Prickly pear oil

Prickly pear seed oil is a cosmetic oil that has been used for many years in Morocco and has recently gained recognition in the West for its remarkable cosmetic properties. 

The prickly pear (Opuntia ficus) is a plant belonging to the cactus family that grows throughout the Mediterranean region, with a particular abundance in Morocco. In some places, it is also known as nopal, thuna, or prickly pear.

Where does prickly pear oil come from?

Prickly pear seed oil is obtained through cold-pressing the seeds found within the fruit of the plant. This extraction method preserves the nutritional properties and benefits of the oil, which is widely used in cosmetics for its moisturizing, anti-aging, and skin-regenerating properties.

What are the benefits of prickly pear oil?

  1. Intense Hydration: Prickly pear seed oil is rich in essential fatty acids that help maintain skin hydration. When incorporated into creams or serums, it provides deep hydration, leaving the skin soft and supple.
  2. Anti-Aging Action: Thanks to its high content of vitamin E, a powerful antioxidant, this oil helps combat free radicals responsible for premature skin aging. It helps reduce wrinkles, improve skin firmness, and promote a younger-looking complexion.
  3. Reduction of Dark Circles and Puffiness: Rich in vitamin K, this oil is a powerful ally against dark circles and puffiness. Vitamin K stimulates blood circulation, strengthens the walls of blood capillaries, and helps prevent and reduce dark circles and puffiness under the eyes. Combined with vitamin E, it offers a fresher, smoother, and brighter look.
  4. Nutrition and Regeneration for Dry Skin: Besides its effectiveness for mature skin, prickly pear seed oil is also ideal for dry skin. Its composition rich in essential fatty acids provides the skin with the necessary nutrients to maintain daily hydration. Its light and fluid texture allow for quick absorption, helping to regenerate the skin deeply while protecting it from external aggressions.
  5. Scar Reduction: Due to its regenerative properties, this oil is beneficial for reducing the appearance of skin scars. It can help even out the skin tone by promoting healing.
  6. Protection against External Aggressions: The components of prickly pear seed oil help strengthen the skin barrier, thus providing protection against external aggressions such as pollution and UV rays.