Shikai - Borage Therapy Dry Skin Lotion Original Unscented - 1 oz. (29ml)
Shikai Borage Therapy Dry Skin Lotion Original Unscented is a different kind of natural skin therapy. Most lotions work on the skin's surface to relieve the symptoms of dry skin, while ignoring the real cause that lies within the cells. Borage Therapy provides more: it promotes healing at the cellular level by reversing a deficiency of the critical omega-6 fatty acid, GLA. Borage Therapy keeps skin healthy and supple long after the lotion is applied - and even after it's washed away.
- Experience Powerful Natural Therapy & Improvement in Softness, Healing, Redness, & Itching
- Address Your Dry Skin by Supplying Omega-6 Oils Directly to Skin Cells
Borage Oil is the natural solution for chronic dry skin that just won't go away, atopic dermatitis, eczema, and dry skin due to diabetes. Borage oil addresses a fundamental cause of dry skin by supplying omega-6 oils directly to skin cells. It is clinically tested with an 82% success rate. Recommended by dermatologists, pediatricians, and diabetes educators.
- Recommended by Doctors & Patients
- Non-Greasy, Non-Irritating
- No Animal Ingredients, No Animal Testing, & Gluten Free
Borage Oil & Healthy Skin
Borage Oil is a little known secret for keeping your skin healthy. 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. Wheter 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.
What is Borage Oil?
Borage, (Borago Officianalis) is a wildflower commonly called the starflower. It is a relatively large plant (1.5 ft tall) with star shaped bright blue flowers and it is found wild in almost all parts of the world. It is a well known herb that has been recognized and used for over 1500 years. The Roman historian Pliny writes of the virtues of Borage and it is suspected that Borage leaves, steeped in wine, was the mysterious Nepenthe elixer that Homer writes of which causes absolute forgetfullnes when drunk. In the middle ages Borage leaves were commonly brewed into a medicinal tea.
However today the borage plant is grown and harvested not for its leaves and stems but rather for the very valuable oil found in its seeds- Borage Oil. The great value of this oil is that it is the richest known source (24%) of an essential fatty acid called gamma Linolenic Acid (GLA).
A Little Biochemistry
Our body is capable of naturally producing gamma Linolenic Acid. However in order to do so it must have as its starting material Linoleic Acid (LA). This is an essential fatty acid that our body is unable to make and we must ingest it as part of our everyday diets. Fortunately we get plenty of Linoleic Acid in our daily diets 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 got in our diets. GLA is further converted via a sequence of biochemical steps into a very important compound called Prostaglandin 1 (PG1) which is 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. And 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 where the importance of Borage Oil with its rich source of gamma Linolenic Acid becomes evident. Used as a dietery supplament 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 & on Your Skin
Several recent studies indicate that Borage Oil taken orally increases PG1 levels in the skin and suppresses chronic inflamation. Evidence from animal studies indicates that skin disorders associated with fatty acid inbalances can be corrected through dietery inclusion of Borage oil. Similar research with humans have confirmed these findings. In fact, a recent study has shown that dietary supplamentation 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 else 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 for the role that Borage Oil plays in restoring the intracellular moisture barrier of adult skin that is either chronically dry or has been environmentally damaged.
Diabetes & Dry Skin
In order to create and maintain moist, resilient and healthy skin, our cells require an important essential fatty acid called gamma-linolenic acid (GLA). GLA is not available in our diet. Instead our body must make it via a complex metabolic process. This process requires a special enzyme called delta-6-desaturase (D6D). D6D produces the necessary GLA from vegetable oils that we eat.
Among people who suffer from diabetes and elevated blood sugar levels, this D6D enzyme can be impaired and unable to produce enough GLA. This situation can be compounded as we get older by the slowing down of enzyme activity that naturally occurs with aging. The result can be a shortage of GLA in the system. This can lead to the chronic, severely dry skin that affects so many people who suffer from both type I and type II diabetes.
ShiKai Borage Dry Skin Therapy can help by supplying GLA directly to the skin cells in the form of Borage Oil, which is the highest yield source (24%) of GLA. In clinical studies, borage has been shown to have beneficial effects on dry skin as well as on many other skin disorders. (British Journal of Dermatology)
Babies & Borage Oil
One of the more powerfull demonstrations of the benefits to the skin of topically applied Borage Oil is a clinical study done on 48 infants suffering from severe infantile seborrhoeic dermatitis, a common condition in infants known as "cradle cap." This condition is characterised by dry scales and crusts on the scalp, eyelids, face, armpits, breast and groin. The infants were treated twice daily with topically applied Borage Oil and the condition cleared within two weeks. Not only was there improvement in the areas where the Borage oil was directly applied but also in the areas where it was not. This result indicated that the Borage Oil was effectively absorbed through the skin and became available throughout the body as a source of gamma Linolenic Acid for the biosynthesis of Prostaglandin 1. If the treatment was discontinued the symptoms came back within 1 week. However if the treatment was maintained until the infants became 7 months old and then stopped, there was no relapse. The authors hypothesized that these infants were born with an immature D6D enzyme system and were unable to produce sufficient gamma Linolenic Acid on their own, thus giving rise to the symptoms of "cradle cap." The Borage Oil treatment corrected the symptoms by supplying GLA until the infant's own enzyme system caught up.
Clinical Study Shows Positive Results
A study at the Health & Wellness Centre, Canada showed that daily topical applications of Borage Therapy Dry Skin Formula had a significant positive effect on eczema, atopic dermatitis, and chronic dry skin associated with diabetes. 78% reported improvement in softness. 79% reported improvement in healing. 82% reported reduction in redness. 77% reported reduction in itching.
Chemistry & Nature
In 1970, Dr. Dennis Sepp, an organic chemist, began exploring natural, ayurvedic ingredients for hair and skin care. As a scientist, Dr.Sepp knew that the natural world offered functional ingredients that were better and safer than conventional chemical ingredients. His first study was with shikakai (Acacia Concinna), a traditional Indian herbal used for cleansing the hair. He created a water soluble extract from shikakai powder that maintains the effectiveness of the ancient remedies. The result was Shikai shampoo, and the beginning of the Shikai natural products company. Shikai now manufactures more than 50 products, sold in premium markets all over the world.
Shikai products are unique, effective natural solutions. Using ancient ingredients like shikakai and the modern technology of omega-6 oil, Shikai has forged a new direction in both hair and skin care.
Made With Pride
Shikai formulates their products based on scientific study and rigorous standards. They make their own botanical extracts and produce their products in their state of the art facility in Sonoma County, California. Using time tested formulas and modern technology, Shikai controls quality and standards from start to finish.