When the folks at Sibu contacted me about doing a review and giveaway of one of their products, I was pretty excited. I'm all for trying new, natural products on my sensitive skin, and I was especially excited because Sibu was unlike any other product line I've tried or used in the past. Sibu's products are made using Sea Buckthorn Berry, which is a rare fruit that grows high in the Tibetan Himalayas. It withstands the elements simply because of the nutrients it's packed with -- like Omega 7 and Omega's 3, 6, and 9. These all work hard to provide cellular support for healthy skin, hair and nails.
The product I reviewed was the Sea Buckthorn Balancing Facial Cleanser. I was eager for it to arrive and to start putting it to use. Here's a little confession: I'm guilty of not taking the best care of my skin and I really don't have the kind of skin you can just ignore. Sometimes splashing my face down with water and patting it dry is all I can muster as far as make-up removal goes at the end of a hectic day and, well, it shows. Plus, with all the time I spend out in the sun, my skin tends to form red patches, especially on my cheeks. From the first use, I couldn't believe how clean my skin felt. The facial cleanser is actually a clear gel containing nutrient-rich powerhouses like sea buckthorn berry extract and sea buckthorn seed oil and with the most subtle, clean fragrance that comes from orange and lemon essential oils. A little bit goes a long way and works up quite a lather. Just a tiny drop was able to lather up my entire face and upper neck area. I loved the lather, which you typically don't get from gel facial cleansers.
I also noticed that my face felt cool and clean as I washed it. The cooling feeling felt great on my skin after a long night at Body Back and the jojoba oil in the cleanser left my skin feeling soft after washing.
I don't want to call this product an "exfoliator" and insinuate it's not for everyday use, but you could ever so subtly feel the gentle micro-particles cleaning deep into your skin. It's gentle enough for it to not feel like a scrub, but simply leaves your pores feeling clean. In addition to completely removing make-up without the help of pore-clogging make-up towelettes or oily make-up removers (which I can't stand using), this facial cleanser worked like a miracle to reduce my typical redness in the cheek area. After using the facial cleanser for two weeks, I was able to tell a drastic difference in the overall tone of my skin. So much so, that I haven't even worn the translucent powder make-up that I typically apply on my face every single morning for over a week.
Something I haven't really talked about is the fact that my mother had a skin cancer spot removed from her head a few months ago. While she's okay, the dermatologist put her on "take better care of your skin!" patrol and I've been sort of fronting that committee by bringing home all sorts of random skin products for her to try. As soon as I had my first experience with this Sibu cleanser, I knew this would be one that I'd insist she use. The Sea Buckthorn Berry contains up to 40% of Omega 7, which works hard to repair sun damaged and dehydrated skin (among it's other many GI and cardiovascular benefits), which would be perfect for my mom's skin.
The cleanser doesn't make you choose between stripping your skin of it's natural nutrients or getting your skin completely clean. It keeps your skin healthy, free from impurities and clean -- gently, and naturally. What could be better? (For the record, my mother also loves her Sibu facial cleanser!)
HOW TO BUY: Browse all of Sibu's fabulous (cruelty-free and vegan) products and start your shopping on their website!
ENTER TO WIN! The fabulous folks at Sibu have offered one of my readers the chance to win a bottle of their facial cleanser! The giveaway is open to US/CAN residents who have not previously won a Sibu giveaway! Good luck!