Beauty products so often tout exotic active ingredients sourced from the far ends of the globe. But while the unfamiliar and mysterious may seem glamorous, there are so many powerful beautifying ingredients grown on our own home soil. Many natural cosmetic ingredients cultivated and produced right here in Canada have amazing therapeutic benefits, providing us with local, more sustainable skincare options. Here are five fantastic ingredients that have the made in Canada stamp on them, revealing how beauty can be found in our own backyards.
Borage Seed Oil
Borage, also known as “star flower” yields a rich, nourishing oil commonly used in natural facial moisturizers, lotions and oil blends. This a hardy annual suited for the conditions of western Canada is celebrated for its ability to retain moisture within skin tissue as it contains gamma linolenic acid – a rare fatty acid. It also has natural anti-inflammatory properties, making borage seed oil 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.