As a holistic esthetician, I love oils. I have a ton of ’em. But even though it may seem like my cosmetic collection is saturated with oils, each and every one of them have a special use and function. Borage is one of my favourites. The borage flower is a pretty star-shaped flower that yields a rich, nourishing oil. But while it is deeply replenishing, it actually has a light, non-greasy texture. Score!
Borage is a hardy annual suited for the conditions of western Canada and I love that its oil is so often cultivated on homegrown soil. Double score! Borage helps our skin retain moisture as it contains fatty acid, gamma linolenic acid. Gamma linolenic acid is not found is many oils – Borage seed and evening primrose are the two most common sources of it (hence why I also love evening primrose).
Borage seed oil has natural anti-inflammatory properties, making it excellent for sensitive skin and preventing free-radical creation. For these reasons it is one of the best natural treatments for skin damage such as scarring, stretch marks and sun damage. So, if you’re looking for an oil to add to your regime, I’d suggest trying out borage oil. if not for anything else but a little Canadian pride.