For the love of pores, keep it simple!

**WARNING**

This post will be highly opinionated, and is primarily based on my own experiences (and whatever semblance of logic I have left). If you take personal offense to what I have to say, I’d suggest never using the internet ever again.

I know just how easy it is to get enticed by the allure of trying a new skin care product. Even when I think of how silly it sounds, I still can’t shake the idea that there is one product out there that will be my holy grail product, and I will never have to worry about zits, dryness, or redness again. Sure, there are fabulous products out there, but they are often on the exact opposite end of the shelf you had been gawking at for the past 2 hours and 45 minutes.

It won’t be long before skin care brands sell cleansers that promise to make our boobs bigger, butts tighter, and our brains grow these cyborg sidekicks that read minds. The point is, cleansers do NOT need to be these powerhouse products they are turning into. The purpose of a facial cleanser is to gently, non-abrasively remove oil and dirt from our skin’s surface. We do not need all of the extra frills that many cleansers claim to have, whether it be a cleanser that claims to provide a deeper clean, keep your skin clean even after you’ve washed, or cleansers that contain some degree of salicylic acid or benzoyl peroxide.

It is not that you never want to use products that contain ingredients like salicylic acid, benzoyl peroxide, or other skin-enhancing ingredients, but you aren’t going to see much of a benefit from these products in a cleanser. The product is only on your face for about 30 seconds, or less, and then it is washed off. So, smartypantses, why add extra ingredients to something, when it is totally unnecessary!?

Save the zit-zapping ingredients, and whatever other remedy-specific ingredients your skin requires, for the treatment products you apply after you cleanse. For example, toners, acne gels, moisturizers, serums, or even masks, and peels. These products sit on / absorb into the skin over an extended period, after you’ve cleansed, so you they have time for the ingredients to actually treat your skin woes.

Stick to cleansers that describe themselves as fragrance-free, gentle, a cleansing milk / cream instead of a gel, hypoallergenic, non-irritating, or for acne-prone skin. Many of the cleansers I’d suggest are not cruelty-free (Cetaphil, Spectro Jel), but there are cruelty-free options too (the Acne.org cleanser, for example). I’d suggest checking out Acne.org’s review section: it is a fabulous community!

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Chemical Exfoliation: Not as Radioactive as it Sounds

Stay tuned for an update on a new favourite in my skin care collection: Andalou Naturals’ Pumpkin Honey Glycolic Mask!

This is the side of exfoliation that gets me extremely psyched! It definitely is not as intense as it sounds, and can actually be quite gentler than the mechanical methods of exfoliation I mentioned in my previous post.

Chemical exfoliation refers to the use of certain chemicals to facilitate a sloughing off of dead skin cells, and these chemicals also promote the regeneration of new skin cells. When you see words like brightening, or regenerating, it is often referring to the chemical exfoliation process. This is the ideal method of exfoliation if your skin is dry, sensitive, acneic, or if you’d like to get rid of red/brown spots from acne!

NO SCRUBBING REQUIRED!

The most common chemicals used to provide chemical exfoliation are AHAs, and BHAS (alpha & beta hydroxy acids). To find these ingredients in products, you want to look for ingredients called glycolic acid, salicylic acid, or lactic acid. Acne.org offers a10% AHA 6 oz tube (or 16 oz) for a pretty decent price (not to mention their version of AHA is fragrance and dye-free, and specifically formulated for those with acne-prone skin).

AHAs work by encouraging the skin to regenerate itself, and using them will result in a thinner outer layer of skin, that reflects light better and ensures dead cells aren’t sitting on the surface, dulling your complexion.

There are unique benefits to using either of the AHAs mentioned, but they all work on the skin in similar ways. Salicylic acid, a BHA, works very well at exfoliating our pores. It is used in 2% doses for spot blemish treatments, but used in other concentrations in products to promote exfoliating of the skin.

From what I have read (and I did research for this article – I will specify my sources below), lactic acid is the most effective of the AHAs, as well as being less irritating. It must be said, though, that what works well for one person may not work at all for another.

A warning for those interested in using AHAs – they can make your skin sun-sensitive, so it is either best to invest in a good sunscreen / makeup with SPF, or to only wear your AHA products at night.

