Seaberry is a mineral and antioxidant packed superfood with a bright orange flesh and green leaves. Otherwise known as hippophae rhamnoides, sandthorn, or sea buckthorn, this berry has been used for centuries in Asia and Europe for its highly nutritious and medicinal profile. Now you’ll find seaberry in everything from jams to juices to tinctures, thanks to its oil-rich texture and versatile profile of beneficial properties.
Seaberry is a popular addition to natural skin care because it’s high in vitamins and minerals, and flaunts a phytonutrient-rich anti-aging resume. Puristry’s Seaberry Moisturizer harnesses the power of these bright little gems, and funnels their intense benefits directly into skin. Let’s dive in!
This ancient fruit is steeped in a rich history, which explains its long tradition of medicinal and cosmetic applications. The first written documentation of sea buckthorn dates back to ancient Tibet, in a book of healing arts called Sibu Yi Dian. The book speaks at length on the revered sea buckthorn fruit, praising its remarkable restorative and healing properties.
Throughout history and from across the globe, seaberry has been alluded to as a healing and health-promoting tonic. Its unique ability to protect skin and hair from the havoc of the elements was popular long before conventional beauty.
Genghis Khan allegedly powered his army and their horses on sea buckthorn for stamina and recovery from combat. Ancient Greek horses were fed the little superfood, to imbue their coats with impressive gloss and shine. Similarly, women in ancient Greece used sea buckthorn to heal damaged skin and protect against signs of aging.
The fruit is often referred to as “resilient,” given its origin in the Tibetan Himalayas. Grown at 12,000 feet above sea level in full sun, this berry bush grows strong amongst harsh weather conditions and high altitudes. The secret to seaberry fortifying itself against the elements? It protects itself through producing an array of powerful nutrients, which result in extremely fortified plant cell walls and highly efficient use of nutrition.
In fact, these berries contain over 190 bioactive compounds. Sea buckthorn (the hippophae rhamnoides berry plant) contains unsurpassed stores of Omegas 3, 6, and 9. It is also a rich source of the elusive essential fatty acid, Omega-7. We love Omega-7 – a lot – because it’s an essential fatty acid that’s vital to collagen production. This means stronger skin, hair, and nails – no surprise coming from a tiny plant that can survive 12,000 feet above sea level!
Seaberry is a prime example where history has illuminated the unique, proven abilities of contemporary organic skin care ingredients. We’re of the opinion that knowledge of herbal traditions, clinical research, and a commitment to sourcing pure and simple ingredients is a winning combo.
Sneak these berries into your diet any way you can, because they boast major health perks. For starters, they pack twelve times the amount of Vitamin C as oranges. Needless to say they’re certainly a powerful tool for promoting immune system health, and are efficient in repairing damaged skin tissue.
With high amounts of protein and fiber, seaberry is also an effective addition to blended drinks and soups. Seaberry can help amp up the fullness factor during your meal, acting as a mild appetite suppressant. A word to the wise: their tart flavor can be intense, so use a light hand and experiment with portion size.
We’re eyeing a sea buckthorn fizz cocktail recipe right now, for a bright punch of flavor and vitamins. The recipe is pretty flexible: juice seaberries, then combine the juice with your fave sparkling beverage and a sweetener. The gorgeous color gradient will score you major hostess points!
Plant-based ingredients that are good for your gut are often good for your skin, too! This rule definitely rings true for seaberries, which offer deeply hydrating, anti-aging, and skin-brightening properties. High vitamin C content makes this berry an all star when it comes to collagen production, and ultra gentle resurfacing.
The Puristry Seaberry Moisturizer is a deeply emollient, concentrated product designed to target early stage wrinkles and dullness. The skin-softening formula combines sea buckthorn oil with ultra soothing organic aloe water and shea butter, plus honeysuckle extract for antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits.
You can use this product both AM and PM for increased elasticity and firmness, protection against environmental stressors, and collagen support. We love how powerful and concentrated this formula is: with less than a quarter sized amount, you get smooth application and serious absorption. Check out the full benefits of sea buckthorn in our Seaberry Moisturizer below!
For Irritated or Oily Skin
The rich content of Omega 3 fatty acids in seaberry is proven to reduce inflammation and redness. Vitamin E in this formula helps to heal and reduces the appearance of scarring. With their naturally high antioxidant content, seaberries are a potent fortification against the skin aging process.
Acne-prone skin often produces oil that is not only excessive, but can also be thicker and stickier than usual. According to findings in a 2010 study from the Journal of Pharmacy & BioAllied Science, natural properties in sea buckthorn can help to regulate excess production of this pesky pore-clogging oil in the skin.
By decreasing excess sebum production, inflammatory levels in the skin can be minimized and improved. We’re thrilled by the evidence that for those with oily skin or acne-prone skin, sea buckthorn may help to result in a more balanced, calm, and clear complexion.
For Dry Skin
Palmitoleic acid is found in large quantities in seaberry, and is useful for restoring dry skin types with an impaired moisture barrier. Natural levels of palmitoleic acid present in the skin tend to slowly decrease with age, and can lead to skin that feels more dry, less elastic, or takes longer to repair itself. By supplementing skin with a potent ingredient like seaberry, one can expect to see a softer, smoother, and more hydrated complexion.
For Aging Skin
In addition to Palmitoleic Acid, Omega 3, and Omega 6 oils, seaberry also houses an impressive arsenal of skin-defending antioxidants like carotenoids and flavonoids. These antioxidants help to minimize excessive environmental stressors and pollutants, which can weaken the skin’s natural barrier. With impaired barrier function, skin becomes susceptible to redness, sensitivity, dryness, poor texture, dullness, and possibly earlier signs of aging like fine lines and a loss of firmness.
In order to hydrate and balance the complexion, we’ve added coconut oil, shea butter, and grapeseed oil to the Seaberry Moisturizer formula. These rich, plant-based moisturizers bring a deeply conditioning aspect to the formula that makes it excellent for those seeking smoother, softer skin. Whether your skin is combination with occasional breakouts, or aging and dry with some visible lines, the Seaberry Moisturizer is expertly formulated to encourage a more radiant, glowing complexion.
From the Greeks to Genghis Khan, this berry draws on a seriously long, proven tradition of nourishing and repairing skin, which has been brought to life by over a hundred contemporary studies substantiating the buzz. More of this, please!