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Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract

Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract

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

Official CosIng Information


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 Yadah Oh My Sun Slush SPF 50+ PA++++ 100% Pure Hydra Drench Gel Cream dermaV10 Pink Cactus Sheet Mask innisfree Green Tea Fresh Skin n'pure Cactus Aloe Vera Gel DRMTLGY Soothe And Recovery Cream Garden of Wisdom Cucumber (Super) Hydrating Mist Hanalei Papaya Enzyme Powder Face Cleanser TonyMoly I'm Real Cactus Sheet Mask Image Iluma Intense Lightening Cleanser Kosmetic Immunity by JKosmmune Enzyme Cleansing Powder The derma CO Squalene + Zinc Oil-Free Moisturizers MasqueBAR Rose Gold Foil Sheet Mask MorroccoMethod Pine Shale Shampoo innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner Euyira Thirst Relief Hydrating Ampoule Geek & Gorgeous Calm Down 4% Pha + Bha Liquid Apoteket Ren Hud Djupintensiv Nattcreme Aprilskin Signature Charcoal Soap Geek & Gorgeous Smooth Out 12% AHA + Cactus Exfoliating Liquid innisfree The Green Tea Seed Oil Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Framboos™ Glycolic Night Serum Drunk Elephant T.L.C. Sukari Babyfacial Somebymi Aha Bha Pha 30 Days Miracle Truecica Clear Pad Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sun Milk Spf50+ / Pa+++ Missha Super Aqua Ultra Waterful Eye Treatment Yadah Cosmetics Anti-T Mist innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Pack Colleen Rothschild Micro-Mineral Soothing Toner Fancy Handy Face Mask Pink Clay Sanitas Detoxifying Scrub Mask Skin Actives Zit Ender Caolion Pore Deep Toner MaskerAide Beauty Rest'Ore Hydrating Sheet Mask MaskerAide I Don'T Wanna Grow Up Hydrating Sheet Mask OSSOLA Skincare Everlasting Serum innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream innisfree My Real Squeeze Tea Tree Mask Matas Striber Anti Wrinkle Maske LANCER Advanced Retinol Treatment Pure & Care Snail Serum Skin Actives Gentle Cream Face Cleanser Honest Beauty Clearing Cleanser Too Cool For School Sitkoza Cleansing Gel innisfree Mineral Ultrafine Pact Leaders Aloe Soothing Renewal Sheet Mask Honest Beauty Clearing Night Serum With Honestly Pure Retinol Honest Beauty Everyday Radiance Moisturiser IPKN Big Apple Sun Cream Spf 50