Ingredient of the Month: Borage

by Codex Beauty Labs

Ingredient of the Month: Borage

In this regular series, Tracey Ryan, the master formulator behind Bia, enlightens us with her expert knowledge of the plant kingdom and how botanicals can benefit our skin.    


Borage or Starflower 


Latin name:  

Borago officinalis 


Native to: 

The Mediterranean but grows throughout Europe. Borage has the ability to self-seed or disperse its own seeds, so it spreads easily from planted gardens to the wild. 


Key nutrients:  

Borage seeds are one of the richest sources of the essential fatty acid omega-6, or gamma linolenic acid. The seeds also contain nourishing palmitic acid, stearic acid, oleic acid and linoleic acid, making it a powerful plant superhero. 


Essential benefits: 

Gamma linolenic acid has a protective antioxidant effect in addition to imparting anti-inflammatory benefits and working to strengthen the skin barrier to seal in moisture—which is key for maintaining dewy, radiant skin. 


Little known details: 

Raw borage tastes just like cucumber and is grown in gardens as a garnish for desserts or drinks. Historically, herbalists believed that borage imparted a sense of wellbeing, and the Roman scholar Pliny the Elder considered it a mood-booster.  


Where to find it: 

Borage seed oil is the first ingredient in Bia Wash Off Cleansing Oil—a beautiful face wash that delivers a concentrated dose of this soothing and hydrating wonder!      


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