Sea Buckthorn Oil

Recently, Anne tried a new moisturizer recipe and gave me some to test.  We have been trying for quite some time now to come up with a good moisturizer and so far, nothing has passed our panel of finicky product testers (not just us, but family and friends too).  Luckily, with each new attempt, we get closer to what we want the end product to be.  With this one, Anne was feeling particularly excited, so I headed home with my little container of bright yellow cream, anxious to be a guinea pig once again.

12 April 2012

If you have been reading my blogs thus far, you will recall that I have oily, acne-prone skin.  Moisturizer and I are usually not good friends.  I almost never use it.  I may dab a bit around my eyes, but never anywhere else for fear of waking up the next day with a new batch of zits.  That being said, I was willing to try this one for several reasons:  (1) I love trying new products, (2) I didn't want to get fired (LOL), and (3) Anne used Sea Buckthorn oil in her recipe (from the “The Healing Arc” in Teeswater, Ontario).
I knew nothing of this brilliant reddish-orange oil before I started working here.  It is extracted from the berries of the sea buckthorn plant and is high in beta-carotene and vitamins A, C and E.  Using this powerhouse oil for skin care promotes cell tissue regeneration and wound healing.  It is reportedly used in radiation and burn clinics to help heal badly damaged skin.  It is also used widely to reduce the effects of aging, like wrinkles, sagging and dryness.  The high levels of Vitamins A and E in this oil provide the skin with essential nutrients to keep it healthy and young looking.  Much to my surprise, it is great for acne too.  When I have a breakout, I need treatments that are anti-bacterial as well as healing, and sea buckthorn oil can do both, without the harshness of my usual acid-based lotions.
It has been just over two weeks since I began testing Anne's latest moisturizer.  When I first applied it, the strong colour from the Sea Buckthorn oil made my face look slightly yellow, which was a little disconcerting!  Where I am oily (T-zone), it takes several minutes for my skin to soak it up, but the dry areas absorb it almost instantly.  The consistency is light and creamy, so I can spread it easily without pulling and stretching my skin.  So far, knock wood, my complexion has stayed under control too and the sea buckthorn oil may actually be helping to fade some of the red areas from past breakouts.  Best of all, the jaundiced look was not permanent, disappearing as soon as the moisturizer was absorbed. Anne also added lavender, geranium and clary sage essential oils, not just for their wonderful fragrances, but for their skin healing properties as well.
Overall, I think Anne might be on to something with this latest batch of moisturizer; it is the best one so far.  We will keep testing it for a few more weeks to be sure we like it and maybe even work on a batch with zinc oxide in it, for a little bit of sun protection.  In the meantime, don't forget about our Sea Buckthorn Castile Soap, a gentle, highly moisturizing bar featuring this amazing oil.
- Lori