For this week’s blog post I wanted to introduce you to an amazing ingredient that has SO many skin nourishing properties that I HAD to use it in one of my products. This amazing ingredient is prickly pear oil from the seed of the Prickly Pear Cactus fruit.
The Prickly Pear Cactus, considered a magical plant by the Aztecs, is quickly gaining momentum in the skin care world – and for good reason! This superfood has been used for centuries to treat everything from burns (including sunburns) to illnesses and is great to use on all skin types, particularly mature, dry, and damaged skin. Although the prickly pear fruits contain about 150-300 seeds each on average, the seeds themselves are tiny and only contain about 5% oil. It takes a whopping 8 TONS of prickly pear fruits to produce just 1 liter of oil! Although the oil is costly, prickly pear is an incredibly sustainable crop. The oil is great for your skin and the fruit and pads of the cactus are edible so not much of the plant goes to waste!
For True North Beauty, we use organic prickly pear seed oil because it offers a multitude of anti-aging and anti-inflammatory benefits. Extremely rich in vitamin E (it has over 150% more vitamin E than Argan Oil!) prickly pear seed oil is one of the most powerful, luxurious skin care ingredients on the market! It's jam-packed with antioxidants, amino acids, essential fatty acids, and phytonutrients. It is quickly absorbed and deeply penetrates the skin to moisturize, heal, soothe, and rejuvenate it. Prickly pear seed oil also protects the skin against environmental stress and free radical damage which leads to healthier, younger-looking skin!
Sounds amazing… right? Well, there’s more! Prickly Pear oil has been shown to:
- Restore elasticity
- Brighten skin and help give a more even-toned complexion
- Calm redness
- Create softer, nourished, and moisturized skin
- Tighten pores and not clog them – so it’s great for acne-prone skin
- Reduce the appearance of dark under-eye circles
- Reduce the appearance of fine lines
- Help prevent premature wrinkle formation
Knowing all of this it’s not surprising we had to have this powerful ingredient in our incredibly popular Nourishing Facial Serum. We even added “Nourishing” to the name of the Facial Serum because
of how great this oil is at nourishing your skin! It’s not hard to see why the Nourishing Facial Serum is one of our bestsellers! It works great for ALL skin types, even oily ones! Oily skin still needs to be moisturized and prickly pear oil has such a light consistency that it’s a great choice for oily skin. This is why prickly pear oil became a must-have ingredient for True North Beauty and a must-have in your beauty routine!