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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 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, 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 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).
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]
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
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