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Seabuckthorn Nutritional skin care….naturally
Our largest organ, the skin protects, regulates, purifies and nourishes. In fact, with its own remarkable form of photosynthesis, our skin magically converts sunbeams into essential vitamin D.
Like all our organs, the skin receives its nourishment through a network of blood vessels that carry life giving oxygen and nutrients to all the cells of the body.
Stressors such as environmental conditions, chemical irritants and illnesses can increase skin dryness and inhibit the body’s ability to nourish and repair.
“Your skin is the fingerprint of what is going on inside the body, and all skin conditions, from psoriasis to acne to aging, are the manifestations of the body’s internal needs, including its nutritional needs” says Georgiana Donadio, PhD, DC, MSc, founder and director of the National Institute of Whole Health in Boston.
Seabuckthorn and the skin
Gaining increasing attention in the field of nutritional skincare is seabuckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides L). Classified as a superfruit, seabuckthorn is one of the most powerful natural antioxidant and anti-inflammatory botanicals known. Its nutrient density and potential for disease impact are second to none which makes seabuckthorn ideally suited to inside/outside treatment of the skin.
How does it work?
Taken internally or applied topically seabuckthorn seed and fruit oils deliver a powerful anti-inflammatory punch! Seventeen phytosterols, 41 carotenoids, all the isomers of vitamin E and essential Omega-3, 6, 7 and 9 have each been identified as effective anti-inflammatories and between them, seabuckthorn seed and fruit oils contain them all! Applied topically the oils not only reduce inflammation but they regenerate cells, ease discomfort, nourish and soften dry and over-reactive skin and provide a protective barrier against water loss and infection – supporting the skin’s natural healing capacity.
It is hardly surprising that seabuckthorn is showing such promising results in the treatment of rosacea. An inside out approach has been most successful at calming and nourishing inflamed skin through the application of seabuckthorn’s healing oils; while quenching the internal inflammation with the potent mix of anti-inflammatory compounds from the leaves, seeds and berries of the seabuckthorn plant. Over time, this intervention can be expected to stabilize the body’s internal environment and restore healthy skin and membranes.
Seabuckthorn nutritional skincare has also demonstrated significant improvement in youth and adult acne, eczema, dermatitis and psoriasis, as well as healing burned or damaged tissue. Topical application of creams, oils and ointments can work from the “outside” to inhibit the loss of moisture and lipids while supporting the “inside” process of renewal.
It is important to note that while the internal and topical products from seabuckthorn are very successful at treating damaged and problem skin, they have also gained a reputation as a natural and effective therapy for maintaining the soft radiance so characteristic of youthful skin. The pure and natural nutrition that delivers strength and vitality to the body is the very same nutrition that brings a fresh and luminous glow to the skin. Supernatural nutrition within and without – the skin’s response to this kind of care is amazing!
Susan McLoughlin is the President of SBT Seabuckthorn Peachland, BC Canada. Visit: www.seabuckthorn.com