7 Ways to Wreck Your Skin

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Expose It

More than 80% of the signs of skin aging are the result of sun exposure. Repetitive sunbathing damages skin cells, leading to early wrinkling and hyperpigmentation.  Take a look at the skin under your arms and compare that with the skin on top of your arms and you’ll get a good idea of how sun exposure ages skin.  UVA rays go through clouds and windows, so sun protection is a daily and year round commitment.  Hats, gloves, sunglasses and mineral-based sunscreens provide the best protection.

Lay In The Wrong Bed

UVA and UVB light emitted from tanning beds can triple your risk of skin cancer.  Indoor tanning damages collagen and elastin fibers and dermal blood vessels, increasing skin blotchiness and skin discoloration.  Skip the tanning bed and eat your fruits and veggies to develop a natural healthy glow.

Smoke

Smoking damages your skin from the inside out as badly as the sun does from the outside in, depriving skin of oxygen and nutrients.   Many of the 4000+ chemicals in tobacco destroy collagen and elastin, which leads to sagging and wrinkling.  Repetitive puffing on cigarettes also leads to deep wrinkles around the lips. So save your pucker for kisses and kiss your cigarettes goodbye.

Stress Out

When life turns up the pressure, stress can wreak havoc throughout our bodies, including our skin.  When we experience stress our bodies produce excess cortisol, a stress hormone that leads to excess oil production, which can aggravate or increase acne.  This hormone also worsens rosacea, eczema and psoriasis.  Stress has a negative effect on the barrier function of skin, inhibiting the skin’s ability to repair itself after injury.  Give you and your skin a break and take time to de-stress.

Deprive It

We’ve all experienced a bad night’s sleep now and then and often wake up with bags and dark circles under our eyes, but chronic sleep deprivation can cause permanent skin damage.  Along with stress, we release excess cortisol when we don’t get enough sleep, resulting in the break down of collagen.  Sleep deprivation also inhibits the natural release of human growth hormone during deep or slow-wave sleep, which is responsible for tissue repair and the maintenance of our skin’s thickness.  Your mom was right when she told you to get your beauty sleep.

Junk It

Diets high in processed foods, saturated fats, and sugar deprive your skin and body of nutrients and free-radical fighting antioxidants.  Even worse, refined-sugar consumption leads to a process called glycation , which causes protein fibers (think collagen and elastin) to become stiff, weak and discolored.  Yes, that sweet tooth causes wrinkles, sagging and loss of radiance.  Eat a rainbow of fruits and veggies throughout the day to get a wide variety of skin loving antioxidants and phytonutrients.  Beat your cravings by prepping for healthy snacks.  Being prepared ahead of time really helps when hunger strikes.

Irritate It

Chemicals in skin care products can irritate skin and lead to DNA damage.  According to The Environmental Working Group (EWG), the chemicals in common skin care products can not only irritate and damage skin, but can lead to hormone disruption and cancer. EWG has a Skin Deep resource guide to review the safety of the ingredients in your skin care and cosmetic products.  Choose natural skin care and skip parabens, sulfates and phthalates.

Sibu Beauty formulates natural skin care products and supplements from omega-7 rich sea buckthorn berries.  Infuse your skin with over 190 nutrients from the inside out and outside in with our Total Beauty System, which includes our Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement, Cellular Support Capsules, Face and Body Bar, and Nourishing Facial Cream.

Resources

http://www.webmd.com/melanoma-skin-cancer/ss/slideshow-sun-damaged-skin

http://www.doctoroz.com/blog/audrey-kunin-md/ugly-and-deadly-side-tanning

http://www.webmd.com/smoking-cessation/ss/slideshow-ways-smoking-affects-looks

http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2007/11/071109194053.htm

http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/prevention-and-care/stress-and-skin

http://www.webmd.com/sleep-disorders/excessive-sleepiness-10/10-results-sleep-loss?page=2

http://www.numaderm.com/advanced-glycation-endproducts-and-aging-skin/

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/

http://www.ewg.org/skindeep/top-tips-for-safer-products/#pick_safer

 

 

 

Sibu Beauty Holiday Gift Guide

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Acne/Rosacea Kit

Give the gift of clear skin this year with 3 super easy to use natural products iSibu Beauty Acne and Rosacea Kit Imagencluding the Sea buckthorn Face & Body Bar, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, and Cellular Support Gel Caps with Omega 7.  Let the power of sea buckthorn and omega 7 calm, heal and repair irritated and problem skin.  $47.95 at Sibu.com.

 

 

 

 

Daily Glow Four Step Skincare System

Daily Glow FoSibu Beauty Daily Glow Four Step Skincare System Imageur Step Skincare System is your daily go-to skincare regimen.

Step 1 – Feed your skin from the inside out with our Sea Buckthorn Cellular Support Gel Caps with Omega 7.

Step 2 – Gently cleanse and exfoliate with our Balancing Facial Cleanser.

Step 3 –  Moisturize with our sea buckthorn infused Nourishing Facial Cream to repair and protect throughout the day.

Step 4 –  Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil is your secret weapon for vibrant skin.  Spot treat irritated areas twice daily and use as a beauty oil nightly.  $79.95 at Sibu.com.

 

Moisture Boost Collection

Complete moisture support for soft, smooth, and supple skin.Sibu Beauty Moisture Boost Collection Image  Our Hydrating Serum, rich in humectants like hyaluronic acid, draws moisture to your skin.  Our Age-defying Eye Cream, specially formulated with sea buckthorn oils, cruciferous sprouts, and pumpkin seed extract, reduces puffiness and dark circles, fine lines and wrinkles.  Your skin keeps working, even while you sleep. Made with this in mind, our Replenishing Night Cream works all night long, replenishing lost moisture and nutrients so you can wake up with rejuvenated skin. $89.95 at Sibu.com.

 

Sibu Beauty Spa Collection

Who do you know that needs a good spa day? Help that special someone shed off the stress of the day and get their Sibu Beauty Spa Collection Imageglow back. Designed to cleanse, detoxify, and moisturize, these luxurious formulations will reveal a new beauty from within, naturally.

Our Spa Collection includes our Balancing Facial Cleanser, Purifying Mask, Nourishing Facial Cream, Age-defying Eye Cream, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, and Moisturizing Body Cream.  $111.95 at Sibu.com.

 

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7 Tips to Relieve Eczema Naturally

Eczema is an inflam7 Tips to Relieve Eczema Naturally Imagematory condition resulting in itchy skin and can progress to oozing and weeping of skin tissue. Often presenting in infancy, eczema can continue into adulthood with no known cure.

The most common form of eczema is atopic dermatitis, characterized by a red, itchy rash.  Scratching irritated areas can lead to bleeding and infections.

Allergens like mites, pet dander, pollens and food allergies can trigger eczema as well as bacteria like Staphylococcusaureus, viruses and fungi.

Extreme temperatures, sweating, and stress are also contributing factors.

The key element of this disease is inflammation.  Western medicine addresses eczema treatment by suppressing inflammation with steroidal creams.  Long-term use of steroids leads to thinning of skin, adrenal suppression and possible liver damage.

Relieve eczema naturally and avoid these negative side effects with these 7 tips to minimize inflammation.

