Prickly pear is extremely high in essential fatty acids, omega-6 and -9, and the natural antioxidant vitamin E,” she tells us. “It’s also rich in amino acids, which stimulate collagen production to promote faster cell turnover. And finally, it also contains vitamin K, which brightens under-eye dark circles and also promotes your skin’s elasticity.
Cold-pressed extracted from the seeds of the prickly pear cactus as its name suggests. This oil is 100% pure and carries a characteristic aroma. Virgin organic prickly pear seed oil is a popular ingredient used in consumer products throughout the cosmetic industry. It is commonly found in facial & hair products due to its natural nourishing benefits and easy absorption into the skin. Prickly pear seed oil is used topically to soften the skin without leaving a greasy residue.
Comedogenic Rating: 1-2
Recommended Usage Rate: 1-100%
You can use pure Prickly Pear oil, mixed with another or in your serum formulations, creams or around the eyes.
Country of origin: Morocco
INCI: Opuntia ficus-indica
Shelf life: 2 years
Because Prickly Pear has the highest percentage of unsaturated fatty acids (significantly more than even Argan oil), it's powerfully calming to the skin. Fatty acids or omegas are highly anti-inflammatory, and when applied topically, skin redness, blotchiness, and irritation are reduced significantly. Prickly Pear is also concentrated with vitamin K, which aids in lightening dark spots on the face and dark circles under the eyes. A calm, glowing, brighter complexion is the end result. Prolonged use of this ingredient will promote healthier, brightened skin.