Nothing about this body lotion's formula is unique to the needs of children's skin. ShiKai recomends this for infants through kids 12 years old, but the ingredients in this product are identical to those in several other Borage Dry Skin Therapy products! That means the age distinction is a marketing rather than a unique formulary distinction. As it turns out, this is a good fragrance-free body lotion for dry, sensitive skin of any age. The no-frills formula contains some beneficial plant oils, including borage, though it is not as prevalent as the other plant oils this moisturizer contains. Borage is one of many helpful non-fragrant plant oils for skin. It's worth trying but it isn't the best plant oil around, just one of many good options. Those looking for mostly natural ingredients will be pleased with this product, though it's not 100% natural.Note: ShiKai also sells a 16-ounce size of this body lotion for $19.99. As with the regular size, the packaging includes a pump for convenient dispensing.
This is the first natural lotion to offer a real solution for children's skin problems. It provides immediate and long-lasting relief for dry skin conditions ranging from persistent dry skin to eczema. The secret is Borage Oil, an omega-6 fatty acid that's been clinically proven to help skin. Borage Dry Skin Therapy Children's Lotion is natural, effective and recommended by doctors and moms.
Water Purified, Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Gel, Safflower Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius), Glyceryl Stearate SE, Glycerin, Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmondsia Chinensis), Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopherol, Dimethicone, Shea Butter, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben
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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