  1. Avoid irritating chemicals in your household and personal care products.  Parabens, sulfates and other synthetic chemicals in your cleaning products, shampoos, conditioners and skincare products can cause inflammation and dry out skin.  For a comprehensive database of chemicals to avoid, we recommend visiting The Environmental Working Group at EWG.org.
  2. Avoid tight or rough clothing.
  3. Think Zen.  Choose activities that relieve stress.  Meditation, relaxing music, and massage are effective, but don’t discount what brings calmness into your life.  Making time for a favorite hobby or anything else that brings pleasure and dissipates stress is worth pursuing.
  4. Take a bath.  Research indicates that magnesium salt baths at a 5% solution reduces inflammation, moisturizes skin, and improves skin barrier function.  Epsom salt (Magnesium Chloride) is readily available at grocery stores and pharmacies in the first aid aisle.
  5. Moisturize skin from the outside in with lotions and creams that have anti-inflammatory properties and promote tissue regeneration.  Ingredients like sea buckthorn seed oil, oatmeal, licorice and hyaluronic acid will soothe irritated skin and promote healing.
  6. Moisturize skin from the inside out with sea buckthorn fruit oil.  Omega 7, found in sea buckthorn, is a fatty acid the body uses to create new, healthy skin tissue.  It raises blood plasma lipid levels and diminishes water loss through the skin’s lipid barrier.
  7. Support your gastrointestinal system.  Avoiding foods that cause inflammation or allergic reactions is essential.  An elimination diet may be necessary to determine individual triggers, but common foods to avoid are dairy, eggs, wheat, soy, and nuts or seeds.

    Support your digestive system with probiotics and Omega 7.   Omega 7 is a fatty acid essential for the mucosal linings of the body, including the gastrointestinal tract.  Sea buckthorn berries are the world’s richest source of Omega 7 and have the added benefit of flavonoids that naturally reduce inflammation.

 

Resources

Causes and triggers of eczema:

http://nationaleczema.org/eczema/causes-and-triggers-of-eczema/

Sea buckthorn: 

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15539258

http://www.europharmausa.com/studies/175/sea-buckthorn-membrasin-references/

Treating Eczema naturally:

http://www.drweil.com/drw/u/ART00350/eczema.html

http://www.wikihow.com/Treat-Eczema-Naturally

Sibu Beauty Acne Testimonial

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil ImageI just wanted to comment on how impressed I am with the Seed Oil. I suffer from acne and it leaves scars easily on my fair skin. I’ve been using the seed oil for a little over a month now and can see improvement in my dark spots and the texture of my skin. As a college student, I thought the price was a little steep at first BUT a little goes a long way and I’m glad I made the purchase, it was well worth the price. I am one happy customer and I will definitely repurchase once my first bottle runs out! It’s opened me up into thinking of trying the other products in your line. Thanks!

-Amber B.

How To Avoid Sunspots

Sibu Beauty Tips to Avoid SunspotsIn our 20’s we’re often negligent.  In our 30’s awareness creeps in, and by our 40’s we’re manning the battle stations.  What’s the issue? Sunspots!  Sun related hyperpigmentation is a long-term endeavor.  Early and ongoing prevention is essential.  So if the sun is our enemy, what are we to do?

-Live in a cave and only come out at night? Vampires unite!

-Wrap up like a mummy before leaving the house?  The zombie apocalypse has nothing on you.

On a more practical note, you can actively minimize exposure and skin damage with strategic planning and skincare.

Sun Sense

10 am – 4 pm are the witching hours for UV rays.  Try to avoid the sun during these times.  This is a general guideline.  These hours can be extended based on length of day and altitude.  Walk on the shady side of the street.  Trees, canopies and awnings are your friends.  But whom are we kidding?  Beaches and swimming pools are calling and who can resist their siren song in the summertime?

Let’s face it.  We are going to pursue adventures in the great outdoors.  Be sure to bring your shade with you by wearing a wide-brimmed hat.  Sunglasses with UVA and UVB protection are a must for your eyes.

If you want to go the extra mile there is clothing with light weaves and breath-ability that offer UV protection.  It can even be worn while playing in the water.  Nearly clear window tinting is available and will block 99% of UV rays.  Much of our exposure is due to incidental sunlight.  Windows in our homes, cars and offices can cause skin issues over the long-term.  Investing in window tinting can make a big difference.

Reflective surfaces like water, snow, concrete, glass (you get the picture) will bounce UV rays right back at you even if you are in the shade.  What’s the answer to this little problem?

Sunscreen

Sunscreen is the Holy Grail for preventing sun damage and lets us go out into the light.  Take a look at how the suns rays damage our skin even before it becomes visible on the surface and what sunscreen does to protect us.

But not all sunscreens are created equal.  Chemical sunscreens have come under serious scrutiny.  They do not always have full spectrum protection, UVA & UVB.  The chemicals can cause irritation and allergic reactions. Because it is absorbed into the skin cells, when the chemicals breakdown as they absorb the UV rays, they can have carcinogenic consequences and that’s just what science has uncovered so far.

Mineral sunscreens actually block UV rays before they enter skin cells, have broad-spectrum protection, are non-irritating and don’t have questionable side effects.  To learn more about choosing the right sunscreen, we recommend Mother Earth Living’s article, “Sunscreen Ingredients: Which Ones to Look For and Which Ones to Avoid

But, is sunscreen enough?

Skincare

Sunscreen cannot stop all UV exposure.  The suns rays produce DNA damaging free radicals when they come into contact with our skin.  Topically applied antioxidants absorb the damaging energy from the sun protecting our cells, collagen and elastin from harm.  Dr. Neil Shultz explains this well.

Consuming fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants protect our skin from the inside out.  Antioxidants in our skin cells counteract damage caused by sun exposure and can actually reverse hyperpigmentation and wrinkles.

Unique to the plant kingdom is the UV protection provided by sea buckthorn.  Both consuming sea buckthorn berries with 190+ nutrients and applying sea buckthorn oil topically demonstrate radiation protective activity.  Studies indicate that sea buckthorn’s flavonoids quercetin, isorhamnetin and kaempforal have superior free-radical scavenging activity.

The Time Is Now

No matter where you are on the spectrum of sun-induced skin damage, taking action now to protect yourself from future exposure will make a difference, not only with pigmentation issues, but also with the prevention of skin cancer.  Share what you’ve learned with friends and family.  Skin is the largest organ of our bodies.  We need to take care of it diligently and daily.

Resources

Antioxidants Protect Skin From UV Damage:

http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-and-supplements/lifestyle-guide-11/beauty-skin-care-vitamins-antioxidants

Sea Buckthorn Fruit Oil Consumption Prevents UV Exposed Skin Damage:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22641502

Radioprotective Activity of Sea Buckthorn:

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17472473

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16948057

Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil Skincare Tip

Amy Paffrath Uses Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Seed OilAdd a few drops of Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil to sunscreen before application.  Sea buckthorn seed oil has a natural spf of 4. The carotenoids and tocopherols (multiple forms of vitamin A and E) boost antioxidants to fight free radicals from sun exposure. Its fatty acids reduce inflammation and keep skin moisturized.

