Ingredient Spotlight: PRICKLY PEAR SEED OIL (HEAVY HITTER TIME!)
It’s heavy hitter time and as far as oils for your skin are concerned, there is none more goddamn magical than Prickly Pear Seed Oil! I’m not kidding, if you aren’t incorporating this into your skin care regimen in some way, shape or form, well then…you should.
A little back story: My daughter Kassidy has a rare genetic disorder called Smith-Magenis Syndrome, one of the characteristics being anxiety that manifests in the way of self-injurious behaviour (You can read our full story here). When she is experiencing any level of stress, anxiety, sensory overload, etc, she will pick and tear the skin off around her fingernails. She’s even ripped finger nails completely off. Gross, right? She also has an insanely high tolerance for pain so she is not phased at all when this occurs. I wanted to find a more holistic way to heal her skin without using traditional methods like neosporin or petroleum based, triple antibiotic ointments. My husband remembered the time we used prickly pear cactus gel to heal a burn and he began researching the nopales cactus. It is an incredible plant, my dream is to have acres of the stuff, but what he came upon was the pure awesomeness of the prickly pear seed oil.
There is nothing that I have found that heals quicker and more effectively than this little oil. It is my most treasured ingredient and as you will see, has beauty and first aid components! You can purchase my Prickly Pear Skin Repair here (4oz.) and here (1.5oz).
So here goes..
Also Called: Barbary fig oil or Indian fig oil
Native to U.S., Mexico, South America. Also found in parts of Australia, South Africa, & Mediterranean.
Aztects used to treat burns
Chinese used to treat abscesses
Native Americans ate fruit, and made syrup to treat whooping cough
Mexico, used to treat diabetes and high cholesterol
Modern Skin Care Uses:
Reduce appearance of fine lines/ wrinkles
Brightens under dark under eye circles
Brightens and evens out complexion
Vitamin E-highest of any plant oil on the market-proven to lighten sun induced hyper pigmentation
Protects skin barrier
Vitamin K- brightens under eye circles, evens out skin tone, and reduce broken capillaries
Zinc—helps reduce redness and inflammation of acne lesions and decrease oil production
High in phytosterols- especially betasitosterol- provides antioxidants and antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties -works well for anti-aging concerns and encourages new collagen production.
Other Fun Nerdy Facts about Prickly Pear Seed Oil:
88% unsaturated fatty acids-healthy cell production and turnover
contains highest level of tocopherol
60.5% linoleic acid- Omega 6 essential fatty acid (EFA). Strengthens skin’s barrier. Fights inflammation. Acne reducing properties because acne prone skin produces less linoleic acid. Helps to heal cold sores & minor burns
20.6% Oleic acid (Omega 9)- found in avocados, almonds, and olive oil. Is an excellent anti inflammatory.
3.2% Stearic acid- a cleansing surfactant
13.9% palmitic acid- has antioxidant and healing properties that can help with dermatitis and eczema. Found naturally in our skin, but diminishes with age.
Tocoperol (Vitamin E)- PPSO contains 150% more Vit E than organ oil. Free radical scavenger, preventing damage that causes the appearance of aging. Anti inflammatory properties, heals wounds faster, and can repair damage done by UV rays and environmental pollution. Helps with sunburns.
Vitamin E- prevents water loss, can diminish appearances of wrinkles and fine lines, protects skin cells that make collagen and elastin and can fade acne scars
Phytosterols- binds to water, helps skin retain moisture, assist in collagen production
Polyphenols- antioxidant, anti inflammatory, and anti carcinogenic properties, fights oxidative stress. Prevents and treats sun damage, and helps with redness and irritation.
Betalains- A group of powerful antioxidants found in dark red fruit like prickly pear, dragon fruit and beets. They assist the body in neutralizing toxins and supporting the cell's natural detoxification process. They also reduce the enzymes responsible for causing inflammation.
Flavanoids- These potent antioxidants prevent inflammation caused by free radical damage, enhance cellular regeneration, minimize UV damage and influence wound healing.
Now, if you actually read all that, then high fuckin five, because there aren’t that many people I know that would read through all that stuff and be like, “oh wow! that stuff iiiissss magical AF! I’m totally buying some!” What I can I tell you is from my own personal experience. When I make my products I always keep my daughter in mind. When you have a sensitive child most of your decisions are based on what your child can or cannot tolerate. Prickly Pear Skin Reapair is not just tolerable, but a first line of defense against scrapes, scratches, burns, blisters (my daughter is currently batteling impetigo, ugh…!), dermititis, and any other type of skin abrasion that might occur. Give it a shot, tell me what you think in the comments below. Thanks so much!
P.S. Also in my Prickly Pear Skin Repair is the ingredient Rosehip, read here to learn about the healing properties of this beautiful little bud!