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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.

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How a NY Model, Actress, & Beauty Blogger Keeps Her Skin Glowing – Introduction

Meet Emma J. Purvey, as the title say, a NY model, actress and beauty blogger!

Emma J Purvey is a New York based model and actress. Emma created Beauty Essentials after being interviewed about the skincare she uses. Emma’s approach to beauty is from the inside out and in sync with SIBU’s philosophy.

Emma’s work includes Fuji TV, Japan; Y-Net Israel; Fashion TV, Miami; E-Entertainment. Acting includes Shakespeare’s The Merchant of Venice with the Oxford Shakespeare company, Big Dogs directed by Matthew Penn. 

Guess what?!… We’ve teamed up with Emma & she’ll be sharing how she uses SIBU products to keep her skin photo-shoot ready and glowing at all times! Stay tuned!

Be sure to follow her on Instagram @emmaukny – Hope you had a great flight & an even greater time with your mum!

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A Must-Know Night Skincare Routine For Those Who Want Results

Did you know that nighttime is when your skin does most of its repairing? This means that your skincare routine before you go to bed is even more critical. To keep your skin looking younger, fresher, and more rejuvenated, here’s the recommended skincare routine you should do every night before you go to sleep.

1. Prep your face

Start with makeup remover to get most of the grime off. Sometimes, you may need to steam your face to loosen particularly stubborn blackheads. Hold your face over a steaming bowl of hot water with a towel forming a tent over your head and the bowl. This will soften your skin and loosen up your pores.

 

2. Clean your skin

This blogger recommends sea buckthorn facial cleanser because it does a great job of cleansing your skin without being too harsh. If your skin tends to be oily or if you are having a bad breakout, you might need something heavier, like a glycolic acid peel or an exfoliating cream. Just make sure not to use these products too often, or they’ll dry out your skin.

 

3. Give yourself a quick face massage

This beauty company swears by this trick–it stimulates blood circulation and oxygen flow, which diminishes wrinkles and dark circles and makes your skin look fresher.

 

4. Use toner

Toner is “the unsung hero” of skincare. It removes any excess oil and any soap you left on your face. This is essential if you wore a particularly heavy amount of makeup that day or if you used an oily sunscreen. By using toner, you rebalance the pH of your skin, shrink pores, and refresh your skin.

 

5. Moisturize

This is a critical step for your night skincare routine! So many people skip this step out of fear that the moisturizer will cause oily skin and acne. It might take some trial and error, but you can find a moisturizer that is light enough for your skin but also still moisturizes well. This SIBU hydrating facial serum uses sea buckthorn extract to make your face soft without making it oily.

 

6. Use a clay mask

Apply the clay mask as part of your nightly skincare routine and leave it on for at least an hour for it to be effective. Like an exfoliator, this isn’t something you’d want to do every single night, but it’s perfect if you have a few pimples or rough spots and you need results overnight.

 

7. Take vitamins

Vitamins will give you that healthy glow that your skin just can’t get any other way. These sea buckthorn omega-7 vitamin drinks do a great job of reducing acne inflammation and supporting your immune system. Of course, remember to double-check with your doctor before taking vitamins!

 

8. Sleep!

Skin does most of its repairing at night. This is by far the best way to smooth wrinkles and even out dark circles. Your skin will always benefit from a good night’s sleep, and the rest of your body will, too.

 

These steps are all part of a holistic nightly skincare routine. Taking care of your skin is a visible way to improve your overall health. For more vegan, gluten-free, non-GMO skincare options, check out SIBU sea buckthorn products for a complete skin therapy regimen.

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DIY Skin Care: Make Your Own Emulsified Scrub

Sugar scrubs (and salt scrubs) are pretty simple to make. By simply combining oils and sugar, and a little bit of fragrance, anybody can create a workable skin care product in just a single step. However, the simple scrubs may get the job done, but they leave much to be desired when compared to professional products like emulsified scrubs. Well, the good news for you is that you can easily make your own emulsified scrub, as well!