Sea Buckthorn: Nature’s Perfect Omega 7

Sibu Sea Buckthorn BerriesAfter hundreds of years of quiet use, word of the astounding benefits of Omega 7 Fatty Acid has finally reached the US. This rare but powerful “MUFA” (or Monounsaturated Fatty Acid) is popping up in media and in clinical study results across the country.

Omega 7 fatty acid (also called “Palmitoleic Acid” in most scientific and clinical publications) can be found in animal and plant sources, including macadamia nuts, cold-water fish and sea buckthorn berries. Sea buckthorn contains a much higher concentration of this valuable fatty acid, up to 40% as compared to 17% in macadamia nuts. While this omega has numerous skin and health benefits, it is also known for its ability to support a healthy weight, cardiovascular health, and gastro-intestinal health.

 

Cardiovascular health

Your entire cardiovascular system benefits from increased access to omega 7.  The positive benefits to cardiovascular health fall into two categories: it may help (1) reduce the amount of bad cholesterol traveling through your arteries, and (2) help smooth their passage, which in turn helps artery walls stay strong and resistant to tearing.

 

  • Improved lipid panels. Omega 7 (or palmitoleic acid) has been shown to induce broad improvements in overall lipid levels, including a reduction in LDL (bad cholesterol) levels and an increase in HDL (good cholesterol) levels.  Balancing lipid panels has long been the primary goal of most cardiovascular health programs.

 

  • Smooth artery walls. Omega 7 (or palmitoleic acid) has been shown to reduce elevations in C-reactive protein (CRP), which indicates that Omega 7 reduces inflammation in the arteries.  By soothing and smoothing artery walls in much the same way that they soothe and smooth skin, omega 7s keep cholesterol and fats in the blood moving along so they don’t stick and cause problems.

 

Skin, hair and nailsBeautiful Skin

Omega 7 provides key building blocks for skin, hair and nails. It helps combat wrinkles, dryness, loss of skin elasticity, and other symptoms of malnourished or aging skin. It also helps skin function properly by supporting numerous skin functions, including:

  • Boosting collagen production
  • Protecting against oxidative damage
  • Restoring youthful resilience and plumpness to aging skin cells
  • Rejuvenating skin cell membranes
  • Enhancing the skin’s ability to retain moisture
  • Repairing sun-damaged skin
  • Protecting against sun damage, toxins and environmental stress

 

Weight management

Taken internally, omega 7 fatty acid signals the body to stop storing fat. Clinical studies have shown that, not only do users melt away fat, but they also keep it off for longer periods. This amazing compound also helps the body maintain insulin sensitivity and fight off the imbalances that can result in metabolic syndrome. Insulin sensitivity plays a major role in helping the body convert glucose into energy, rather than storing it as fat. Research shows that omega 7 imitates a hormone in the body that helps regulate systemic metabolic activity.

 

Gastro-intestinal health

Omega 7 has a soothing and smoothing effect on all the body’s sensitive internal linings. These linings (the mucous membranes that line the GI tract, stomach, upper respiratory tract and genital area) help nourish and hydrate internal organs and combat stressors, including excessive stomach acid or chronic inflammation. In addition to soothing inflamed and irritated membranes, the body needs this powerful fatty acid to plump up those sensitive linings, just like it uses them to plump thin, stretched skin cells.

 

Best Source of Omega 7

Sibu Sea Buckthorn Berry HarvestIt is crucial to realize that not all sea buckthorn is the same. There are numerous varieties grown around the world, and the most nutrient-dense berries are ones that have to sustain themselves against temperature extremes, such as Sibu’s Turkistanica variety grown in the Himalayan Mountains.

How the berries are harvested and processed are also critical factors to keep the nutritional profile intact.  The key difference in harvesting techniques is that most companies that use sea buckthorn berries in their products chop off entire branches and stick them into freezers. When they are ready to process the berries they heat the branches and the berries fall off. The berries are then processed and heated again. This method depletes the berries of their Omegas, Vitamins and bio-actives.

Sibu is the one company that made the conscious decision to harvest the berries, by the traditional ancient method of shaking the bushes with sticks, rather than chopping off branches. The ripened berries are collected in burlap ground cloths and then taken to a processing facility to be pureed and processed within hours. Additionally, this company’s sustainable efforts produce practically zero waste, each part of the berry, including the pulp; skin, seeds and leaves, are used in products. The bright orange color that is evident in Sibu products is obtained from having the freshest pureed berries.

The Sibu Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement and Sibu Pure daily ingestibles are the freshest variety available and offer the most nutritionally complete sea buckthorn juice anywhere.  For a concentrated source of Omega 7 take Sibu Cellular Support Capsules.

 

Clinical References: Cardiovascular Health

  • Serum Lipid Effects of a High–Monounsaturated Fat Diet Based on Macadamia Nuts. Curb, J. et al., 2000, Arch Intern Med/Vol. 160.
  • Lipoprotein composition and serum cholesterol ester fatty acids in nonwestern Melanesians. Lindeberg, S. et al., 1996, Lipids, Vol. 31, no. 2.
  • Trans-Palmitoleic Acid, Metabolic Risk Factors, and New-Onset Diabetes in U.S. Adults. Mozaffarian, D. et al., Annals Intr Med, 2010, Vol. 153, no. 12.

Clinical References: Hair, Skin and Nails

  • Effect of dietary supplementation with sea buckthorn seed and pulp oils on the fatty composition of skin glycerophospholipids of patients with Atopic Dermatitis. Yang, B, et al., 2000, Jour Nutr BioChem, Vol. 11, 338-340.
  • Anti-inflammatory activity of sea buckthorn (Hippophae rhamnoides) leaves. Ganju, L et al., 2005, Intr Immunopharm, Vol. 5, 1675-1684.
  • Composition and physiological effects of sea buckthorn (Hippophae) lipids. Yang, B, et al., 2002, Trends Food Science Tech, Vol. 13, 160-167.

Clinical References: Weight Management and Insulin Sensitivity

  • Chronic administration of palmitoleic acid reduces insulin resistance and hepatic lipid accumulation in KK-Ay mice and genetic type 2 diabetes. Yang, et al., Lipids in Health and Disease, 2011, 10:120.
  • Identification of a lipokine, a lipid hormone linking adipose tissue to systemic metabolism. Cao, et al., 2008, Cell 134: 933-944.
  • Trans-Palmitoleic Acid, Metabolic Risk Factors, and New-Onset Diabetes in U.S. Adults. Mozaffarian, D. et al., Annals Intr Med, 2010, Vol. 153, no. 12.

Clinical References: Gastrointestinal Health

  • Inflammatory bowel disease basics. Nikitin, V.A., et al. Khirurgia, 1989; National Association for Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, 4:33-35.
  • Prevalence of essential fatty acid deficiency in patients with chronic gastrointestinal disorders. Siguel, E and Lerman, R. 1996, Metabolism. Vol. 45, no.1, 12-23.
  • Sea buckthorn oils: Towards healthy mucous membranes. Erkkola, R. & Yang, B., 2003, AGROFood Industry, 53 (3).

 

 

4 Tips to Heal Itchy, Flaky, Dry Winter Skin


Sibu Beauty Winter Skin Tips
H2O On The Go

While drinking plenty of water is a well-known tip to maintain hydration, we often neglect how important it is to consistently drink water-containing fluids throughout the day.   The adage of 8 glasses of water a day just isn’t enough to keep up with the body’s water needs, especially when you have dry winter skin.

