Sea buckthorn, scientifically known as Hippophae rhamnoides, is a shrub that can be found in Europe and Asia, specifically in Russia and in the highest quantity in China.

The plant is so important in terms of its production of fruit and its function as a source of multiple vitamins and minerals, that the European Commission funded the EAN-Seabuck network to promote sustainable crop and consumer product development, as sea buckthorn is viewed as an underused raw material for pharmaceutical and cosmetic products.

Which brings us to beauty – how exactly does sea buckthorn benefit you? 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. Finally, the fruit may benefit your hair; hippophae is Greek for “shiny horse,” which refers to the shiny coats of the horses that ate sea buckthorns.

There is a great deal of research that verifies the benefits of sea buckthorn when it comes to various diseases, including cirrhosis, cancer, and other illnesses; but there aren’t a lot of studies backing said benefits of sea buckthorn in terms of external advantages. However, I was able to find a very convincing one from the Journal of Applied Cosmetology. According to the study, which examined the effects of both sea buckthorn oral supplements and topical oil application on skin aging, the plant works as a skin hydrator, an anti-wrinkle serum, and as a collagen promoter.

If you’re interested in testing beauty items infused with sea buckthorn, I recommend looking at Tilvee's serum with sea buckthorn and argan oil ($35 in the TIA shop).