Retinol (or Vitamin A), is also a commonly used product in products that claim to be anti-aging, exfoliating, or brightening. It can be harsh if used too often, but definitely effective in a mask or treatment that you use 3 times a week!

Be sure to pick up a papaya, pineapple, or pumpkin fruit enzyme mask, if you’d like to try a gentler form of chemical exfoliation! Alba makes a really great one (IT IS CLEAR AND GREEN, HA!), that I really enjoyed.

You need not grab that facial scrub to get the super smooth and soft skin you so-eagerly desire!

Sources

The Dermal Institute: http://www.dermalinstitute.com/us/library/20_article_Methods_of_Exfoliation.html

Discovery Health: How to Exfoliate Skin: http://health.howstuffworks.com/skin-care/cleansing/tips/how-to-exfoliate-skin.htm/

Exfoliation (Cosmetology): http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exfoliation_%28cosmetology%29

Acne.Org’s take on AHA: http://www.danielkern.com/product-p/aha-6.htm

The Classy Anarchist Tells All: About Exfoliating Your Skin!

Ever have one of those days, where you look in the mirror and see a dull, and lifeless face looking back at you? Your skin seems like it has no glow, and those damned zits have healed, but they leave red or brown-ish marks that take months to fade? I don’t think we need makeup to give our skin a natural glow. By exfoliating regularly, we can shed those dulling dead skin cells from our face, revealing the fresher healthy skin beneath. Exfoliating helps to even your skin tone, give oil and dirt the boot, as well as prevent acne!

Before you whine about how your skin is too sensitive for facial scrubs, I will tell you there are types of exfoliation more appropriate for dry, sensitive type.

There are two major types of exfoliation methods. Mechanical, and chemical. I am going to discuss mechanical exfoliation in this blog entry, and will continue with chemical exfoliation in the following entry.

Most of us consider mechanical exfoliation to be the primary way we exfoliate. This would be through the use of facial scrubs, cloths, or any other tool you use to physically wash your skin for the purpose of exfoliating. Many facial or body scrubs contain ground walnut shell, oatmeal, sugar, or some sort of microbead that works to physically remove the dead skin cells, oil, and dirt, when you wash your skin with them.

The most harsh of these include loofahs (for the love of god, never on the face), walnut shell scrubs, and sugar scrubs. They can be effective, but someone who does not have excessively oily skin ought not use any of these methods more than once a week (if at all, arguably). If you have breakouts, these methods run the risk of irritating already pissed off pores, and will result in excessive redness and make your breakouts worse!

I used to use St Ives’ Apricot Scrub (the one with 2% salicylic acid), and while this did work relatively well for some time, I think it actually increased my skin’s sensitivity, and irritation, gradually over the years.

If you absolutely *have* to exfoliate using a mechanical method, I would suggest using a product that contains those microbeads (usually advertised on the product), as opposed to crushed fruit pits, shells, or even sugar. Oatmeal is also a gentler method. Check out the scrub section on Vitacost, as they list all ingredients. I did notice that Devita offers a Gentle Aloe Facial Scrub with jojoba easters (beads!), and this would be a good choice for anyone looking to mechanically exfoliate.

Check back for what I have to say about chemical exfoliation (my favourite method)!

A Quick Recommendation: Acne.org

I made a post about essential oils a little while back – yes, it is true. Using too many oils, too much at a time, can really eff with that sweet face and bod of yours. It is important to figure out what works and what doesn’t work for your skin type! Unfortunately, that means we have to experiment, and breakouts are inevitable. It can be extremely perplexing for those of us who prefer to stick to cruelty-free brands when we shop. After a recent breakout (and I rarely break out beyond one zit here and there), I found myself at a loss at the drug store. I wanted to find a benzoyl peroxide treatment that was from a cruelty-free source, and failed miserably!

Upon doing some research, I stumbled onto a community called Acne.org. The founder, Dan Kern, offers acne sufferers a community in which to gather. There are how-to videos, advice, product reviews; it is essentially a one-stop shop for everything healthy skin! The site is supported solely by the profits of The Regimen, which is a 3-step acne treatment program formulated by Dan himself. It includes a gentle cleanser, benzoyl peroxide acne treatment, and a moisturizer. Extras include alpha hydroxy Acid (an exfoliant), and jojoba oil (he is as into jojoba oil, as I am into coconut oil!).