Emulsified scrubs are similar to a sugar scrub, but on contact with water they become a rich and creamy exfoliating lotion, soothing and cleansing, leaving behind no oily residue – just soft, pristine skin. Emulsified scrubs are fairly simple to make, so if you’re new to DIY skin care products, don’t feel overwhelmed. They’re a great way to make personalized product for yourself or a unique and useful gift for friends, and of course, they’re wonderful to use.

Today we’ll cover a basic recipe for an emulsified scrub which you can tweak for your own needs and tastes, giving you plenty of room to flex those creative muscles.

The Secret of Emulsified Scrubs: The Emulsifier

If the emulsifier is the “secret” of an emulsified scrub, it’s a poorly kept one – I mean, it’s in the name. Even still, the key of what makes an emulsified scrub work so well is just what you’d think. The emulsifier’s job is a simple one: it allows oil and water to mix. A simple enough concept. However, when you make your emulsified scrub, you’re not going to be adding any water.

So, why use the emulsifier, you may ask? Because the water is added when the emulsified scrub is used! By adding an emulsifier to a water-free scrub, it only starts doing its thing when water is introduced – in other words, this is a product that starts working when you start using it!

The instant water is introduced to the emulsified scrub, the whole mixture turns from a familiar, scrub-like mixture into a creamy lotion which rinses away clean, leaving no oily gunk behind (because the oil gets mixed into the water. When you’re done, you’re left only with clean skin and a wonderful aroma. Pretty cool!

So, now that you know how an emulsified scrub works (basically), let’s talk about making one.

Let’s Make an Emulsified Scrub

  • Here are the basic ingredients you’ll want to put together in order to make an emulsified scrub:
  • Softer butter (shea): 5%
  • Harder butter (cocoa or kokum): 4%
  • Oils: 45% (check out our pure & organic sea buckthorn oils for DIY here)
  • Emulsifier: 5%
  • Co-Emulsifier: 5%
  • Preservative: 1%
  • Essential Oil: 1%
  • Exfoliant: 34%
  • Now, let’s break that down a little bit.

Butters for an Emulsified Scrub

When we say “softer” butters, we mean butter with a low melting point. The most common example here is Shea butter, but there are others. Harder butters include butters with higher melting points, like cocoa butter or kokum butter. Some butters lie in between, like mango butter – this could be used in either category. You can use whatever combination of butters you like (or have on hand). Have fun and be creative!

Oils for an Emulsified Scrub

You are free to get creative and use any oil (or combination of several oils) that you like. If you have infused oils, you can use those to add a little extra magic – try to pair it with the other fragrances and materials you’re using. For instance, a coffee-infused oil with a brown sugar exfoliating scrub is basically heaven in a tub.

[To add the powerful healing properties of sea buckthorn seed oil, check out raw oils for DIY here]

Emulsifiers for an Emulsified Scrub

Emulsifiers are sold in most places that sell essential oils and other such products. Conditioning emulsifiers (which are usually intended to be used in hair conditioner) work well, but the go-to for emulsified scrubs tends to be emulsifying wax. There are plenty of varieties to choose from, made from a variety of natural ingredients. Feel free to experiment with these, and talk to your supplier about what you’re looking to do, what materials and fragrances you intend to use, and they’ll be able to help you pick the best emulsifier for your needs.

A co-emulsifier is technically optional, but they help to stabilize and thicken the mixture, so I like to use them. Common co-emulsifiers include cetearyl alcohol, cetyl alcohol, and soy lecithin.

Preservatives for an Emulsified Scrub

Whoa – why are we talking about preservatives in a natural skin care blog? Aren’t these bad things? Listen – your emulsified scrub doesn’t necessarily need a preservative. However, if you choose to skip it, you have to make sure that you keep the mixture and the container completely free of moisture. For the purposes of an emulsified scrub, that means dipping wet fingers into the mixture is forbidden!

