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snowberry skincare review

Snowberry Active outdoor SPF30 sun protection cream

snowberry skincare

We are not in full summer, at least here in European part of the world, but since I haven’t written about sunscreens last summer, I intend to highlight them now. It doesn’t matter in which season we are in, because we need a good sunscreen at hand all the year, especially if we travel a lot or if we are outdoor.
Nevertheless, I decided to review a new sun-protecting cream that I’ve discovered and tested recently and that I like very much. As I mentioned in my past posts about sun, I’m not the kind of person who is obsessed with wearing high SPF all the time, even though outside is raining 🙂 But I always have a good SPF cream with me all the year (when I don’t use it I keep it in the fridge). I think that a good sunscreen with SPF15 is perfect for everyday sunny days, while I use higher SPF like 30 when the sun is stronger or if I’m outside all the day exposed to the sun.

I think that at Snowberry have explained well the logic about which SPF we should choose:
“Which is most effective? SPF15, 30 or 50? It probably seems a no-brainer but actually, it’s among the best (or worst) examples of misleading consumer information in any field, anywhere! First, you know that the SPF refers only to UVB rays, so choosing a sunscreen solely on the SPF is pointless. To know that your sunscreen also protects against equally harmful UVA, you must choose only those that say they are ‘Broad Spectrum.’ Second, the SPF scale is logarithmic – which means that for our purposes it’s pretty much meaningless. If it was a linear scale, then an SPF30 would block twice as much UVB as does the SPF15, but that’s not so. Instead, where SPF15 blocks 94% of UVB rays, SPF30 accounts for just 4% more, and SPF50, for just one per cent more than that! This is why many dermatologists say an SPF15 is all you need, provided you put enough on – and that’s the rub and the irony. Whether it’s an SPF15 or an SPF50, to enable the sunscreen to do its job, it must be applied at a rate of 1/4 to 1/3 of a teaspoon to the typical adult face. What most of us do regardless of what SPF we have, is use too little, and second, we tend to apply even less of the higher SPF because we think we must be getting much more protection. Answer to our question – if you intend to be outside much of the time, choose a broad spectrum SPF30 sunscreen and apply at least 1/4 of a teaspoon to your face, every two hours. If it’s a normal working/at home day when more time will be spent under shelter, the SPF15 is fine. And remember, an SPF15 properly applied is better in any conditions than an SPF30 or 50 that’s not.”

 

Snowberry Active outdoor Broad spectrum high sun protection SPF30

This sun cream is the last product that I’ve tried from Snowberry beauty and if you remember I’ve already written about their brand and products.
I like this sun cream, first because is very nourishing, hydrating but at the same time it absorbs very quickly in the skin, leaving a the skin smooth. And most important: it doesn’t leave heavy, white stripes on your face! You can apply it easily on your skin. It can be easily worn even under makeup, but for everyday use I’d advise to use their Everyday SPF15 cream.
Snowberry sun creams provide a full-spectrum UV protection thanks to zinc oxide which, according to Snowberry, is not nano sized. They don’t use nanotechnology. They also include in their sun creams other natural ingredients which provide high moisture to the skin: a naturally derived emulsifier from olive oil, shea butter, coconut derived glycerine, Inga oil extract  (derived from the beans of Inga edulis, this extract is a highly effective skin moisturiser with antimicrobial properties which helps to reduce skin inflammation) and aloe vera extract to soothe the skin. The Coffee bean oil caught my attention, because at Snowberry claim that is “a natural ingredient from coffee beans with moisturising and sun protection properties. It provides natural protection from ultraviolet light and is rich in phytosterols which promote excellent moisture retention.” Besides these ingredients they also have a few other botanical complexes that provide protection against UV radiation (like Cassia Alata leaves extract, and natural extract obtained from the roots of Kaempferia galanga), plus some antioxidants that protect the skin from free radicals.

How to use the cream: Snowberry suggests to apply the product before you expose to the sun (cca. 20 min before) and to reapply the cream every 2 hours if you are actively outside.

Snowberry claim their sun creams are certified broad spectrum sun protection products, which means our skin is protected against both UVB and UVA light. Snowberry Everyday SPF30 is also certified under the internationally recognized Boots Star system to provide good UVA protection (see the 4-Star logo on the box which means Superior).

