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    NO GUNK Ingredients Index: Cactus Seed Oil (Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Barbary Fig Oil).

    NO GUNK Ingredients Index: Cactus Seed Oil (Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Barbary Fig Oil).

    Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil (Cactus Seed Oil)

    by Zheelana Cottam



     

    RATING: Good

     

    INCI Name: 

    Cactus Seed Oil, Opuntia Ficus-Indica Seed Oil, Prickly Pear Seed Oil, Barbary Fig Oil, Nopal Fig Oil.

    Cactus Seed Oil Benefits For Skin: 

    Hydrating, Anti-Inflammatory, AntiIrritation, Strengthens Skin Barriers, Smooth Skin, Brightening, REstores Elasticity, Fights Free Radicals. 

    Cactus Seed Oil Benefits For Hair: 

    Hydrating, Strengthens Hair, Reduce Split Ends, Smooths Hair, Encourages Hair Growth, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Irritation, Fights Free Radicals. 

    Cactus Seed Oil Description:

    Cactus seed oil, commonly referred to as prickly pear oil, is a plant oil that is extracted by pressing the oil from the seeds of a cactus plant found in parts of the USA, MExico and South America, called Opuntia Ficus-Indica. Each prickly pear seed contains about 5% oil which means that 1000kg of cactus fruit needs to be farmed to extract 25kg of seeds to be able to make just 1 litre of cactus seed oil. This means cactus seed oil is rare and expensive but since it has double the nutrients of other plant oils, such as argan oil or coconut oil, you only need to use a small amount to reap the benefits. Cactus seed oil is rich in omega fatty acids, such as linoleic fatty acids which are good for repairing barriers and oleic fatty acids which help to stimulate cell growth to help slow down hair loss. This oil is also full of vitamin B5 which helps individual hair follicles retain moisture and nutrients which helps if you have dry hair or skin.This also helps prevent breakage and split ends so your hair looks hydrated and smooth. Cactus seed oil has a high quantity of vitamin E which acts as an antioxidant which is great for soothing itchy, irritated skin.

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    Zheelana Cottam
    Zheelana Cottam

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    Zheelana is a writer based in Cardiff. She has a BA Honours in English and Creative Writing and is a certified TESOL teacher. When she isn’t out hiking in the lush Welsh countryside, she fills her days with reading, journaling, and going out for food.



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