Without a preservative, one wet finger could contaminate the entire product, leaving you (or worse, your client) with a useless tub of goo. Let’s avoid that by using a broad-spectrum preservative. There are several natural options for this – I like Optiphen Plus, a natural paraben free preservative, but feel free to talk to your vendor about other options.

Exfoliant Grains for an Emulsified Scrub

Exfoliant grains in an emulsified scrub can be the same sort of material you’d use in any other body scrub. You can use finely ground walnut or almond shells, or, if you want a grain that will dissolve completely, sugar, salt, or brown sugar are lovely choices.

I enjoy using brown sugar, but I’ve also had great success with raw sugar, fine Himalayan salt, and plain old fine granulated sugar or salt. Want to mix them up? Do it! Get creative and see what feels (and works) best on your skin.

When choosing an exfoliant grain, just make sure that the pieces aren’t too big, that there are no sharp edges or rough surfaces. If you use nut shells, make sure you get them ground fine enough for use in a body scrub. Remember, the whole idea here is to exfoliate, not to scratch. Fine salt is a perfect benchmark to use – choose an exfoliant around the same texture (or finer) and you’ll be very happy.

Putting It All Together: Making Your Emulsified Scrub

Once you’ve assembled your ingredients and measured them out using the percentages provided, it’s time to put it together:

  1. Melt butters and emulsifiers slowly, using low heat.
  2. Add oils.
  3. Remove mixture from heat, stir, and let cool.
  4. Add preservative and whip until the mixture is light and fluffy (5 minutes or so)
  5. Add exfoliating grains and essential oils (or other fragrance)
  6. Give it a final whip to distribute grains and fragrance
  7. Transfer to final container – try using a piping bag for easy transfers

And that’s it! You’re all done. Now get to work and make yourselves beautiful! Let us know how it turned out in the comments.

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Sea Buckthorn Berry: How It’s Making Waves in Skincare

Here’s a trivia question for you: What herb has been used for more than 1300 years by cultures across the world for beauty, health, and wellness?

Hint: It’s the same herb that’s currently making waves in the skincare industry.

If you guessed sea buckthorn berry, you’re right!

Commonly found in Asian and European areas, the sea buckthorn berry is packed with nearly 200 nutrients, making it a powerhouse supplement for health, wellness, and beauty. While the herb has been used for over 13 centuries in Tibetan, Mongolian, and Greek cultures, only recently have modern research unveiled the science behind sea buckthorn berries.

Science of Sea Buckthorn Berry

Scientifically known as the hippophaë rhamnoides, sea buckthorn berry provides rich, nutritious lipids in the seeds, fruit flesh, and peel. These fatty acids provide the skin with substantial restorative actions, while the berry’s carotenoids, tocopherols, phytosterols further aid in boosting healthy skin from the inside out. Commonly known for its healing, rejuvenating qualities, sea berries can be used topically to cleanse, exfoliate, and heal burns, cuts, wounds, sunburns, rashes, and other skin blemishes.

Sea Berries in Skincare

Thanks to its remarkable anti-inflammatory, antiviral, and antioxidant properties, sea buckthorn berry products can be used both orally and topically to promote healthy skin by boosting hydration, improving elasticity, encouraging cell regeneration, and preventing acne. Whether your goal is to reduce fine lines and wrinkles or simply to improve your skin’s youthful glow, the sea buckthorn berry has many benefits for the face and skin.

Sea Buckthorn Berry Skincare Products   

Another benefit of the sea buckthorn berry is its versatility in harvesting, extracting, and production. Some of the leading products in the skincare market today include:

Sea buckthorn oil for skin health: Typically available in either a fruit oil or seed oil, these bioactive compound can be taken orally or applied topically to fuel the skin and body with immensely effective qualities.

Blended drinks: Boasting high levels of bioactive compounds, omega 3,6,9 and 7, and other natural ingredients, these sweet, tart drinks provide inside-out nourishment for hair, skin, and nails.

