Cactus

Prickly Pear Cactus

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 EWG Ranking for Prickly Pear Desert Cacti
Scientific Name: {Cactaceae}
Common Type:
 {Prickly Pear Cactus}


Cacti are known for their spiny exterior. But they are sought after for their moisturizing and skin-soothing pulp interiors. Cactus evolved to protect the nutrients and water that is stored in cells. They grew sharp brambles to keep predators away. Now that we understand their benefits, cacti are grown and harvested just for the inside of the plant. It is a gel. It can also be extracted for an even more concentrated and powerful application.

Because cacti usually grow in the desert, where there is a little water, they have evolved to collect and store as much moisture inside as they possibly can. The properties that make cacti great at holding onto and utilizing stored moisture make it an excellent moisturizer for our skin. Not only does it deliver moisture deep into the lower layers of skin, but it also helps to train skin to hold onto its moisture. Cacti are pros when it comes to preventing moisture loss, and nothing keeps skin looking healthy and vibrant like the proper level of moisture. Just as it prevents evaporation of its moisture, it can help to prevent evaporation of moisture from your skin.
naturally found, prickly pear is a soft, pink bud on green spiky leaves
Cactus extracts also work as antioxidants, specifically using phytochemicals to nourish the face with essential nutrients for proper function. Not only can it help to combat free radicals by neutralizing them, but it also protects skin from the heat and damaging effects of the desert sun. When photo-aging appears, wrinkles are more apparent, and cells are quicker to die off and lend a gray, dull appearance to the skin. By restarting cell regeneration and protecting the skin from damage, cactus extract helps the face appear more beautiful. When the dead cells slough away, there should be a more vibrant look to the skin, like new, healthy cells, fueled by the nutrients derived from the cactus, have been able to grow.

Because cactus also has cooling properties, it can help to soothe irritated and red skin. Cacti have to be good at regulating their temperature, without losing their moisture, which can be fatal for a plant in the high desert. The plant is especially good at this and lends these benefits to skin when it is applied topically. Cacti has long been used by the indigenous people as a beauty treatment and is only now coming into vogue in the world of mainstream cosmetics.
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