Prickly Pear Seed Oil: Your Powerful Anti-Aging Secret

and updated on 05/13/2024

Whatever our age, many of us want to slow down the effects of time. Today, we will look into one of the best natural solutions against aging skin: Prickly Pear Seed Oil, a powerful anti-aging ally still relatively unknown...


What is Prickly Pear Seed Oil?

Behind this somewhat long name hides a plant. A cactus more precisely 🌵: the Prickly Pear Cactus, also called an Indian Fig. Originally from arid areas of Latin America, it is now very common in the Mediterranean region, especially in Maghreb.


The rarity of Prickly Pear Seed Oil...

To produce one liter of Prickly Pear Seed Oil, 30 kilograms of seeds are needed, which represents a ton of fruit! These seeds are then washed and sun-dried before being cold-pressed. Each seed is made up of about 5% pure oil. Prickly Pear Seed Oil is therefore a rare commodity...




The price of Prickly Pear Seed Oil


"The rarity of a thing increases its value," as Jean de La Fontaine aptly noted. Because Prickly Pear Seed Oil is less common, you will likely find that the products containing it are on the pricier side.

However, the investment is not in vain! Incredibly rich in natural active ingredients, Prickly Pear Seed Oil is very beneficial to our skin. One could say that the price is quickly justified. Here's why...


What vitamins et nutrients are in Prickly Pear Seed Oil?

Prickly Pear Seed Oil is rich in sterols and vitamin E. In fact, its concentration of sterols and vitamin E is higher than that of argan oil.


Source : analyse produits Ayda Cosmetics .


These components give it the ability to protect the skin against free radicals, which are responsible for skin's aging (and premature aging!).


Anti-Aging Benefits...but not only that!

Prickly Pear Seed Oil is mainly revered for its anti-aging properties.

Applied to the skin, it provides a firming effect combined with protection against free radicals (its a great antioxydant ingredient!). Anti-aging brands love this ingredient because it helps smooth out wrinkles, prevents their appearance and fights off against premature aging of the skin.

Like any vegetable oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil is also recommended for its moisturizing, firming, and sebum-regulating action.

You can use it:

  • on your skin: it is suitable for all skin types as it is a dry oil that does not leave a greasy finish
  • in your hair: on the strands to nourish, on the scalp to balance sebum production
  • on your nails: to strengthen them

Finally, Prickly Pear Seed Oil has a healing action that will be very useful for reducing the appearance of scars, as well as stretch marks.

Prickly Pear Seed Oil is a true gold mine in organic cosmetics. This oil can be found in lotions, moisturizers, soaps, and serums. Take advantage of its benefits for the skin in all steps of your skincare routine.



Cold press process to extract oil - essential to preserve the virtues of Prickly Pear Seed Oil


To enjoy all the previously mentioned benefits, it is essential that the Prickly Pear Seed Oil be extracted through cold pressing.

Furthermore, when you buy pure oil, make sure it is from organic farming and does not contain any additives.

Here are some organic cosmetic brands that sell this pure oil.


Note: "Prickly Pear Macerated Oil" is also proposed by certain skincare brands. This product is made by macerating the seeds in another oil. It is cheaper, but it is also less rich in natural actives.


How to know if a skincare product contains Prickly Pear Seed Oil:

To identify the presence of Prickly Pear Seed Oil in a cosmetic product, you can look for the following mentions in the INCI list:

  • Opuntia ficus indica,
  • Opuntia ficus indica seed oil
  • Prickly Pear Oil.

And as always, make sure to check where it appears in the list, in terms of order. It's better that it be one of the first ingredients listed in the product in question. That way, you are sure to have a higher concentration of its active ingredients.

To see other products containing Prickly Pear Seed Oil, we invite you to check out other products labelled with the Cosmébio certification.


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