Add 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.
After 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.
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.
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
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.
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
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 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).
Did you know, a daily dose of Sibu Seven Omega 7 USDA Organic Fruit Oil promotes a healthier body from within?
Learn more here.
Sea buckthorn seed oil’s natural anti-inflammatory properties soothe skin and ease the pain associated with sunburns. The omega fatty acids, tocopherols (think Vitamin E) and carotenoids also speed healing by increasing healthy skin tissue formation.*
But don’t take our word for it. Take a look at what one of our customers has to say, “He came home with the above bottle of Organic Sea Buckthorn Seed oil. Since the sunburn was on the back of my legs, where it was hard for me to reach, my husband carefully dropped the oil on my legs and gently spread it around (which was pretty darn painful!)…and then… literally within the hour, I started noticing my pain lessoning significantly, and soon I was finally walking around and not taking pain medication, and actually enjoying my day again!”
Read Kimi Harris’ full article on her blog, The Nourishing Gourmet.
*PubMed Scientific Research
Most of us learned our skin type when we first started purchasing specialized skin care products, usually in our teens. Dry, oily, combination, etc., but do you know how your skin cycles and what it means for your skin care products?
What is a skin cycle?
A skin cycle is how long it takes a new skin cell to form and then travel to the surface of your skin.
How long is the average skin cycle?
It takes about 14-30 days for new skin cells to reach the surface of your skin.
What does this mean for skin care products?
If you are looking for your skin care product to positively change how your skin functions, then give that new product at least 4-6 weeks. To improve tone, texture and clarity, you need to give your new product and your body the time it takes for new skin cells to develop and reach your skin’s surface.
With that being said, if you have a negative reaction to any product, discontinue use immediately. Products should not sting, burn or irritate skin.
What about improving collagen and elastin in the skin?
It takes 4 months for skin to regenerate collagen and elastin. So, if you are using an anti-aging product or something that is designed to improve the production of collagen, patience is in order. You will need to commit to your collagen enhancing product or supplement for 4-6 months to expect a noticeable difference.
Omega 7, taken internally, helps the body produce healthy collagen. Sibu Cellular Support Capsules provide a concentrated source of Omega 7 to nourish skin from the inside out.
In every seed is the intelligence and potential to create a viable mature plant. This is amazing! While most of us have eaten alfalfa sprouts on sandwiches or salads, there are numerous varieties of sprouts available.
At the sprouting stage, seedlings have their highest nutritional value. Sprouted seeds contain 400% more protein than lettuce and over 3900% more beta-carotene.
Minerals in seeds are often bound by phytic acid, an insoluble compound, which causes these minerals to pass right through our bodies. Sprouting breaks the phytic bond, allowing the bioactive compounds in the seedlings to be absorbed. Not only that, but when seeds germinate, the inherent proteins are broken down into amino acids. The amino acids then bind with vitamins and minerals in a process called chelation, which supports more complete absorption of nutrients into our cells.
Sprouts contain a greater concentration of vitamins, minerals, proteins, enzymes, phytochemicals, antioxidants, trace minerals, bioflavonoids and chemo-protectants than they will as a mature plant.
Studies show that broccoli and other cruciferous sprouts contain exceptionally high levels of sulforaphane, a cancer-fighting compound. In fact, broccoli sprouts contain 20-50 times more than mature broccoli. This chemical neutralizes toxins, resists cell mutation and fights cancer.
Sprouts and Skin
Good things come in small packages. It doesn’t take much convincing to add these little veggies to our diets. But, what about applying sprouts to skin externally?
It turns out that concentrations of sulforaphane from broccoli sprouts applied topically protects skin from UV damage and inflammation, according to research cited at the US Library of Medicine Institute of Health. The protection was “catalytic and long lasting”.
Sulforaphane is found in all cruciferous vegetables, so try broccoli, cauliflower, mustard, cabbage, kale and collard sprouts. Applying sprouts to your skin and leaving them on long enough to gain the benefits of their nutrients can be messy, but you can get these same sprouts in Sibu’s Age Defying Eye Cream and Replenishing Night Cream.
Grow them, eat them, wear them; Sprouts are one of your body’s best friends.
You may have your daily skin care routine down with your potions and lotions, but for a healthy glow, beauty starts from the inside out.
