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Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract

Opuntia Ficus-Indica Extract

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

Details

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

innisfree Green Tea Fresh Skin 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 Enzyme Cleansing Powder MasqueBAR Rose Gold Foil Sheet Mask innisfree Jeju Volcanic Pore Toner Euyira Thirst Relief Hydrating Ampoule Geek & Gorgeous Calm Down 4% Pha + Bha Liquid Apoteket Ren Hud Djupintensiv Nattcreme 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 Etude House Sunprise Mild Airy Finish Sun Milk Spf50+ / Pa+++ Yadah Cosmetics Anti-T Mist innisfree Green Tea Sleeping Pack Skin Actives Zit Ender MaskerAide Beauty Rest'Ore Hydrating Sheet Mask MaskerAide I Don'T Wanna Grow Up Hydrating Sheet Mask innisfree Orchid Enriched Cream Too Cool For School Sitkoza Cleansing Gel innisfree Mineral Ultrafine Pact Leaders Aloe Soothing Renewal Sheet Mask IPKN Big Apple Sun Cream Spf 50 Skin Actives Antioxidant Day Cream innisfree Perfect 9 Repair Cream Some By Mi Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Toner Farmacy Dew It All Total Eye Cream May Coop Raw Moisturizer Some By Mi Galactomyces Pure Vitamin C Glow Serum Neogen Blueberry Real Fresh Foam Cleanser Neogen Code9 Black Volume Cream Neogen Dermalogy Canadian Pore Clay Cleanser Neogen Cereal Real Fresh Foam Cleanser Neogen Cranberry Real Fresh Foam Cleanser Neogen Green Tea Real Fresh Foam Cleanser