Today we’re putting the spotlight on one of the hero ingredients from our range, Prickly Pear Seed Oil. This super oil hosts a myriad of benefits and unlike some oils has a light, penetrating nature, absorbing into the skin quickly and leaving you without that oily surface residue that can often deter people from using skin oils. Not only this, its high concentration of skin-repairing and hydrating vitamins and antioxidants make it nature’s secret to bright, rejuvenated skin.
So where does it come from? The oil is derived from prickly pear fruits that appear on cacti in Morocco during the hot summer months of August to October. Once picked the fruits are washed and drained before the seeds are separated from them. The indigenous Amazigh women of Morocco then carefully inspect the seeds before they are cold pressed into an aromatic and potent organic concentrate.
What is left is this highly nourishing oil, rich in vitamins and antioxidants. Prickly Pear Seed Oil’s high concentration of antioxidants is one of its main benefits, hosting a content higher than most plants (Acai, pomegranate, blueberries and goji) making it beneficial for anti-ageing and boosting natural cell renewal.
The oil has been used for centuries as a remedy for healing scars and treating wounded skin, a characteristic of its high Vitamin E content.
- Prickly Pear Seed Oil hosts over 150% of the Vitamin E content of Argan oil, a key assistant in cell renewal. Fun Fact: Vitamin E is actually both a nutrient and an antioxidant, helping to neutralize free radicals (aka your skin’s reaction to pollution and sun damage) and repairing the effects of UV exposure on the skin.
- Another vitamin present in Prickly Pear Seed Oil is Vitamin K, which boosts skin healing advantages and helps to create a bright, glowing complexion. If you are prone to dark under eye circles Vitamin K is a miracle ingredient acting to strengthen the capillaries that cause this shadowing effect by increasing circulation and reducing fluid retention.
Prickly Pear Seed Oil’s gentle yet highly nourishing nature makes it the perfect oil for all skin types but is particularly beneficial to sensitive skin. The combination of it’s natural derivatives and high content of vitamins is perfect for treating skin inflammation, calming irritation whilst providing hydration and protection to allow the skin to heal.
You can find our luxurious and nourishing 100% pure and organic Prickly Pear Seed Oil here.