Have you ever wondered how cacti thrive extreme heat and cold and the dry air of the desert? Cactus and succulent lovers will know the answer to that question.
The long, fibrous roots of this invincible plant are spread out to collect water when it does rain, although ball cacti have shorter more compact roots designed to collect falling dew. They photosynthesise at night, so the cactus can seal itself from the heat in the day. But it’s their fleshy structure that provide water storage properties that sustain them in the long dry spells.
And that water is naturally rich in nutrients like vitamins, essential electrolytes, amino acids, minerals and rare antioxidants that ensure the plant’s ability to stay hydrated and survive in the harshest conditions. It’s also packed full of Taurine, an amino acid that reduces free radicals and prevent moisture loss.
Drinking cactus-water is beneficial in flushing out toxins, boosting the immune system and recovering from injuries. It’s great for giving your hair an instant shine but when applied topically to human skin, the great news is that it has amazing anti-ageing properties, in addition to injecting a moisture boost and maintaining skin hydration.
So, it’s little wonder that there’s been a surge in using cactus-water, instead of ordinary water, in organic skincare products.
Why Water from this prickly plant is your Skin’s new BFF
In an interview with elle.com in October 2018, celebrity dermatologist Dr. Lily Talakoub of McLean Dermatology & Skincare Centre explained why cactus water is the new number one ingredient in beauty products.
“Cactus water contains a much higher concentration of electrolytes and rich antioxidants that help to hydrate the skin and prevent UV damage. Look for prickly pear cactus as an ingredient, it’s the only cactus that has a blend of multiple antioxidants [a skincare super-ingredient], vitamins [A, D, K which soften skin and 150% more Vitamin E than Argan Oil] and electrolytes that protect the skin against sun damage, aging and collagen loss.”
Water extracted from the fruit of the prickly pear contains betalain antioxidants known to be responsible for beauty benefits such as glowing skin and reducing under eye puffiness.
All skin types can benefit from cactus-water-based skincare products.
Dry, dehydrated skin can benefit from the intense hydration due to electrolytes that hold water and moisture in the skin. Acne prone skin can benefit from the antibacterial properties of cactus oil and its essential fatty acids that lock in moisture to aid skin elasticity. The naturally occurring linoleic acid in cacti is beneficial for healing scars as it encourages the production of new skin cells. The calming vitamins and nutrients in cactus oil can also help ease skin sensitivity and, even better, it won’t clog up your pores or leave a layer of oil on your face.
Who knew this prickly little plant boasted such serious, natural benefits courtesy of mother nature to help maintain healthy, younger looking skin. So serious in fact that it’s been dubbed “nature’s Botox” for its anti-ageing properties.
So now we can love our cacti for their sharp spines, rare but breathtaking flowers and our newly acquired youthful glow (hopefully not caused by coming into contact with said spines).