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The Power of Prickly Pear

Posted by Nat Rowe on
The power of prickly pear in vegan skincare | Sass + Co Body

When it comes to ingredients we pride ourself on packing our products full of powerhouse goodies that will make your skin glow. Our Prickly Pear Face Cream does just that.

Prickly pear seed oil, also known as Barbary fig seed oil or cactus seed oil, is extracted from the seeds of the prickly pear cactus. This oil has been used for centuries by indigenous cultures for its medicinal and cosmetic benefits.

Here are 3 key benefits of making sure prickly pear in your vegan skincare.

Rich in antioxidants

Prickly pear seed oil has a high antioxidant content and is rich in Vitamin E. Antioxidants help to neutralise free radicals, which are molecules that can cause damage to the skin and accelerate the aging process. Prickly pear seed oil in your skincare products can help protect your skin from environmental stressors and assists with maintaining a youthful complexion.

Deep hydration

If you're looking for something which is lightweight and easily absorbed by the skin then prickly pear is it. It makes an excellent moisturiser for all skin types. It is rich in linoleic acid, an omega-6 fatty acid which helps to lock in moisture and keep the skin hydrated throughout the day. Prickly pear seed oil is non-comedogenic, meaning it won't clog pores or leave your skin feeling greasy. Instead, it leaves your skin feeling soft, supple, and nourished.


Containing a high concentration of betalains is definitely a superpower of the prickly pear. These are powerful antioxidants with anti-inflammatory properties. This makes prickly pear seed oil particularly beneficial for those with sensitive or acne-prone skin, as it can help to calm irritation and reduce redness.

Added bonus of prickly pear is its richness in essential fatty acids, which help to stimulate collagen production and improve skin elasticity. With regular use prickly pear seed oil can help to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles leaving your skin looking radiant and youthful. Whether you're looking to hydrate, protect, or rejuvenate your skin, be sure to incorporate our prickly pear face cream into your skincare routine.

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