A healthy body is determined from both the inside and the outside. While the importance of the inner workings of our bodies is paramount, having a healthy exterior is good for our mental state as it boosts confidence and security within us. This confidence can shine through and allow for a more positive and upbeat life.
Certain skin conditions such as acne, atopic dermatitis and eczema and can shake a persons confidence. As health includes both the mental and physical state, it is important to feel your best without overusing prescriptions and medications.
One alternative to modern pharmaceuticals is borage oil. It is a natural supplement that helps keep your skin smooth, hydrated and healthy.
Borage oil is a product extracted from the seeds of a wildflower plant called Borago officinalis. The oil contains gamma-linolenic acid (GLA), an agent that acts as an anti-inflammatory, as well as tannis, which has an astringent effect. People with inflammatory skin conditions are not able to produce the normal amounts of GLA. This is why the added GLA in borage oil helps treat these skin disorders. In essence, it suppresses chronic inflammation
While scientific studies on borage oil are limited, there is some evidence to suggest that it can have positive effects on those suffering with cradle cap, rheumatoid arthritis, asthma, high blood pressure and high cholesterol.
Borage oil can be taken both orally as well as topically and can be found in specialty oil stores or can be purchased online.
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