- Active Oil
- INCI: Hippophae Rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) Seed Oil
- Comedogenicity: 1
- Composition: Linoleic acid (up to approx. 35 %), α-linolenic acid (up to approx. 35 %), oleic acid (up to approx. 20 %), palmitic acid (up to approx. 7 %), phytosterols, carotenoids, tocopherols.
- Cosmetic use: Dry, mature, irritated skin.
The sea buckthorn belongs to the Elaeagnaceae family and is a branchy, thorny tree, which can grow up to 6 m tall. The branches of the sea buckthorn have a smooth, dark red-brown bark. They form short, thorned shoots, which appear silver-grey due to the surface hair. The leaves are alternately arranged, narrow and elongated. The green upper side of the leaf is initially covered with star-shaped hairs while the underside is white-grey to copper-red and shiny due to dense covering hair. Sea buckthorns bloom from March to May. The flowers of the tree are dioecious. The male flowers are brown and have a prominent stigma and thefemale flowers are small and yellow-green. From August to December, the sea buckthorn bears fruit that are orange-red, round berries. The flesh has a pulpy consistency and contains essential oils. Each fruit contains a stone-like, brown seed with a white core.
Extraction of Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil
In contrast to sea buckthorn fruit oil, sea buckthorn seed oil is extracted from the seeds rather than the flesh of the sea buckthorn fruit. Sea buckthorn seed oil contains fewer colouringagents and is therefore almost colourless. After harvesting, the fruits are freed of foreign matter and washed. The seeds are then separated from the flesh. The highest quality oil is obtained by cold pressing the seeds. However, the oil can also be obtained by extraction.
The pomace oil is a mixture of fruit flesh oil and kernel oil, which is the actual sea buckthorn oil.
Cosmetic use of Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil
Sea Buckthorn seed oil contains more unsaturated fatty acids than oil from the fruit flesh and thus has a healing effect on the skin, regulates cell respiration and promotes cell renewal. The oil is well suited for the care of dry, flaky and blemished skin.