The Food and Nutrition Board recommends an average intake of 91 ounces for women and 125 ounces for men per day of water-based fluids.  Increase intake based on activity level, climate, pregnancy or breastfeeding situations.   If all that water per day sounds boring, try adding lemon or get an antioxidant boost by brewing herbal tea.

Keep your fluid intake eco-friendly by carrying a glass or stainless steel water bottle with you to take your beverage of choice with you or fill up on the go.  Here are some of our favorites from LifeFactory.

Omegas From The Inside Out

While water hydrates the body, omega fatty acids keep that precious fluid in your skin cells to keep your skin hydrated.  When omega oils are low in the diet, there is increased permeability of the stratum corneum (the outermost layer of skin) and increased skin water loss.  Regularly consuming Omega’s 3, 6, 7 and 9 will lock in moisture from the inside out.

A recent study out of Turku Finland demonstrated that 2 grams (2000 mg) of a sea buckthorn fruit and seed oil supplement taken daily showed a significant increase in skin hydration and elasticity at the 1 and 3 month marks.  Skin hydration increased by 33.6% at 1 month and 48.6% at 3 months compared to the control group.  Skin elasticity increased by 16.3 % at 1 month and 25.8% at 3 months.Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement and Cellular Support Capsules

Sibu Beauty’s Liquid Supplement and Cellular Support Capsules as well as the Sibu 7 line contain whole food-based omegas 3, 6, 9 and especially omega 7 from sea buckthorn fruit and seed oils.   Be sure to hydrate and moisturize from the inside out to give your body what it needs to protect it from dry winter environments.

Exfoliate

Dry, flaky, itchy skin can leave an accumulation of dead skin cells that prevent moisturizers from properly hydrating skin.  Gentle exfoliation will prevent this build up and improve the ability of moisturizers to create a lipid barrier to protect your skin from dry environments.

When choosing an exfoliator, it is especially important to use an emollient-based product to prevent further drying of skin.  Sibu Beauty’s Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Scrub uses both apricot and sea buckthorn oils to moisturize skin while exfoliating with apricot and sea buckthorn seed powders to slough away dead skin cells.  Use once or twice a week on facial skin and 2-3 times a week on elbows and knees or any other rough spots that need extra attention.

Slather On The Lipids

Moderately dry skin will benefit from traditional moisturizers like Sibu Beauty’s Nourishing Facial Cream andMoisturizing Body Cream.  Shea butter, Sibu Beauty Miracle StickMeadow Foam Seed Oil and Sea Buckthorn Oil hydrate dry skin and ease irritation.  For the driest, itchiest skin, Sibu Beauty created Miracle Stick.  Luscious ingredients like sea buckthorn oil, coconut oil, cocoa butter, and shea butter create a strong moisturizing barrier against dry environments.  Similar to a lip balm, think of Sibu Beauty’s Miracle Stick as a balm for dry, itchy or cracked skin.

Give your skin the extra pampering it needs during the winter by hydrating from the inside out and the outside in.

Resources

Institute of Medicine Water Intake Recommendations

Turku, Finland Study: Sea Buckthorn for Beauty From Within

Effects of Sea Buckthorn on Atopic Dermatitis

WebMD:  Omega Fatty Acids For Dry Skin

 

Benefits of Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

Sibu Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil Image with Amy PaffrathIf you haven’t discovered sea buckthorn seed oil yet, you are in for a treat.  This is a multi-functional oil that belongs at the top of your skincare regimen as well as in your first aid kit.  The key nutrients that make sea buckthorn such a nourishing oil are:

Carotenoids- Vitamin A, Lycopene, Lutein, and Zeaxanthin

Tocopherols- Alpha, Beta and Gamma Forms of Vitamin E.

Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9

Flavonoids like Quercetin and Salycins

Beauty Treatment

Topically applying antioxidants like those found in sea buckthorn seed oil prevents free radical damage caused by both the environment and our own metabolic processes.   Vitamin E prevents lipid peroxidation on and within skin and naturally stabilizes sea buckthorn seed oil to prevent oxidation.

Retinoids and retinols, derivatives of vitamin A, can irritate skin.  In contrast, the varying carotenoids found in sea buckthorn oil, such as beta-carotene, encourage collagen production without causing inflammation.

Sea buckthorn seed oil is 90% unsaturated fatty acids, including omega 3, 6, 7, and 9.  “Fatty acids reinforce the skin’s barrier function, prevent moisture loss through the epidermis, provide structural integrity to the skin damaged by external influences, and show anti-inflammatory action.” [i]

Lutein, lycopene, and zeaxanthin enhance what sea buckthorn’s omega oils do for your skin by increasing skin hydration and improving elasticity.

Skin Treatment

Flavonoids like Quercetin and Salycins as well as Omega Oils make sea buckthorn anti-inflammatory.  Sea buckthorn seed oil also inhibits growth of various bacteria such as Bacillus cereus, B. coagulans, B. subtilis, Listeria monocytogenes and Yersinia enterocolitica making it an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory salve for skin conditions such as acne, rosacea and eczema.

First Aid

Due to its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties, sea buckthorn seed oil should also have a place in your first aid kit.  Applying sea buckthorn seed oil to burns and wounds actually increases the rate of new skin tissue formation causing the affected area to heal faster.  Because sea buckthorn is anti-inflammatory, it also calms the nerve-endings resulting in faster pain relief.

Best Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

The source of sea buckthorn seed oil and the extraction process used determines the quality of the product.  The higher in altitude that sea buckthorn grows, the higher its potency.  Whenever possible choose Himalayan grown sea buckthorn seed oil.

There are several extraction processes used to obtain this precious oil.  Even expeller-pressed or cold-pressed extraction subjects the oil to heats over 120 degrees.  The gentlest extraction process that optimally protects nutrients is Supercritical CO2 Extraction.Sibu Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil Product Image

Sibu Beauty is the only sea buckthorn company that directly oversees the hand harvesting of its proprietary, wild-grown Himalayan sea buckthorn. To ensure superior quality and performance, Sibu only uses Supercritical CO2 Extraction for its 100% organic sea buckthorn seed oil.  Sibu now offers 10ml Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil and 30ml Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil.



[i] Anuradha Pol et al, Seabuckthorn: A Multipurpose Wonder Plant Vol. IV pg. 329

Sibu Holiday Gift Guide

Sibu Beauty Holiday Gift Guide Main ImageOmega-7 and 190+ nutrients in Sibu’s sea buckthorn-based skin care and supplements promote luster for hair, improve skin tone and texture, and contribute to strong healthy nails.  Give the gift of glowing skin with these holiday gift packages.

Inside and Out DuoSibu Beauty Inside and Out Duo Package

The Inside and Out Duo contains Sibu’s Cellular Support Capsules to nourish skin from the inside out with Omegas 3, 6,  9 and elusive Omega-7.  Just 2 capsules a day give your body the building blocks to create healthy skin.

With sea buckthorn, meadow foam and shea butter, our Nourishing Facial Cream  combats environmental stress, rejuvenates sun-damaged skin and preserves healthy skin tone and texture.Sibu Beauty Acne and Rosacea Kit

 

Acne and Rosacea Kit

For those with sensitive skin that needs healing, we recommend our Acne and Rosacea Kit.

