My love affair with the coconut is strong but I should probably address the ascendant new kid on the block – the cactus.
For a long time my experiences with cacti were sombrero wearing cartoons or a potted plant in the kitchen – you know, look but don’t touch. It turns out some of the most active beauty products feature the opuntia: the species we’re interested in. Often referred to as prickly pear or barbary fig seed in the culinary and cosmetic circles, this fruit is the only one which contains all 24 known betalains, in other words, super-charged antioxidants such as calcium, magnesium, and phosphorus. These overhaul the skin and battle visible signs of ageing. Also, research has shown that drinking cactus water before cocktails can reduce hangover symptoms, such as dry mouth and nausea. Cheers to those potent betalains!
Cactus seed oil is jam-packed with high quantities of linoleic acid, a must-have ingredient for the production of healthy skin cells, vitamin E, which protects and retains moisture, vitamin K, which brightens under-eye dark circles and also promote your skin’s elasticity, and flavonoids, which are anti-inflammatory. Cactus oil is also ultra-light and sinks into the skin quickly.
In total, the desert fruit has 17 amino acids, fatty acids, omega 6 and 9, and antioxidants that can prevent damage from the sun and brighten your complexion. Prickly pear extract is like a topical multivitamin for your skin.
Sunday Riley Good Genes Treatment, $105.00Buy now with free delivery
Sunday Riley’s multi-tasking under-moisturizer treatment is a regular backstage at New York Fashion Week. This formula serves as an otherworldly mask that will smooth, refine, clarify and brighten.
Lactic acid reduces the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles, while liquorice combats uneven skin tone. Lemongrass will improve circulation and protect from environmental aggressors and a patented NV-5 Ageless Complex come down on visible signs of ageing.
When your friends comment on your glow, tell them “It’s Good Genes!”
Erno Laszlo White Marble Radiance Emulsion, $130.00Buy now with free delivery
Light it up with Erno Laszlo’s White Marble Radiance Emulsion, a soft, lightweight serum designed to illuminate your complexion and even out skin tone by discouraging and decreasing discoloration.
This antioxidant powerhouse is also packed with hyaluronic acid, and does double-duty by smoothing out wrinkled and rough skin.
EmerginC Protocell Bio-Active Stem Cell Eye Cream, $67.50Buy now with free delivery
Treat your delicate eye area to a pea-sized amount of EmerginC’s Protocell Bio-active Stem Cell Eye Cream daily. The lightweight eye emulsion is infuse with cutting edge plant stem-cell technology, argan oil and cactus extract, designed to wage war on the signs of aging skin.
Dr. Dennis Gross Clarifying Collodial Sulfur Mask, $42.00Buy now with free delivery
You can trust the Dr. Dennis Gross Clarifying Colloidal Sulfur Mask. This overnight acne medication is a dermatologist formulation that draws out excess oil and acne-causing bacteria, kicking ass while you get your beauty sleep. Pores will appear reduced, blackheads will be minimized, and overall clarity will be enhanced.
Jurlique Calendula Redness Rescue Restorative Serum, $54.00Buy now with free delivery
Jurlique’s Redness Rescue Restorative Serum is quite the combination of ingredients for sensitive skin. From super-strength calendula sprigs to prickly pear extract, this skin drink will infuse your epidermis with hydration and comfort.
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