Perennial succulent plants studded with thorns and thistles are often popular with those of us who are not keen gardeners. Thanks to their amazing qualities and low requirements, they can be cared for by anyone. Cacti can survive in desert conditions for several years without a single drop of water. Can you imagine? And it is this incredible ability of succulents that we can nowadays use to our advantage in the cosmetics industry. For example, the prickly pear contains a number of substances beneficial to human skin:
- Omega-3 unsaturated fatty acids
All these mentioned substances have a supportive effect on skin cells and stimulate their re-formation. They also have anti-inflammatory and soothing effects that make them effective in helping with acne treatment. Chlorophyll contained in prickly pear increases the production of collagen, which makes the skin more elastic and beautiful.
Opuntia is native to Mexico. Spanish conquistadors brought the plant to European soil during the 16th century. It was discovered that valuable oil could be extracted from the seeds contained in the fruit of the cactus. Prickly pear oil is increasingly valued in today’s cosmetic world for its beneficial effects. It is a true elixir of youth, as it contains vitamin E. This important antioxidant protects the body from the action of free oxygen radicals and thus helps to prevent premature cell aging.
Cactus oil can also be used for your crown of your head beautification ritual. It smoothes the hair texture, restores its shine and gives it a healthy look. Prickly pear oil is great to use as an aid to gently massage your scalp and hair. The massage will also be a pleasant experience that will help you relax. The more thoroughly you wash your hair, the deeper the oil will penetrate, intensifying its healing effect.
If you have sensitive skin, you can try using prickly pear oil for makeup removal as well. Just add it to a suitable gel. You’ll get a mixture that will cleanse your skin, get rid of makeup residue and impurities, and at the same time give it the necessary nourishment. You will see that after a few weeks, your skin will be visibly more radiant, smoother, firmer and look much healthier.