Give your skin the nutrients it needs to create new healthy skin tissue with a 30-day supply of our Omega 7-rich Cellular Support Capsules.  Our Sea Buckthorn Face & Body Bar calms and gently cleanses with sea buckthorn, coconut oil and gluten-free oatmeal.  Apply our therapeutic grade Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil directly to irritated skin. Its anti-inflammatory and anti-microbial properties calms, heals and feels so good.

Sibu Men's Shaving Kit PackageMen’s Shaving Kit

Men also deserve great-looking and healthier skin. Some of the negative side effects of daily shaving include clogged pores, dry skin, ingrown hairs and redness/irritation. Many traditional shaving creams and aftershaves contain chemicals and ingredients that burn and dry skin which often lead to a scaly complexion and unwanted breakouts. Sibu’s Shaving Kit is 100% natural and contains nutrient-rich, soothing sea buckthorn berry fruit and seed oils.

Scrub away dead skin cells for the smoothest shave with our Exfoliating Scrub.  Lather with our luxurious and healing Face & Body Bar and follow shaving with our calming and moisturizing Hydrating Serum.

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These and other gift packages can be found at SibuBeauty.com.  Whether shopping for your teenagers, men or women, Sibu Beauty has the skin care products to keep their skin happy and healthy through the winter season and year-round.  For assistance with product questions and gift selection, call our Customer Service Team at 1-800-710-7428.  HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

Sibu Sea Buckthorn Body Cream Protects Skin

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Body CreamWhile summer is our time to enjoy fun in the sun, we need to take extra care of our skin during this time of year.  Some preventative measures will go a long way in keeping a youthful, glowing complexion for both face and body.

Sun exposure causes the formation of harmful free radicals in our skin, resulting in DNA damage, the break down of collagen and elastin as well as pigmentation issues.  How can we minimize this damage so we can enjoy this outdoor season?

Mineral-based sunscreens provide natural UVA and UVB protection.  But there is more that we can do to protect our skin from the free radicals caused by sun exposure.

According to a study done by Dr. Dreher from the University of California, San Francisco, topically applied antioxidants prior to sun exposure provides demonstrative photoprotective effects.  “…Regular application of skin care products containing antioxidants may be of the utmost benefit in efficiently preparing our skin against exogenous oxidative stressors.”

Sea buckthorn, with over 190 nutrients including antioxidants A, C, E, and Omegas 3, 6, 7, and 9, protects skin against sun damage and reduces inflammation caused by sun exposure.  Sibu Sea Buckthorn Body Cream contains sea buckthorn fruit oil, seed oil, and fruit puree to maximize nutrients and hydration. Added botanicals like shea butter, meadowfoam, and aloe compliment sea buckthorn’s nutrient-rich hydration.  Apply Sibu Sea Buckthorn Body Cream prior to and after your outdoor activities to maximize the antioxidant benefits.

Resources:

Protective Effects of Topical Antioxidants in Humans

9 Nutrients for Your Skin

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We are what we eat is a commonly accepted adage and as new research emerges the truth of this saying becomes blatantly evident.  To keep food choices simple, be sure to eat a rainbow of colors from fruits and vegetables.  It turns out that all those pigments have their own plethora of phytonutrients nutrition science is just beginning to understand.  So what do we know?  Certain nutrients have big pay offs for skin health.

Vitamin C

A Study reported in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition found that consuming just 4 milligrams of vitamin C daily for 3 years decreased the appearance of wrinkles by 11%.  One kiwi has 84 mg.  Other foods rich in vitamin C are:  dark leafy greens, hot peppers, sweet peppers, most fruits and berries.  Sea buckthorn berries contain 395 mg of vitamin C per 100 grams.  Sea buckthorn has 15 times more vitamin C than oranges.

Lycopene

Want smooth skin?  Current research indicates that individuals with higher skin concentrations of lycopene had smoother skin.  Lycopene also protects skin from sunburn.  This nutrient needs to be consumed from foods, supplementing with lycopene did not demonstrate the same results.  Lycopene can be found in tomatoes, pink grapefruit, carrots, red peppers and sea buckthorn.  Look for red and orange pigmented fruits and vegetables.

Isoflavones

Isoflavones, like those found in soy, may help to preserve skin-firming collagen.  The Journal of the American College of Nutrition published a study demonstrating that mice fed an isoflavone-rich diet had fewer wrinkles and smoother skin when exposed to ultraviolet light than the control group.  Try adding some tofu, miso or edamame to your diet.

Epicatechin

Chocolate lovers rejoice.  Cocoa contains a flavonoid called epicatechin.  In a study published by the Journal of Nutrition, those who consumed an epicatechin-rich cocoa beverage daily for 12 weeks showed noticeably improved skin texture.  This flavonoid increased blood flow to the skin, boosting nutrient and oxygen supply.  Tea, red wine and sea buckthorn also contain epicatechin.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E, a fat soluble antioxidant, protects skin from UV exposure, has an anti-inflammatory effect and decelerates the aging of skin cells. Vitamin E taken in conjunction with Vitamin C demonstrated a synergistic and more powerful affect for protecting skin from UV induced DNA damage in skin.  So, along with your vitamin C-rich foods, include foods with higher concentrations of vitamin E such as:  sunflower seeds, almonds, hazelnuts, spinach, broccoli and sea buckthorn berries.

Zinc

Want to maintain collagen and elastin fibers from the inside out?  Be sure to include zinc-rich foods.  Studies also indicate a correlation between blemishes and low zinc levels.  Vegetarian sources of zinc are baked beans, cashews and chickpeas.

Selenium

Promote elasticity and protect your skin from environmental damage with selenium.  This mineral actually has the ability to regenerate vitamin E and C in the body so they can recirculate to free radical scavenge.  It’s best to get your selenium from natural sources.  High-dose supplements can cause health problems.  Brazil nuts, sunflower seeds, and bran (wheat, oat and rice) are excellent vegan sources.  Selenium is even found in small quantities in sea buckthorn.

Essential Fatty Acids and Omega-7

Essential fatty acids or EFA’s are essential due to the fact that our bodies cannot produce these lipids on their own.  EFA’s must be consumed from the foods we eat.  Omega 3 and 6 are two essential fatty acids that have a significant impact on skin health.  Forming a matrix to support skin structure, EFA’s provide a moisture and insulating barrier for skin.  Skin low in EFA’s results in water loss through the skin, dermatitis and inflammation in skin tissue.  Inflammatory conditions lead to eczema, rosacea and psoriasis.  To ensure a steady supply of EFA’s choose flax seeds, chia seeds or sea buckthorn for Omega 3 and wheat germ, sunflower seeds, sesame seeds, soy and sea buckthorn for Omega 6.

Omega 7 is another fatty acid that heals skin and supports the integrity of our skin’s natural lipid barrier.  While our bodies produce omega 7, this process slows down as we age.  Eating foods rich in Omega 7 supports the mucous membranes of the body, boosts collagen production, protects against oxidative damage, and rejuvenates skin cell membranes.  Omega 7 can be found in wild salmon, macadamia nuts and most abundantly in sea buckthorn.