While many of the product reviews include products that aren’t cruelty-free, I was pleased when I heard back from Brandy at Acne.org, who confirmed with me that the products sold in the Acne.org store are in fact 100% vegan and cruelty-free. Not only this – they are affordable!

Check ’em out!

Skin care superfruit – Part One!

I have mentioned Sibu Beauty‘s products several times in my past few entries, and that I was going to review a few of their products.

Sibu Beauty is a company that produces skin care products free of parabens, and they are cruelty-free. Their products also are free of dairy, wheat, gluten, sodium, yeast, or preservatives. The key ingredient in all of their products is the sea buckthorn seed in all of its many forms! This seed gained popularity when it was showcased on Dr Oz as a “miracle berry” type food that can help improve skin from the inside via supplements, and from the outside as well with a whole line of moisturizers, cleansers, and more. It contains essential fatty acids 3, 6, 7, and 9, which make it extremely exceptional and packed with goodness!

I received several samples from Sibu Beauty, including their Sea Buckthorn Hydrating Serum, Sea Buckthorn Daytime Facial Cream, Sea Buckthorn Body Cream, Sea Buckthorn Replenishing Night Cream, Sea Buckthorn Eye Cream, and the Sea Buckthorn Balancing Facial Cleanser. Sorry for the lighting in the photo!

I also purchased a few Sibu Beauty items from Vitacost that I was particularly curious about. A full size of the Sea Buckthorn Daytime Facial Cream, Sea Buckthorn Facial Soap, and their Seabuckthorn Seed Oil (you know how crazy I am about oils!).

Clockwise from left: Sibu Seabuckthorn Seed Oil, Daytime Facial Cream, and Facial Cleansing Bar

This entry will focus  on only two the samples I received, and the following entries will focus on other samples, and finally the full-size products. Since I received samples and also bought the Daytime Facial Cream, I will save that review for the following entry.

Seabuckthorn Replenishing Night Cream

All Sibu’s products have this light orange scent. Kind of like orange creamsicle, or an orange flavoured herbal tea. It is not overpowering, and disappears shortly after applying. This night cream is silky, soft, thick and moisturizing enough for my dehydrated / dry skin, and did not aggravate my rosacea that I noticed (though I only had enough to use for less than a week).  This cream is heavy enough for a night cream, it sinks in very quickly, and does not leave me feeling oily in the morning.

This product claims to:  smooth wrinkles and fine lines, reduces visible sun damage, stimulate the skin’s cell renewal cycle, and protect the skin’s natural lipid barrier.

I don’t yet have any wrinkles or fine lines, and don’t burn in the sun, but each morning when I woke up after applying this my skin did feel fresh and look bright and healthy.

Here are the ingredients, which I took from their website:
water, sd alcohol 40-b, glycerin, cetearyl alcohol, behenyl alcohol, caprylic/capric triglyceride, cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, stearic acid, polyglyceryl-10 pentastearate, sea buckthorn seed oil (hippophae rhamnoides), olea europaea (olive) fruit unsaponifiables, phenethyl alcohol, sea buckthorn fruit extract, (hippophae rhamnoides), limnanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, hydrolyzed rice bran protein, butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter extract, panthenol, brassica juncea (brown mustard) sprout extract, brassica oleracea acephala sprout extract, brassica oleracea botrytis (cauliflower) sprout extract, brassica oleracea capitata (cabbage) sprout extract, brassica oleracea italica (broccoli) sprout extract, wasabi japonica root extract, glycine soja (soybean) protein, oxido reductases, aloe barbadensis leaf juice, cucurbita pepo (pumpkin) seed extract, hyaluronic acid, xanthan gum, sea water, sodium stearoyl lactylate, sodium anisate, sodium levulinate, sodium phytate, fragrance (from orange and lemon essential oils)

My only concern  is that the infamous sd alcohol 40-b is listed as the second ingredient! This ingredient is anything but hydrating, and I am curious as to why they chose to put this into a product that is designed to enhance then maintain moisture levels. Sd alcohol 40-b, or alcohol denat., is often used in many skin care products to dry out the skin (which may help those who have oilier or more acne prone skin, or it may make the situation worse by resulting in excess oil production), but if used on a regular basis it can lead to skin irritation, inflammation, and other skin problems (For more information, check out this article about good and bad alcohols for skin).

