Did you know that cactus fig seed oil is one of the most expensive oils on the market? Or did you know that in the small cactus superfruit's seed is where you will find the highest concentration of the anti-aging antioxidant? Continue reading below where we ask and answer any questions you may have. It will surely tingle you a little... Enjoy!
What is prickly pear? And where does the fruit grow?
Prickly pear is also known as cactus fig or barbary fig. In Latin it is called Opuntia Ficus-Indica and originates from Mexico. The plant has spread all over the world and you will often find it in semi-arid/arid desert areas like Mexico, Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco etc.
Can you eat a cactus fruit?
YES!, in Morocco, for centuries the Berber women have been picking the cactus fruits and eating them or extracting the precious cactus seed oil to use the oil in their beauty rituals. Locally, the fruit is eaten because of its healthy properties for e.g. digestion, treatment of diabetes, high cholesterol, obesity and hangovers, etc.
How is prickly pear oil made? And why is it so expensive?
It is an extensive, hard and time-consuming process to harvest the prickly fruits for the Moroccan women. Everything is done by hand. The cactus plant is full of prickly spines and so is the fruit. The spikes must be removed manually, and the seeds and pulp must be separated from each other.
The seeds are dried and cold-pressed to preserve all the good properties, vitamins and antioxidants. A cactus fruit contains approximately 150-300 seeds and each seed contains only 5% oil. It takes over 1 million seeds and over 36 hours of manual labor to produce a single liter of oil. Therefore, the oil is one of the most expensive on the market due to the time-consuming processing.
What is prickly pear good for?
The cactus oil is packed with good properties for you and your skin. The oil is rich in vitamins E, K, betalains, linoleic acids and natural omega 6 fatty acids.
- Vitamin E is the ultimate antioxidant that fights free radicals and rebuilds and protects our cells.
- Vitamin K helps lighten age spots, dark marks under your eyes, redness and reduce vascular breakouts.
- Betelaine is a super antioxidant that has an anti-aging effect on your skin. Cactus oil is the oil (plant) in which the highest concentration of this antioxidant is found.
- Linoleic acids - The high content of linoleic acid of approx. 60% and a low content (20%) of oleic acid means that the oil is easily absorbed into the skin and in depth without greasing, clogging your pores and retaining moisture.
- Omega 6 is known for its anti-inflammatory effect and helps the body's organisms with cell renewal.
What are the benefits of prickly pear oil?
There are many benefits of seed oil, especially for your skin and nails. If you experience problems with frayed nails or broken cuticles, the oil is a good and effective alternative to your hand cream. The oil adds a lot of healthy fatty acids and vitamins to your hands and cuticles and lots of moisture, rebuilds and strengthens the frayed nails and cuticles.
When it comes to your skin, the oil is good for all skin types, especially dry, mature and dehydrated skin – again because it adds a lot of moisture and repairs the skin tissue. The oil contains the highest concentration of the anti-aging antioxidant and therefore has a natural anti-aging effect on your skin.
- The cactus oil adds a lot of moisture, softens and nourishes your skin in depth.
- The oil is quickly absorbed into the skin and therefore does not feel greasy.
- Relieves skin diseases such as eczema and psoriasis
- It has a firming and anti-aging effect that reduces pores and signs of aging
- Cactus oil restores skin elasticity, skin tone and reduces pigment defects
- The oil protects against free radicals
Does Prickly Pear Oil clog pores?Like Argan oil, Prickly Pear oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it can be absorbed deep into your skin without clogging your pores or causing breakouts. It is gentle and effective!
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