Shikai Borage Therapy Dry Skin Lotion - 16 oz. (480 ml)
Shikai Borage Therapy Dry Skin Lotion promotes healing at the cellular level by reversing a deficiency of the critical omega-6 fatty acid, GLA. That's why Shikai Borage Therapy Dry Skin Lotion keeps skin healthy and supple long after the lotion is applied - even after it's washed away.
- Fast relief for dry & itchy skin
- Promotes healing at the cellular level
- Non greasy, non-irritating formula
- Clinically proven & doctor recommended
Borage Therapy Lotions & Creams
These OMEGA-6 products are specifically formulated to relieve dry cracked skin in just days AND promote the growth of healthy new skin cells for long-term benefits. They bring relief to those who suffer from chronic dry skin and some forms of atopic dermatitis and eczema.
These borage products have been clinically tested and proven to work.
How does Borage Therapy work?
Many people have dry skin that just won't go away and isn't relieved with traditional moisturizers. This is why we've created ShiKai Borage Therapy. These products have an ingredient so effective, it's been proven in medical journals again and again. In other words, it really works.
Borage oil, extracted from the seeds of the borage plant, is a natural source of gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA), an important OMEGA-6 fatty acid which is required for healthy skin cell membranes. Without sufficient GLA, cells can't retain enough moisture. This can result in dry skin and other chronic skin problems.
Borage oil penetrates deep, delivering GLA and its benefits directly to the cells. As a result, skin retains more moisture and is healthier.
What is Borage?
BORAGE (borago officinalis), commonly called "starflower", is a well known herb which can be found in almost all temperate regions of the world.
The plant grows 18" to 36" high and spreads 12" to 20" wide. The leaves can become straggly and messy, but its abundant bright blue, star-shaped flowers, which bloom most of the summer, make the plant one of the prettiest and most colorful herbs. It can frequently be found bordering herb and vegetable gardens and it is reported that fields of cultivated borage plants in North America create a vivid green and purple landscape.
Borage is commercially grown for the very valuable oil found in its seeds. The great value of this oil is that it produces the highest yield (up to 24%) of the omega-6 fatty acid, GLA. Among other benefits, GLA is essential for the formation and maintenance of healthy skin cell membranes.
SHIKAI Borage Therapy delivers omega-6 benefits directly to the cells for healthier, moister skin.
A Little Known Secret for Maintaining Healthy Skin
A Little Biochemistry
Our body is capable of naturally producing gamma-linolenic acid. In order to do so, it must have linoleic acid (LA) as its starting material. This is an essential fatty acid that our body is unable to make and we must ingest as part of our everyday diet. Fortunately, we get plenty of linoleic acid in our daily diet since it is commonly found in almost all edible vegetable oils. Once linoleic acid is ingested, it is acted upon by an enzyme called Delta-6- Desaturase (D6D) which biochemically converts LA into GLA . This is how we normally get our daily fix of GLA. Note the importance of the enzyme D6D - without it we would be deficient in GLA no matter how much linoleic acid we get in our diets. GLA is further converted, via a sequence of biochemical steps, into a very important compound called prostaglandin 1 (PG1), a key molecule for maintaining healthy skin. PG1 exhibits a potent anti-inflammatory effect on the skin and also is very effective in regulating water loss and protecting skin from injury and damage.
The D6D enzyme is often referred to as a "lazy" enzyme. That is to say, it can be slow in doing its job, and under some conditions may actually be impaired. People with skin disorders such as eczema, atopic dermatitis, and psoriasis show increased levels of linoleic acid with a simultaneous decrease in gamma-linolenic acid. This evidence strongly suggests a reduction in the activity of the D6D enzyme. As a consequence, the resulting decrease in the synthesis of PG1 may be responsible for the characteristic dry skin and transepidermal water loss observed in these people. It is here that the importance of borage oil with its rich source of gamma-linolenic acid becomes evident. Used as a dietary supplement or even applied topically, borage oil can circumvent a "lazy" or impaired D6D enzyme by supplying the body directly with GLA and thus allowing the production of normal levels of PG1.
