|Sibu Nourishing Face Cream, Sea Berry Seed Oil, Omega-7 Oil|
My usual skin care review research turned up a 2014 post from The Beauty Brains (specifically about Sibu, actually) citing some studies indicating improved wound healing and potential to protect against UV damage. I wasn't able to find too many studies out there yet on the topical benefits of sea buckthorn oil.
Lower on the ingredient list are a handful of citrus-based oils: tangerine leaf, bergamot fruit, and grapefruit peel, which I'm guessing are what gives this face cream its bright, cheerful scent. It is important to know, though, that citrus oils have potential to be photosensitizing or irritating to skin, especially in higher concentrations (see this CIR review). I've used Nourishing Face Cream daily for several weeks and have not experienced any irritation or photosensitvity that I know of. That being said, I would be cautious about using this or any other skin care product containing citrus oils prior to a lot of UV exposure such as tanning or a summer day at the beach. If you are careful about this and low concentrations of citrus oils are not an irritation risk for you, Nourishing Face Cream has very good moisturizing properties that would suit dry skin.
Last, somewhat nitpicky note: some products have pumps that are sensitive enough to allow you to control exactly how much to dispense. Nourishing Face Cream's pump is not one of those. The amount that gets dispensed in one pump is not quite enough for my whole face, but two is way too much, so I use the excess on my neck.
As a dietary supplement, sea berry seed oil and pulp oil improved the symptoms of atopic dermatitis (eczema) in this double-blind study of 49 patients. However, I found another article indicating there is "no convincing evidence" that dietary supplements of any kind can improve eczema (this is also what my dermatologist told me a few years ago, though my own personal experience has proven otherwise.)
|top: Nourishing Face Cream / bottom: Sea Berry Seed Oil|
Is it worth checking out? The price point for the skin care products is pretty reasonable! The Nourishing Face Cream was surprisingly moisturizing and packed with lots of hydrating oils, which makes it great for winter use but probably not a great option for oily skin types. (But again, you should be careful about sun exposure while using this due to the citrus oils added. Always patch test!) The Sea Berry Seed Oil, while not a favourite, is a nice addition to my growing collection of facial oils. It might be worth a look if you've found other oils too heavy or greasy, or want to try 100% pure sea buckthorn oil with no other ingredients added. I would skip the Omega-7 Oil until there are more studies examining its efficacy as a supplement for its various health benefits.
Available at Sibu.com: Nourishing Face Cream ($24.95 USD / 30 ml); Sea Berry Seed Oil ($19.95 USD / 10 ml); Omega-7 Oil ($34.95 / 50 ml)
Nourishing Face Cream ingredients: water, Hippophae rhamnoides (Sea Buckthorn) oil, glycerin, behenyl alcohol, cetearyl alcohol, polyglyceryl-10 pentastearate, Olea europaea (olive) fruit unsaponifiables, benzyl alcohol, Limanthes alba (meadowfoam) seed oil, caprylic/capric triglyceride, Glycine soja (soybean) oil, sodium levulinate, Citrus aurantium dulcis (orange) peel oil, xanthan gum, sodium anisate, Butyrospermum parkii (shea) butter extract, Argania spinosa kernel oil, Cocos nucifera (coconut) oil, Persea gratissima (avocado) oil, Plukenetia volubilis seed oil, panthenol, sodium phytate, Citrus aurantium bergamia (bergamot) fruit oil, Citrus grandis (grapefruit) peel oil, Citrus reticulata (tangerine) leaf oil, Coriandrum sativun (coriander) fruit oil, Cymbopogon citratus leaf oil, Aloe barbadensis leaf juice
Sea Berry Seed Oil ingredients: therapeutic grade organic Sea Buckthorn seed oil
Omega-7 Oil: Sea Buckthorn seed oil