounds. The skin care industry has also seen a lot of focus on skin oils. Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Skin Oil is an oil moisturizer with arctic fruits and while it does leave a somewhat oily feeling on the skin, it’s very moisturizing.

Sea Buckthorn Oil

sea-buckthorn-oil Sea buckthorn has been used in traditional Chinese medicine for years. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
Sea Buckthorn is one of the arctic fruits that has, as of late, been popping up in all sorts of skin care formulations. But it’s been used in traditional Chinese medicine for many years. The tart fruit is packed full of skin-friendly things, including Vitamins E and C, phenols, carotenoids, and phospholipids (Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine). It also contains Omega 7 and 9, and has been shown to be a good antioxidant and free-radical scavenger (Food Research International). Studies have shown that sea buckthorn is beneficial to skin both when taken orally and when applied topically. An industry-sponsored study done by laboratory and supplement purveyor Aromtech found that participants — women, average age of 61 — saw an increase in skin hydration and elasticity, with a decrease in roughness (Aromtech). Other studies have demonstrated this and seen that sea buckthorn taken orally increases the fatty acid-content of the skin (Journal of Biological Science). Topically applied, it’s been promising too. It’s known to as a wound- and burn-healing agent (Journal of Biological Science). Studies on burn patients of topically applied sea buckthorn oil have found that it acts to promote blood flow, decrease inflammation, and increase immunity, among other things. No irritation was reported during any of these studies.

  Cranberry Oil

cranberry-skin-benefits Cranberries are said to be the only fruit with a 1:1 ratio of Omega 3 and 6. (Photo Credit: Anne Davis)
Cranberry oil, yet another arctic fruit, is known for its high and balanced amounts of Omega 3, 6, and 9 — apparently it’s the only fruit oil with a 1:1 ratio of Omega 3 and 6 (Cosmetics and Toiletries). It also has a high proportion of lipids, fatty acids, and Vitamin E (Zenitech). Native American populations used cranberries in traditional medicine. It’s commonly used as a treatment for urinary tract infections, but it’s been gaining attention as a skin care ingredient (Longwood Herbal). There are currently no studies that indicate that topically applied cranberry oil is effective — though its component parts suggest that it could be very efficacious. It has been found in studies of patients taking cranberry to ease symptoms of urinary tract infections, that skin improvement is one of the beneficial side effects of the fruit (Longwood Herbal).

 Grape Seed Oil

grape-seed-oil Grape seed oil can enhance the benefits of vitamins A and C. (Photo Credit: Wikipedia)
Grape seed oil actually has quite a few long-term benefits that make it beneficial in skin care. Because of its bioflavonoid, it strengthens capillaries, bringing more oxygen to the skin internally and improving it (Better Nutrition). It also contains phenols and the same antioxidants that make wine beneficial to drink, make grape seed oil beneficial to skin (Food Chemistry). There isn’t a wealth of evidence about topical application — which has been said to improve skin elasticity and protect collagen. However, supplements of grape seed oil have been found to increase antioxidants in the body and increase the potency of vitamins A and C (University of Maryland Medical Center).

Personal Opinion

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Skin Oil doesn’t totally absorb into the skin quickly. Be sure to use it sparingly, as putting too much on will make it feel too oily on your skin. It also has a quite potent smell that some might find it too much for them to use regularly. That said, it is moisturizing and I did notice my skin looked brighter the morning after I used it. I think that this oil moisturizer would likely be best used at night (as it won’t layer well under something like foundation) on normal to dry skin. I have two reasons for this: One being that it might not layer well under make-up for day use because it does remain somewhat oily on skin, and two being that the skin absorbs antioxidants and vitamins better at night and this oil is full of them. Skin oils should not be used as moisturizers, but only as cleansers, for people with oily and/or acne-prone skin. [Read More: How to Get the Maximum Benefit from Skin Oils]

Bottom Line

Fresh Seaberry Moisturizing Skin Oil contains a wealth of vitamin- and phenol-packed ingredients. Sea buckthorn oil is a well-tested traditional remedy that’s beneficial both topically applied and taken as a supplement. While not all of the oil extracts have been tested on humans in laboratory settings, the fatty acids, phenols, vitamins, etc. that they contain have, which means they have a lot of promise. The oil has a strong smell and should be used sparingly, but overall has many moisturizing benefits. Product Rating: 7/10
  • High or optimized concentration of proven effective ingredients: 2/3
  • Unique formulation or new technology: 2.5/3
  • Value: 2.5/3
  • Sunscreen: 0/1
Ingredients Vitis Vinifera (Grape) Seed Oil, Camellia Oleifera Seed Oil, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis (Sweet Almond) Oil, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Rosmarinus Officinalis (Rosemary) Leaf Extract, Vaccinium Macrocarpon (Cranberry) Seed Oil, Tocopheryl Acetate, Tocopherol, Ascorbyl Tetraisopalmitate, Fragrance, Bht, Linalool, Limonene, Citral, Coumarin, Geraniol.
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Date: September 13 2012 at 5:56 AM
  1. Terri
    September 13 2012 at 6:58 AM

    Could you please review Sibu products? they contain Sea Buckthorn too. I would like to try them but I am not sure.

  2. Nancy@Permanent Makeup
    September 14 2012 at 6:38 AM

    i once used black seed oil on my skin.. and you are not gonna believe this, the results were amazing.. my skin started to feel so smooth and shiny.. its miraculous.. must try that!!

  3. Audrey C.
    September 18 2012 at 4:34 PM

    I have slightly acne-prone skin that is combination -- my T-zone is super, super oily but the rest of my face is normal-to-dry. Would I be able to use a face oil (I'm eyeing the Lumene Vitamin C + Energy Cocktail and the Badger Damascus Rose Face Oil, in particular) if I was careful not to apply it to my T-zone? Also, should I avoid the eye area when using face oils? By the way, I recently found this blog through your post on alcohols in skincare, and it's fast becoming one of my favorites! I love learning the science behind skincare, and it's helped to make me a more savvy consumer.

  4. Keith
    January 24 2013 at 4:22 PM

    @Audrey...I have sensitive, acne prone skin with larger pores and just want to let you know the only oils that should ever go on your face should be non-comedogenic (high linoleic safflower or hemp seed oil) and at that, would be better used strictly as a face cleanser, not moisturizer. With the right oil cleanser...you will not even need a moisturizer.

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