The majority of the other ingredients look great –  I am always weary of products that contain sd alcohol 40-b, because I do have skin that is prone to inflammation and irritation.

While the product is called Replenishing Night Cream on the packaging, their website calls it Rejuvenating Night Cream. I’m sure this can cause a tidbit of confusion for consumers, wondering if it is the same product, or not! I’m sure not everyone is as nit-picky as I am, but it’s what I do. 🙂

Overall, I did enjoy this product, but I would not purchase it because of the SD Alcohol 40-B.

If your skin is not so sensitive, and does not react negatively to regular use of products with SD Alcohol 40-B, I would suggest giving it a try, because 90% of their ingredients are phenomenal.

At $34.95, it is a mid-range priced moisturizer. And since you only have to use a very small amount, the product will last you a long while.

Seabuckthorn Body Cream

This is such a great body cream! I love how it absorbs into the skin so quickly, smells slightly sweet, and moisturizes very well.

The product claims to hydrate, soften, rejuvenate skin, and soothe sun-damaged skin. I will agree that it definitely hydrates, and softens. I did not notice any particular “rejuvenation”, but I did only have small samples to use. I also don’t burn in the sun, so I didn’t require any relief in that regard.

Ingredients: DI Water, Caprylic/Capric Triglyceride, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol Glycerin, Sodium Levulinate, Sodium Anisate, Polyglyceryl-10 Pentastearate, Behenyl Alcohol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Seed Oil, Behenyl Alcohol, Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Pulp, Fragrance (orange / lemon oils), Hippophae Rhamnoides (Seabuckthorn) Fruit Oil, Meadowfoam Seed Oil, Shea Butter, Aloe Barbadensis Leaf Juice, Xanthan Gum, Olea Europaea (Olive) Fruit Unsaponifiables, Sodium Phytate, Panthenol

At $14.95, it is more than I typically spend on a body cream, but I really enjoyed it and would recommend it to others who have dry skin/sensitive type skin, and I am sure it would be great for normal skin too. I am not sure about how well it would work in the winter – you’ll just have to try it out and see!

Check back again in to read the next reviews from this great company, coming soon!

Summer moisturizing favourites!

After 2 days of antibiotics, things are starting to look up! So it is with this renewed sense of health (and lack of a throat infection), and with Ezra Levant’s The Source on my TV in the background, that I bring you my favourite moisturizers for summer! I wanted to write about all of my summer favourites, but that would take much longer than even a court reporter’s attention span could handle. These won’t be as detailed as a full-fledged review, but if any of them catch your eye (and have not already been reviewed), let me know! I’ll be glad to do a review for you (and probably will be anyways). Be sure to check in for new entries on other summer favourites!

Alba Botanica’s Coconut Milk Body Cream

CREAMY COCONUT GOODNESS!

It is so rich, thick, and moisturizing! It is the perfect amount of moisture for the warmer months – I haven’t seen dry legs since I started using it! The coconut scent (and the delicious ingredients) makes me go crazy. I’ve been using this daily after my shower since about the beginning of May, and I’ll definitely be buying it again. I fell in love with coconut (the oil, the milk, the scent!) this year, and if you were to look at my collection of moisturizers and perfumes, you could tell.

Origins VitaZing SPF15

What it does is gradually develop a tint, as you moisturize it into your skin, and results in a more even skin tone with a natural glow. I still don’t know if I will buy it again (at $50, it would be great if it also came with some wine and cheese), but I have really grown to love how it makes my skin look. It isn’t heavy enough for me to wear as the sole moisturizer in cooler, dryer months, but in the summer, it is all I need to stay moisturized throughout the day! Another plus: the SPF, and I think I’ve still got several months left of it!

Sibu Beauty Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil

camera couldn't focus - here's a pic fresh from the interwebs

I ordered this from Vitacost a few months ago, and was so glad I did! It is a lightly-scented (kind of orangey?) oil that reportedly helps with acne, rosacea, and other skin ailments. I have used it mainly on my face. Just 2 drops blended into my face, and my skin has become SO soft and does not get as oily in the morning as it used to! It does work for redness (which I have around my nose), especially when combined with other redness reducing products. It’s also great for wounds/cuts. I used it on a cut when I was in New Hampshire, no stinging, and it healed pretty damn quick.

