4 Reasons Why Prickly Pear is the Best Anti-Aging Oil

In today’s ever-changing world, there's “new” must-have product or ingredient flooding your inbox or social feed. It can be overwhelming and confusing—but that’s where we step in and break it down for you, Divas!

As a holistic esthetician, plant-based oil is my hands-down favorite product when it comes to caring for your skin, nails and hair. Our bodies crave it and need it in order to maintain a long-lasting, healthy and youthful appearance. That's where radically beneficial Prickly Pear Seed Oil, a game changer in the world of oils, comes in.

Prickly Pear, in contrast to its name, is actually a powerhouse ingredient that can smooth the skin. When considering oils that are powerfully anti-aging, this is a absolute must-have in any skincare regimen.

It's derived from the fruit and green pods of the beautiful Prickly Pear Cactus (Opuntia ficus-indica). This flowering fruit cactus grows in some of the harshest climates in the world, making it one of the most resilient plants that nature manifests. For centuries, it was used in many cultures for medicinal and healing qualities, and now we are gaining momentum to harness it for its beautifying qualities.  

1. Tightens & Restores Elasticity

The high concentration of linoleic acid that is found in Prickly Pear deeply penetrates the collagen in our skin to revive skin cells. This helps with cellular renewal, and promotes new, fresh skin. Linoleic's fatty acids protect the skin and collagen layers by providing ample moisture and hydration. When skin is moist and hydrated, the pores naturally tighten up.

2. Brightens & Lightens

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 is 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.

3. Highly Anti-Aging for All

Prickly Pear is chock full of “super antioxidants” called betalains, which we know fight free radicals that can damage and break down our skin. Betalains are the most powerful in the world, and Prickly Pear is known to have the highest levels of these antioxidants. The betalains in Prickly Pear outnumber those in other powerful fruits like goji berries,  blueberries and pomegranate. Vitamin E is also highly concentrated in Prickly Pear—it has 150% more vitamin E than even Argan oil! That vitamin infusion helps plump skin, smooth and prevent wrinkles, and can even reverse skin damage.

4. Ideal for All Skin Types

As if Prickly Pear isn’t so enticing already, it is also an excellent oil for all skin types: dry, mature, oily, sensitive. This oil is absorbed effectively by the skin at a rapid rate, so no greasy residue is left behind. Its calming, hydrating and nourishing properties make it wonderful for sensitive skin too. And acne-prone skin, rejoice! Prickly Pear does not clog pores, so breakouts be gone!

 

As you can see, Prickly Pear is truly a must have for youthful, healthy and beautiful skin! We have an array of products that contain this powerhouse ingredient but if you're ready to try it for yourself, check out these three favorites:

 

As always Eco Diva loves you and loves hearing from you! Please reach out to me as your resident Beauty Expert here at EcoDiva for any of your skincare and beauty questions. Until next time, beauties!

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