I've recently started using a product by Shikai called Borage Dry Skin Treatment. It's key ingredient is the borage oil, which they say is good for treating chronic dry skin. The label cites a study published in the British Journal of Dermatology: 129:95,1993. I am very prone to winter excema on my legs and forearms, which was even worse this fall probably because of pregnancy. Since I've started using this lotion once a day after bathing, I have not had any flare ups or even itchy legs. I found it at the local co-op. The brand has a website at www.shikai.com,
which I have not looked at yet.
The lotion is not thick or greasy, which kind of surprised me. The bottle is a very unnatural obnoxious purple and green. It cost 11.09 for an 8oz. bottle. To me the relief/prevention of the winter excema is well worth the cost.
I don't know what makes a product more or less natural. The ingredient list reads:
purified water, aloe vera gel, safflower oil, glyceryl stearate, glycerin, jojoba oil, borage oil, cetyl alcohol, vitamin E acetate, dimethicone, shea butter, sandalwood oil, imidazolidinyl urea.
If anyone here can concoct a lip balm recipe using the borage oil, please pass it on to me. My lips are chronically dry too.