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Dr Mercola Organic Sea Buckthorn Serum

Is a Solution for:
Sagging Skin
Reviewed by Marta July 16, 2011 18 Comments
After a lengthy email to and fro with a Truth In Aging reader, my correspondent asked me what I thought of Dr Mercola’s skincare products. This was ironic since we’d been discussing skincare products and Dr Mercola, who is notoriously controversial, has said that he thinks sunscreen causes cancer. Amongst his other, shall we say unorthodox, views is the opinion that HIV does not lead to AIDS. The FDA recently upbraided him for making claims for supplements he sells (such as chorella “will help to virtually eliminate your risk of developing cancer in the future"). I wondered if Dr Mercola’s organic skincare would be characterized by hubris as well.

I have before me Dr Mercola’s Organic Sea Buckthorn Serum ($22) and, surprisingly, it is modest in price and formula. Dr Mercola claims that the key ingredient, sea buckthorn, has over 100 nutrients. I’m not so sure about that, but it is a powerful botanical. The fruit that grows from sea buckthorn plants provide (per 100 grams) 600 mg of vitamin C, 180 mg of vitamin E, 80 mcg of folic acid, 35 mg of carotenoids (beta carotene, lycopene, etc.), 6 – 11% omega fatty acids, and up to 1% of flavonoids. What does all that mean from a beauty perspective? Wrinkle and hyperpigmentation reduction, protection against photoaging, collagen stimulation and more. Apparently, palmitoleic acid, an ingredient in the oils from the fruits’ seeds, nourishes skin with antioxidants. Sea buckthorn oil may also protect you from UV rays and serve as an emollient.

Dr Mercola’s Organic Sea Buckthorn Serum also has antioxidant green tea and soothing calendula. It should be commended for including nothing nasty at all, although an almond oil base might be pore clogging and I would prefer a product that is more emollient.

For comparison, I thought it would be worth reminding myself of Tilvee’s sea buckthorn cream. It costs a little more: $35. However, it is likely to be more moisturizing and there is certainly more going on with the inclusion of shea, mango and cocoa butter, the aloe base, argan oil, plus antioxidant avocado and carrot.

It would be interesting to see how they compare in use. If anyone is interested in a Tilvee/Mercola face off and writing about it for us, let me know and I’ll send them your way.

Ingredients in Dr Mercola

Prunus dulcis (almond) oil*, hippophae rhamnoides (sea buckthorn berry) oil*, camellia sinensis leaf (green tea) extract*, rosmarinus officinalis extract*, calendula officinalis extract*, matricaria recutita (chamomile) extract*, citrus sinensis (sweet orange) oil*, tocopherol.

Ingredients in Tilvee

Aloe barbadensis (Aloe Vera) Juice*, Rosa damascena (Rose) Distillate, Butyrospermun parkii (Shea) Butter*, Calendula o­cinalis (Calendula) Extract*, Theobroma cacao (Cocoa) Butter, Emulsifying Wax NF, Persea americana (Avocado) Oil, Hippaophae rhammnoides (Sea Buckthorn) extract*, Argania spinosa (Argan) Oil*, Kosher Vegetable Glycerin, Daucus carota (Carrot) Oil, Hamamelis virginiana (Witch Hazel), Tocopherol (Vitamin E), Garcinia indica (Kokum) Butter, Mangifera indica (Mango) Butter, Palm stearic acid, (Polysaccharide gum) Xanthan Gum, Essential oils of Vanilla (Vanilla) planifolia, Citrus limonum ( Lime), Citrus bergamia (Bergamont), Cananga Odorata (Ylang Ylang), Lavendula (Lavender) angustifolia, Citrus reticulata (Mandarin)
  • March 28, 2016

    by Adrienne

    I wish I could respond to jc. Orange oil isn't phototoxic.

  • July 24, 2015

    by Carol Smith-Blum


    I feel Dr. Mercola, has good intentions, and for the most part, delivers
    natural products, that are good quality . In my opinion, there are too many
    ingredients in many of these skin cream, and serums, that are unnecessary, and can also cause adverse reactions when in the sun. I read that one reviewer felt that essential oils, can cause photo toxicity , when exposed to the sun.

    Dr. Mercola, feels, many of the ingredients in sunscreen, can cause cancer, and
    apparently some, feel that Dr. Mercola, is advocating that skin protection from the sun, is not necessary. From everything, I have read about Dr. Mercola, he does
    promote, good preventive sun care from the sun, but, feels zinc, in higher quantities, applied to the skin, is healthier for the skin. Actually, many doctors
    agree with his logic, and feel there are properties in the sunscreen creams, that .
    if used on a regular basis, can cause adverse skin reactions. Dr. Mercola, also
    feels, that some exposure to the sun without sunscreen would be beneficial to
    the body as a whole, so, some natural vitamin D, can be absorbed. I have also
    heard this as well, from other doctors too.

    I feel, it is beneficial to get at least 15 minutes of morning sun, without any sunscreen at all. But , I still wear a hat, and I won't stay out any longer than 15 minutes, without zinc, at a higher percent of 18 - 22%, at least.

    Dr. Mercola, does sell suntan oil, which, I am not a fan of. Dermatologists, do feel, that tanned skin, is burnt skin, and the cancer risk is considerably higher, when skin is tanned. So, I would not purchase Dr. Mercola's sun oil products, unless solely for moisturizing the skin, after a shower, or a bath.

    I like Dr. Merrcola's powdered greens, and feel, on the whole, his supplements
    are good quality, and would purchase them. I also like Life Extension, and Purity as well. Feeding our bodies with healthy foods, and drinking lots of green tea, and even a little coffee, is the best options, we have to keep our immune systems
    healthy, so, we can fight cancer and keep our cells healthy. There is no quick fix.


  • May 5, 2012

    by nmbrown716

    So, what was the outcome? Did anyone do the testing? I am really interested in learning the Mercola skincare system all that it's advertised to be me. I've never been into "natural" things, but since becoming a mother it has become of GREAT interest to me in so many different realms. I'd really like to get more input on the Mercola products.

  • September 13, 2011

    by J.Alex

    I am familiar with Dr. Mercola (not personally). ANYONE who tells people that HIV doesn't cause AIDS just wouldn't get my money nor even a product evaluation.
    Whilst not with the most perfect of ingredients I would rather use SIBU sea buckthorn serum.

  • July 22, 2011

    by jc

    i wouldn't use either of these products because of the 'essential' oils in them that are phototoxic(wearing them in the sun can do nasty things to them and then to your skin) as well as potential sensitizers...but i WOULD purchase a straight up sea buckthorn oil via amazon, google or ebay to use as a final step in my evening regimen

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