Expect a full-fledged review on Sibu Beauty’s skin care line. I ordered a few things from Vitacost, and Sibu Beauty also sent me some awesome samples. What a joy it has been to test out their products!

And here’s a picture of our dog in his winter gear – oh, we love him so! looks happy, huh? I call this one A Fashionable Defeat.

The Classy Anarchist’s Top Ten List for Clear, Healthy Skin

Here I am! Post-shower, sans-makeup.

Here is my top ten list of things that have worked for me to help improve the quality and clarity in my skin! Friends are always asking me how to improve their skin; while I love helping each one of them individually, I thought a top ten list could help all of my friends and readers at the same time. My philosophy on beauty has always been that you need to work on the inside, and this will reflect on the outside. Who wants to pile on the makeup, when our skin underneath is in such poor shape?  These are just tips from my own experience (no expert here!), and are in no particular order.

1. Wash your face every night before sleep

This removes makeup, bacteria, and excess oil that builds up throughout your day.

2. Learn your skin type

You’ll save money buying products that don’t work for you, and learn what products do work for you, which helps prevent breakouts and flare ups. Often, skin analysis services are available free of charge at spas, and from other skin care experts.

3. Touch your face ONLY when you have clean hands!

If your hands are carrying bacteria, you will transfer it to your face.

4. When you dry your face, gently pat it dry (do not rub) with a CLEAN towel or cloth.

Change your towels and cloths weekly to make sure they aren’t harboring any unwanted bacteria.

5. Take a multivitamin, and an omega fatty acid oil supplement like krill, salmon, or sardine oil every day.

They don’t have to cost that much, and the pay off of adding these supplements to your diet is worth it! Even if you eat a well-rounded diet, a multivitamin can help make sure you get all the nutrients you need. Omega-fatty acids are shown to be great for healthy nails, hair, and skin. In the winter time I double up on the omegas, since my skin can be extremely dry and dehydrated. I tend to keep my eyes open for sales at GNC and natural health food stores. Avoid vitamins and supplements at the drug store; their absorption rate is pretty pitiful.

6. Include one exfoliation treatment and a mask into your weekly routine.

Get rid of those dead skin cells by exfoliating, and treat yourself to a deep cleansing clay mask. Another great type of mask is a papaya enzyme mask, which helps to brighten your complexion, and helps to dissolve dead skin cells. It also smells pretty damned amazing! The masks I use regularly are the Alba Deep Sea Facial Mask, and the Alba Papaya Enzyme Mask. It is extremely easy to make your own face masks – try organic honey, avocado, and blueberries!

7. Do not use body lotions or creams on your face.

Using lotions or creams that are designed for use on your body, and not specifically designed for the face can cause unnecessary breakouts, because of the higher oil content; the skin on the face is also a lot more sensitive than the rest of our body’s, and can tend to be of a different type. For example, my face is on the dehydrated side in the winter, and in the summer it is more balanced, so I don’t need to use as much essential oils when moisturizing. The skin on the rest of my body requires a very basic moisturizing routine that remains the same throughout the entire year, and breakouts on my body are even more rare than on my face. When choosing a moisturizer for your face, make sure it specifies it is a facial moisturizer.

8. Avoid products with certain alcohols that will excessively dry the skin (resulting in you trying to use even more of the product, and your skin drying up even more).

Not all alcohols are horrible for the skin. Alcohols that do nothing but dry out the skin and exacerbate skin problems include: SD Alcohol(also known as Alcohol Denat., or Denatured Alcohol), Isopropyl Alcohol, or Ethyl Alcohol. Alcohols that are fatty alcohols and are not harmful include Stearyl Alcohol, and Cetyl Alcohols. The majority of popular brands of toners (especially) in drug stores — brands like L’Oreal, Garnier, Neutrogena, Clean & Clear —  often contain the harmful types of alcohols to provide the consumer with a “tingling” sensation. This often makes us feel like the product is working, but if you’ve got any problems with dryness, inflammation, redness, or acne, this will most likely make it worse(as it did with me). Some of my friends are able to put pretty much any skin care product on their face, but if they were to switch to a more organic and holistic skin care routine, their skin would probably even more phenomenal.

