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Member Name: loopy-lou33
Advantages: Helps my dry skin
Disadvantages: Can be expensive
I have suffered from eczema ever since I was a baby and over the years feel like I have tried every lotion and potion available to cure it. Since last November, I decided to stop using steroid creams, as my skin was becoming addicted to them. I have now been steroid-free for a year and am a lot better for it, preferring to use natural remedies to help my skin.
Starflower oil, or borage oil was recommended to me by a lady in Singapore who had read my blog about my skin. Her little boy had also been going through steroid withdrawal and she used borage/starflower oil on his skin and internally as a supplemement. I decided to give it a go.
Starflower oil is usually available in 1000 mg capsules, and can be found in most health food shops and some supermarkets and chemists. I got mine from Superdrug, for £4 for a tub of 30 capsules.
Starflower oil is a source of a substance called GLA. GLA is also found in evening primrose oil. It is believed to regulate the hormones in the body. Each capsule contains 220mg of GLA. It is also high in essential fatty acids which are good for the skin. The superdrug starflower capsules also contain vitamin E, which is also a great ingreadient for healthy skin.
The capsules themselves are like huge torpedoes! I mean, they are seriously big! They are designed to be taken with water and despite the size, I have never had trouble swallowing one! They don't leave any kind of aftertaste and don't have any side effects that I know of. The capsules are best taken with a meal.
As well as taking the capsules orally, I also use the oil directly on my skin. I nick the end of a capsule with a sharp knife and gently squeeze the oil out onto my finger. The oil feels really nice when applied to the skin and goes on smoothly without dragging the skin. It does not irritate my sensitive skin at all and does not cause an allergic reaction on my skin, even when I use it in the delicate eye area. Another nice thing about the oil is that it is absorbed quickly by the skin, so it does not leave a greasy feeling on the surface. About 10 seconds after application, the skin feels normal, with no trace of oil or grease.
I have been using the oil for a couple of weeks now and I have noticed some improvements in the texture of my skin. It has been really good at combatting the winter dryness caused by going out in the chilly weather and then coming home and whacking the heating on. I think that this product would be useful for anyone with dry or sensitive skin, not just eczema.
The warning on the tub tells the user not to exceed the recommended dose. Also, those suffering from epilepsy, pregnat or brestfeeding women should consult a doctor before taking starflower oil supplements.
Starflower oil is a beneficial supplement and has had a good effect on my dry skin. The only disadvantage for me is the price. It is quite expensive in most shops.
Summary: A nice oil to help eczema or sensitive skin.