Hollywood's Hottest Anti-Aging Ingredient? Seed Oils

12:23 PM 3/14/2018

by Elycia Rubin

Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore and Salma Hayek are reaping the benefits.

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In the quest for a smooth, flawless complexion, products touting naturally-sourced, anti-aging ingredients such as rose, hemp and blue cactus fly off the shelves in Hollywood. And, the reigning, age-defying “earthly” delight industry titans such as Gwyneth Paltrow, Julianne Moore and Salma Hayek are clamoring for? Seed oils.

“No longer just for birds, seeds contain many of the essential building blocks for life,” says dermatologist Dr. Tess Mauricio. "They’re inherently full of nutrient-rich building blocks such as antioxidants, polyphenols, and vitamins which contribute to healthier, younger looking skin.”

Here, five seed-oil filled powerhouses that prove good things do come in small packages.   


  • Eleni & Chris Anti Aging Face Serum

    The striking (and lineless) mother (Ellen) and daughter (Christinah) team are behind this skin and hair care line coveted for years in Scandinavia, and now available in the United States. Boasting oil from the rare Cloudberry seed, the Anti Aging Face Serum ($100) is one of the jewels in their collection. 

    “Cloudberry has naturally occurring vitamins A, B, C, and E and contains about four times more Vitamin C than an orange for a luminous, refreshed glow,” says Ellen. Added Bonus: all of their products are infused with ultra pure Scandinavian Glacier Water found near the Arctic Circle and said to contain high levels of oxygen.

  • annmarie Anti Aging Facial Oil

    Gogi, Chia and Broccoli seed oils are the triple threat in this workhorse ($54.95) from the Berkeley, California based organic, wild crafted line, annmarie. “There is nothing more superior than these oils; they have extremely high nutrient levels and antioxidant levels, are 100% active, and do not contain any fillers,” says annmarie formulator, Bunnie. Not to fear, just a few drops of this naturally fragrant, herbal potion sinks right in, leaving skin firm and dewy.

  • May Lindstrom The Blue Cocoon

    Crafted in small batches by “Skin Chef” May Lindstrom, this azure delight ($180) with a blissful meditative scent is a luxurious, artisanal balm that melts into skin. Beloved by Gwyneth Paltrow and Kate Hudson, Camellia and Marula seed oils are two of the star ingredients along with Blue Tansy oil. A nourishing cure-all for those with sensitivities or irritations, use it everywhere (even on lips) for healing, hydration and a memorable Cloud Nine like experience.

  • Sunday Riley Juno Hydroactive Cellular Face Oil

    Packed with cold-pressed Cranberry, Blueberry, Red Rasberry, and Broccoli seed oils, this mega superfood formulation ($90) soothes and protects skin. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Julianne Moore, both fans of the line, can thank those Omegas 3, 6 and 9 for the luminous glow. 


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  • Biologique Recherche SĂ©rum T.E.W.L.

    From the French cult-beauty brand coveted by Mandy Moore, Madonna and Ashley and Mary-Kate Olsen, T.E.W.L. stands for Trans Epidermal Water Loss and that’s what this ultra rich serum ($173) is designed to do — lock in moisture. Fragrance-free and cold formulated at the laboratories in Paris, Sea BuckHorn Berry, Rasberry and Cranberry oils help repair and protect skin. Given this line is robust and heavily customized according to skin type, it’s also recommended to visit one of the Biologique Recherche trained estheticians at The Peninsula Hotel Spa in Beverly Hills for a complete skin analysis and treatment.