We are not feeding the skin by applying topical skin care products, in my view, we are supporting the health of our skin. By assisting the skin during it's own natural restorative process (Homeostasis) with ingredients which have the properties to accelerate this process, however they do not change the structure of the skin they 'empower' the skin during it's innate homeostasis functions.
Our bodies are in a constant state of 'Homeostasis' this is a self-regulating process by which biological systems tend to maintain stability while adjusting to conditions that are optimal for survival. If homeostasis is successful, life continues; if unsuccessful, this leads to disease and finally death.
The Skins functions in homeostasis include:
- Regulation of body temperature
- Sensory reception
- Water balance
- Synthesis of vitamins + hormones
- Absorption of materials.
The skin's primary functions are to serve as a barrier to the entry of microbes and viruses, and to prevent water and extracellular fluid loss. Acidic secretions from skin glands also retard the growth of fungi. Melanocytes form a second barrier: protection from the damaging effects of ultraviolet radiation. When a microbe penetrates the skin (or when the skin is breached by a cut) the inflammatory response occurs.
A great deal of research, trails and consideration go into each plant based ingredient we choose to incorporate into our precious formulations. Each has a purpose, must stand alone but also offer synergistic capabilities, in brief maximum skin healing benefits. Here we take a close look at Borage Borago Officinalis - also known as Starflower Oil.
This plant originated from west Mediterranean areas, Spain and North Africa and then has naturalized in many other locations. Historical documents shows that people from North Africa tribes have transferred it to Spain and then to other regions. However, most researchers say that this plant is native to Mediterranean areas.
Phenolic compounds - Exist in oil seeds and various studies have proved their antioxidant properties. Borage is important due to high amount of gamma-linoleic acid [GLA] available in it's seed oil. GLA is one type of omega-6 “essential” fatty acid that the body cannot make on its own. The excellent antioxidants properties of borage seed oil are attributed to phenolic compounds. It has been determined that rosmarinic acid, synergic acid and synaptic acid are main phenolic compounds available in borage seed oil.
Ferulic Acid - The main polyphenolic found in Borage Seed Oil is ferulic acid which makes up about 50% of the total phenolic content. Ferulic acid is a very effective antioxidant, more powerful than Vitamin E. Ferulic Acid a powerful antioxidant found naturally in Borage Seed Oil can prevent skin ageing, reducing age spots, and helps repair light and radiation induced damage. It penetrates skin to soften and moisturise, soothes wind chapped and sun burned skin, and reduces itching and inflammation. The tannins found in borage oil make it a more astringent dry oil.
Borage Seed Oil - Stimulates skin cell activity and encourages skin regeneration. With high levels of GLA, making it useful in treating all skin disorders, particularly allergies, dermatitis, inflammation, and irritation. Borage seed oil penetrates the skin easily and benefits all skin, particularly dry, dehydrated, mature, or prematurely aging skin. See Essential Fatty Acid BLOG
GLA is found in mother´s milk and in the seeds of evening primrose, borage and black currant. The highest natural content of GLA is found in Borage Seed oil 25%. Our cold pressed, certified organic and unrefined oil comprises the following fatty acids:
- 15% saturated
- 25% monounsaturated
- 59% polyunsaturated acids
STEROLS // Plant sterols [also known as Phytosterols] such as campesterol, sitosterol and stigmasterol, are natural plant substances that closely resemble animal sterols such as cholesterol. Sterols are complex unsaturated alcohol that resemble lipids and form the foundation for steroids. An important function of phytosterols in our body is to maintain the structure of our cell membranes. Studies have shown that these plant sterols can mimic cholesterol and prevent its depletion in human epidermis - the protective outer layer of the skin [keratinocyte membranes] thereby reducing photosensitivity and providing protection from photo-aging. See Skin Photo-Protectors BLOG
STEROL COMPOSITION + TOCOPHEROL [VITAMIN E] CONTENT
|Sterols composition||% of total sterols|
|Total tocopherols [Vitamin E]||732–1111 mg/kg|
Clinically Borage Seed Oil has been shown to be a very effective agent for treating skin disorders and for alleviating the inflammatory associated symptoms. Borage seed oil has been shown to be very effective in treating the redness, inflammation and moisture loss associated with dry skin it; appears to positively affect the texture, suppleness and moisture content of skin. Topical application of borage seed oil, has also been shown to reduced or eliminate the irritation induced by the use of AHAs and/or retinoids. Applying Our Hero Product* following the application of Retinoids and or AHA's (Alpha-Hydroxy Acids) is helping your skin on it's own healing journey.
*Our hero product will be launching 2019
Until next time
be human | be kind | be you
- Whipkey, A., J. E. Simon and J. Janick, "In Vivo and In Vitro Lipid Accumulation in Borago officinalis L.", JAOCS, 65 (6), 979-984 (1988)
- Leung, A. Y. and S. Foster, "Encyclopedia of Common Natural Ingredients Used in Food, Drugs and Cosmetics", 2nd ed., John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New York (1996).
- Nissen, H.P., Blitz, H., and Muggli, R. 1995. The effects of gamma linolenic acid on skin smoothness, humidity and TEWL – A clinical study. Inform. 6;4:519.
I never thought about products as supporting our the health of our skin, we tend to think of them as fixing problems. This is such a wonderful post!
I like your take on supporting the health of our skin and not saying ‘Anti-Ageing’ as thats so negative. :-)
Such a pretty flower! It is interesting to read about why ingredients are chosen to be used in products. Thank you for sharing