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Ancient Beauty Secrets: A History Lesson in Skincare

“Common sense and empirical knowledge stand the test of time,” says Kulreet Chaudhary, M.D. and director of neurology at Scripps Memorial Hospital in La Jolla, California. When a 2,000-year-old box of Roman beauty cream was discovered to contain a sophisticated mixture rivaling today’s top cosmetics, it seemed like there wasn’t a better time to return to the techniques of those who came before us.

Today, practicality continues to test our curiosity. With manufactured beauty products rife with preservatives, faux fragrances, and inaccurate ingredient labels, there hasn’t been a better time to take your health into your own hands and go all au naturel with your beauty regimen.

Sea Buckthorn

Humans have known about the rejuvenative and nutritious qualities of sea buckthorn for quite some time—since the ancient Tibetan book of healing arts known as Sibu Yi Dian thirteen centuries ago, in fact. Practices using sea buckthorn spread into Europe, Pakistan, and Central Asia, with the cultivation of this plant only recently reaching North America.

Sea buckthorn is a hardy fruit that thrives in cold, dry regions. This harsh climate has produced a plant rich in antioxidants, palmitoleic acid (a compound scientists believe is capable of boosting skin health), Omega 7s (a critical essential fat), and over 190 nutrients and phytonutrients. Ancient uses have seen it consumed for cardiovascular and blood health; even the conqueror Genghis Khan was documented to use this plant to keep troops and horses healthy on his quest to take over the world.

When it isn’t being added to teas, syrups, and juices to promote health, sea buckthorn is used topically to protect against sun damage, rejuvenate skin, and enhance the body’s ability to retain moisture, among many other benefits.

Milk & Honey

The combination of milk and honey has been used since Cleopatra practiced it on her own skin. Her baths using milk, honey, and olive oil contained ingredients we use in facial treatments and spas today.

Honey has long been known for its antibacterial properties and soothing effects. Milk, meanwhile, has traditionally been praised for its nutritious properties, providing vitamins, calcium, protein, and lactic acid. When the two are paired together, these properties are only enhanced, resulting in a mixture that gives the skin a healthy glow.

Rose Water

Besides luxurious baths of milk and honey, Cleopatra also helped make rose water famous before the Roman Empire was even established.

Rose water is known for its anti-inflammatory properties and rich mix of antioxidants. It is used to both soothe and tone skin with the extra benefit of keeping skin moisturized. This results in a mixture suitable for sensitive skin that can curb acne, maintain the skin’s natural pH balance, and help neutralize free radicals harming your skin.

Using These Ancient Beauty Secrets

If there’s a downside to ancient, natural beauty techniques to keep you healthy and glowing, it’s the price. Buying high-quality oils and products that contain all the nutrients you need means you have to find a seller you can trust. SIBU has invested its research into producing and exporting the highest quality sea buckthorn to the U.S. and offers its products at an affordable price.

Check out SIBU’s other products or learn more about SIBU and other helpful tips for overall well-being and health.

 

How to Grow (and Take Care of) Long, Healthy Hair

Who doesn’t want to have healthy, beautiful hair? The problem we face is that no one’s hair is exactly the same. Even when some people find a great shampoo that seems to work for years, our bodies can mysteriously render familiar formulas suddenly ineffective. Luckily for all of us, however, there are some tried and true tips for how to grow long, healthy hair.

Turning Down the Heat

You may have seen those shocking videos of girls using hair wands and accidentally frying off a piece of their own hair. Heat damage is a real thing, and while it usually isn’t quite so dramatic, curling irons, straighteners, and even blow dryers can be a constant culprit in weakening and damaging your hair. Difficult as it may be to avoid using such styling tools, reducing the number of times you use them during the week can go a long way in giving your hair time to recover.

Using Oil Treatments

Natural oils can go a long way in conditioning, nurturing, and healing your hair. Rosemary in particular is great for promoting more blood circulation in your scalp, which in turn helps nourish your hair. Once you have an oil of your choice (jojo oil and coconut oil, among others, are great for this use), you can massage it into your scalp and hair and leave it in for a few hours (or even overnight). Once you rinse it out, you’ll find that your hair already feels softer and richer.

Finding Great Shampoo

Every shampoo bottle you pick up will claim to be the most nourishing, hair-beautifying, and cleansing formula created just for you. While the sentiment certainly sells, what matters most are the ingredients within each bottle. Knowing how to take care of your hair means avoiding ingredients like sulfates, artificial fragrances, and salts, which will help you select products that don’t strip your hair or irritate your scalp.

