Through cold pressing of the seeds of Opuntia ficus-indica, or prickly pear, a very precious oil is obtained and used in natural cosmetics for the beauty of skin and eyes. This oil counteracts the wrinkles and is a very good choice in case of eye bags and dark circles, but it is also beneficial to treat dry skin by regenerating it and results also useful in case of acne. Prickly pear is characterized by nourishing, moisturizing and anti-aging properties thanks to the substances that it contains, such as beta carotene, able to protect the skin from the UV rays and aging processes, vitamin E, useful against free radicals, phenols compounds with antioxidant action, unsaturated fatty acids including linoleic acid in a percentage from 58% to 63% (Chougui et al, Food Chem, Aug 2013 – Ennouri et al, Bioresour Technol, Aug 2006). Linoleic acid is particularly useful to protect and maintain the skin barrier, it is healing, able to regulate the sebum production and is useful in case of dermatitis and acne (Tzu-Kai Lin et al, Int J Mol Sci, Jan 2018). To counteract eye bags and dark circles apply a drop of oil in the area around the eyes that should be slightly damp, for example you can diffuse a little rose water or another floral water, then massage gently from the nose to the temples. To make the skin bright, for an anti-wrinkle action, against dry skin, irritations but also acne prone skin and inflammations you can use instead the prickly pear oil as a serum, it will help to accelerate the healing processes of pimples and rashes and will bring hydration and elasticity to the tissues. In fact, in case of acne, a linoleic acid deficiency in the epidermis barrier has been observed, this cause an increase in skin thickness and promotes the pimples (Downing et al, J Am Acad Dermatol, Feb 1986). Giving to the skin the linoleic acid may be useful to prevent this condition. Apply a couple of drops on damp skin and then apply your daily cream. In alternative, you can add a drop of product to a little face cream and apply with the palm of the hand according to the tips of the Slow Cosmetique, the movement born in Belgium with the aim to bring the focus on skin and its needs, we have dedicated several posts about. Massage with the palms of the hands from the center of the neck to the back of the head, then from the jawbone until the cheekbones, from the nose to the ears and then from the center of the forehead to the temples. Finally, in case of dry and cracked skin, with wounds, such as the skin of elbows or heels, try to apply some drops of prickly pear oil, always on damp skin, for example after a shower or a bath. Massage with slow movements and let it absorb.
Prickly pear oil
Against eye bags and dark circles, wrinkles, dry skin, acne and skin inflammations, dermatitis and eczema thanks to anti-aging, regenerating, moisturizing and healing properties, able to regulate the sebum production.