Cleansers: Made with more than 190 bioactive compounds, sea berry cleansers help to clean, detox, moisturize, and repair the skin to promote healthy youthfulness and protect skin cells against harmful free radicals.

Creams: Perfect for dry, sensitive skin, sea berry creams further aid the skin in building a defense against environmental stress while also fueling the skin with nutrient-rich moisture that boosts cell generation for healthy, youthful looking skin.

Vitamin supplements: Rich with the rare Omega-7, sea buckthorn berry vitamin supplements promote optimal health and wellness at the cellular level. Not only do these supplements help to lower bad cholesterol and boost good cholesterol, they can also relieve extreme dry eye, soothe and repair intestinal linings, promote a healthy urogenital system and much more.

With the list of sea buckthorn berry benefits for skin health remaining virtually endless, there’s no wonder sea buckthorn berry is making waves in the skincare industry. To learn more about sea buckthorn berry or to shop for products for your personal health and wellness, visit SIBU, today.

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Give Mom the Perfect Facial this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is approaching and what better way is there to celebrate mom than to pamper her?

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Giving your mom an at-home facial is a thoughtful way to show her that you love her and to spend some quality time together. This can also have her looking her best for any dinner or event you plan to take her on the day, in which case, you should do the facial the day before.

Materials used:

  • An oil to remove makeup or makeup-removing wipes 
  • A clean face towel or cotton wipes
  • A basic cleanser, exfoliant, face mask, and moisturizer 
  • A facial steamer and cleansing brush (optional but will make the experience feel more special and premium)

Step 1: Cleanse

First, you’re going to cleanse her face. In other words, you’re going to remove any dirt or oil so that you’re starting with a clean canvas.

Apply a dime-sized amount of cleanser onto her face. The SIBU Polishing Facial Cleanser is perfect for this occasion because it works for any age to gently remove impurities but leaves the essential nutrients in tact. 

You can apply the cleanser using your fingers or you can use a facial-cleansing brush. These nifty little brushes will apply gentle exfoliation to her skin; whisking away any dirt and oil, and giving her pores a deep cleanse.

With this step, you should take your time and make sure that the face is fresh and clean before proceeding. Rinse the face with lukewarm water before patting it dry with cotton pads or a clean face towel.

** No additional exfoliation is needed if you used a facial cleansing brush.

Step 2: Exfoliate

If a brush was not used, you can gently massage a physical exfoliant, such as a facial scrub, into the skin. You can even make your own exfoliant using ingredients that you probably already have at home, such as fresh yogurt or brown sugar.

You can also apply a chemical exfoliant, instead, which fall in one of two categories: AHAs (alpha hydroxy acids) and BHAs (beta hydroxy acids). AHAs are best for normal to dry skin, whereas BHAs are preferred for normal to oily skin. A common AHA is lactic acid while a common BHA is salicylic acid.

Whether you use a physical or chemical exfoliant, you should rinse the face with warm water before the next step.

Step 3: Steam

Next, you’ll want to steam the face. Steaming helps by opening up the pores, preparing the skin for the next step. You can perform a facial steam in a variety of ways:

One way is by running warm water over a washcloth or towel and then and then draping it over her face. You can also cut out a nose area so there’s no discomfort with breathing, especially if you use a towel.

If you want to get fancy and really bring the spa home, you can use a facial steamer, which is fairly inexpensive and will improve the quality of her skin.

Step 4: Mask

Next, you’re going to apply a face mask. This is probably the most fun and flexible part of the facial due to the wide variety of masks that can be used.

