Opuntia ficus-indica

The liquid gold of a cactus, one of the most powerful ingredients in organic skincare products

The Sahara desert – only the strongest can survive in such a harsh climate: extreme heat, cold, wind and almost no water. The few plants that can live there are true survival artists.

The cactus Opuntia ficus-indica has adapted to survive in these most extreme climatic conditions, developing very beneficial adaptogenic properties to protect and regenerate the skin.

This cactus belongs to the adaptogenic plants, which helps the body’s adrenal system responds to physical, biological and chemical stressors.

The seeds of the Opuntia ficus-indica are cold pressed to extract the oil from its interior. To obtain 1 liter of the scarce and highly effective cactus oil, it is necessary to press the seeds of 1000 kilos of its fruits. Its extraordinary balance of Omega 3, 6, 7 and 9 is able to regenerate and revive all skin types, from dry to oily.

This golden elixir also contains the vitamins E and K that soften the skin, and contains moisturizing and nourishing fatty acids that prevent the formation of wrinkles, making prickly pear oil a powerful anti-ageing treatment. True organic cosmetics would be unimaginable without it.

It also contains betalains and phenolic compounds that have a great capacity to fight inflammations, which helps irritated skins. It also illuminates skin tone and reduces dark circles.

To combat the stress our skin is exposed to every day, we have selected the most powerful adaptogenic plants such as the cactus Opuntia ficus-indica as ingredients for our high-performance skincare products; among others the SMOOTH ADDICTION total hydration balm and the MIDNIGHT REJUVENATION restructuring oil serum.

Find more information about this essential plant in our two other blog posts The cactus and Discovering the Opuntia.