The prickly pear cactus, otherwise known as nopal, is a sweet cactus that’s a veritable powerhouse of nutrients that just so happen to help completely revitalize your skin. Omega fatty acids, antioxidants, vitamin k, and vitamin e make for a serious healing boost to your routine. Coconut oil has long been lauded for its ability to heal everything, but estheticians are very cautious about it since it’s so comedogenic. Argan oil was the lauded as a fix-all, but many with drier and aging skin felt it wasn’t giving the healthy glow they wanted. Now we’ve found prickly pear oil – a brightening, exfoliating, hydrating, anti-aging trooper that will whip your skin into shape!

If you want to try just the oil itself, give Kahina Giving Beauty’s oil a try. Sustainably harvested and sold by a company dedicated to helping women run businesses all over the world, it helps the future and your skin both get a little bit brighter.

I absolutely love the double cleansing method – an oil cleanser followed by a foaming cleanser. This method ensures skin is squeaky clean, but it can also be very, very drying on already dry skin. Like attracts like, so the lighter weight oils in the oil cleanser will pick up any oils in and on top of the skin, leaving oilier skin refreshed but drier skin sad and thirsty. This oil cleanser by The Prickly Pear Co will change all that. Like the name suggests, The Prickly Pear Co infuses prickly pear into all of their products, bringing the anti aging world and the green skin care world into one beautifully packaged happy place.

A soothing spritz toner like this one from Sia Botanics with prickly pear, rose, tea tree, and a host of other antioxidants preps the skin for any serums, oils, and moisturizers that follow, so ensure the skin is still a little damp when you continue with your routine. This is a great way to add an anti-aging component to oilier skin types as well since a toner is light enough that it won’t be comedogenic.

Osmia Organics is known for their botanically-packed formulations that are concentrated and effective. Their Brightening Serum is no different with camellia, argan, prickly pear, broccoli, pumpkin, papaya, algae, and a slew of other ingredients. This concoction is excellent for acne scarring, fading discoloration, overall brightening, and anti-aging.

We at S&C love us some Apoterra Skin Care, and their Night Balm is seriously a game changer. The reviews alone make me want it on my face right now – reviewers ranging from their 20s to 50s are in love with it’s ability to deeply hydrate, fade scars, and give a refreshed glow by morning.

Whether you’re dry and parched year round or you’re just looking for a little extra protection in the upcoming winter months, prickly pear is likely to become good friends with your skin.


Charlotte Smith is an esthetician licensed in Tennessee and Georgia. She’s married to a lumberjack version of Deadpool, is obsessed with huskies, is straight up in quarter-life crisis mode, and loves pretty much anything that could be considered creepy.

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