The bottom line is – these products that contain SD Alcohol and other harmful alcohols strip the skin of its natural oils, and this results in eventual over-production of oils in oilier skin, or under-production in extremely dry skin. The goal of holistic skin care products is to nurture the skin’s natural balance, and to avoid extremely changes in the skin’s natural state. My skin’s dryness has reduced drastically since I began using alcohol-free toners, and toners that contain essential oils. At this point all I use as a “toner” is rose water and lavender water. They help refresh my skin, and they smell amazing too.

If you’d like to check out some toners that I recommend, try Avalon Organics’ Hydrating Toner, or Earth Science’s Aloe Vera Complexion Toner & Freshener. I have used both of these, and find them quite effective for balancing dry skin, and helping with blemishes.

9. Steam your face at least once every 2 weeks, with a towel over your head, hot water and essential oils (depending on your skin type) in a large bowl.

Not only does steaming your face help sweat out dirt and excess oil, it can also be extremely relaxing for the mind. Certain essential oils (like lavender and patchouli, for example) are proven to calm the skin and help with breakouts, but at the same time they are shown to be effective in reducing stress and calming the mind. It takes about ten minutes, and after steaming your pores are open – this is the perfect time for a face mask. If you are dealing with acne problems, steaming with tea tree oil (which has antibacterial properties) is very effective. Oils can be purchased for reasonable prices at health food stores, and since you only use 2-3 drops at most when steaming, they last for quite a long time!

10. For those who wear makeup, make sure you give your makeup brushes a clean (with either unscented soap, or makeup brush shampoo) once every two weeks.

If you don’t clean your brushes, bacteria will build up, and cause breakouts. Especially if you apply makeup to multiple people with the same brushes, you want to try and make sure you aren’t transferring bacteria from one person’s face to another! I use Sephora’s Purifying Brush Shampoo, which is available in a travel size. You only need to use a small amount, and it makes a big difference in how long your brushes last, and the minimizing of breakouts.

There you have it! Everything I recommend to ensure your skin looks and feels its best. The only additional tip I can suggest is to eat a healthy and balanced diet.

Sea Buckthorn whaaaaat?

I contacted the lovely folks over at Sibu Beauty a few weeks ago, and they sent me some samples of their delicious skin care products to try. What makes this company stand out to me is their cruelty-free, paraben-free, and fair trade-friendly policy.

Sibu Beauty harnesses the nutrition and restorative power of the Sea Buckthorn berry, which is a berry that grows in the mountains of Tibet. Here is a fun snippet of knowledge from their pamphlet I received: “Sea buckthorn contains protective nutrients including vitamins A, C, E, K, minerals, carotenoids, flavonoids, antioxidants, polyphenols, and phytosterols. In fact, over 190 bioactive nutrients have been found in this important fruit of the Himalayas.” On top of this, Sibu’s sea buckthorn berries are full of omega 3, 6, 7, and 9 fatty acids, and are gluten-free!

I was so excited about these products, that I couldn’t help but order some full size versions of a few Sibu products from Vitacost, which arrived shortly after the samples did!

I have had the products for about 3-4 days, so I am only going to describe exactly it is what I got, and I will be sure to do a review in about a month to give my two cents about each product and my experience with the brand.

I will start with the samples! I received a lovely variety of different Sibu products to try out. Six different products, to be exact.

Sibu Sea Buckthorn products in clockwise order: Daytime Facial Cream, Replenishing Night Cream, Body Cream, Hydrating Serum, Balancing Facial Cleanser, and Age Defying Eye Cream

Check out the full-size versions of Sibu products that I ordered from Vitacost:

Sibu Sea Buckthorn products from left to right: Face and Body Bar, Sea Buckthorn Seed Oil, and Daytime Facial Cream

Let me first say, the packaging of the moisturizer is absolutely cute and fresh looking! The scent of these products remind me of a creamy citrus smell. The actual sea buckthorn oil smells stronger, almost like some sort of spicy orange citrus tea. In order to make sure my review is as accurate as possible, I am using only Sibu products to cleanse and moisturize my skin (minus my Origins VitaZing on some days).

Sibu’s products have quite the list of skin healing properties, including helping to relieve symptoms of conditions like rosacea, eczema, acne, and dermatitis. It is also suitable for all ages, including kids.

Here is a link to Wikipedia’s entry on the sea buckthorn berry, so check it out! Check back for a full-fledged review of these good-for-you products!