Prickly Pear cactus extract. Ancient Aztec soothing remedy that deeply hydrates skin and is has a long lasting effect. It soothes sensitive and dry skin and protects from environmental stress factors including UV radiation.
The use of the prickly pear cactus in skin care dates back to the Aztecs of pre-Hispanic Mexico, who collected sap from the leaves, blended it with honey and egg yolk and used it as a soothing ointment for burns. Today we know the refined extract is a superb skin soother and firming agent. Rich in antioxidants (flavonoids), polysaccharides, minerals and vitamins and is also very effective at moisturizing and protecting skin. Opuntia Streptacantha is high in B vitamins and vitamins A and C and contains the key active piscidic acid, a powerful antioxidant that prevents the formation of free radicals and protects the skin from oxidative stress. Like most cacti, the leaves of the plant are modified stem segments that can store large quantities of water during the dry season. The extract’s high content of water-binding compounds make it a powerful humectant that attracts and retains moisture onto the skin. In clinical studies Opuntia Streptacantha stem cell extract showed that it provided UV protection and aided in recovery post sun, increased skin firmness, hydrated the skin and provided a soothing effect to the skin.