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.