There are a plethora of benefits prickly pear can offer to our skin; that's why we add it to both Day and Night Serums in our Face Collection. Prickly pear is an ancient, incredible, nutrient-dense skin food, and it's a no-brainer as an addition to your face care regimen.
A Brief History of Prickly Pear
Prickly or "cactus" pear is a fruit that grows on the leaves of Nopales cacti that likely originated in Mexico and was first used by the Aztecs for its medicinal and edible qualities.
When the seeds are cold-pressed and expelled, we are able to reap the benefits through topical application.
What are the Benefits of Prickly Pear?
Loaded with all the right things (vitamin K, fatty acids, and vitamin E), prickly pear is a dream come true for face care. Let's break down its active ingredients and why they're so beneficial for our skin:
- Vitamin K: We don't hear about this one often, but Vitamin K works wonders for anti-aging. It helps boost our skin's elasticity and reduces dark spots caused by sun damage. It has also been known to get rid of those stubborn dark circles under the eyes.
- Essential Fatty Acids: Fatty acids are the building blocks for our cell structure, so it's no surprise that applying fatty acids to our skin can give it a boost. Prickly pear's seeds contain Omega-6 and Omega-9, both of which help to restore our skin's elasticity and smoothness. Fatty acids also help the skin retain moisture without the icky synthetic heaviness that some moisturizers contain.
- Vitamin E: Vitamin E is a natural antioxidant, which makes it a professional at fighting free radicals and environmental pollutants. Vitamin E calms skin thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties, and studies show it may be effective in reversing UV damage.
What Can Life Elements' Day and Night Serums Help With?
- Fine lines
- Dark spots
- Dark circles
- Sun damage
- Dry skin
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Serums With Synergy
These are serums with synergy. In addition to prickly pear, they contain a carefully crafted blend of superpower ingredients. They've got tepezcohuite bark extract (tree bark with uses dating back to 10th century), organically grown hemp, calendula extract (natural extract from the flower calendula used for inflammation and antibacterial qualities) and more.