As we age, moisturising your skin is a no-brainer, but did you know that you can nourish, brighten and protect your skin from urban stress, too, using one natural ingredient? Meet prickly pear seed oil, your new skincare super-food.
Deep in the heart of the harsh Sahara desert grows a cactus known as prickly pear. Inside its fruit are thousands of tiny seeds which, when harvested and pressed produce an anti-oxidant rich oil bursting with anti-ageing properties. It takes a million seeds and 36 hours of labour to create just one litre of this precious oil, which is light, super hydrating and fast absorbing. Here are three reasons why your skin will thank you for nourishing it with this super-hydrating succulent elixir.
1. It intensely hydrates the skin High in linoleic acid and essential fatty acids, prickly pear seed oil maintains 95% of its moisture, which promotes excellent hydration retention. More than that, products high in prickly Pear Seed Oil, like Antioxidant Oil Essence: Essence-Like, Oil-Like from Huxley, feeds the collagen layer of your skin and soothes mature, dry complexions, while penetrating quickly and deeply, leaving skin soft, supple and visibly moisturised.
2. It has powerful anti-aging properties Rich in betalains – the king of anti-oxidants – prickly pear seed oil stimulates cell renewal, leaving you with fresh, revitalized, glowing skin. The oil also helps to tighten pores.
3. It brightens the complexion Packed with Vitamin K and phyto-chemicals, prickly pear seed oil can reduce redness, lighten hyperpigmentation and brighten the skin – we love Huxley’s sheet mask, Oil & Extract. It can also help to minimize the look of spider veins while providing a natural barrier protection against environmental stress.