What is cactus seed oil?
Cactus seed oil (also known as prickly pear oil or barbary fig oil) is a rich, fatty oil derived from the opuntia ficus indica cactus.
This species of cactus thrives in arid conditions, particularly in Morocco. Due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties, cactus seed oil has been known for centuries for its medicinal uses.
Today, cactus seed oil is touted for its amazing anti-aging properties. Applied topically to the skin, it soothes, hydrates, and reduces inflammation in the skin that can cause damage to collagen.
Additionally, cactus seed oil contains much larger doses of the same vitamins and antioxidants that make argan oil so great.
Cactus seed oil is highly-moisturizing and suitable for most skin types, including sensitive and acne-prone.
Fun fact: It takes about 2000 pounds of cactus fruit to make approximately 35 ounces of pure oil!
10 benefits of using cactus seed oil in your skincare routine
Increase skin elasticity
its antioxidants stimulate the renewal of skin cells
it’s shown to help reduce breakouts and keep blemishes under control
it sinks into the skin quickly, without leaving skin feeling greasy
it won’t clog your pores or cause breakouts
it contains a mild lightening effect to reduce the appearance of scars and dark spots
it helps in the healing process of mild wounds, cuts, and burns
it calms red or inflamed skin
it helps to regenerate healthy cells
it delivers deep hydration (cactus plants know how to retain moisture even in the driest of conditions!) Tip: apply cactus seed oil to your skin immediately after showering to hold in moisture.
Good for all skin types
cactus seed oil is perfect for dry skin, sensitive skin, or mature skin
Powerful properties of cactus seed oil
a powerful antioxidant with anti-aging effects (cactus has the highest amount of Betanin among all known plants!)
neutralizes free radicals and helps to renew cells to increase skin's firmness and reduce the appearance of wrinkles
helps to lighten dark under-eye circles and minimize spider veins
fatty acid that aids in stimulating healthy cell production and cell turnover
has the potential to calm rosacea, reduce inflammation, and slow down the process of skin aging
stimulates collagen production to promote faster cell turnover to heal and renew your skin
Bonus! Use cactus seed oil as a hair treatment
To nourish dry, chemical-treated, or heat-damaged hair, put a couple drops of cactus seed oil into the palms of your hands, rub palms together to warm the oil, and work the oil through the tips of your hair.