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How to Have The Perfect DIY Spa Day At Home

There is nothing better than spending the day at a day spa being pampered. Salt scrubs, massages, facials . . . the list of goes on and on. But if a day at the spa isn’t exactly in your budget, don’t worry. Planning a DIY spa day is easy and so much fun!

An at-home spa day might seem like it would take a lot of planning and work. But pampering yourself in the comfort of your own home couldn’t be easier and more inexpensive. Why pay hundreds of dollars when you can get the same luxurious DIY spa experience at home?

Getting Started

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What do you love most about going to the spa? Is it the low lighting? The soft music? The fluffy towels? Yes, yes and yes! Day spas are well known for creating an atmosphere of relaxation and you can achieve that same atmosphere at home during your DIY spa day. Here are a few things to have on hand:

  • Nice towels – Invest in some soft, thick towels you can use during your at-home spa day. You don’t have to spend a lot to get some nice towels that will leave you feeling totally pampered.

 

  • Bathrobe – Skip the yoga pants and instead, opt for a nice soft bathrobe. You’ll be able to totally relax and enjoy your DIY spa without worrying about getting your clothes dirty.

 

  • Add something green – Bring a vase full of flowers or a nice green plant into your DIY spa. They are nice to look at and can help you connect with nature.

 

  • Create a relaxing playlist – Set your phone to do not disturb and put on your most relaxing playlist. It will help you feel better and set the perfect DIY spa feel.

 

  • Cucumber and fruit water – Add a glass pitcher filled with ice cold water, cucumber slices and your favorite fruit and some pretty glasses to your DIY spa day. Sit back and relax while sipping your favorite fruity water. Don’t forget to add a splash of Omega-7 Blend to make it even healthier.

Exfoliating Scrubs

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Exfoliation is a great way to rejuvenate your body from head to toe and an essential part of any DIY spa day. Using simple ingredients at home like oatmeal, coconut oil, coffee grounds, sugar, and essential oils, you can great a great smelling, exfoliating scrub that will leave your skin looking and feeling like a million bucks. Here are a few of our favorites for your own DIY spa day:

 

  • Coffee Scrub – Mix 1 cup of used coffee grounds with 1 cup of sugar, ½ cup of melted coconut oil and a few drops of Sea Berry Seed Oil until they are combined. Store in a glass jar with a lid. Keep it by the shower and use it to make every day feel like an at-home spa day.

 

  • Brown Sugar Scrub – Mix 1 cup of brown sugar with 1 cup of raw oatmeal, 1 cup of olive oil, and a few drops of SIBU Luxe Oil until combined. Apply the mixture and rub in slow circles all over your skin while standing over a towel. Once you scrub of the majority of the scrub, jump in the shower and rinse the rest off. Try to get as much off your skin before you shower so you don’t clog up the pipes with the oatmeal.

Hydration for Your Skin

sibu products and soup

When your skin is feeling dry, a DIY spa day can be just the ticket. After exfoliating your skin, be sure to apply some deep moisturizing products like the SIBU Miracle Stick, the Moisturizing Body Cream, or your own body butter, whipped up with this easy recipe:

  • Melt equal parts of shea butter and coconut oil in the top of a double boiler. Remove from heat and let cool for 30 minutes until it starts to set up slightly. Add a few drops of your favorite essential oils (we love adding Sea Buckthorn Fruit or Seed Oil) and whip the mix until it thickens to a butter consistency. Store in an airtight jar and apply as often as needed.

Creating your own spa treatments is not only financially smart but it’s better for your skin as well. Feel free to experiment with these recipes and switch things up until you get it the way you like it.

Free of chemicals and preservatives, DIY spa products can help you feel pampered without the hefty price tag. SIBU has a wide variety of amazing products for your whole body, including sea buckthorn, that will make your DIY spa day a regular occurrence.

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Emma’s SIBU Journey: Model, Actress and Creator of Beauty Essentials Shares Her Top 3 Products

Happy September beauty lovers…..I hope you all had a fulfilling summer and feel refreshed and ready for the new season. For summer 2018 I was the face of the holistic skincare brand SIBU…. as the model I also shared my experience with the products.

So today I’m giving you a detailed look into the three products that had the most impact on my skin. SIBU is in sync with how I live and approach beauty and so it was a joy to be the face of this nourishing skincare.

Let’s start on the inside….

My approach to beauty is from the inside out and so I have to tell you about the superpower Omega-7 Juice Blend. For glowing skin and lustrous hair this is what you need. Who is omega 7? Oh she’s the goddess of glow. A little history on the source of omega 7. The Turkestanica Sea Berry (sea buckthorn) is an omega 7 powerhouse unmatched in its nutrient profile. Packed with over 190 bioactive compounds. It thrives in the extreme alpine environment of the Himalayan Highlands. It is a fascinating berry and I encourage you to discover more through their blog.

So what are the specific benefits I hear you ask…. I experienced an obvious extra glow in my skin and noticeable improvement in my skin tone and texture, my hair shined, my immune system definitely felt stronger and this is a powerful free radical scavenger (get those free radicals!), and it’s great for your heart (whatever age, our heart deserves non stop support for all its work and love). I have a shot every morning and also one a few hours before bed. Perfect for now, when the body needs extra support as the seasons kiss and say goodbye.

