What is Prickly Pear?

Hydrolyzed Opuntia Ficus-Indica Flower Extract is commonly referred to as Prickly Pear or Nopal Oligosaccharides in the skincare world. It comes from the inside of a cactus stem, a native plant found in deserts and is a great source of antioxidants rich in polyphenols, vitamins E & K, polyunsaturated fatty acids and amino acids.

Prickly pear is clinically proven to stimulate enzymes to dissolve intercellular glue in the stratum corneum (the outer layer of the skin). It is an effective ingredient proven to improve the clarity and luminosity of skin by removing densely pigmented skin cells. It is also used in skincare as an antioxidant to protect against environmental damage.

Skin benefits of Prickly Pear

Promotes Natural Peeling
Increases the rate of cell renewal by weakening the bonds between skin cells

Proven to reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles. In a study carried out on twenty females aged 59+ the following results were reported:

• 71% of the women presented a decrease in wrinkle surface
• 13% decrease in the number of wrinkles
• 20% decrease in the wrinkle surface & 13% decrease in the length of wrinkles 

Proven to increase cell turnover and skin luminosity as it acts like a natural exfoliant to remove densely pigmented skin cells

Helps prevent skin damage and works to prevent future breakouts

Why We Use Prickly Pear

“As we age our cells start taking longer to shed. This can make our skin appear dull and lines and wrinkles begin to appear. Prickly Pear is a superb ingredient to incorporate into your routine for effective exfoliation and to help protect skin against daily pollution.. The clinically proven claims give us confidence that noticeable results could be seen quickly. We just love the multifunctional benefits of Prickly Pear.” - Shelley Martin, Co-Founder & New Product Development Lead

    Prickly Pear Skincare Products

    Who Prickly Pear Is Best For

    Can be used by all skin types. It is especially ideal for those with acne-prone skin, dry skin, signs of premature ageing or pigmentation. It can be used on a daily basis.

    Before and After Using Prickly Pear

    Take a look at some of our real before and afters taken by customers who used our Pro-Radiance Enzyme Cleanser and Enzyme Peel which are formulated with prickly pear:

    Things to Consider Before Using Prickly Pear

    There are no known issues with using Prickly Pear in skincare, however it may be advisable to introduce it slowly to your routine to ensure no irritation occurs.