prickly pear oil benefits for your skin
Are you into hydrating and brightening your face as well as achieving soft, glossy hair that will make even the bosses at Pantene jealous?
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Don't be fooled by the name, this super-dooper, vegan-friendly hair and skincare essential is THE new kid on the block for natural self-caring. Packed with amino acids and antioxidants to keep your hair flipping on the daily, and fist-pumping your way through business meetings, assignment deadlines and gym sessions.
But let's get down to the nudie rudie details.
Known for : Anti-aging and Hydration
Main Skin Benefits: Anti-inflammatory, barrier-boosting, hydrating
Main Hair Benefits: Hydration, moisturising, adding gloss and shine
Skin Type: all skin types including sensitive. Ideal for skin that needing hydration or that has pigmentation.
Prickly Pear grows on the paddle cacti in the American southwest, Australia and the Mediterranean. It is a red, bulbous fruit covered in protective bristles that easily soaks up and retains water to become plump and juicy. Which makes it the ultimate hydrator for your skin and hair!
Designed to help say 'see ya later' to hyperpigmentation, dark spots, under-eye circles and irritated skin, prickly pear oil is chock-a-block with antioxidants & essential fatty acids. That means it helps soften wrinkles, stimulate new cell growth, calm inflammation and help restore skin elasticity.
Not only is prickly pear seed oil fast-absorbing and lightweight, it's ridiculously high in vitamin E , a powerful moisturiser and known as the anti-aging vitamin for our skin. It's also loaded with essential fatty acids, antioxidants and other vitamins making prickly pear perfect to help to brighten age spots, sun damage and that dreaded hyperpigmentation. It is said that prickly pear seed oil has a higher content of Vitamin E than Argan oil, and is more sustainable to produce.
Our Resident Chemist, Merima says "Prickly pear seed oil powerful essential fatty acids, omega-6 and -9 combined with its rich amino acids and vitamin k make it great to help brighten under-eye dark circles, promote elasticity and stimulate collagen production to promote faster cell turnover. "
But that's not oil (see what we did there??)
Prickly Pear is a gentle and lightweight ingredients making it perfect for all skin types. Its soothing properties make it especially ideal for those with acne-prone, dry, sensitive, or inflamed skin. As an ingredient it also holds excellent age-defying properties and can help improve overall tone and texture in your complexion.
According to Merima "Prickly Pear has hydrating and antibacterial properties, so it can help acne-prone skin by calming and restoring balance to the skins protective barrier."
But wait, there's more...
"It's high antioxidant, omega fatty acids and vitamin E content, makes it and ideal ingredient for nourishing and replenishing skin. The Vitamin K and Linoleic Acid components can help brighten your complexion and reduce the look of hyper-pigmentation caused by UV damage.”
What about prickly pear for hair?
Prickly pear seed oils fatty acids, antioxidants and high vitamin E content make it the perfect hair conditioner and treatment oil for dry, frizzy or damaged hair. Its fatty and amino acids also give your hair shine, volume and lust while promoting hair growth and treating the scalp. Prickly Pear Seed Oil can help make your hair glossy, shiny and voluminous, and its anti inflammatory properties can help replenish your hair scalp and helps detoxify your hair.
Vitamin & Nutrients found in Prickly Pear
Superb anti-aging, antioxidant, and moisturising capabilities. Accelerates cellular renewal and stimulates collagen in the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Stimulate cell turnover and increases elasticity and brightens the skin.
Assists in reducing the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles while boosting collagen production.
Maintains the elasticity of the skin, helping to prevent signs of scarring in skin tissue.
Excess oil is one of the main causes of acne. An acne friendly face mask with Vitamin K helps to prevent acne by reducing and regulating excess sebum (oil) production.
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