Summer sun, tanning beds and fake tanners are no comparison to a diet full of fruits and vegetables. According to research conducted by Dr. David Perrett, those who ate a diet rich in carotenoids saw a noticeable enhancement in skin color, which was perceived as healthier than those who just got a tan affecting melanin pigmentation.
The picture below, from UK Campus demonstrates the visual differences between tan skin (on the left), pale skin, and carotenoid rich skin on the right. Which one do you think looks healthiest?
Nutrients For Skin
To enhance red and yellow tones in the skin eat a diet rich in fruits and vegetables. Dr. Ross Whitehead’s research determined that the two main carotenoids that produced a healthy glow were beta-carotene and lycopene. “Our study suggests that an increase in fruit and veggie consumption of around three portions, sustained over a six-week period, is sufficient to convey perceptible improvements in the apparent healthiness and attractiveness of facial skin.”
So what qualifies as a portion? To avoid confusion and keep meal planning simple, current FDA Guidelines recommend filling half your plate with fruits and vegetables at every meal.
Top Foods For Skin
While we associate beta-carotene with carrots and lycopene with tomatoes, there is a rainbow of options for enhancing your carotenoids.
For beta-carotene rich fruits and vegetables choose bright oranges and reds. Think carrots, yams, cantaloupe, peaches, apricots, peppers and pumpkin. Or go dark with dark leafy greens like kale, spinach and chard. Beta-carotene is a fat-soluble antioxidant, so include nuts, seeds or a splash of olive-oil with your meal.
Increase lycopene in your diet by reaching for tomatoes, watermelon, grapefruit, hot peppers, parsley, basil, guava and asparagus.
Be sure and include your daily dose of Sibu Revitalize and Renew Liquid Supplement. Sea buckthorn berries are full of beta-carotene and lycopene.
Vibrant fruits and veggies give us vibrant skin. Stock up on your favorite beta-carotene and lycopene rich treats and munch your way to radiance. Bon Appetit!
You may have to cut back on butter in your diet, but when it comes to your face butter should definitely be on the menu. We’re talking about shea butter and the luxurious benefits it provides your skin.
Shea trees grow wild across the African Savannah. The nut from this tree is the main source of cooking oil and topical treatments for indigenous populations who apply shea butter to skin and hair and use it to treat minor skin conditions.
The extracted oil forms a rich butter with exceptional moisturizing capabilities due to its abundant source of fatty acids. These emollients promote skin renewal and elasticity. Shea butter also contains cinnnamic acid, a substance that imparts some UV protection. Vitamin A and E are naturally occurring and provide antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties. The cream from this nut can do all of this without being greasy. In fact, it melts right in leaving a smooth and soft finish to your skin.
So get nutty and slather on the shea butter. And if you want a tongue twister, try calling it by its scientific names-Vitellaria paradoxa and butyrospermum parkii.
Here at Sibu Beauty, we found that while sea buckthorn does our heavy lifting, shea butter is a synergistic addition to our Daytime Facial Cream, Replenishing Night Cream, Body Cream, and our Age Defying Eye Cream.
You haven’t made weekend plans because you just need some time to relax and blow off some steam, right? Why don’t you go to the spa for the day, right in your own home! Treat yourself to the luxury of self-pampering, and nourish your body in a pot of roses – literally. Here are 5 simple do-it-yourself (DIY) at-home spa tricks:
Relax: Go ahead, it’s the weekend. Slip into your most cozy bathrobe and turn up the heat. You want to be as comfortable as possible. Maybe try a little yoga to release any tension that has built up in your muscles over the week.
Start with Sukhasana, a seated position that helps focus awareness, breathing and relaxation of the mind. Sit cross-legged with hands on knees. Focus on your breath. Keep your spine straight and push the sit bones down into the floor.
Then, move to Cat, which focuses on stretching the spine. Begin on your hands and knees. Keep your arms under your shoulders, your legs about hip width apart. Breathe in while tilting the tailbone and pelvis up, and let the spine curve downward, dropping the stomach low, and lift your head up. Stretch gently. Slowly exhale and tilt the pelvis down, drawing the spine up and pulling the chest and stomach in. You should feel a slight stretch in your spine.
After repeating, move into Downward Facing Dog, a position that stretches the legs, arms and back. Start from a kneeling position with your back flat. Roll your elbows so that the eye or inner elbow is facing forward. Inhale and curl your toes under, as if getting ready to stand on your toes. Exhale and straighten your legs; push upward with your arms.
