Sibu Beauty is a company that uses the Sea Buckthorn plant, harvested from the Tibetan Himalayans. The owners, Bruce and Jean McMullin, had worked in Asia for years exporting chelated minerals. They had recently adopted a child from India. The McMullins wanted to help the people of the villages in rural India use their resources much more wisely, as they saw how the plants were used to treat a number of ailments. These plants and botanicals were used for a holistic approach to rural medicine that is just now catching on in Western medicine. Especially interesting was the sea buckthorn berry, a species used for 1300 hundred of years to treat many different ailments. There have been many scientific studies to back up the traditional use. They knew they had to do something with this wonderful plant.
Sea Buckthorn is a tiny but resilient fruit that resists harsh weather and high altitudes. It produces a variety of nutrients and has 190 bioactive compounds, such as Omegas 3, 6 and 9. It is also rich in the elusive Omega 7, an essential fatty acid that is vital for collagen production and healthy skin, hair and nails. The processing techniques that Sibu Beauty uses allows a revolutionary group of beauty products with sea buckthorn as the primary source of bioactives.
The Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream, with omega 7 fatty acids, helps to create a perfect barrier to moisturize, protect and repair skin. It is a lightweight and non-greasy cream with a lightweight citrus scent that can be used daily. It is paraben-free and cruelty-free, contains no dairy, yeast, gluten, sodium or preservatives. It is also great for all skin types, including acneic skins. This cream is produced via fair-trade agreements with local harvesters in Tibet.
The key benefits of the Nourishing Facial Cream are:
- Rejuvenates sun damaged skin
- Protects against environmental stress
- Preserves healthy skin tone and texture
- 100% natural
Sea Buckthorn Seed oil is high on the list of ingredients, not buried deep down, which is great, as it is the main ingredient that is doing the most work for your skin. Sea Buckthorn Fruit oil is also listed among the ingredients, although lower down the list.There is also meadowfoam seed oil, which is an anti-oxidant. Shea butter is there and helps to moisturize the skin. Orange essential oil and lemon essential oil are adding to the fragrances, I am assuming. Aloe Barbadensis leaf juice powder is listed as an ingredient and can be extremely soothing, and is also an anti-oxidant. Panthenol is listed at the bottom and is a great soothing ingredient.
Sibu lists the product as 100% natural. Now I noticed that the ingredients had names like cetearyl alcohol and sodium steroyl lactylate. As I looked at these I thought, these ingredients don’t look natural. I discussed them with a friend who is a chemist and she let me know that these ingredients do originally come from natural sources and are emulsifiers. In order to make a lotion or a cream you have to have ingredients to emulsify the product, or essentially make it come together. Since these are from natural sources they can be considered natural, so do not let that throw you off.
My only concern is that if one is to use this during the day time it would be essential to use a sunscreen over this as it does not have one. I think it makes a wonderful moisturizer but Sibu might think to create a lotion or cream with a sunscreen. After all, we are fighting aging and it doesn’t make sense to fight aging if we are not using something to protect from the UVA or UVB rays. And there are natural ingredients that can be used to add as sunscreen agents. Otherwise, I find this to be a very pleasant cream that given the ingredients, does support moisturizing the skin, protecting it and fighting lines and wrinkles.
Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Nourishing Facial Cream is $20.95 (1fl. oz./30 ml.) and is available on www.sibubeauty.com, or you can find a store locator here: http://www.sibubeauty.com/store_locator.php. Like Sibu Beauty on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sibubeauty; Follow Sibu Beauty on Twitter: @Sibu_Beauty and Follow Sibu Beauty on Instagram: http://instagram.com/sibu_beauty#.
(This item was sent for consideration)