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As the clean skincare revolution continues to grow in popularity, many people are realizing just how many potent and effective skincare ingredients are found in nature. One of these ingredients is cactus. Since cacti live in the hot, dry lands of the desert, they must retain a lot of water to survive. Cacti are praised as one of nature’s best moisturizers, as they are known for their effective soothing and hydrating properties.

Prickly pear, a specific type of fruit that grows on cactus, is well known for its nutrients, fatty acids, vitamins, and hydrating properties. The fleshy part of this fruit contains tons of water and electrolytes, making it ideal to use in moisturizing products. Prickly pear is an ingredient used in many skin care products and can help fight the natural aging process. Not only does it help with anti-aging, but the antibacterial properties of prickly pear make it ideal for fighting acne and blemishes. The use of cactus and prickly pear extract in skin care products can also increase skin elasticity and fight acne. Cactus has risen as one of the underdogs of the clean skincare revolution because people have come to realize that using cactus extract in products can be extremely beneficial when used on skin that needs hydrating, brightening, and calming.

Cactus is also anti-inflammatory and very gentle, so anyone with sensitive or delicate skin can use a cactus product without fear that their skin will react poorly. Cactus also contains linoleic acid, which helps to remove sebum from the pores and unclog them. This allows for cleaner and more healthy-looking skin. Cactus also contains many vitamins necessary to maintain good, healthy skin, such as vitamins A, E, D, and K. All of these vitamins fight toxins and nourish the skin.

Interestingly enough, cacti have many additional benefits that do not involve skincare. Eating cactus can reduce blood pressure and cholesterol levels, protect nerve cells, help with weight loss, and provide the body with much-needed antioxidants. This in turn can help overall bodily health, which is reflected in our skin. Secondly, having cacti in your home can provide better air quality, add decor to your home, and make you happier in general, leading to a healthier and more beautiful you.

Overall, cacti are praised for their ability to keep skin healthy and help maintain a beautiful glow. Who wouldn’t want that? Overall, cactus-infused skincare contains properties that are best for people with dry, dull skin, so if that sounds like your skin type you should definitely try it for yourself. After all, we could all use a little extra hydration during the warm months ahead!