From here, move to Bhujangasana, The Cobra. Lie down on your stomach. Bring your legs together, but keep your hands under your shoulders, and your arms should be bent at your side. Inhale slowly and push against the mat gently to raise your head and chest as high as comfortable. Keep your head up and chest and heart facing forward. Slowly come down, and repeat.
Savasana – The Corpse, which is probably the most important position that is the easiest to overlook. The corpse relaxes and refreshes the body and mind and relieves stress and anxiety. Lie flat on your back and let your body sink into the ground. Focus on breathing slowly. For a relaxing breathing pattern, try inhaling for 10 seconds, and exhaling for 10 seconds. Stay in the pose for at least 3-7 minutes.
And you’re ready! All relaxed.
Rose Water: First things first. Your senses are the number one thing to trigger during at-home-spa-day. Activate your nose by adding 1 cup packed rose petals to a pot of boiling water. Let cool and add lavender oil if wanted. Poor into a saucer or bowl large enough to fit both of your feet. Chill out for 10 minutes while your feet soak in this luxurious rose-bath – and don’t forget to breathe.
Face-Eye Feel-Good: I laugh at cucumber(ed) eyes – don’t you? Well, I guess it works. If your eyes look drained from the week of stress and no sleep, try this anti-eye-inflammatory method. Rub under eyes in a light circular motion for 2 minutes then lay back and relax and apply a wet chamomile tea bag under your right eye, and a chilled cucumber under the left eye. Sounds weird – you don’t have to tell me. Let sit for 5 minutes then switch the methods to the opposite eye and let sit for 5 minutes (total 10 minutes).
Oil up: Your body deserves a little moisture, especially if you live in a dry climate. Create your own body scrub by mixing 1/2 cup pure olive oil with a mixture of brown sugar, granulated sugar, sea salt and honey. The olive oil and honey combination will leave your skin feeling hydrated while the rough texture of the sugar and salt will take off the dead skin cells leaving it clean and smooth. If you’re going to give yourself a manicure or pedicure, use this mixture to exfoliate dead skin cells on the hands and feet. Make sure to get in between fingers and toes and around your knuckles and ankles.
Steam Room Bathroom: Turn up the shower, close the doors and let it run at its hottest from 10 to 15 minutes. A steam room is a great last step to releasing any tension or stress. Have a warm, wet washcloth at hand, drizzled with a little lavender oil. Hold it to your face and let its skin soothing qualities sink deep into your skin while you breathe in its calming aroma. Mmmm nothing like the sweet smell of serenity.
For more spa tips visit these great sites:
Featured: Whole Living Magazine (Did you see us in the February issue?)
DIY Spa with Glamour Magazine
DIY SPA with Self Magazine
New product! New product!
For the month of January, we would like to introduce the new dropper 15ml seed oil as the Product of the Month. For a limited time only, get our new dropper-style seed oil for $15.95 (reg. $21.95). FYI that’s the same price as the usual 10ml bottle.
So if you love Sibu, and you love the seed oil, now is the time to treat yourself!
Hurry! This offer is valid until January 31, or while supplies last.
Use Coupon Code: THEOILMVP
by Charu Suri | Butterfly Diary
In this age of store bought goods, we often forget we can get some good, wholesome skin nutrition from the soil and from our fridge. Organic fruits and vegetables ensure beauty from the inside and out. Think of organic foods as precious bounty that you can use to also make beauty recipes in your kitchen. By ensuring that you ingest (and sometimes slather on your face) only the finest of natural foods, you will reap the benefits of a purified way of living and will see a rapid change in your appearance.
Why is picking the right natural foods of vital importance? Our bodies can break down some toxic chemicals, but not others. Some natural advocates believe that when organic substances are applied topically or ingested, they are like an assault to your body. This is why choosing our natural foods is of great importance.
Caring for winter’s Dry Skin, the Natural Way
In the winter, there’s no question that hydration for the skin becomes the main concern. Fine lines appear mysteriously like ghosts. Applying makeup is difficult because your skin’s canvas is parched. This is because of your skin glands slowing down in producing essential oils.
To recharge your skin from within, remember to shop for items that contain good saturated fats such as organic almonds and cashews, taking care not to overindulge in them on a daily basis. Make sure you look for the organic label when you pick out ingredients.
