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How Does Prickly Pear Benefit Skin?

By Alyssa Jenkins

Opunita, or prickly pear, is part of the cactus family and grows throughout the world. The cold-pressed oil yielded from these plants has powerful skin nourishing benefits. Packed with fatty acids, prickly pear is well-known for its reparative effect on the skin. Noteworthy amounts of linoleic, oleic, and palmitic fatty acids are found in prickly pear, and work together to strengthen the skin barrier and help our skin to lock in and retain moisture. These fatty acids are key to revitalizing dull, dry skin. There is a reason we include prickly pear in our Superberry family formulas, including the new Dream Eye Cream

Consider prickly pear as a multi-vitamin for the skin; it contains several key vitamins that boost skin’s health and radiance, including vitamins E and K. A potent antioxidant, vitamin E helps to protect your skin from harmful UV and environmental damage linked to premature aging. 

Concerned with dark circles? Prickly pear can be extremely beneficial to boosting radiance around the eye area thanks to Vitamin K. Think of it as helping you look like you got a few extra hours of sleep the night before! 

Skeptical about oil or worried that it’ll weigh your skin down? No need to. Prickly pear is known for its quick-absorbing texture. This ingredient is a beautiful addition to your routine for adding hydration and restoring skin year round.

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