Prickly Pear Seed Oil lends itself well to combat dry skin, improving hydration as it works as both an emollient and an occlusive (helps to stop Trans-Epidermal Water Loss) and in so doing, helps to slow down the destruction of the connective tissue and in turn helping to prevent wrinkling.
Regular use of this oil, along with other vegetable oils and raw materials can help to keep the skin elastic, smooth and firm and also give the skin a natural luminescence.
Prickly pear seeds and oil contain considerable nutritional value, according to a study published in the March 2011 issue of the "International Journal of Food Science and Nutrition.
Prickly pear seeds are a good source of several minerals, including calcium, with 470 mg per kg, potassium, with 533 mg/kg, magnesium with 117 mg/kg and phosphorus with 1,627 mg/kg.
The fatty acids in prickly pear seed include a high content (up to 61%) linoleic acid (Omega 6) - an essential fatty acid, which soothes and refreshes the skin - and up to 25% oleic acid (Omega 9).
It is very rich in Tocopherol, or Vitamin E, and sterols (approximately 10g per kg), which gives it a special ability to protect skin against free radicals as Vitamin E is an antioxidant.
It is light, stable and versatile oil, which spreads and absorbs easily and quickly into the skin and improves skin elasticity.
It is a powerful moisturiser and leaves the skin feeling velvety soft.
We recommend the use of Prickly Pear Seed Oil in all kinds of skin care products due to the high content (up to 65%) of linoleic acid, an omega 6 essential fatty acid.
It can be used for all skin types, even oily skin as it is a dry oil.
It also has excellent pore size reduction qualities, so is good to use on large-pored skin.