Borage Dry Skin Therapy Facial Moisturizer with SPF 15
2 fl. oz. for $14.99
Last Updated:04.12.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

This daytime moisturizer sunscreen does not contain one or more of the UVA-protecting ingredients of avobenzone, titanuim dioxide, zinc oxide, Mexoryl SX (ecamsule), or Tinosorb. As such, it is not recommended. ShiKai lists titanium dioxide as one of the inactive ingredients, but unless it is part of the active ingredient list you shouldn't rely on it for sun protection. Even with reliable UVA protection, this porduct has a tricky texture that will be too heavy for oily to combination skin and too paste-like for those with dry skin.


This unique cream has been formulated to give your skin all day moisturization as well as effective UVA and UVB sun protection (SPF 15). Rich, yet light, it absorbs quickly and can be used under make-up, It also contains borage oil, which leaves skin soft, smooth and more supple.


Active Ingredients: Octyl Methoxycinnamate; Inactive Ingredients: Water, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Gel, Glycerine, Avocado (Persea Gratissima) Oil, Titanium Dioxide (and) Caprylic-Capric Triglyceride, Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil, Glyceryl Stearate SE, Cyclomethicone, Vitamin E Acetate, Cocoa Butter (Theobroma Cacaoseed), Sodium PCA, Vegetable Emulsifying Wax, TEA, Starch, Batyl Alcohol, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, Phenoxyethanol, Carbomer 1342, Carbomer 940, Sodium Citrate, Diazolidinyl Urea, Ethylhexylglycerin

Brand Overview

Strengths: Uses many natural ingredients that don't pose a risk to skin

Weaknesses: Use of some volatile fragrant ingredients that can lead to allergic or sensitized reactions; must research products before you buy to ensure you will help skin rather than hurt it.

The doctor-designed, California-based ShiKai product range is extensive and sold in many health food stores and natural markets. Just like many products vying for your attention and dollars, they're big theme is natural ingredients. To that end, you'll see the same claims many other brands use, including "all natural", "botanicals" and a penchant for natural fragrances that the company maintains are less likely to cause an allergic reaction, but research certainly doesn't bear that out. Many natural ingredients contain fragranc chemicals contain a litany of volatile components that can cause a wide range of allergic or sensitized reactions, ranging from discolorations upon exposure to sunlight to irritant contact dermatitis (Source: www.naturaldatabase.com). There are hundreds of excellent natural ingredients that don't pose these risks, and we are pleased that ShiKai uses many of these in their products. But as with all natural-oriented lines, this isn't a brand to shop without knowing exactly what you're buying and whether or not it will do your skin more harm than good. For more information about ShiKai, call (800) 448-0298 or visit www.shikai.com.

Note: As of June 2010, we are only providing reviews of ShiKai's Borage Dry Skin Therapy collection. We may review the entire range of ShiKai products in the future. If you would like to see the entire line reviewed on Beautypedia, please send your request to Manager@Beautypedia.com. Thank you!

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It's texture could be thick but gives plenty of moisture on skin at the same time. After applying it i would apply my bb cream later and saw the mixture of them both on my skin would leave white patches on my face because of the cream. I wouldn't trust this as my SPF cream anymore cause i can totally notice that it is not protecting me from sun exposure, however i would still use it on my neck, chest and hands after shower day and night.

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