Between coconut oil, charcoal and even snail slime, a number of curious elements go into skin care products. Every day, it seems, there’s something new hitting the market promising to clear up your blemishes and erase any sign of wear and tear on your skin.
Lately, that assurance is coming from cactus water, which makes perfect sense to me: Cacti somehow live in the depths of the desert where there isn’t a drop of water to be found -- they must be harboring some killer hydration and nutrients, right?
Right. Cactus water (and its oil) actually contains a higher dose of electrolytes and antioxidants than your average water base, which not only hydrates but provides a good amount of UV protection. The oil, likewise, has antibacterial properties, important for any skin care routine, and is rich in essential fatty acids (EFAs) that work to maintain our lipid barrier, effectively locking in moisture and aiding our skin’s elasticity.
Convinced? Consider these seven products your introduction into the world of cactus water skin care.