Hair Rinses

One of the most popular and cheap methods of keeping your hair clean and fresh is using diluted apple cider vinegar. About two tablespoons mixed in a cup of water is a decent proportion. Once you’ve shampooed and conditioned your hair, you can pour the rinse over your hair and leave it in to keep your hair soft and shiny.

Trimming

Perhaps one of the most simple and obvious of tips, keeping your hair free of split ends helps you avoid both snarls and increasingly damaged hair. While you might sacrifice a tiny bit of length, trimming your hair every three to four months will help keep your hair smooth and healthy.

Omega-7 Supplements

There’s no one solution to perfect hair, but there are many different methods to try until you find something for you. SIBU can also help hair growth by providing oils and nutrients like our Omega-7 Soft Support Gels to keep you nourished. You can learn more about our sea buckthorn products by reading about the oils we provide. There’s one thing you can be sure of: this is not your mother’s hair care! For even more beauty tips, you can also visit our blog.

 

Sea Buckthorn Oil vs Sea Buckthorn Supplements

The benefits of Sea Buckthorn (Sea Berry) oil and Sea Buckthorn supplements are numerous, but how do you know which is best for your needs?

Here is what you need to know to make the best choice for you.

Sea Buckthorn Benefits

Premium Wildcrafted Sea Buckthorn from the Himalayan Highlands boasts several traditional health-related uses, including:

  • Sustaining energy levels
  • Improving cellular health
  • Supporting the cardiovascular system
  • Offering a healthy inflammation response
  • Supporting strong joints
  • Moisturizing dry and damaged skin
  • Improving immunity
  • Decreasing wrinkles
  • Addressing eczema and rosacea symptoms

Sea Buckthorn Oil

There are two types of Sea Buckthorn oil, seed and fruit. They are both derived from the small, nutrient-rich berries. The seed oil is extracted from the dark seeds, and the fruit oil is extracted from the fleshy pulp.

Use Sea Buckthorn oil if you would benefit from its healing and rejuvenating effects on the skin or to help slow down the signs of aging. Use it topically as a natural cleanser and exfoliator or to help heal burns, cuts, wounds, and rashes. Take internally in a soft gel for deeper work at the cellular level. This is especially good for preventing liver damage, soothing ulcers, improving cognitive decline, and relieving dry eyes.

Sea Buckthorn Supplements

Sea Buckthorn supplements can also be taken internally in juice form. Sea Buckthorn juice is derived from 100% pureed Sea Berries (Sea Buckthorn) and boasts 190 bio-active nutrients. Just one ounce of pure juice contains double the amount of Omega-7 you can get from other sources.

Use a Sea Buckthorn juice supplement if you would benefit from whole body health as it supports a healthy heart, maintains healthy cholesterol levels, sustains energy levels, and helps with weight management.

No matter your need, there is a form of Sea Buckthorn that can help!

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How Emma J. Purvey – Model, Actress & Beauty Blogger Keeps Her Skin Glowing

“Having flawless skin is part of my job and I’m so happy to tell you that my skin has never looked better since using SIBU exclusively. The Hydrating Serum is proving to be a major winner in my skincare routine, my skin feels extra smooth and hydrated with this superpower serum” – Emma J. Purvey

Be sure to check her out on Instagram @emmaukny – Thanks Emma!

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4 Reasons Why You Should Wash Your Face with Oil

No matter which type of skin you have (oily, dry, or a combination), it can be tricky to find products that are gentle and work well. But now your search is over! Sea Berry Seed Oil (also called Sea Buckthorn Oil) does an amazing job at not only cleaning your face of the nasty chemicals and makeup you put on it every day, but it also offers supreme moisturizing as well.

Here are four reasons why you should wash your face with oil to get some serious benefits for your skin.

1- It Dissolves Hard-to-Remove Makeup

Makeup has been formulated to stay put all day and night, which is great! However, come bedtime, this tough-as-nails makeup can be a nightmare to remove.

Rather than stripping your face using harsh chemicals, gently massage a little bit of oil on your face and you will find that your makeup dissolves right off. Even your waterproof mascara will wipe away with ease. This is due to a chemical reaction that occurs between the Sea Berry Seed Oil and the oils in your makeup.

