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Borage Dry Skin Therapy Hand Cream Fragrance Free
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2.5 fl. oz. for $8.50
Category:Skin Care > Retinol Products > Hand Creams/Lotions
Last Updated:04.12.2013
Jar Packaging:No
Tested on animals:No
Review Overview

ShiKai's Borage Dry Skin Therapy Hand Cream is very similar to their Borage Dry Skin Therapy Body Lotion. There is no reason the Body Lotion cannot be used on hands, too, and this hand cream is not suitable for daytime use because it lacks sun protection. That said, it's a standard, emollient formula that omits fragrance and adds a good selection of moisturizing plant oils. A couple of antioxidants are included but the lack of skin-identical ingredients doesn't make this as wonderful as ShiKai maintains. Still, it's worth an audition especially because there are so few fragrance-free hand creams available.

Claims

This rich, non-greasy hand cream can bring fast and lasting relief to dry cracked skin caused by regular and repeated hand washing, exposure to harsh and drying chemicals, and other harsh conditions.

Ingredients

Aloe Vera (Aloe Barbadensis) Gel, Safflower Seed Oil (Carthamus Tinctorius), Glyceryl Stearate, Glycerine, Jojoba Seed Oil (Simmomdsia Chinensis), Borage (Borago Officinalis) Seed Oil, Cetearyl Alcohol, Tocopherol Acetate, Dimethicone, Shea Butter, Sodium Ascorbyl Phosphate, L-Ergothioneine, Diazolidinyl Urea, Methylparaben

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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05.14.2013
Best for dry winter hands

I worked in food service many years & winter & frequent hand washing my hands would get super dry, red, and irritated. I tried a few hand creams but nothing comes close to this. It is a bit pricey for me but I found that if I used it regularly (I carried a small tube in my pocket on shift) the dryness & irritation were minimal to non-existent. Thus far I haven't found anything that comes close to this. Every winter I ensure I have a small tube to carry along with the lotion at home.

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