You may even decide to join in and apply one to your face as well! Some of your options are:

  • Bentonite clay masks – these help to draw toxins away from the skin and stimulates blood flow to reveal a smooth, radiant and even complexion. Most people with normal or oily skin swear by bentonite and other clay masks, and with good reason!
  • Charcoal masks – these do much of the same things as bentonite clay, attaching to impurities and whisking them away to improve the look and feel of her skin.
  • Sheet masks are fun and trendy and there is a sheet mask for every skin type and the packaging will usually state what it is intended for, whether it’s hydrating, fading dark spots or plumping the skin.
  • DIY Masks – Charcoal and clay masks are considered DIY masks by some but in this article, we’re talking about mask ingredients that may already be in your pantry or can be easily sourced. For example, you can create a diy mask to tighten pores and and brighten skin by combining an egg white, 1 teaspoon of lime juice and a ½ teaspoon of turmeric powder and applying for 15 minutes. (check out our BULK Sea Buckthorn Oils for DIY)

Step 5: Moisturize and Massage

Lastly, you’re going to want to moisturize and massage her face. Applying a facial moisturizer to her skin will keep it hydrated and make her face feel cool and fresh.

The SIBU Hydrating Facial Serum is your go to here, containing a host of ingredients which will not only nourish, but help to repair damaged skin and help stimulate collagen production. Gently massage the serum into her skin using the guidance seen in the video below about giving a facial massage:

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Loving the Skin You’re In – Look Good & Feel Good

STOP letting the date on your driver’s license define you! Regardless of your age, there is no better time to embrace your true beauty – from the outside and from the inside. It’s time to love the skin you’re in right now!

As a society, we go through cycles of being “image obsessed” and wanting to stay 29 forever to the other extreme of letting “nature take its course”. No matter the decade you currently reside in, the most important thing you can do is cultivate a positive image of who you are today. Everyday Health  suggests several tips on how we can look our best.

Don’t waste your precious energy or time worrying about how you looked or felt 5 or even 10 years ago. Think about how you look and feel TODAY and what you can do to look and feel your best NOW. After all, look good, feel good and feel good, look good. It goes both ways! Here’s my list of tips for making the best of what you’ve got EVERY DAY.

Feel Good

  • Take a daily sea buckthorn supplement (of course)
    • Sea buckthorn is a super fruit packed with over 190 bioactive compounds including omega fatty acids 3, 6, 7 and 9, over 60 anti-oxidants, vitamins, trace minerals, flavonoids, carotenoids and more.
    • Sea buckthorn is the worlds’ richest source of omega 7 which supports healthy function of many of the key systems of the body including cardiovascular, digestive, urogenital, and metabolic. It is also the key building block for healthy skin, hair and nails from the inside.
    • TRY SIBU’S OMEGA-7 PURE! One ounce a day as a straight shot or blended in to your favorite morning smoothie will boost both health and beauty!Exercise regularly
  • Exercise Regularly 
  • Eat a well-balanced, healthy diet
    • There are 5 food groups and more healthy options than you can possibly count. Get creative and DON’T DEPRIVE YOURSELF! Eat so that when you really want that chocolate chip cookie it doesn’t become a deal breaker. (hint: If your body is getting what it needs from healthy sources, you are less likely to crave that cookie.)
  • Drink plenty of water
    • There is controversy over the actual benefits that drinking a minimum of 64 oz of water/day can have on the skin. This article from the University of Wisconsin Madison explains very well the importance of staying hydrated – and it’s about more than just the skin.
  • Smile!
    • Not only does a smile increase your “face” value, it positively affects everyone around you AND it can boost your health!

Look Good

Some of you may have been blessed with amazing genetics and you don’t really have to do anything to have great looking skin. The rest of us however do have to put forth a bit of effort. That effort, if focused in the right areas and combined with all of the above, can really pay off. Here are a couple of things to keep in mind.

  • WASH YOUR FACE EVERY NIGHT BEFORE YOU GO TO BED!

Ok, I’ve gotten that off my chest. Our skin is exposed to so much during the course of our day and it deserves a nice, clean restful state to recover and prepare for what’s up next. A gentle gel cleanser or even a nourishing bar soap like SIBU’s Cleansing Face & Body Bar will remove the dirt, oil and impurities that collect on the skin throughout the day. Lather up before bed and your skin will thank you in the morning!

