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Shikai Borage Therapy Hand Cream Adult Formula, 2oz (54546) Reviews

Shikai Borage Therapy Hand Cream Adult Formula, 2oz (54546)

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Shikai Borage Therapy Hand Cream: Effective, but Contains Parabens

Mar 7, 2011 (Updated Mar 7, 2011)
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Rated a Very Helpful Review

Pros:Heals dry skin effectively and no artificial fragrances

Cons:Contains methylparaben

The Bottom Line: If this product did not contain methylparaben, I would repurchase it in a heartbeat.


Shikai Borage Dry Skin Therapy Hand Cream is a hand cream that moisturizes and heals dry skin and cracked skin using natural ingredients. The product claims to “promote the growth of healthy new skin cells” and bring relief to those suffering from atopic dermatitis and eczema.

Moisturizing Ingredients:

The Shikai Hand Cream contains borage oil, a gamma-linolenic acid that is known for its anti-inflammatory and healing properties for chronic skin conditions such as eczema and dermatitis. Borage oil has long been used as a internal supplement and some skin care companies have also begun to use it in their topical formulations. The cream also contains aloe-vera juice, safflower oil and other ingredients that give it its thick creamy texture. While the cream does not have mineral oil and other synthetic compounds, it contains methylparaben, a controversial preservative associated with adverse health effects. A pity because, otherwise the cream contains great ingredients.
 
Heals Dry Skin on Hands and Feet:
 
Like any other mom with young children, I wash my hands very often. As a result my hands get red, dry and develop tiny cuts. Although traditional creams and lotions soothe my skin on contact, the relief is not long lasting. The Shikai Borage Therapy Hand Cream not only instantly provides relief by enveloping it with a layer of seriously moisturizing ingredients, it also heals and repairs its condition so that the skin is not so dry anymore. My hands feel soft even after I wash the cream off my hands. I have also been using this cream on my feet at nights and my cracked heels have healed and my feet look smooth and moisturized these days.
 
Final Thoughts:
 
I went through a tube in one week and at $7.99 for a 2 ounce tube, healing my dry skin can get really expensive. While the cream works effectively, considering that Shikai Borage Dry Skin Therapy Hand Cream contains methylparaben, I will continue my search for an effective hand cream that is paraben-free.

I found the Shikai product on the shelves of my favorite natural foods store and bought it without checking the ingredients assuming that it would be paraben-free. I really hope that Shikai would consider making their otherwise wonderful and effective products without the use of parabens.


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