 

 

Now that our inside is nourished and supporting our skin, let’s talk serum. This is the best serum I’ve ever used. I’m addicted. My skin tone has never looked better. It’s season-less , so after using it all summer, I will be using it throughout the autumn and winter. I use the Hydrating Face Serum in the morning and evening. As my regular beauty essentials lovers know, I’m all about layering my skincare, especially in the cooler months. I apply this on clean skin, patting it gently into my face and neck. I let it absorb for 30-60 seconds before applying the Luxe Face Oil.

This serum is a protective barrier not only against the elements (although it does not replace spf) but also against the pollution our skin has to endure daily in the city…..smooth, radiant, firm, glowing skin. Yes please!

 

 

Luxury skincare never felt so good. The Organic Luxe Face Oil is superior in its results. My skin drinks this up and as a thank you gives me a pop pow glow. Are you sitting down? You should be, as the guest list of oils is impressive:

  • Argan Oil – hydrating
  • Sunflower Oil – age and wrinkle protection provided by vitamin E
  • Rosehip Oil (one of my favorite oils) – vitamin A & C protect against toxins/oxidation
  • Lavender Oil – calming and clarifying for the complexion
  • Frankincense Oil – cleansing.Antiseptic activity neutralizes toxins
  • Patchouli Oil – used for scars and blemishes
  • Sea Buckthorn Oil (the queen) – super hydrating, antibacterial, antimicrobial. I use this morning and night!

This 1 fl oz bottle of pure luxe is my in flight companion and work colleague for on set if my skin needs a moisture boost. It is the ultimate in luxury skincare. Luxury is quality and quality are products that feed your skin with clean ingredients that nourish it. What you put on your body goes in your body.

 

 

So turn your glow all the way up…..more….more….more….yeah! Let’s glow together as we transition into the new season…..

Emma is represented by Expressions Models.
Contact Greer at [email protected]
Blog post credit: https://www.beautyandfashiontech.com

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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.

 

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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.

 

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5 Skincare Methods That Are Better Than Botox

Botox is a well-known, popular solution for wrinkles and aging skin. What was once only found among society’s elite is becoming more and more commonplace with the average person, and attracts an ever-younger crowd. People even host Botox parties these days! But do we really know what goes into these wrinkle-filling injections, and are there better, more natural ways to achieve the same result?

What Is Botox?

The chemical’s actual name is botulinum toxin, a powerful neurotoxin that is actually quite poisonous. Injecting it into your skin restricts the release of the neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. This paralyzes the adjacent muscles, causing them to relax, which then smooths the skin above them and diminishes the appearance of wrinkles.

Proponents of Botox claim that it’s perfectly safe, referencing studies that have been done proving its harmlessness. The issue with these studies is that they’re only looking at the short-term effects. Some people experience problems with their facial muscles not functioning properly, such as drooping eyelids and crooked smiles. And many people can attest that you can tell when a face has been Botoxed–something about it just looks unnatural.

And some experts believe that Botox can actually lead to saggier muscles in the future–meaning more wrinkles–because by freezing the muscles, they may actually atrophy by not being in use.

The good news is that there are other, non-toxic alternatives out there. Here are some natural ways to keep your skin looking youthful, that may actually be better than Botox.

1. Apply sunscreen daily.

Instead of waiting to fix wrinkles after they appear, try preventing them in the first place! One of the best things you can do for your skin is to shield it from the sun’s damaging UV rays. Get into the habit of applying sunscreen on any exposed portion of your skin every day. If your skin does get sunburned or chapped, be sure to take care of it properly so that it can repair the damage. Being diligent with sunscreen use will make it easier to avoid unnecessary procedures like Botox.

2. Drink more water.

It’s something most of us learned in science class as kids–about 60% of the human body is made up of water. Because of this, staying adequately hydrated is incredibly important. This benefits your body in many ways, one of which is your skin–hydrating skin from the inside out helps it stay smooth and clear on its own.

3. Pick skincare products with naturally age-defying ingredients.

Coconut oil, raspberry seed, and sea buckthorn are all excellent for the skin. The benefits of coconut oil are widely proclaimed these days. It’s an excellent moisturizer that’s naturally antibacterial. Raspberry seed has natural SPFs to protect you from the sun, as well as being packed with antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. Sea buckthorn oil encourages cell growth and repair and boosts your skin’s collagen levels. It’s also rich in the hard-to-find omega 7, which locks in moisture and helps prevent and repair wrinkles.

4. Avoid aging habits.

Taking care of your skin means taking care of your body. A sugary, unhealthy diet causes blood sugar spikes, which leads to too much glucose that binds to collagen and elastin, and ends up prematurely aging your skin. Don’t smoke, avoid excess alcohol and drugs, and cut back on sugar. Instead, try to exercise regularly and eat healthily.

5. Learn about age-reversing nutrients.

Provide your skin with the essential raw materials it needs to boost cell growth, repair damage, and function at its best. Eating the right foods gives your body what it needs. Some foods with excellent skin-healing nutrients include apples, papayas, leafy greens (think kale, spinach, etc.), and berries, which are rich in alpha hydroxy acid (AHA).

 

With a few of these natural anti-aging habits under your belt, it becomes that much easier to say no to Botox.