There’s a lot of excitement in the beauty industry surrounding the prickly pear oil’s benefits and if you haven’t tried it, we’re here to convince you that you should! Check out the top five reasons why you need to incorporate this amazing oil into your beauty routine and learn more about harvesting, production, and why prickly pear oil is so darned expensive.
What Is Prickly Pear Oil?
The prickly pear or Barbary fig (Opuntia ficus-indica) has many names, and it deserves all the buzzwords it can get! This is a real skin superfood, thanks to a super-rich, nutrient-dense profile. A member of the cactus family, it lives through times of drought and thrives, having the ability to store moisture deep inside itself.
This plant produces colorful, bulb-shaped fruits that contain small, black seeds. It is the seeds that are extracted and processed into precious oil, although some less expensive branches will also extract lower grades of oil from the fruit.
The production of the oil is a labor-intensive process — it takes about eight tons of fruit to produce just one liter of oil! The fruit is harvested by hand, washed, and dried in the sun before the seeds are extracted and cold-pressed to retain all of their nutrients. Ayr Skin Care purchases prickly pear oil from a sustainable source in Morocco. It is mindfully processed without chemicals or heat, and great care is taken with the native soil as the plants are constantly replanted.
What Are the Reasons for Using Prickly Pear Face Oil?
You may be wondering why you should be using prickly pear oil for your skin and what prickly pear oil’s benefits are. Here are our top five reasons and benefits for your skin:
1. Brightens Skin
Prickly pear has high levels of vitamins E and K, which are powerful antioxidants that stimulate collagen production. It helps improve the appearance of dark spots and uneven skin pigmentation. This is just one of the many reasons we showcase this oil in our Serenity Balancing Blue Tansy Face Oil, where we have paired it with two incredible fair trade oils in an incredible, 100% organic blend.
2. It Will Not Clog Your Pores
A high Linoleic Acid content and low Oleic Acid content make this oil non-comedogenic, meaning it will not cause breakouts by clogging your pores. It also helps restore elasticity by stimulating the collagen layer of your skin for a flawless, soft appearance.
3. Slows Skin Aging
Prickly pear contains the highest levels of Betalains found in any known plant. Betalains are super antioxidants with powerful anti-aging properties. When combined with high vitamin E levels, they make this a great oil for preventing future wrinkles.
Speaking of Vitamin E, this free radical scavenger offers incredible anti-inflammatory benefits, and prickly pear oil contains nearly one and a half times the amount found in Argan oil — which rose to fame for its levels! With the combined powers of these vitamins and antioxidants, our prickly pear face oil promotes cell regeneration and anti-aging effects.
4. Good for Acne
Prickly Pear oil is ideal for all skin types as a moisturizer and brightener, but it also has a comedogenic rating of zero out of five, meaning it shouldn’t clog pores. For this reason, along with its ability to tighten pores, it is effective for combination skin, oily skin, and those with acne.
In our Serenity oil, we bring you the benefits of prickly pear oil combined with moringa, baobab, tamanu, and a blue tansy blend, all of which unclog pores and provide antibacterial benefits.
5. Absorbs Quickly
Prickly pear oil absorbs almost immediately and can be used morning and night, either on its own or with a moisturizer, like our Pure Moisture Nourishing Face Cream. Many people, especially those with oily skin types, think that they cannot use facial oils, but that’s because they’re using the wrong type of oil! Prickly pear (and all of the oils in our Serenity blend) is selected for its lightweight, penetrating properties. It is ideal for all skin types.
How to Use Prickly Pear Oil in Your Skin Routine
Prickly pear oil is actually best used in a blend, like the Serenity Balancing Blue Tansy Facial Oil. But if you cannot tolerate essential oils, you can buy prickly pear oil “straight” and even combine it with jojoba oil to create your own blend. Make sure you purchase from an organic and sustainable source and get it cold-processed so that it retains all of the nutrients that can benefit your skin.
To use Serenity, dispense one pump of this beautiful, blue-green oil into your hands, rub them together, and smell. Blue tansy and other essential oils like frankincense were chosen to nourish your skin and help your mind relax. Inhale deeply, then press the oil into your skin. It will absorb quickly and continue to soften your skin, leaving it silky smooth as it absorbs. Use twice a day for the best results.
Not only does Ayr Skin Care take pride in only using organic, sustainable, and oftentimes fair trade oils — we also purchase the very best ingredients. Unfortunately in this industry, some will take expensive oils like prickly pear and split them with less expensive oils so they can sell them at lower prices. These oils are fake or tampered with, and quickly processed with heat and chemicals, which take away the amazing natural vitamins and antioxidants. This is why it’s important to buy from a reputable supplier of organic oils.
We hope you try prickly pear oil soon, and hopefully, give our Serenity facial oil a try! We know you will love it. If the benefits of prickly pear oil aren’t enough to convince you, the purchase of Serenity and other products containing fair trade ingredients directly supports women and children in Africa. It’s a great way to help others and nourish your skin!
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