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Shikai Borage Dry Skin Therapy- reviewed and recommended

Is a Solution for:
Dry Skin, Oily Skin, Face Care for Men
June 27, 2010 Reviewed by admin 4 Comments
One of the disadvantages of international travel (yes, there are disadvantages!) are the long-haul flights which leave your skin so dry you wish they could invent a cream that would replenish the moisture instantly. Well, I don't see this happening any day, but the closest thing I found so far is Borage Dry Skin Therapy 24-hour repair cream by Shikai ($12.69).

Borage 24-Hour Repair Cream is another indie underdog I discovered at Whole Foods. Seeing that they specialize in dry skin, I thought it would be a good idea to try it out when my skin felt incredibly parched (whether from flying, long hours in the sun, whenever). Borage 24-Hour Repair Cream absorbed instantly without a hint of greasiness. And, as you would expect from a company that specializes in dry skin, left my skin pretty moisturized... for the 24 hours promised!

So what's the magic in this lotion? It's actually borage itself. Borage is a blue flower found mostly in the Mediterranean, traditionally used for culinary and medicinal purposes. These days, it's claim to fame is its oil. The seed oil contains a high source of gamma-linolenic acid. As a matter of fact, the borage flower is the world's richest source of this acid. The omega-6 fatty acid is vital for the formation and maintenance of healthy skin cells. studies have shown that borage oil provides long-term benefits and relief for those who have dry skin (and even chronic skin problems). As a bonus, the borage oil also contains other rockstar oils like linoleic acid and palmitic acid, giving an extra dose to your dry skin woes. The oil goes directly to the skin cells and basically latches on until new skin cells develop.

Borage Dry Skin 24-Hour Repair Cream also contains avocado oil (known to be one of the most nourishing oils for problem skin). Not only does it have a history of healing and regenerating damaged skin, it also easily absorbs into the deep tissue instead of scratching the surface. The shea butter also helps in hydrating.

I love this moisturizer. Because I generally don't have super-dry skin, I don't use it on a daily basis but it definitely comes in handy when I have that dry skin emergency.


Water (aqua), borage (borago officinalis) oil avocado (persea gratissima) oil, jojoba (simmondsia chinensis) seed oil, glycerine, glyceryl stearate SE, shea butter (butyrospermum parkii fruit), natural vitamin E acetate (tocopherol acetate), cetyl alcohol, cyclomethicone, diazolidinyl urea, batyl alcohol, phenoxyethanol, ethylhexylglycerin.
  • March 10, 2016

    by Joanie

    I echo the comments about how great the cream is, but I suspected that a small animal had died in my car the first time I tried it. Eventually I realized the bad odor must be some reaction with my personal body chemistry and the Borage oil. And it IS almost impossible to wash off the smell!!! My husband is going to try it.

  • August 11, 2014

    by Ella

    This product is excellent for dry skin issues; HOWEVER, borage oil, at least on me, creates a very strong musty odor. It smells fine in the bottle and as I apply it, but the odor becomes pronounced later on. I am actually unable to wash the smell off! It comes out of my pores! I suppose it gets more than skin-deep into one's system. For that reason, I have suspended using it. :-(

  • January 25, 2013

    by Kelly

    It scored BEST on and had a safe score in the EWG's database. SOunds like a winner to me! Hope it doesn't stink!

  • September 11, 2011

    by SDB

    This lotion works incredibly well and leaves skin with a nice, healthy glow. However, the one detraction is the smell it leaves behind. You can't smell it in the bottle or even on your body at first, but there is a very odd odor. My mom, my husband and I smelled an odor on a visiting relative, but no one mentioned it. A year later I was visiting this same relative and I used some of her Shikai 24 hour at her house. Later that day, I noticed that smell was around me. After a few days, I figured out it was the lotion and I had been using it daily for half the week! When I got home, my husband picked me up at the airport. He noticed the smell on me and commented on it! He told me to go shower, LOL! If you don't mind smelling awful, it's a great lotion.

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