We often refer to Sea Buckthorn as “food for your skin” because it contains 190 bioactive substances that nourish your body from both the inside-out and the outside-in. In fact, Sea Buckthorn’s nutritional profile is so remarkable that even Dr. Oz has taken notice. Some of the most powerful elements of this nutritional profile are the vitamins – vitamins that aren’t often found in such quantities all together in a single plant source. So what exactly are some of these key vitamins found in Sea Buckthorn and how can they benefit your skin? *
Vitamin A applied topically has been shown to improve the appearance of the wrinkles associated with natural aging and may help to promote the production of skin-building compounds, according to studies published in the Archives of Dermatology. Vitamin As and their derivatives have been used for years in such medical skin treatments as Retin-A for diminishing hyper-pigmentation, treating acne and smoothing wrinkles. Sea Buckthorn contains a high concentration of Vitamin A in the form of Beta Carotene (as evidenced by Sea Buckthorn’s very orange berries!), which is easily absorbed and utilized by the body.
VITAMIN B COMPLEX
Much is being made of Vitamin B complexes and derivatives in dermatology today. Several prominent dermatologists have dubbed it the “anti-aging ingredient of the future” and studies support their claims that B Vitamins help skin retain moisture, reduce skin flaking, decrease hyperpigmentation and even reduce skin cancer. Sea Buckthorn contains Vitamins B1, B2, B5, B9 (Folic Acid) and B12.
Vitamin C has been a popular additive in skincare for many years in the form of ascorbic acid. Vitamin C is an important antioxidant, fighting water/plasma-based free radicals which age skin. It has also been shown to be essential to the creation, stability and maintenance of collagen, the substance that keeps skin looking plump and youthful. Finally, Vitamin C can help with hyperpigmentation, reducing brown spots and smoothing the complexion. The rub, however, is that Vitamin C can be difficult for the skin to absorb, it can oxidize very rapidly and you need a high concentration to reap the benefits. It is important to introduce high concentation Vitamin C to your skin in a way which optimizes skin absorbtion and equally important to use a stable form of Vitamin C. Sea Buckthorn floral waters provide an excellent base for absorption by helping to balance the PH of your skin, and Sea Buckthorn itself contains of the highest concentrations of Vitamin C in the plant kingdom. In Mont Echo products, Vitamin C stability is enhanced with natural antioxidants such as Rosemary antioxidant extract.
Vitamin E is a natural partner for Vitamin C as it fights to defend against fat-soluble free radicals (as opposed to water-soluble). Using the two together protects your skin on all fronts. Vitamin E has been used for many years to help heal scars and diminish stretch marks. Additional studies have shown that Vitamin E may dramatically reduce the appearance of deep wrinkles, smooth rough patches of skin and improve overall skin health.
So when you want to provide your skin with the vitamins it needs to radiate a healthy, youthful glow, look no further than Sea Buckthorn, a vitamin-packed superfruit grown right here in North America! And please, support your local growers and the environment and look for Sea Buckthorn products made with Canadian-grown Sea Buckthorn.
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* We are not doctors! The data above has been furnished with the intent to provide interesting information only. Please consult your physician or dermatologist before embarking on any treatment plan.