Prickly Pear, scientifically known as Opuntia ficus-indica, is more than just a staple in desert landscapes or a unique addition to culinary dishes. Steeped in mystique, many Prickly Pear loyalists attest to the medicinal benefits of its fruit and Nopales.
Day+West includes this powerhouse ingredient across all our skincare essentials, part of our Phyto+Resilience Blend, because it is rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and essential fatty acids. This unassuming – yet still intimidating - cactus fruit is known for its exceptional hydrating and skin-fortifying properties.
I discovered Prickly Pear after spending time in Mexico. Not only is it featured on the Mexican flag and integral to Aztec legend, Prickly Pear’s natural properties make it a botanical wonder in skincare. Its natural abundance of Vitamin E, a potent antioxidant, protects the skin from free radicals and environmental stressors. Vitamin K aids in reducing the appearance of dark circles and promotes even skin tone. Essential fatty acids, to include linoleic acid, supports the skin’s natural barrier and prevents moisture loss, leaving the complexion more hydrated and reducing the appearance of fine lines.
The natural sugars in the fruit draw water into the skin, providing deep and lasting hydration. And for sensitive souls, it can reduce the appearance of inflammation with its soothing properties. Suitable for all skin types, including acne-prone and dryer complexions, this natural ingredient’s benefits are too numerous to list.
As part of our dedication to seek mindful partners, Day+West sources our Organic Prickly Pear Extract to a sustainably-focused Bolivian farm that recently created a new irrigation system to reduce water consumption and to to empower the local farming community with the means and resources to farm their own crops economically and effectively.