Infuse your skin from the inside out with these 9 nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, nuts and seed.  Seven of these 9 nutrients are found naturally in sea buckthorn.  To get your daily dose of sea buckthorn try Sibu Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement.

Resources:

http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/86/4/1225.abstract?sid=7530ba9d-6509-4b7a-85cf-d6d0caaa64ba

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-buckthorn

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/information/nutrition/vitamin-c-benefit-skin.htm

http://www.nutraingredients.com/Research/Study-supports-lycopene-protecting-skin-from-within

http://www.jacn.org/content/23/2/157.abstract?sid=6c550f64-b177-4f04-ba35-6318c9bb68fa

http://www.eatingwell.com/nutrition_health/healthy_aging/foods_for_beautiful_skin?page=5

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/136/6/1565.abstract?sid=d066e34b-b2bc-4a79-915d-c2cd1b64a9d2

http://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/VitaminE-HealthProfessional/

http://lpi.oregonstate.edu/infocenter/skin/vitaminE/index.html

http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/information/nutrition/zinc-benefit-skin.htm

http://www.healthaliciousness.com/articles/foods-high-in-selenium.php

http://www.newsmax.com/FastFeatures/selenium-cancer-benefits-health/2010/11/11/id/371344

http://www.bioriginal.com/services/files/file_42.pdf

https://www.doria.fi/bitstream/handle/10024/66646/Larmo_DISS1.pdf?sequence=1

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-buckthorn

Natural Facial Moisturizer Vs. Facial Serum

Natural Facial Moisturizer Vs. Facial SerumFacial serums contain concentrated nutrients often combined with smaller molecules that will help it penetrate deeper into skin and even pass through cell membranes to deliver nutrients right into cells. Serums penetrate into the dermis (2nd layer of skin). Natural facial moisturizers create an emollient barrier on the top layer of skin and act as a humectant to keep moisture in and prevent the environment from pulling moisture out of skin.

Which One Should I Use?

Facial serums work well for all skin types but for different reasons. Oily skin may find that a serum is all it needs to deliver nutrients to skin without adding oil. Dry and mature skin types struggle with maintaining moisture in their dermis and a serum will penetrate to this level to plump skin from within. Combination skin will notice that serums help with the normal to dry patches and won’t add oil to the t-zone.

What facial serums cannot do is create a lipid barrier to retain moisture within the skin. This is where natural facial moisturizers come in. Except for the oiliest skin types, moisturizers are an essential part of a regular skin care routine.

Should I Use Both?

If money is no object, then yes, using both a serum and moisturizer will deliver nutrients deeper into skin and a moisturizer will keep it there and protect your skin’s natural lipid barrier. Oily skin can usually get away with only using a serum and the skin’s natural oil production will provide an adequate lipid barrier. A moisturizer may not be necessary.

All other skin types need the assistance of a moisturizer to keep the outer layer of skin hydrated and to maintain the moisture that is already in the deeper layers of skin. Combination skin will benefit from a serum over the entire face and may only need a moisturizer on normal to dryer areas of the face like cheeks and temples.

However, dry and mature skin really needs nutrients and moisture in the dermis and assistance with forming a lipid barrier on the top layer of skin. These skin types will see greater improvement in skin tone and texture by using both a serum and moisturizer.

Which Goes First?

In order for facial serums to be effective, they need to be applied to the skin after cleansing. Once they have penetrated and the surface of the skin is dry, that’s when the natural facial moisturizer is applied. If moisturizer is applied first, the barrier it creates will prevent the serum from absorbing into skin.

Sibu Beauty’s Sea Buckthorn Hydrating Serum with hyaluronic acid will nourish deeper layers of skin keeping collagen hydrated. Sibu’s Nourishing Facial Cream is a light, non-greasy formulation making the perfect daytime moisturizer. The Replenishing Night Cream from Sibu provides a richer formulation for evening application.

Reduce Under-Eye Bags and Dark Circles Naturally

Reduce Under-Eye Bags and Dark Circles Naturally Article

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The eyes have it when it comes to revealing our current lifestyle choices. Eyes are the windows to the soul and the first to rat us out on health transgressions. Sleeping habits, stress, sun exposure, poor nutrition and dehydration lead to sags, bags and the darks circles under your peepers.

It’s not all due to lifestyle choices. Heredity, allergies, hormonal fluctuations and the aging process also affect this sensitive area.

What can you do?

  • Sleeping on your side can cause fluid to congregate around the eye. Consider sleeping on your back with two pillows to elevate your head.
  • Stay hydrated. Avoid caffeine and alcohol. Dehydration leads to a loss of skin and blood vessel volume, which brings our blood vessels closer to the surface, creating a darker appearance.
  • Avoid smoking and smoke filled environments. Premature aging and skin damage abounds with smoking, not to mention smoke irritating sensitive eyes, causing inflammation or puffiness.
  • Boost your Vitamin C. This antioxidant strengthens your cell walls preventing intracellular fluid from leaking between cells. This helps minimize both bags and dark circles.
  • Boost your Vitamin K. This vitamin helps the coagulation of blood, keeping your blood within your blood vessels. This helps with preventing dark circles.
  • Cold Compresses work as a quick fix for puffiness. Try applying the back of a cold spoon over your eyes focusing on the under-eye area for up to 15 minutes. Other folk remedies include cold, wet tea bags or cucumber slices. The goal here is the reduction of inflammation. Remember to keep your head elevated to at least 45 degrees.
  • Look for skin care products with Vitamin C and Vitamin K. Topically applying these and other anti-inflammatory and cell strengthening ingredients can have a noticeable impact on the under-eye area. Sibu’s Age-Defying Eye Cream is full of vitamin C rich sea buckthorn and vitamin K rich broccoli, mustard, cauliflower and cabbage sprouts.

Skincare From The Inside Out

Article Image for Skincare From The Inside OutWe can invest in a medicine chest full of topical skincare treasures, but without treating our skin like the magnificent organ that it is, we miss our greatest opportunities for skincare and skin health.

 

Being the largest organ of the body, skin protects us from our environment, keeps our insides inside, and helps detoxify through perspiration and oil secretion.  With such lofty tasks, the best thing we can do to support our skin is feed it from the inside out.

 

An antioxidant-rich diet along with Omegas 3 and 7 gives our bodies vital nutrients to combat free radicals and maintain a healthy lipid barrier to retain moisture within our skin tissue.  Plump, hydrated and nourished skin protects our collagen and elastin to minimize and prevent wrinkling.

 

Eating a rainbow of fruits and vegetables, at least 5 servings a day, gives our bodies a wide array of antioxidants.  Walnuts, flax and chia seeds are high in Omega 3.  Nature’s highest source of Omega 7 can be found in sea buckthorn.  In fact, this little berry has over 190 nutrients including antioxidants, amino acids, trace minerals and Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9.  For a super-dose of natural nutrition include sea buckthorn berries in your diet daily.

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So how do we get these little berries?  Fortunately, Sibu Beauty has exclusively sourced wild-crafted sea buckthorn from the Tibetan Himalayas.  1 oz. a day of Sibu Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement or ½ oz. of Sibu 7 Pure will give your skin the nutrients it needs to create healthy skin cells.