  • Skincare doesn’t have to be complicated to be effective

Maybe you’re in to the 10 step skincare routine – good for you! But maybe you prefer minimalism. It’s ok! The key is to find a routine that you can commit to and that fits in to your lifestyle. Taking care of your skin should be all about self love – cue the bubble bath and candles – and doing something that makes you feel (and look) better.

    • The skincare MINIMUM
      • Cleanse (we’ve already talked about this)
      • Hydrate: A good daytime face cream like SIBU’s Nourishing Face Cream can be used morning and night. This light-weight face lotion does a lot more than leave your skin looking and feeling great. Daily use will strengthen your skins natural ability to retain needed moisture. When the skins’ lipid barrier is strong, the skin stays looking and feeling good all day long.
    • The skincare “I WANT / NEED MORE” – If you are concerned with the signs of age that are creeping in around the corners of your eyes or the dark spots that tell tales of younger days in the sun, you might want to get onboard with adding a few key steps to your routine.  Here are some suggestions:
      • Facial Serum: a serum is a lightweight moisturizer that penetrates deeper to deliver active ingredients to your skin.   SIBU’s Hydrating Face Serum has Hyaluronic acid for that deep hydration and sea buckthorn fruit extract to provide vitamin C to brighten the skin and to help boost collagen production.
      • Night Cream: if your skin is dry and seems to be getting drier as you get a bit older, a night cream is the way to go. Night creams are richer in texture and provide benefits even beyond hydration. Rejuvenating Night Cream enhances your skin’s nightly natural repair process. Infused with cruciferous (plant) ingredients, it stimulates the skins natural cell renewal cycle. The skins ability to retain moisture is strengthened, fine lines and wrinkles appear smoother and visible sun damage is reduced with nightly use. Just like SIBU’s Nourishing Face Cream, the Rejuvenating Night Cream can be used both day and night if your skin needs extra hydration.
      • Eye Cream: The skin around our eyes is thinner and more delicate than they rest of our skin. Applying a specific eye cream to the eye area morning and night can help reduce the appearance of the fine lines and wrinkles in this area. SIBU Age Defying Eye Cream has sea berry and pumpkin seed oils to hydrate and firm the skin. Cruciferous (plant) ingredients go to work to lessen the appearance of dark circles and reduce under-eye puffiness. A little goes a long way with eye cream and you want to be sure and always use a gentle touch so as not to over manipulate this more delicate skin.
      • Facial Oils: I saved the best for last! A good, quality facial oil can be a game-changer in the way your skin looks and feels. There are a lot to choose from out there and we suggest you always look for quality, unadulterated ingredients to get the most bang for your buck. Sea Berry Seed Oil has been used for centuries as a beauty and healing oil. Packed with vitamin E and omega 3 fatty acids, this golden “miracle oil” helps reduced the signs of visible sun damage and fine lines and wrinkles. Be sure to use facial oils before lotions or creams and after lighter weight serums. I might also suggest alternating am / pm use with your serum.

So there you have it! You need to feel good to look good, and you need to look good to feel good.  It is possible and it’s all about YOU – right now! At the risk of sounding cliché, enjoy the journey, YOUR journey and love every part of it (wrinkles and all)!

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Is Your Skin, Hair & Nails Supplement Causing Acne?

SIBU Sea Berry Therapy is for all skin types and all ages, but we have a special appeal to those dealing with problematic skin situations.  Whether it’s the signs of age, extremely dry skin, eczema, rosacea or yes, even acne, SIBU and the power of sea berry (sea buckthorn) can help improve the look and feel of your skin.

As “beauty from the inside” becomes more and more accepted in our culture, we look back and realize that it’s what SIBU has been doing from the very beginning.  Sea berry and the power of Omega 7 can have a very positive impact on the skin both from the inside (with supplements) and the outside (with skincare products).  But beware!  There are supplements and even some “good for you” foods out there that could be causing or contributing to your acne.

