Prickly pear seed oil: skin benefits + how to use it
The oil is also rich in antioxidants, namely vitamin E and polyphenols, which help neutralize free radicals from oxidative stress, inflammation and UV rays. considering up to 80% of skin aging signs4 due to UV damage, antioxidant-rich oils are a solid investment for any “anti-aging” skin care regimen (plus daily sunscreen).
“It’s also high in amino acids, which stimulate collagen production and promote faster cell turnover,” says King. “And it contains vitamin K, which helps skin elasticity, and some believe it can help lighten under-eye circles.”
But here’s the really cool thing about prickly pear: You know those fatty acids I mentioned? They actually have the ability to inject more powerful (and potentially annoying) ingredients.
Take, for example, this study in which researchers combined prickly pear seed oil with vitamin A and applied it to human and rat skin samples; due to the fat content of prickly pear, the mixture was very effective in delivering vitamin A to these samples.
Vitamin A (aka retinol) is a pretty strong topical that can cause dryness and irritation for some, but it has many benefits for aging skin—boosting cell turnover, promoting collagen production, and more.
By combining it with prickly pear seed oil, you can get the benefits of collagen repair without the fear of breaking down the skin barrier. A win-win option for those who are mature and sensitive skin.