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I have a lot of hand creams. I fall in and out of love with them quickly and easily. The best hand cream ever will be all I can talk about for a few weeks and then I abandon it for no reason at all and am on to the next. I don’t know what it is, but I am always on the hunt for the best hand cream. I think I find it and then decide it’s time to try something new. Then that becomes the best one ever. It’s a weird problem and makes a strange intro for the hand cream I’m about to discuss! However, I think things may be different with this hand cream. I suppose time will tell, but I have reason to believe that the ShiKai Borage Therapy Hand Cream is absolutely, hands down, the best hand cream I’ve tried! 🙂

Let’s back up a little. My hands are chronically dry. They look dehydrated and older than they should. To add insult to injury, I wash my hands quite frequently which definitely doesn’t help the problem. I’m not one to keep moisturizer right near the sink so I can reapply 20 times a day after washing, so I usually find that as soon as I wash my hands, they turn right back into shriveled prune-like appendages. Even when I use hand cream as often as possible, I can feel all the product disappear after washing which leaves me feeling as though nothing ever really penetrates the skin. It just seems less dry because there is a barrier between my skin and the environment. I’m sure you’ve gotten the picture – chronically dry, uncomfortable skin.

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Hand to see a difference, but on the left is before finding ShiKai’s Borage Therapy Hand Cream and the right is after

Most recently I actually had rough scaly patches on the back of one hand…and I’d been using my now former favorite hand cream duo – yup, I was using two to combat the horrible dryness! Not really looking for anything new, I passed the ShiKai Borage Therapy Hand Cream at Whole Foods and thought it sounded worth a try. I was desperate at that point as actual Marula Oil topped with a hand treatment mask still wasn’t remedying the scaliness on my hand. I have read a bit about Borage Oil and thought a hand cream including it seemed unusual and figured, “Why not?” So I brought it home and expected little more than yet another greasy hand coating cream that never really penetrated the skin. Well, I was certainly surprised by my findings!

The Borage Therapy Hand Cream literally eliminated the crusty feeling on my hand within a day or two! Not only that, my hands felt comfortable for the first time in I’m not sure how long and they looked younger and healthier to boot! The feeling didn’t leave after washing my hands either. In fact, I could apply the cream as little as twice a day without feeling any dryness returning. I was quickly a believer in the power of Borage Oil! 🙂

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So what is Borage Oil? Well, I’m no expert, but apparently it is a plant-derived oil high in Omega-6 fatty acids. More specifically Gamma-Linolenic Acid (GLA) which has anti-inflammatory properties and is crucial for hydrated skin. Without it, the skin cannot properly retain moisture. The ShiKai Hand Cream contains actual therapeutic levels of GLA which reverse the skin’s deficiency and returns it to a comfortable hydrated state. It penetrates deep into the skin and continues treating the skin even after the cream itself is washed down the drain. Exactly what I need!!!

Surely this Hand Cream must be a greasy nightmare or smell of decaying garbage, right? Nope! It has an almost gel-like lotion consistency that is one of the least greasy hand creams I can think of! My hands are a tad slick for less than a minute, but never actually feel greasy or leave residue behind. It’s just harder to open jars, which I kind of expect right after applying hand cream. 😉 The cream stays where you put it until you rub it in as well, so you’re not chasing a runny lotion hoping it doesn’t drip onto your favorite jeans. It’s not terribly thick either. It’s smack dab in the middle. It absorbs pretty much instantly and spreads beautifully so you’re not left rubbing in white residue for hours after applying. It claims to be Fragrance-Free, which is sometimes worse than horribly scented. I wouldn’t say it’s completely free of scent, but it’s very faint and just smells like natural ingredients as opposed to a specific fragrance. I’m not sure why, but it kind of reminds me of Kombucha. Nothing awful and nothing that lingers or would disturb someone sitting next to you in a waiting room. I honestly cannot find a negative thing to say about the Borage Therapy Hand Cream from ShiKai!

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So, as you can see I have found a new hand cream love! The Borage Therapy Hand Cream is unlike any other hand cream I have tried because it not only works, it’s not greasy, it doesn’t stink, and it leaves my hands comfortable even without reapplying after every hand washing! It truly is a miracle worker. It is, of course, cruelty free as well as vegan and comes with a money back guarantee! What do you have to lose? I really cannot recommend the ShiKai Borage Therapy Hand Cream enough! If it can repair my helpless crusty and scaly hands in less than 2 days, it can fix anything! Run, don’t walk to grab a tube of this wonder cream!!!

The ShiKai Borage Therapy Hand Cream retails for $8.50 on the ShiKai website.

love and stuff,

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