Argan oil has enjoyed a lofty status as THE beauty oil to beat over the past couple of years, thanks to its hefty vitamin content and its ability to combat everything from low-grade skin conditions to straw-like hair. And yet, there's another natural ingredient on the rise that does everything Argan oil does, but better—and, what would you know? It's also from the desert.
Cactus seed oil—which also goes by prickly pear seed oil and barbary fig seed oil—contains larger doses of the very same vitamins and antioxidants that make Argan oil so great. This includes large amounts of linoleic acid (a fatty acid that is essential in stimulating healthy cell production and turnover), as well as vitamin E (which provides protection and helps skin retain moisture), and flavonoids, which are anti-inflammatory. Cactus oil is light and absorbs well, while providing a huge kick of moisture to skin cells. And all of this, of course, bodes well for keeping our complexions looking young. "It soothes, hydrates, and reduces inflammation that damages collagen, explaining why it's used to prevent skin aging," confirms Dr. Joshua Zeichner, dermatologist at Mt. Sinai Hospital in New York City.
It all sounds great, but take it from us firsthand: Though these last few weeks of bitter winter had left our skin dry, damaged, and flaky, just a few days of swapping this magical ingredient into our skincare regime has proven completely transformative. So amazing, in fact, that we're fairly confident it'll take us through the tricky seasonal transition and straight into the desert-like summer heat.
MAR 2, 2015