What made me wander into the baby care aisle at my local Boots is still a mystery to me. I am neither pregnant, planning to become pregnant or have any little ones as yet. Nevertheless I could not bypass this wonderful white tub staring back at me. The red writing of “Rose Hip, Evening Primrose, Borage & Wheat Germ with Shea and Cocoa butters” alerted the beauty junkie in me especially since it also stated “fragrance free”; a must for me whilst suffering from patches of excema on my body and hands.
Rose hip oil has a high content of the essentail fatty acids 3 and 6: linolenic acid and linoleic acid. When the skins outer layer is impaired the skin becomes dry, taught, flaky and prone to visible fine lines. The skin is more susceptible to irritation and the healing process takes much longer. Rose hip along with shea butter, cocoa butter, sweet almond oil and wheat germ oil help keep the skin soft and supple and supports this outer layer by preventing water loss and providing moisturisation.
The gamma linolenic acid content of evening primrose and borage oils further help moisturise the outer layer of the skin to keep it healthy and intact (borage oil has a higher content of GLA than evening primrose oil) but are also reported to have an anti inflammatory effect.
This cream leaves the skin feeling wonderfully nourished and is ideal for all skins whether pregnant or not. It is a shame that it is marketed toward expectant mothers only since there is a wider market out there for it.
If you should find this cream too thick then limit its use to night time or after a bath. Drier, irritated skins would benefit from both AM and PM application.
Available from Boots stores priced £11.74 for 500ml.