Borage Oil in your Diet and on your Skin
Several recent studies indicate that borage oil taken orally increases PG1 levels in the skin and suppresses chronic inflammation. Evidence from animal studies indicates that skin disorders associated with fatty acid imbalances can be corrected through dietary inclusion of borage oil. Similar research with humans has confirmed these findings. In fact, a recent study has shown that dietary supplementation of borage oil for patients with skin disorders can result in direct improvement in the condition of their skin.
Not only is borage oil excellent for your skin when taken internally, but there is also more than enough evidence showing that, when applied topically to your skin, borage oil has the same positive effects on clearing up various skin disorders.
A very interesting experiment measured the effects of skin creams containing borage oil on dry or damaged skin. Twenty healthy subjects who had either dry (but otherwise normal skin) or had surfactant induced dry, scaly skin were tested over 14 days. Results indicated that the cream containing the borage oil was superior in restoring moisture and smoothness to both the dry skin as well as the surfactant damaged skin. This experiment was interpreted as strong evidence that borage oil plays an important role in restoring the intracellular moisture barrier of adult skin which is either chronically dry or has been environmentally damaged.
There is ample evidence from research on both humans and animals showing that borage oil has a significant effect on improving the health and appearance of skin tissue. Clinically, borage oil has been shown to be a very effective agent for treating skin disorders and for alleviating the inflammatory symptoms associated with these disorders. For everyday use, borage oil has been shown to be very effective in treating the redness, inflammation, and moisture loss associated with dry skin.
Whether you take borage oil orally or apply it to your skin, it appears to positively affect the texture, suppleness and moisture content of skin.
Simply put, borage oil is good for your skin.
ShiKai began in 1970. With a vision, hard work, and determination, it’s grown into the company it is today.
Dr. Dennis Sepp, an organic and medicinal chemist, began exploring the unique properties of certain plants and their benefits for hair and skin. His first studies were done with shikakai, a plant which grows in India and is well known for it’s ability to clean hair, leave it silky, soft and shiny, and not dry the hair or scalp.
The result was a shampoo which was an immediate hit with friends, family, and local health food stores. Thus, in 1970, the original ShiKai Shampoo was created and a new company formed.
Today ShiKai has more than 50 products which are made, start to finish, at the ShiKai facilities in Santa Rosa. Dr. Sepp continues to oversee the formulation and manufacture of all items.
- Each ShiKai product and botanical extract has been carefully formulated and manufactured - beginning to end - at their facility in Santa Rosa to ensure the highest quality and safety.
- Each Ingredient is selected for its effectiveness and safety. Natural ingredients are always preferable and are used whenever they meet this criteria.
- They Don’t Compromise. For example, they use pharmaceutical grade as opposed to cosmetic grade ingredients whenever possible. And they use only the purest, highest grade fragrances. These are more expensive but less likely to cause allergic reactions among the many people prone to these allergies.
- Each ShiKai product contains a natural ingredient or botanical extract which is responsible for doing what it is the product claims to do. Only high quality ingredients which work are used and in amounts which are effective. No ingredients are added simply for “label claims”.
- Their customers tell them over and over again: ShiKai products do what they say they will do.
In a world of “me too” products, ShiKai stands apart. From the innovative redesign of perhaps the world’s oldest shampoo (shikakai) and conditioner (amla) to the cutting edge use of the omega-6 fatty acid, GLA, in their best selling Borage Dry Skin Therapy lines, ShiKai has forged a different direction. This has not been the easiest path but has resulted in unique and creative uses of these natural resources, more effective natural solutions and products you won’t find elsewhere.
For over 40 years ShiKai has staked a reputation on the above concepts and philosophy. They are proud of their company and take pride in every single product. They sincerely believe each to be the very best they can possibly make.