7 Surprising Prickly Pear Beauty Benefits

By now, I feel like I've pretty much experimented with all kinds of beauty products for my skin. From contouring with rose petals and coffee beans to implementing coconut oil in my daily beauty regimen, I'm always open to seeing what kind of interesting formulas work well for my body, especially because I dealt with eczema growing up. However, there is one ingredient that I have yet to try, but seem to hear a lot about: prickly pears. Surprisingly, the beauty benefits of prickly pears are plentiful. Who knew that the fruit could do wonders for your beauty routine?

But what exactly is prickly pear? AHAVA states that the cactus which produces fruit is native to the Dead Sea region and is beneficial to the skin for its anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties. According to Allure, the prickly pear contains amino acids, vitamin B, calcium, beta-carotene, magnesium, and iron, and "it is just as good slathered on your skin as it is ingested." Seems like using the plant is totally worth a try, right?

What's more, it's perfect for any skin type. Mun founder Munemi Imai, whose skincare line is prickly bear-based, told Byrdie , "It’s great for all skin types...You will feel the immediate skin-softening effects and your skin will glow."

If you aren't convinced yet, just take a look at these seven surprising beauty benefits of the prickly pear. (Trust me, you're going to want to rub it all over your body when you're done reading!)

1. It Has Anti-Aging Properties

Ecla Prickly Pear Seed Oil, $29.97, Amazon

Because of all the ingredients it contains, prickly pear can have some amazing anti-aging properties. Ecla explains that this serum is a, "super powerful source of antioxidants, making it ideal for dark under-eye circles."

2. It's A Great Anti-Inflammatory

Sia Botanics Prickly Pear Seed Serum, $28, Amazon

The Mayo Clinic explains that prickly pear has great antiviral and anti-inflammatory properties. So for those who might have skin that is highly irritable, prickly pear could be a great product to try.

3. It Can Brighten Skin

Prickly Pear Seed Oil Rollerball, $40, Amazon

Another popular reason why prickly pear is used is because of it's ability to brighten skin. This product from Kahina Giving Beauty can help "restore elasticity, neutralize free radicals that cause signs of aging, brighten under-eye circles, and minimize spider veins."

4. You Can Use It As A Hair Mask

Christophe Robin Regenerating Mask with Rare Prickly Pear Seed Oil, $19.99, Amazon

This product from from Christophe Robin promises to restructure, strengthen, and protect all hair types.

5. It Can Help Achieve Smoother Skin

AHAVA Mineral Body Lotion, Prickly Pear & Moringa, $26, Amazon

Because of it's many anti-oxidants, prickly pear products can help smooth out your skin. Not just that, AVAHA mineral body lotion smells amazing, too.

6. It Can Prevent Wrinkles

Apoterra - Organic Night Regenerative Balm with Prickly Pear + Vitamin C, $45, Amazon

Apoterra explained that prickly pear "refines the skin's texture, helps prevent premature aging, provides nutrients, and brightens complexions."

7. It's Super Hydrating

AHAVA Mineral Hand Cream, Prickly Pear & Moringa, $23, Amazon

As someone who experiences dry skin, the benefit of having a product that can keep my skin hydrated all day is a total win.

It seems like I've definitely been missing out! BRB while I order some prickly pear products for myself, stat.

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