By Jasely Molina, she/her
No matter what skin type you have, hydration plays a major role in achieving your skin goals. As we adjust to colder weather, we may find that our go-to moisturizers and cream need an extra umph to quench our skin’s thirst. Organic cactus elixir is the ingredient you need to elevate your skincare routine.
Quan Tran, Youth To The People’s Product Development Manager, is here to break down everything you need to know about organic cactus elixir and how this innovative and super- hydrating ingredient is used in YTTP’s brand new Triple Peptide + Cactus Oasis Serum.
“We wanted to find a sustainable, ethically sourced, vegan, plant-based ingredient that has a high content of water-binding compounds to hydrate skin—something that has adapted to extreme environmental conditions [such as] strong sunlight, extreme drought, and temperature change,” says Tran.
The organic cactus elixir, also known as prickly pear extract, was a perfect match. Traditionally used in Mexican medicine to treat burns, this ingredient has exceptional hydrating properties—attributed to its high content of water-binding compounds—that can address multiple skin concerns at once.
“This sought-after ingredient soothes and calms irritated skin by blocking the release of stress markers from sensory nerve cells in the skin,” says Tran. “The organic cactus elixir hydrates, protects, and firms the skin,” says Tran.
According to Tran, the cactus was grown, harvested, and sourced from a multi-generational family farm in Puebla, Mexico, located 1,900 meters above sea level. To ensure that the plant is healthy throughout the year, local residents in the rural area are paid fair wages to maintain and harvest the cactus.
When creating the Triple Peptide + Cactus Oasis Serum, it was important for Youth To The People’s product development team to formulate the organic cactus elixir with the right concentration to mix well with the other high-quality active ingredients in the formula, such as 4D hyaluronic acid, malachite, and YTTP’s favorite antioxidant-packed Superfood blend.
Without sufficient hydration, your skin is vulnerable to premature aging, loss of skin elasticity, increased risk of sun damage, and irritation—just to name a few. However, organic cactus elixir’s youth-protecting, hydrating, and protective properties are what makes this ingredient one-of-a-kind.
There’s another benefit, too—this one’s for the makeup lovers.
“Hydrated skin helps makeup go on easier and smoother with long lasting power,” says Tran.
“This product is beneficial for all skin types. Everyone needs this product in their skincare routine to hydrate, plump, smooth, firm, protect, soothe, and prevent and reduce signs of aging.”
Written by Jasely Molina for Youth To The People