Benefits of Sea Buckthorn and Omega 7

Sibu CEO, Bruce McMulling Admiring Tibetan Sea BuckthornSea Buckthorn has an impressive nutritional profile that includes the highest concentration of Omega 7 found in ANY food source. Omega 7 is a critical fatty acid that the body produces, but with aging and not getting the proper nutrition, the amount of Omega 7 production decreases and therefore needs to be obtained from certain foods including macadamia nuts, however, the best source that contains at least 50% more Omega 7, is sea buckthorn.

Numerous clinical and scientific studies document the health and wellness benefits of ingesting Omega 7. Taken daily, Omega 7 benefits skin, hair and nails by boosting collagen production, and delivering the building blocks needed for healthier tone and texture plus it also acts as a constant force of suppression against the negative effects of free radicals that contribute to aging.

Additionally, Omega 7 improves the health of mucous membranes found throughout the body’s inner surfaces of the eyes, gastrointestinal, respiratory and urogenital tracts, by promoting tissue regeneration and improved immune functions. Furthermore, recently released studies have shown encouraging results in the ability of Omega 7 to lower LDL cholesterol, increase HDL (the good) cholesterol and improve insulin sensitivity in Type 2 diabetes.

However, the benefits associated with this hardy berry go beyond Omega 7. Loaded with over 190 bio actives, sea buckthorn is one of the most nutrient-dense foods available, anywhere. The bright orange berry contains over 40 amino acids, 10 times the vitamin C as an orange along with vitamins A, B-1, B-2, B12 and E, essential fatty acids 3, 6 and 9; plus a network of naturally occurring antioxidants including polyphenols, carotenoids, flavonoids, phytosterols and tocopherols.

It is crucial to realize that not all sea buckthorn is the same. There are numerous varieties grown around the world, and the most nutrient-dense berries are ones that have to sustain themselves against temperature extremes, such as the Sibu LLC Turkistanica variety grown in the Himalayan Mountains. Moreover, how the berries are harvested and processed are also critical factors to keep the nutritional profile intact.  The key difference in harvesting techniques is that most companies that use sea buckthorn berries in their products, chop off entire bushes and stick them into freezers. When they are ready to process the berries they heat the bushes and the berries fall off. The berries are then processed and heated again. This method depletes the berries of their Omegas, Vitamins and bio actives.

Sibu, LLC is the one company that made the conscious decision to harvest the berries, by the traditional ancient method of striking the bushes with sticks, rather than chopping off branches. The ripened berries are collected in burlap ground cloths and then taken to a processing facility to be pureed and processed within hours. Additionally, this company’s sustainable efforts produce practically zero waste, each part of the berry, including the pulp; skin, seeds and leaves, are used in products. The bright orange color that is evident in Sibu products is obtained from having the freshest pureed berries.

The Sibu Sea Buckthorn Liquid Supplement and RAW daily ingestibles are the freshest variety available and offer the most nutritionally complete sea buckthorn juice anywhere.  For a concentrated source of Omega 7 take Sibu Cellular Support Capsules.

As the Founder of Sibu, LLC, I am committed to promoting further research on sea buckthorn; continue sustainable, free trade efforts and dedication to providing our customers with the premium products.

Resources:

http://seabuckthorn.com/files/sea_buckthorn%20women.pdf

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/new-miracle-berry-pt-2

http://www.doctoroz.com/videos/mouth-makeovers-pt-2

http://www.lipidworld.com/content/pdf/1476-511X-10-120.pdf

Written by Bruce McMullin, CEO and Founder of Sibu, LLC. Bruce has identified and sustainably harvests the most nutrient-dense sea buckthorn available and continues to travel the world in search of additional resources. He is responsible for forming the United States Sea Buckthorn Association and encouraging studies and research on sea buckthorn throughout the United States.

 

Winter Skin Care Tips

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It may be cold outside, but the worst culprit to winter skin is the drier air both outside and especially inside our homes.  So what can we do to protect our skin during the winter months?

Moisture is Key

To replenish moisture in your skin consider humidifying your indoor air and keep temperatures as moderate as possible inside your home, car and workplace.  The higher we set our thermostats the more moisture is pulled out of our indoor air.  Humidifiers will not only help keep your skin hydrated, but will also keep your mucus membranes moist so they can do their job fighting off colds and flus.

Adjust your skin care products to meet your skin’s winter needs.  For most, this means shifting to richer facial and body creams.  An emollient night cream and therapeutic oil work wonders for skin repair and optimal moisture retention within skin tissue.

Eczema symptoms usually intensify during winter months.  Sea buckthorn, with its natural anti-inflammatory properties, keeps eczema challenged skin moisturized and symptom free.  Try Sibu Beauty Body Cream and for extra spot treatment use pure sea buckthorn seed oil.

Exfoliation

Dry skin tends to build up and become flaky.  Choose more emollient facial scrubs and masks to clear skin of dead skin cells without drying out your skin.  Sibu’s Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Scrub and Purifying Mask both have healing and moisturizing sea buckthorn oil to moisturize while exfoliating and detoxifying skin.

Soothing Chapped Lips

Lips need extra protection during the winter months.  Apply a hyaluronic acid based serum prior to lip balms, glosses or lipsticks.  Sibu’s Hydrating Serum will give your lips the extra surge of moisture they need during this time of year.

Protect your skin during the holiday season with humidity control, exfoliation and more emollient skin care products.

Your Skin and Body Loves Lutein

Benefits of Lutein Article ImageLutein is a carotenoid found in various foods including sea buckthorn berries, the nutritional powerhouse that contains over 190 bio actives including lutein and the highest concentration of Omega 7 found in any food source. Lutein is also found in green, leafy vegetables such as kale and spinach and also egg yokes.

Lutein has been used for and has demonstrated promising results in helping to reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration (AMD) and also cataracts and overall eye health.  Moreover, recent studies are uncovering more benefits of lutein from sea buckthorn and other foods, including the ability to help bolster skin’s natural antioxidants and protect against damage from the sun and environmental free radicals. Studies have noted that a diet, which includes lutein-rich foods, has shown a 55% decrease in oxidation of lipids that are the main causes of skin degradation and aging.

Although research is in the early stages, the reports are encouraging from the results of consuming lutein and 5 other carotenoids including alpha-carotene, beta-carotene, lycopene, cryptoxanthin and zeaxanthin all of which are present in the sea buckthorn berry. In addition to a notable decrease in oxidation, research also suggests that carotenoids can help slow the progression or possible onset of conditions including Dementia/Alzheimer’s, Certain Cancers, Heart Disease and Type-2 Diabetes.

Lutein is approved for use in supplements under DSHEA (Dietary Supplement Health and Education Act).  The word lutein is derived from the Latin word luteus, meaning “yellow” and is what gives the yellow color found in certain foods.  Lutein cannot be produced in the human body and therefore must be obtained through diet. Lutein can only be obtained, directly or indirectly, from plants. High amounts of lutein are present in sea buckthorn berries.

Sea buckthorn is a revolutionary, thorny, nitrogen fixing wondrous shrub with yellow-red and orange berries.  In addition to the 190 bio-actives, sea buckthorn also has 6 varieties of fat soluble vitamins, 24 mineral compounds, 22 fatty acids, 42 different lipids plus a significant amount of lutein.  Sea Buckthorn is such a nutritional powerhouse it can be considered the “shining star” of all berries, maybe the shining star of super fruits.

