Many may regard prickly desert flora as *the* decor of choice for homes, patios, and everything in between (read: cactus print pillows, cactus-shaped coffee mugs, succulent diffusers…), but cacti have uses that extend far beyond being aesthetically pleasing centerpieces for your dining room table. In fact, cactus-based skin products are quickly becoming popular thanks to their numerous skin healing properties.
Cactus-derived beauty products are quickly sprouting up on store shelves and with their many skin-healing properties, it’s no surprise! Cacti are high in vitamin E (known for moisturizing skin), linoleic acid (great for curing problematic skin), and flavonoids (well-known for their anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties). Along with being rich in skin-nourishing fatty acids and skin-plumping vitamins, cacti are known for being super hydrating (hello, they thrive in the desert!), making them *the* perfect ingredient for those with dry, dull skin!
If you’re looking to try out this summer’s hottest new skin care trend, there are numerous cactus-infused beauty products you can add to your beauty regimen to hydrate and plump your skin STAT! From cactus flower extracts to prickly pear oils, here are some of the best vegan brands offering products with cactus-derived ingredients that your skin is sure to love!
5 Vegan Brands For Cactus-Based Skincare Products To Quench Your Thirsty Skin
The 100% vegan and cruelty-free brand Pacifica has several options for all the cactus loving, skin care aficionados. For cleansing and deep cleaning, try their Cactus Revive Milk To Foam Face Wash made with cactus oil, vitamin E, and coconut water. Suitable for all skin types, the facial wash bubbles for a deep clean and is perfect for hydrating dry, dull skin. Or for a rinse-free, revitalizing cleanse, you can try Pacifica’s Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic to remove makeup, oil, and dirt—no water required. With a flowery scent, the cleansing tonic is made with cactus flower extract, calendula, coconut, and grapefruit oil.
The Los-Angeles-based skincare brand KINDri features a preservative-free, all-natural line of cactus oil-based products—all of which are vegan and cruelty-free! From beauty balms to cleansing oils, KINDri is a one-stop-shop for all things prickly pear. One of their newer products, Eye Fix is perfect for those seeking a remedy to puffy, dark circles. The naturally cooling under eye treatment is made with such ingredients as organic prickly pear seed (cactus) oil, apple stem cell, organic aloe vera, and botanical hyaluronic acid—a plant-based humectant that helps hydrate and plump the skin!
Eye Fix, $24.00
The award-winning green beauty brand Glycelene is an absolute go-to for all-natural, organic, and vegan luxury beauty products. No strangers to the wonders of desert botanicals, their Kalahari Cooling Collagen Mask refreshes, hydrates, and soothes the skin all while firming, tightening, and brightening the skin! The collagen mask is made with cactus extracts and prickly pear, as well as green tea, organic blueberry aloe, licorice root, and cumin (just to name a few!). Kalahari Cooling Collagen Mask quickly replenishes dry, dehydrated skin and can help minimize the appearance of breakouts and dull, aging skin.
Kalahari Cooling Collagen Mask, $68.00
Made with organic, sustainably sourced ingredients, KYPRIS is another terrific option for cactus-based beauty products. And really, what’s not there to love about this brand?! They’re vegan, co-op grown, and locally-sourced from small, women-owned farms, *plus* their products are free of harsh chemicals and fragrances (!!!). Made with Moringa and wildcrafted prickly pear, their non-foaming Cleanser Concentrate removes daily impurities and superficial free radicals all while leaving the skin soft, glowing, and deeply replenished.
Cleanser Concentrate, $64.00
The “chemistry of pure ingredients,” Puristry features a line of all-natural, vegan, gluten-free, and non-toxic products that are gentle enough to be used on all skin types. From cleansing to moisturizing, their products make up a complete day or nightly beauty routine (which is incredibly simple to follow for those new to the whole skin care thing!). Made with nourishing prickly pear and nopal cactus, their Nopal Cactus Cleanser helps target sensitive, dry skin and is perfect to use in morning or nightly skincare routines. You can use it to start out your routine, followed by their Flower Water Toner, Vine Therapy Serum, Restorative Facial Oil, Yerba Mate Eye Cream, and Seaberry Moisturizer.
Nopal Cactus Cleanser, $29.00
Have you added cactus to your beauty routine yet?
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