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Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract

Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract

Also-called-like-this: Prickly Pear, Nopal, Indian Fig


Prickly pear is a cactus that’s native to Mexico. It has large, sweet fruit that’s called tunas and has been used as a source of food since pre-Hispanic Mexico. Currently jams and jellies are produced from it and also a traditional Mexican alcoholic drink called colonche.

But what is it doing in our skincare products? Well, according to swiss manufacturer, Mibelle its two main properties are that it soothes and hydrates the skin.  And what’s more, they have also created some nice test results both in vitro and in vivo (in the lab tubes and on humans) showing that Opuntia Ficus-Indica can protect skin cells against UV light

And that’s still not all. An American manufacturer has combined the ingredient with yeast extract and the two together helps to reduce neurosensory irritation caused by the application of topical products such as retinoids (slow reaction), alpha hydroxy acids (fast reaction) or preservatives which induce some type of irritation or inflammation.

The bottom line: though we could not really find independent published research, we definitely think that Prickly Pear’s name sounds cool + it’s a very promising ingredient that seems to have great soothing and protecting abilities. 

Show me some proof

  • International Journal for Applied Science, 2005-11, Soothing Factor from Opuntia Cactus for Sensitive Skin

Products with Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract

Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pha+Bha Pore-Tight Toner Glow Recipe Watermelon Glow Pore-Tight Toner Whamisa Fresh Inner Skin Moisture Bouncy Serum Yadah Oh My Sun Slush SPF 50+ PA++++ Revoderm Redness Relief Moisturizer Trimay Mellow U Cleansing Balm 100% Pure Hydra Drench Gel Cream Holy Snails El Dorado Vitamin C Oil Serum Kayman Beauty Skintella Repairing Serum Naturfarm Caviar Tonic & Face Cleanser Yadah Cactus Mist dermaV10 Pink Cactus Sheet Mask innisfree Green Tea Balancing Lotion innisfree Green Tea Fresh Skin n'pure Cactus Aloe Vera Gel Coco and eve Miracle Hair Elixir DRMTLGY Soothe And Recovery Cream Garden of Wisdom Cucumber (Super) Hydrating Mist Hanalei Papaya Enzyme Powder Face Cleanser Nwno So Bubble TonyMoly I'm Cactus Sheet Mask TonyMoly I'm Real Cactus Sheet Mask Cell Defence Anti-Pigmentageing Plant Stem Cell Serum Image Iluma Intense Lightening Cleanser Image Skincare Iluma Intense Brightening Cleanser Kosmetic Immunity by JKosmmune Enzyme Cleansing Powder Shea Moisture Coconut & Cactus Water Head In The Clouds Shampoo The derma CO Squalene + Zinc Oil-Free Moisturizers APIS Regenerating Mask With Argan Oil And Shea Butter Andrélon Krul Care shampoo BAD SKIN Hyaluronic Deep Pore Cleansing Oil Incellderm Active Clean-Up Powder MasqueBAR Rose Gold Foil Sheet Mask MorroccoMethod Pine Shale Shampoo ODE TO SELF SKINCARE Wave Refining + Soothing Toning Essence bay harbor beauty Sake Cleansing Balm innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner APIS Regenerating Cream With Argan Oil And Shea Butter Cell Defence Anti-Glycageing Plant Stem Cell Serum Euyira Thirst Relief Hydrating Ampoule Geek & Gorgeous Calm Down 4% PHA + BHA Liquid saeraco Multigrain Enzyme Cleansing Powder Apoteket Ren Hud Djupintensiv Nattcreme Aprilskin Signature Charcoal Soap Geek & Gorgeous Smooth Out 12% AHA + Cactus Exfoliating Liquid Innertrue Sweet Dreams Brightening & Firming Sleeping Mask MAKE Succulent Skin Wash MasqueBAR Snowman Hydrating Sheet Mask Patchology Moodmask ''Get Dewy With It'' Mega Moisture Sheet Mask innisfree The Green Tea Seed Oil