2- It’s Gentle for Sensitive Skin

Sea Berry Seed Oil softens and strengthens the skin. Research shows it also reduces scarring, swelling, and inflammation. This is good news for those who sometimes find themselves suffering from sensitive skin.

Pure, high-quality Sea Berry Seed Oil has been used for centuries as a topical treatment to aid in the relief of rosacea, eczema, acne, dermatitis, and other sensitive skin ailments. Damaged skin will soon return to its natural, beautiful state when you wash your face with oil.

3- Your Skin Will Produce Less of Its Own Oil

When your skin has issues with oil over-compensation, acne tends to pop up. No one wants to deal with whiteheads and blackheads dotting their face! Even a tiny bit of Sea Berry Seed Oil patted over damp skin provides the much-necessary lubrication that will keep your skin from over producing its own oil. The clear face looking back in the mirror will thank you!  

4- You Won’t Need a Separate Moisturizer

For dry skin, it can be difficult to find an effective combination of face wash and moisturizer. Proper hydration of your skin is one of the most important things you can achieve because battling flaking, dull, and tight skin is not fun nor beautiful. When you wash with oil you get two products in one easy-to-apply step, giving you one less product you have to buy and apply.

 

How to Wash Your Face with Oil

Making a nightly routine of taking care of your face can be a relaxing way to end the day. Just follow these simple, soothing steps and you’ll be ready for bed in no time.

  • Soak a soft washcloth in running hot water and wring out.

 

  • Lay the hot, damp washcloth on your face and lay down while it cools. Repeat if you want more time to unwind.

 

  • Now that your face is steamed and the pores are open, gently massage a nickel-size amount of oil over your nose, chin, forehead, cheeks, and jawline. Do this for a full minute to allow the oil to dissolve makeup. Plus, the massage relieves built-up muscle tension.

 

  • Soak the soft washcloth again in hot water, wring out, and lay it over your face again.

 

  • Press the washcloth into your skin and gently rub off the oil and makeup.

 

That’s it! Your skin is now enjoying the many benefits of washing with pure Sea Berry Seed Oil!

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Your Summer Skin Care Guide to Preventing Sun-damaged Skin

We all know that sunscreen is important, and yet it seems there are neverending stories about that one careless nap on the beach or that one ski trip without any sunscreen. For me, it was an unintentionally long hike up in the red rock terrain of Capitol Reef, Utah, that left the back of my neck so red and sore it was impossible to lay down and sleep.

Despite knowing how important sunscreen is to protect skin from the sun, keeping a good product on hand can be either annoying or expensive. Oily sunscreen can be uncomfortable and pore-clogging. Non-oily, high-quality sunscreen can cost more than a pool pass.

SIBU has some great summer skin care tips for protecting and healing your skin that will help you avoid the excessive price tags of popular sunscreens without the oily fuss of cheap sunscreens.

Moisturize

A reliable moisturizer is key in keeping your skin soft and supple in the heat. Great skin cream products like SIBU’s Sea Berry Nourishing Facial Cream have both a light and non-greasy formula that is easily absorbed into your skin. The natural nutrients will keep your skin both hydrated and nourished for a natural glow all the seasons long.

Cleanse

Keeping your skin healthy during sunny days naturally involves keeping it free of dead skin. SIBU’s Polishing Facial Cleanser is both deep-cleansing and gentle, exfoliating skin while detoxing the skin and removing excess oils. The sea buckthorn used in the cleanser is ripe with omega-7 and other nutrients, which can help reduce the effects of sunburn—and help prevent it, too.

Protect

There are even richer methods of protecting your skin from the sun, which is where SIBU’s body cream comes into play. Aloe, already very well known for its healing properties for burns, is mixed with shea butter and sea buckthorn oil for long-lasting moisture and natural nourishment for your skin. Using proper body cream will create a soothing barrier for your skin that keeps it from drying out no matter what elements you find yourself in.

Heal

For an even deeper summer skin care treatment, SIBU’s Miracle Stick can give your skin the repair it needs while nourishing it with sea buckthorn’s natural healing properties. The rich balm nourishes and moisturizes the skin, helping to heal, calm, & soothe sun damaged skin. Consider this option for dry and sunburned skin.

At the end of the day, the most effective formula to prevent sun-damaged skin is a daily routine that’s both convenient and enjoyable. Keeping your skin hydrated and protected will have the long-term benefit of helping you avoid skin cancer in the future—and that’s not even including the wonderful natural essential oil scents and comforts you’ll enjoy from our products.