Sea Buckthorn, The Vitamin All-Rounder

by Michelle Li

When it comes to brightening ingredients, what comes to mind may be Vitamin C but there are plenty of other brightening ingredients that are more suitable for various skin types. We understand that Vitamin C can be irritant and cause sensitivity to some skin types and some of us avoid it for this exact reason. But for those who do have a skin concern of hyperpigmentation yet are vitamin C sensitive, looking for alternative brightening agents is the answer. Lucky for us, there are a few ingredients that have all the brightening properties we are looking for and more while being non-irritating. To start, we thought we would talk about the ingredient, Sea Buckthorn. 

Sea buckthorn or you may see it as Hippophae Rhamnoides in ingredient lists is a flowering plant that produces berries. These berries are what’s commonly used in skincare as they have various vitamins like E, K, and of course, C. In fact, the Sea Buckthorn fruit is one of the most enriched plant sources of vitamin C and has the third-highest source of vitamin E among plants. It contains plenty of other vitamins, fatty acids, and amino acids which provide the skin antioxidants to protect the skin from free radicals and promote cell regeneration. This in turn makes it a great anti-aging ingredient too. 

So with the various benefits that sea buckthorn has, you may be hesitant to try it in case of skin sensitivity. But not to worry, sea buckthorn is an ingredient that actually soothes, calms as well as hydrates the skin, and won’t irritate sensitive skin types. Even though sea buckthorn contains a high amount of vitamin C, it is less likely to lead to irritation due to having fatty acids like omega-3 to balance out the skin. Due to the anti-inflammatory properties that fatty acids contain, it soothes irritation and strengthens your skin barrier.

iUnik Propolis Vitamin Synergy Serum

This serum is suitable for sensitive or acne-prone skin who are looking for a product that provides skin-healing properties yet has brightening effects. It contains 70% propolis extract, an antibacterial ingredient that has plenty of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids to prevent skin breakouts. Because of its effectiveness, it has been commonly used in traditional medicine. Combined with propolis extract, this serum also has 12% Sea Buckthorn Fruit extract to make healing even more effective. In addition to other fruit complexes, this serum also ensures your skin will get an antioxidant boost to protect the skin. And of course, we can’t forget it delivers all the brightening ingredients so if you have acne hyperpigmentation, this may gently lighten it over time.

I’m From Vitamin Tree Water Gel

If oily skin types are looking for a super-light moisturiser, the I’m From Vitamin Tree Water Gel may be one to try. This gel-textured moisturiser is light and absorbs super quickly into the skin. With 68% sea buckthorn extract, this cream contains a high amount of linoleic acid which helps to make this cream very moisturising. This is naturally found in our skin’s sebum so not only does it regulate moisture levels but it will also help with overall hydration. In addition to sea buckthorn extract, this cream also has plant ingredients like cloudberry, snow lotus, and Jericho rose which all help to balance out skin’s oil-moisture levels as well as having antioxidant properties too.

 By Wishtrend Vitamin 75 Maximising Cream

This cream is made of 75% sea buckthorn water to help give your skin moisture without making the cream feel heavy on the skin. Even though it is light, it can still give even dry skin the moisture it needs. Suitable for all skin types, this cream's high amount of sea buckthorn extract means it also has plenty of vitamin E, a great one to incorporate with vitamin C. These two vitamins are both antioxidants but when they are combined the brightening effect increases. This is because vitamin C is an ingredient that is easily oxidised however, vitamin E helps stabilise it which helps achieve better results especially if you are looking to brighten hyperpigmentation. So if you are using a vitamin C serum, this cream may just help increase brightening effectiveness.

So with sea buckthorn being a versatile skincare ingredient for all skin types, it could be one that you would like to incorporate into your daily skincare routine. Not only is it an antioxidant and provides brightening capabilities but it is commonly found in replacement of water due to its ability to both hydrate and moisturise the skin. So if you would like to try a new ingredient out, sea buckthorn extract could be your next one! If you have any other ingredients you would like to know more about, please feel free to let us know below. 

Thanks for reading!

Until next time, bye Beauties 🐰💕



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