Ever thought your skin might be depressed? Nope. Me neither. But the Latvian BIO2You products I started testing out a few weeks back promised happy skin and an anti-depressant action. Which was rather a unique USP.
BIO2You’s hero ingredient is sea buckthorn, which I’d only previously encountered in Weleda’s range of body products. To quote from the brochure:
“Aging is connected with oxidation caused be excessive amounts of reactive molecules…Antioxidants are the most powerful opponents to cell-destroying free radicals, but Sea Buckthorn is known as one of the strongest antioxidants because it has plenty of natural antioxidants – vitamins C, E, A, beta carotene, selenium, polyphenols, flavanoids…BIO2You uses only 100% natural sea buckthorn oil of organic origin which enhances microcirculation, improves epidermal regeneration and is also anti-inflammatory and analgesic.”
I’ve been testing Organic Omega 3-6 Serum Skin Antidepresant, the Organic Nutritive Sea Buckthorn Cream with Panthenol and the Organic Radiant Skin Mask with Sea Buckthorn and Hyaluronic Acid. And I’ve really enjoyed using them. All three feel light, refreshing and, with their slight citrussy tang reminiscent of a sweet lemon syllabub, perfect for spring.
I think the oil is my favourite of the three. Apparently it’s enriched with a pro-endorphin complex that strengthens the skin’s cell activity in the same way as natural happiness… That bit I can’t really expand on(!) but I can testify that the blend of sea buckthorn, rosehip, avocado, borage, macadamia, olive and jojoba oils have resulted in an oil that’s incredibly light, easily absorbed and really skin softening.
The oil and the cream in combination made for a light but hydrating base under make-up, although if you have oily skin you may find that the oil alone is enough of a moisturiser.
Both the cream and the mask are very light and fluid in texture but the slight tingling I noticed on dry patches after applying suggests there are active ingredients in there getting to work.
And is my skin happier? Well it’s been pretty calm, even and glowy recently, which has certainly been making me happier. So let’s make that a yes.
Organic Omega 3-6 Serum Skin Antidepresant; £21.99
Ingredients: Octyldodecanol, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Rosa Moschata Oil, Persea Gratissima Oil, Borago Officinalis Seed Oil, Macadamia Ternifolia Seed Oil, Simmondsia Chinensis Oil, Olea Europaea Oil Unsaponifiables, Plukenetia Volubilis Seed Oil, Schinus Terebinthifolius Seed Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Retinyl Palmitate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Citrus nobilis oil, Citrus Aurantium bergamia oil, Eugenia caryophyllus oil, Limonene, Linalool
Organic Nutritive Sea Buckthorn Cream with Panthenol; £24.99
Ingredients: Aqua, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Argania Spinosa Oil, Cetyl Ethylhexanoate, Glycerin, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Olea Europaea Oil Unsaponifiables, Tocopheryl Acetate, Panthenol, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Avena Sativa Extract, Malva Sylvestris Extract, Butyrospermum Parkii Butter, Allantoin, Hydrolyzed Vegetable Protein, Lonicera Caprifolium Extract, Lonicera Japonica Extract, Citrus nobilis oil, Citrus Aurantium bergamia oil, Xanthan Gum, Cyamopsis Tetragonolobus Gum, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Limonene, Linalool
Organic Radiant Skin Mask with Sea Buckthorn and Hyaluronic Acid; £24.99
Ingredients: Aqua, Kaolin, Prunus Amygdalus Dulcis Oil, Citrus Aurantium Dulcis Water, Glycerin, Ethylhexyl Palmitate, Cetearyl Alcohol, Cetearyl Glucoside, Glycine Soja Oil, Malva Sylvestris Extract, Tocopheryl Acetate, Hippophae Rhamnoides Oil, Ginkgo Biloba Extract, Equisetum Arvense Extract, Achillea Millefolium Extract, Sodium Hyaluronate, Lactic Acid, Citric Acid, Malic Acid,Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Lonicera Caprifolium Extract, Lonicera Japonica Extract, Citrus nobilis oil, Citrus Aurantium bergamia oil, Sodium Dehydroacetate, Limonene, Linalool
Disclosure: Spirulina Skincare were kind enough to send me samples of the products trialled for this review. However, in keeping with my own policy, I’m writing about them here because I like them and would happily recommend them to others. If I hadn’t liked them, you wouldn’t be reading about them. Maria from Spirulina Skincare mentioned to me that they were interested in partnering with Beauty Therapists. If anybody reading would be interested in finding out more about this, you can contact Maria on firstname.lastname@example.org.