Sibu has developed a vegan, cruelty-free line of ingestible and topical products based on the premium Himalayan sea buckthorn berry. The key to a healthier lifestyle from the inside out is based on a balanced diet and the combination of daily supplements. Included in the line of ingestibles from Sibu Beauty are Sibu RAW, Sibu Revitalize & Renew and Sibu Vegan Cellular Support Gel Caps.

Healthier Body Care Powered by Sibu.

Resources

Eye Health Links: http://www.luteininfo.com/eyeresearch

Skin Health: http://www.luteininfo.com/skinscientific

Cardiovascular; http://www.luteininfo.com/cardioscientific

Dementia/Alzheimers: http://iospress.metapress.com/content/w54556121047537t/

Type-2 Diabetes: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16801375

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20036322

Written by Bruce McMullin, CEO and Founder of Sibu, LLC. Bruce has identified and sustainably harvests the most nutrient-dense sea buckthorn available and continues to travel the world in search of additional resources. He is responsible for forming the United States Sea Buckthorn Association and encouraging studies and research on sea buckthorn throughout the United States.

 

Interview with Leslie from Leslie Loves Veggies

Holiday Beauty Gift SetEver since we started selling the original 4 products in our Sibu Beauty sea buckthorn berry-based line, blogger/mother/writer/friend and grandmother-extraodinaire, Leslie has been with us every step of the way!

Leslie is the owner of the highly successful blog, LeslieLovesVeggies.net where she honestly reviews products for thousands of fans weekly. After graduating  SUNY IT with a degree in nursing, Leslie opened her heart and soul to patients of all ages. A few years ago, after tending to her aging parents, Leslie retired from nursing and started blogging and has grown her site to be one of the most well-respected and highly ranked product review sites on the web.
She resides in Georgia with her husband, Scott and spends every possible spare moment being a devoted mother to her two daughters and the “little man” in her life, grandson Justice.Leslie Loves Veggies
Thanks, Leslie for taking a few moments with us to share your experience with Sibu.

Sibu:  What was the very first Sibu Beauty product that got you hooked? and why?

Leslie from Leslie Loves VeggiesLeslie:  The first Sibu product I ever used was Revitalize & Renew.  I fell in love and have been a fan every since.  Hubby, my daughter and Little Guy still take R&R every single day!

Sibu:  Is that also your favorite Sibu Beauty product or has another taken your top honors?

Leslie:  I’ve since switched to Sibu Raw.  It’s made a world of difference in my health.  My skin looks more youthful.  My nails and hair grow faster than when I was in my 20’s and I feel healthier overall.

Sibu: What differences has Sibu made to your body/wellness?

Leslie:  Without Sibu I honestly think I might be a very sick lady.  I recently had a very serious illness and I know that if it weren’t for Sibu Raw and how healthy I was prior, I would not have bounced back so quickly.  It’s a product I never want to be without.

Sibu:  We’re glad you recovered from your illness quickly.  Sea buckthorn does so much to keep us healthy.  When or where do you feel most beautiful?

Leslie:  I feel most beautiful when I’m outside being a nature girl! And beauty comes from within. Thanks to Sibu my insides are pretty darned amazing!

Sibu:  What is your skin type?

Leslie:  My skin is extremely dry and sensitive!  That’s why I love Sibu beauty products!  They nourish my skin and don’t cause any irritation.  They sink in after applying and leave my skin feeling soft and supple and they smell so light and beautiful!

Sibu:  What is your Sibu Beauty Skin Care Routine?

Leslie:  Well, I love the Cleanse & Detox Bar for washing my face. (I use it as an all over body bar too!)  But I also love to use Sibu Facial Cleanser once or twice a week.  It rinses so nicely and removes all the grime from my face.  I follow up with a spritz of Clarifying Toner and always apply Repair And Protect.  I like to apply Age Defying Eye Cream around my eyes in the morning but at night I pat on Sibu Seed Oil.  At night I apply Hydrating Serum or Night Cream depending on how dry my skin is.  For a special treat I use Sibu Exfoliating Scrub once a week!

Sibu:  What is your take on internal nutrition for skin care?

Leslie:  Beauty comes from within!  You have to nourish your body or you’ll look tired and haggard!  I love Sibu ingestibles.  Hubby takes Cellular Support daily and when I need a boost I pinch open a capsule (they aren’t vegetarian) and swig the inside of the cap.  I really believe that the super dose of omega-7 fatty acids is vital to good health!

Sibu:  We agree, Leslie.  Omega-7 does so much for the regeneration of healthy skin tissue both inside and out, as well as contributing to cardiovascular, diabetic and mucosal health.  And you won’t have to pinch open a capsule much longer.  We will be launching our all Vegan Cellular Support Capsules soon.

Your natural beauty shines through.  Any beauty secrets you’re willing to share with us?Sibu Sea Buckthorn Men's Shaving Kit

Leslie:  Yes!  Eat a plant-based diet, drink lots of water and try to get enough sleep. Love life, give back and be kind.  That’s beautiful!!

Well said, Leslie.  Thanks for taking a few moments with us to share your experience with Sibu.  And thank you for your most recent review of one our Holiday Gift Sets, our Men’s Shaving Kit.

We wish you and your family the best this holiday season.

 

Fall Skin Care Tips

Sibu Beauty Fall Skincare TipsWith summer sun fading into shorter and crisper days, it’s time to give your skin the attention it needs.  Fall is the best time to lighten age spots, soften rough skin and treat sweat and heat induced acne due to excessive sun exposure.

Fix rough skin

From your face to your feet, exposed skin can become dry and layers of dead skin cells can build up.  Give your skin some much needed exfoliation with Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Exfoliating Scrub.  Gentle enough to use on your face yet strong enough to get your summer feet back in pampered condition.  Use scrub 1-2 times a week for face and 2-3 times a week for elbows, knees and feet.  With sea buckthorn and apricot oils, your newly revealed healthy skin will be well moisturized in the process.

Treat Acne Now

While the sun may feel good on our skin, summer heat and sweating can lead to skin outbreaks.  Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Oil treats both inflammation and acne bacteria.  Rub a drop or two into affected areas daily.  Avoid chemical-based products that will cause dryness and irritation.

Sun Damaged Skin

Have a few extra freckles lingering after summer?  Weekly exfoliation will help.  After exfoliating, rub sea buckthorn oil into the affected area.  Sea buckthorn oil should be applied daily.

Chapped Lips

While exfoliating your face remember to gently scrub lip area.  Follow with Sibu Beauty Hydrating Serum.  The serum’s hyaluronic acid will penetrate deeply and bring much needed moisture and nutrients deep into this mucus membrane.   Seal with Sibu’s Therapeutic Grade Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil.  Lips lose moisture faster than any other exposed area of our body.  Apply serum and seed oil as often as needed.

Cuticle Oil

Remember to protect your hands from the coming dry and cold weather.  Moisturize daily.  Keep your cuticles supple and split-free by rubbing a few drops of sea buckthorn seed oil into nail beds 20 minutes before bedtime.

The change in seasons always brings it’s own kind of beauty and it’s own challenges.  Keep your skin season ready with all-natural and nourishing skin care.