MyBeautyBunny.com has posted a great article about some of the foods and supplements that can actually cause acne.  We could’t have said it any better ourselves so here’s a link to the very informative and helpful article.

 

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Health & Beauty Benefits of Sea Berry; From the Inside and the Outside

Sea Berry is by definition the astringent edible orange berry of the sea buckthorn [bush or shrub]. Not surprisingly, there is a lot more to it than that. With a nutrient profile consisting of over 190 bioactive compounds, sea berry contains amino acids, vitamins B1, B2, K, C, A, E, and folic acid, over 60 antioxidants, at least 20 minerals, and healthy fatty acids. This super fruit is full of carotenoids, xanthophylls, phenolics, and flavanoids. It’s an absolute powerhouse of nutrients!

With so much to offer, how is this little “miracle berry” best used to your advantage? There are many beneficial herbs and botanicals out there but HOW you use them can determine the benefits. Anti-oxidants can be especially tricky in regards to getting the most out of what they offer. Sea berry is unique in that it provides powerful benefits both internally and topically. Let’s break it down.

Sea Buckthorn Supplements

Sea Berry is VERY tart and astringent! It’s definitely not the “pop a handful of berries in your mouth for a snack” kind of berry. A sea berry juice or soft gel supplement are the most common ways to get your daily dose. Here are some of the key benefits to ingesting sea berry.

  • Sea berry contains all of the key fatty acids – omegas 3, 6, 9 and the elusive omega 7. It is, in fact, the world’s richest plant-based source of omega 7. Though the oil extracted from the seed of the berry does contain a small amount of omega 7, it’s the pulp or fruit and the oil extracted from it that has the most internally beneficial amounts of omega 7 (palmitoleic acid). This monounsaturated fatty acid benefits and supports the cardiovascular system, the digestive and urogenital tracks, the mucosal membranes of the body and promotes skin, hair and nail health.
  • There is at least 10x the amount of vitamin C in a sea berry as there is in an orange; making it ideal to boost your immune system. Vitamin C also plays a key role in boosting collagen production in the skin.
  • The anti-oxidants in sea berry neutralize free radicals and help prevent damage on a cellular level. High potency and the bioavailability of the anti-oxidants make all the difference. Sea Berry wins in both categories here!
  • The high amount of omega 7 found in sea berry also plays a key roll in helping to support metabolic function. Though not a weight loss product, omega 7 (palmitoleic acid) has been shown in studies to reduce insulin resistance and counter the risk factors that are responsible for metabolic syndrome. Click here for more information.

Whether you choose to drink sea berry juice or take a sea berry oil soft gel, you will see a noticeable difference in how you look and feel with continued ingestion.

*Pro Tip – if the straight puree is a bit tart for your taste, try blending it with your morning smoothie or mixing it with your favorite cocktail.

Sea Buckthorn Skincare

So how can sea berry help you look better from the outside? Earlier, I mentioned the oil extracted from the seeds of the sea berry. This “magical” golden oil is rich in vitamins A & E, omega 3 fatty acids and a plethora of anti-oxidants. It does have internal benefits but it’s on the outside that it really takes center stage. Check out the list of benefits:

  • Hydrates and nourishes the skin
  • Naturally anti-microbial and anti-bacterial
  • Reduces redness and calms irritation *Pro Tip – Applying as a spot treatment on areas of rosacea, eczema or even acne can help relieve dryness, inflammation and irritation
  • Extremely healing when applied to minor cuts or burns – including minor sunburn, and can help reduce the appearance of scarring due to its restorative and regenerative properties
  • Effective anti-aging treatment that has been used throughout Asia and India for centuries. *Pro Tip – Apply daily as an all-over beauty oil to reduce fine lines and also help lessen the appearance of visible sun damage.

Sea Berry seed oil by itself is a very effective beauty oil. You will also find it as a key ingredient in a variety of creams, serums and body and hair care products.

If you’re looking for a natural ingredient that can truly make a difference in your health and beauty from the inside and the outside, give the little orange sea berry a try.