Borage, the oil extracted from the wildflower Borago officinalis (native to North Africa and Europe), has been used for medicinal purposes for over 1,500 years.
Known for its edible, star-shaped blue petals, it's not just a pretty flower to look at, but provides deeply anti-inflammatory and restorative skin benefits, making it a worthy star ingredient in your bathroom cabinet.
Borage is the known plant-based source richest in gamma linoleic acid (GLA), a critical fatty acid that gets converted in the body into the key molecule Prostaglandin 1 (PG1), which regulates water loss in the epidermis, takes down inflammation, and is integral for maintaining healthy skin.
Delivering also Vitamin A, thiamine + niacin (Vitamin B3), Vitamin C, minerals, and antioxidants, Borage can be used both topically as well as ingested in supplement form.
Clinical studies show its positive effect on a wide range of skin conditions such as dermatitis and environmentally damaged skin.
Pairing this with Borage's proven ability to rebuild the skin's moisture barrier, improve blood flow, and prevent oxidative stress caused by UV radiation, Borage helps the skin retain moisture for longer and reveal a smoother, more elastic complexion.
You'll find Borage and 32 other hero plants in the nutrient-dense LXMI 33 Face Oil.