A simple recipe to make that will give you soothing moisture is one with almond milk, coconut oil and olive oil. Almond milk is rich in Vitamin E and therefore has rich moisturizing properties for the skin. Simply create a blend with these ingredients and apply as a daily or weekly hydrating mask (the frequency should vary with the amount of intensive moisture your skin needs.
In a small cup, combine the almond milk and honey, then add the mineral water. The aim behind this recipe is to wash the face and neck with the cleanser at night. Rinse off with warm water.
In the winter, you should not use a toner if you have particularly dry skin.
Avocado is beneficial as a standalone mask or a moisturizer because it contains vitamins A,D,E and a bounty of minerals. Coconut oil is also a good skin softener. Blend both together to heal dry skin, along with a dollop of yoghurt.
There is an ingredient that few women would associate with good skin because it’s usually found in bars: cognac. Cognac can help tighten pores and because it is distilled using white wines produced in the Cognac region of France, it is also warming to skin’s arteries and can stimulate the circulation.
If you mix egg yolk and cognac and cottage cheese along with honey you have a rich and effective self-heating mask that you can leave for 20 minutes. Finish by rinsing off with warm water.
Complement Your Beauty Routine with a Natural Spin
Natural beauty recipes take time to do, so you cannot expect to perform them on a daily or even weekly basis. These garden-grown ingredients should find a way into your beauty routine naturally and gracefully, and complement your already existing anti-aging and moisturizing efforts. As we’ve mentioned before, remember to use sunscreen, and drink several glasses of water a day. Beauty is as much from within as it is from the exterior.
Here are some natural food recommendations that address specific beauty concerns:
Pear: Pears contain a cartload of Vitamins C and K, and are great for healing bruises and dark circles. The saying may be “an apple a day keeps the doctor away,” but eating a pear a day may keep your skin recover faster while staving away the need for Hylexin.
Apple Juice: The juice in apples contains a good and well known exfoliator called malic acid. Drinking organic apple juice is definitely effective in cleansing your system; but using apple juice as a natural exfoliant will leave your skin feeling a little tingly but naturally luminous.
Heavy Cream: While this can certainly clog pores, using some in judicious quantities can be extremely hydrating. Plus, you can whip your house-made latte when you’re done catering to your face.
Dill: Dill has several uses, apart from Italian cooking. It is effective at curing bad breath and when combined with cucumber, it makes a killer face toner. We’re not recommending that you ingest vast quantities of dill, but rather keep it in mind as an herb of choice in preparing your meals.
Yogurt: Live cultures are great for the skin, and it also imparts a cooling effect if you’ve been out in the sun too long.
Cocoa Butter: This is a great emollient and great particularly for the under eye area which is thin and in desperate need of moisture most of the time.
Carrot: Carrots contain an amazing load of vitamins and minerals for the skin. Carrots are not only good for better eyesight, but also make great sources of antioxidants. As for using carrots in a homemade beauty recipe, boil carrot pieces and mix them with plain yoghurt, and you’ll have a delicious moisturizer ripe for the application.
Mint: A fixture in herb gardens, mint is energizing and soothing at the same time. Mint also helps remove excess oiliness and acts as an astringent to skin.
Charu Suri hosts Butterfly Diary, which is described as a beauty blog for social butterflies everywhere, with a touch of lifestyle and culture.
“Don’t eat that, you don’ know know where it came from!”
Wise words from Mom and to be truthful, words we all could do better living by. Take a moment and ask yourself how much you really know about what you put in your body. What’s in it? What are those big words that you can’t pronounce? Do the company’s values match your own? Is it a good corporate citizen that makes the world a better place or does it just sell stuff?
Are you scared now or just curious? When you use Sibu Beauty you have nothing to fear and we encourage your curiosity. During the next few weeks we will be talking more about Sibu Beauty, what we stand for as a company, the actions we take across the globe to make the world a better place and helping you better understand what goes into making Sibu Beauty.
To start with, here is a short five-minute video about the sea buckthorn berry — what it is, where it comes from and why you should care as well as Sibu Beauty’s efforts in the Himalayas to get the premium quality, hand-harvested, fair-trade sea buckthorn from a pristine, sustainable source in Tibet.
If you have questions, drop us a note in the comments, on Twitter or Facebook. We will do our best to get back to you because this is not just our business, it is our passion, and it shows in everything we do.