P like Prickly Pear
Opuncia ficus indica, known by its Latin name as prickly pear, is essential for preventing dehydration and skin aging. It is rich in unsaponifiables, such as vitamin E and phytosterols, which have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
This vegetable oil is extracted from the seeds of the prickly pear tree, which belongs to the Cactus family. And it takes a lot of seeds to produce a liter of oil. This is what makes it a very high-quality oil.
Where can it be found?
Prickly pear can be found in North Africa, in the southern part of Spain in desert landscapes with a very hot climate.
What are its cosmetic benefits?
- Hydration: It is rich in essential fatty acids that help nourish and deeply moisturize the skin.
- Anti-aging effect: It is rich in antioxidants that help combat free radicals responsible for skin aging. It can help reduce the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Skin radiance: It can help even out the skin tone and give it a radiant appearance.
- Reduction of dark spots: It can help reduce the appearance of dark spots and scars due to its regenerative properties.
- Anti-inflammatory properties: It can help reduce skin inflammation, providing relief for irritations and redness.
- Healing properties: It can help accelerate the healing of wounds and scars due to its regenerative properties.
Does it have any other known virtues?
- Rich in fiber: It helps regulate digestion and promote digestive well-being.
- Edible: It is a very refreshing fruit that complements good hydration to keep you in shape.