Snowberry skincare

I have also added an excerpt from Snowberry page that I find very informative, where they have written a few facts about sunscreens and environment:

“Many of us love to swim over coral reefs – they’re among the most beautiful sights on Earth! But when we do, we also know we’ve got to wear a sunscreen to avoid quite severe burning, especially on the back and shoulders. What most of us don’t know is that many traditional sun screens contain parabens, cinnamates, benzophenones and camphor derivatives, and these ingredients are now known to be damaging coral reefs. It may seem strange when you think how little sunscreen you apply before that idyllic swim, but University research indicates that upwards of 4,000 tons of sun screen products are washed onto coral reefs around the world every year! We hope that you would prefer to know that your sunscreen won’t damage marine life in any way. How do you do that? By using a natural sunscreen based on the natural, insert inorganic mineral, zinc oxide. It’s one of the reasons that Snowberry’s Active Outdoor SPF30 and Everyday SPF15 are much better for the environment. Says Snowberry Founder, Soraya Hendesi, “We simply won’t use ingredients that can do harm to the environment. But we also know that our sunscreens are better for people too…”

Hope you will find this information useful in the flood of so many sun protection products. If you already use Snowberry products, feel free to share with me your comments.

My new discovery: Snowberry beauty

snowberry skincare

I started to be very curious about this brand after they have added me on Twitter. I went to browse through their website and their philosophy caught my attention: New Zealand – their green native country, their gardens and especially their care for the planet with commitment to be environmentally sustainable. Snowberry beauty is a brand with very high quality skin care products “created mostly from wilderness and rainforest substances such as White peat, Neem, Lingon and Cloud berry oils. Soraya’s idealism meant that she had to find alternatives for other chemicals frequently used in skin care. Some are intended to give a silky feel, or to hasten absorption, and some are simply ‘fillers,’ or cheap sources of emollients, moisturisers, and foaming agents. For Snowberry, Soraya would accept only those ingredients – no matter the cost, that she could trust to be truly beneficial and truly safe. For this reason, and unlike many other brands, Snowberry means: No Lauryl Sulphates, No Petrochemicals, No Propylene or Butylene Glycols, No Volatile alcohols, No artificial colours, No Silicones, No DEA or MEA ingredients. Avoiding parabens as the preservative system for Snowberry products led to another dedicated research program. The breakthrough came in the form of an unusual combination of natural ingredients including Totarol from the New Zealand rainforest to form a unique, natural preservative system.”

This is the foundation stone regarding ingredients that Soraya Hendesi, the founder and creator behind Snowberry beauty, advocates.

Snowberry beauty is also the first New Zealand beauty company to achieve carboNZeroCert™ certification for each of its products, and may be the first in the world to do so. Read more about this here.

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Green makeup review of Snowberry skincare

Snowberry sent me 3 of their best products for skin cleansing that I’m going to present you: Nourishing exfoliator, Instant deep cleanser and Gentle remineralising toner.

I use these products for a couple of weeks, so that I can now present them more accurately. Before reviewing each product, I’d like to mention their package design that I like very much! I find so great when companies invest in design artwork. Snowberry’s packages are decorated with lovely youthful graphics on their eco-friendly carton. In general, I think that the package should be the representation of the inside quality. I’m not saying that is more important than the inside content, but it’s an outer extension of the inside. When inside and outside are in harmony, the vibration of the product is higher and thus more successful.

Snowberry beauty package

Snowberry beauty Instant deep cleanser

is absolutely my favourite product from this collection. It is packed in a 50ml plastic bottle with pump. But a little goes a long way, since it’s very concentrated and quite dense in texture, due to natural oils. I use this cleanser in the evening for removing the makeup and it does a great job! After using it, the skin feels clean, soft and radiant. I like its smell, which I hardly describe, maybe because of all plants that we are not used to know here in the other part of the globe 🙂 The product is loaded with very interesting and beneficial exotic ingredients such as:

Neem seed oil : an exotic natural emollient from Neem seeds with moisturising, hydrating, and skin softening properties. This oil stimulates cell regeneration, is a mild antiseptic and gives skin a smooth and healthy appearance.

Inca Inchi Oil: An exotic natural plant ingredient with moisturising, hydrating, skin softening and sun protection properties.

Passion Fruit Oil: A natural active emollient from Passion flower with a high level of linoleic acid, providing deep nourishment and moisturization for the skin.

Sun Essence (Cloudberry Seed Oil): An exotic natural plant ingredient with moisturising, hydrating, and skin softening properties.

Pufabe Echium Oil: A natural ingredient from an Arctic plant with moisturising and hydrating properties.

Macpaste: A naturally derived gelling agent from nuts of the macadamia tree with moisturising and emolliency properties.

Coleus Oil: A natural extract from the roots of Coleus forskohlii with excellent cleansing and moisturising properties while giving a pleasant aroma.
For anyone who looks for a special cleansing product with natural beneficial ingredients, this cleanser is absolutely the right answer.

