Everything You Need to Know about Prickly Pear Seed Oil

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Prickly Pear seed oil is a star addition to the beauty arsenal of skin care enthusiasts along with Rosehip Seed Oil and Argan Oil. The all-in-one facial oil magically works on the skin nurturing and nourishing it to bring back the old glory of dry and aged skin.

Known as Indian fig, Cactus fruit, or Barbary fig, this moisturizing oil is making the ramp walk through the skincare industry with its presence in almost all skincare products. 

What is Prickly Pear Seed Oil?

Native of Morocco, Opuntia Ficus Indica, a member of the cactus family, is in the limelight for its skin benefitting oil. The extraction of Prickly Pear oil is quite a long process.

The season lasts only for a short time and the extraction is not done by technologically aided machines. The fruits are dried in the Moroccan sun before the oil is extracted manually. Coupled with this, the fact that each seed contains only around 5% of oil makes the oil a little heavy on the pocket. 

Why does Prickly Pear Seed Oil work?

Prickly pear seed oil stands out among other nutrient-rich ingredients due to its abundant antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and essential fatty acids. Its seed composition makes it a fantastic skincare treatment suitable for all skin types, and it's gentle enough even for sensitive areas.

Research has highlighted the remarkable qualities of this sustainable ingredient, revealing its rich content of linoleic acid, Omega 6 and 9, amino acids, zinc, polyphenols, betalains, and vitamin K. Notably, it boasts one of the highest levels of Vitamin E among all plant sources, containing approximately 150% more than Argan Oil. Given its impressive array of benefits, it's no surprise that prickly pear seed oil has gained popularity in beauty routines.

Benefits of Prickly Pear Oil for your Skin

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Rich Source of Vitamin E

Being a natural anti-oxidant, Vitamin E scavenges the skin harming free radicals. Prickly Pear oil is a store house of Vitamin E and has tremendous anti-inflammatory properties.

The Vitamin E in Prickly Pear oil is believed to heal the wounds on the skin in a jiffy. The oil is a fabulous skin regenerator and every woman should include this miracle oil in her anti-aging, skincare arsenal.

Essential Fatty Acids and Anti-Oxidants

Excellent source of essential fatty acids, anti-oxidants and Vitamins E and K, Prickly Pear Oil boasts being the master stimulator of cell growth, inflammation soother and skin brightener.  

The skin moisturizing properties of the oil and the linoleic acid in the oil helps to soften the skin texture, retain skin elasticity and helps in skin repair.

Brightens the Skin

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 As an incredible skin moisturizer, Prickly Pear seed oil hydrates the skin for long time. The Vitamin E & K along with essential fatty acids boosts the collagen production which helps to retain the suppleness and radiance of the skin.

The skin –brightening properties of the oil works uniquely in bringing a natural glow to the skin and tenderly removing the dark circles from the delicate under eye area. Hyper pigmentation and dark spots on the ageing skin can be effectively reduced with the consistent use of Prickly Pear oil. This oil is unrivalled.

Anti-ageing Specialist

Known as the Moroccan Gold, Prickly pear seed oil defends the many ageing factors that intrude into your skin without your permission. A skin emollient and wonderful moisturizing agent, this magic oil regains your skin’s elasticity with increased collagen production.

The oil helps smooth out the uneven skin tone and slowly banishes the stubborn wrinkles and fine lines. Soft massage with this oil daily enlivens your skin and consistent use brings back life to your dull and weary skin.

Tightening of Skin Pores 

As the skin gets aged, skin pores becomes more visible and it is not a visual treat. Prickly Pear seed oil nourishes the inner layers of your skin and helps in tightening the pores. Your skin looks younger and flawless with regular use of this oil directly or any products with this wonder oil.

Gets Absorbed into Skin Quicker 

The ultra lightweight oil gets absorbed to the skin almost instantly without leaving a residue. The oil is comedogenic and doesn’t clog the skin pores. Hence the oil is an inevitable weapon if you are fighting the disgusting acne breakouts. 

Prickly Pear Oil vs. Argan Oil

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Both oils are sourced from Morocco and referred to as Moroccan Gold and Liquid Gold. Though both oils have astonishing skin moisturizing, skin healing and anti-aging properties, they both contain different nutrients.

The Vitamin loads are in high concentration in Prickly Pear seed oil than Argan Oil but if you have extra oily skin or hyper sensitive, irritable skin, maybe Argan Oil is your savior. Different skin types and skin issues need different treatments and oils. Check out your skincare requirement and choose the oil.

Benefits of Organic Prickly Pear Oil

As mentioned above, extraction of pure Prickly Pear seed oil is lengthy and tiresome, which makes it way too expensive. This leaves an easy choice for many skincare brands to incorporate cheap or adulterated oil in the skincare products.

Our skin naturally responds well to pure, natural products and organic oils are ideal for any type of skin. Make a beeline towards organic Prickly Pear oil directly to be applied on skin or products with organic oil incorporated in them.

Thankfully, many skincare brands realise organic ingredients as the need of the hour. If you are a skincare aficionado, jump straight to the best quality skincare products of Empress Naturals.

How to Identify Pure Prickly Pear Oil?

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Pure Prickly pear seed oil has a yellowish, borderline green colour. The aroma is neither odourless nor floral as it has a nutty smell like the Argan oil.  It leaves no residue and gets absorbed instantly into the skin. The oil has to be kept in cool, dark place to retain its potency.

Make sure to educate yourself on the right way to identify Prickly Pear Seed Oil.

How to Use Pure Prickly Pear Oil?

You can use any facial oil with Prickly Pear twice daily on clean skin. Take a few drops, rub them in your palms, and gently pat them onto your face. Elizabeth also recommends using any leftover oil on your hands on the ends of your hair for added moisture.

And don't worry about any conflicting properties with prickly pear. It plays well with other skincare products like retinol or vitamin C, which can sometimes cause irritation.

We highly recommend Empress Naturals 100% Pure Prickly Pear Seed Oil which includes cold-pressed organic Prickly Pear Seed Oil. It works towards enhancing skin brightness by offering antioxidant protection, reducing inflammation, increasing skin cell turnover, providing hydration, and stimulating collagen production.

Read more about how to use Prickly Pear Seed Oil in our dedicated blog. 

Some Other Benefits of Prickly Pear Seed Oil

This golden oil can’t be just waved off as a skin enhancer and beautifier. The Moroccan women use the oil for their dry, frizzy hair to soften it and bring lustre back to the hair. If applied on the cuticles daily, the oil is believed to strengthen the nails and prevents the nails from breakage. 

Prickly Pear seed oil is trending bright in the skincare market as it is loved by all types of skin and is an effective as a soothing, replenishing night care treatment for skin. The benefits are surely projecting this oil more into the beauty realm with a clear aura of purity and versatility.

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In fact, our products, including the revered and 100% pure Rosehip Seed Oil, are safe to use even during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. However, we do recommend you consult with a medical professional as a safety precaution before using new products.

Our massage oils are known to calm your nerves and improve your blood circulation to make you feel beautiful inside and outside. Along with our super serums, we offer 100% pure oils like the magical Prickly Pear oil and the miraculous Argan oil.

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*Disclaimer: We highly recommend that you contact a trained health professional, before introducing any products into your routine especially if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.

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