Cactus extracts also work as antioxidants, correctly 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 the skin from the heat and 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 encouraging regeneration, the cactus extract helps the face appear more beautiful. When the dead cells slough away, you should have a more vibrant look—healthy cells fueled by the cactus' nutrient-dense.
Because cactus also has cooling properties, it can help to soothe irritated and red skin. Succulents have to be good at regulating their temperature without losing their moisture, which can be fatal for a high desert plant.
The plant is especially good at this and lends these benefits to the skin when applied topically. Cacti have long been used by the indigenous people as a beauty treatment and are only now coming into vogue in mainstream cosmetics.
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