 

Snowberry beauty Nourishing exfoliator

I’m a big fan of every kind of scrubs, and Snowberry’s exfoliator it’s not an exception. I really like it! I have to say that with all Snowberry products a little goes a long way, because they’re very concentrated and quite dense in texture. This exfoliator is packed in a 75ml plastic tube. I use it on my normal-dry skin once a week and its formulation suits great my skin type. Especially because it’s very dense and creamy with small particles that polish the skin while leaving it soft, without being too harsh. The special combination of exotic oils, herbal extracts and even precious gems helps to safely remove dead cells while leaving the skin cleansed, smooth and fresh. It’s very interesting that they have utilized for exfoliating precious “gems” like the Cultured mother of pearl: A natural plant exfoliator from cultured pearl ground to specific particle size and Natural jojoba ester based beads with excellent exfoliating properties. And even ruby powder: A natural mineral from micronized Ruby with toning and exfoliating properties. Due to some other very interesting ingredients this scrub has also some anti-aging properties:

Sage Seed Extract (75% Ursolic Acid): A naturally active plant ingredient from Sage seed with excellent anti-aging properties. It forms an oil-resistant barrier on the skin to prevent and improve the appearance of wrinkles and age spots.

Rewarewa Honey: A natural plant ingredient which actively offers various cellular protection factors such as preservation of the immune system, accelerated cell protection, protection against photo-ageing,  and moisture boost with long term effect.
Of course, even this product is full of fantastic oils that nourish the skin:

Ucuuba Butter: A natural ingredient from seeds of the Ucuuba tree with moisturising and hydrating properties. Also with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties making it ideal for problem skin.

Illipe Butter: An exotic natural emollient from seeds of the Shorea Stenoptera tree renowned for it’s incredible moisturising properties and ability to restore elasticity to the skin.

Carana Oil: A natural ingredient from a South American plant rich in phytosterols with moisturising and hydrating properties.

Tucuma Oil: A natural ingredient from a South American rich in phytosterols plant with moisturising and hydrating properties.

Meadowfoam Seed Oil: A natural American oil from the seeds of the meadowfoam plant with moisturising and hydrating properties. Has a extreme high oxidative stability and prevents moisture loss

Acai Oil Organic: A natural plant emollient with excellent anti-aging properties targeting healing.

Shajio (Seabuckthorn Oil): An active natural plant ingredient with indispensable skin protection and anti-aging properties. It helps to combat wrinkles, dryness and other symptoms of malnourished or prematurely aging skin.

As you can see, Snowberry’s exfoliator is not a usual scrub, but it’s a luxurious treatment for your skin.

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Snowberry beauty Gentle remineralising toner

First, I was thinking how strange it is to pack a toner in a plastic tube. I thought this product is a tonification water, but it’s not. I’d describe it as an everyday refreshing cleanser with a light liquid to gel consistency. It comes in a plastic tube of 100ml and its color is brownish. The only thing that I’m not so used to is the scent. But this is my personal opinion, since I’m not used to strong smells. Otherwise, I use it in the morning for cleansing and refreshing my skin. It’s very gentle, but effective at the same time. After using it, the skin feels so refreshed. I’d suggest it to every skin type as a daily cleanser with many benefits. I was very curious which cleansing agent is used and it’s interesting that they have developed Sapindin (A natural surfactant from the Soap tree that provides natural foaming and antibacterial properties) and Juazirine 
(A natural plant surfactant from Juazeiro bark with natural foaming saponins to gently cleanse). They have also developed their own blends of naturally derived plant extracts that provide many benefits such as antioxidants, excellent anti-ageing properties in restructuring and stimulating aging cells,…

Among many interesting beneficial all-to-know-ingredients are also:

Snow White Coral Algae: A natural active ingredient from marine algae with antioxidant and SPF properties. Functions as a broad spectrum UV protection factor, broad spectrum IR protection factor and a thermal regulator.

Mikimoto Pearl Extract (Mother of Pearl extract): 
A natural ingredient which is rich in amino-acids and minerals. This multi-functional ingredient provides moisture, whitening, repair and an organic UV protection filter.

Andiroba Oil: 
An exotic natural emollient from nuts of the Andiroba tree with moisturising, hydrating, and skin softening properties. It also promotes anti-inflammatory and skin renewal activity.

Kumquat Kiwi Fruit Enzyme : A natural cleansing agent using enzymes from Kiwifruit seed.

For concluding, I’d say that Snowberry gave us another opportunity to learn about many amazing ingredients that the nature provides and which can be great substitutes to conventional ingredients. At Snowberry they have pushed their science over and merged it in harmony with nature. To benefit our skin and even the planet!