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Origins of the prickly pear and, why it is such a powerful Pro-aging ingredient

It has 3 times more antioxidant power than Argan oil!

The prickly pear is an oval fruit containing multiple seeds.

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Its weight can vary from 50 to 400 g and its color is red, yellow, white or green, depending on its geographical area. The number of seeds is much greater than in most fruits because it can contain 300 seeds per 160 g. (5) This fruit arises from the prickly pear from its botanical name Opuntia ficus-indica.

It is native to Mexico but is strongly present in North and South Africa, as well as in the Mediterranean region (Italy, Sardinia, Spain, Corsica …) You will understand, this tree loves heat.

Cosmetic benefits of prickly pear oil For  the face

Prickly pear oil is mainly demanded and appreciated for its dermo-cosmetic properties. Indeed, its composition gives it multiple attributes that sublimate the epidermis and blur the signs of aging. It is the seeds contained in the prickly pear that present an incredible richness.

 

  1. Anti-aging:

For comparison, prickly pear oil contains 100 mg of vitamin E per 100 g (compared to 60 mg for Argan oil) and 1000 mg of sterols (compared to 130 mg for Argan). Vitamin E and sterols are natural antioxidants which neutralize the action of free radicals resulting in aging of the skin. In addition to protecting cells from precipitated oxidation, sterols hydrate and promote hydro-lipid retention in the skin.

All of its virtues slow the appearance of wrinkles and the signs of aging on the skin.

  1. Softening: Prickly pear seed oil contains palmitic acid which helps to hydrate and protect the skin to make it softer. By providing it with all the elements it needs, the skin is softened for a long time.
  2. Protects and strengthens: a sip of linoleic acid also called Omega 6 (62%), this prodigious oil strengthens and solidifies the skin barrier and helps fight various skin infections such as eczema or psoriasis. This active principle is essential for our organism which cannot synthesize it itself. It is therefore through external input that we must provide the skin with this essential nutrient. Prickly pear oil is perfect for this.
  3. Revitalizes: ideal for dull and lifeless complexions, its unsaturated fatty acids restructure and nourish to give tone and radiance.

 

 

Prickly Pear is the richest oil in anti-wrinkle properties due to its linoleic acid and oleic acid content. These two essential fatty acids regenerate cells, provide hydration and firmness to the skin and delay the appearance of wrinkles.

It protects the skin against free radicals, fights against aging and maintains optimal hydration of the skin. Rich in sterols and omega-3 and 6, prickly pear seed oil moisturizes dry skin and hair and regulates the sebum of oily skin.

– Prickly pear seed oil has an effective action to erase scars and stretch marks. It reduces lesions due to eczema and traces of acne pimples. In addition, it unifies the complexion, erases age spots and dark circles by activating the local microcirculation.

It is ideal for nourishing and hydrating young and mature skin. In addition, it refines the skin texture and tightens dilated pores

 

HOW POLLUTION ATTACKS THE SKIN, and how anti-pollution skincare can help

There are many sources of pollution.

  1. There is indoor pollution such as charcoal from firewood, paint, stains.
  2. Outdoor pollution such as air pollutants (particles, gas, ozone, sulfur dioxide), industrial pollutants, tobacco. In general, all of this creates oxidative stress. “Cells have a hard time getting rid of free radicals. This slows down their repair mechanisms. Concretely, this gives tired, dehydrated and dull skin. Some skin problems are exacerbated like skin spots, acne, skin diseases, sensitivity

 

 

  1. Environmental stress & daily aggressions

Today, climate change and the precarious environment that we face impose new challenges on our skin. It becomes all the more important every day, as external aggressions increase: extreme climatic conditions, unforeseen change of environment, increase in temperatures, pollution of urban and even rural areas, natural or technological light radiation, cigarette smoke

 

  1. Physical (ultraviolet irradiation). These pollutants act alone or in combination with each other on human health, their composition differs widely considered the seasons and regions.

 

 

What are anti-pollution cosmetics?

In recent years, the demand for anti-pollution cosmetics has increased sharply. These are generally cosmetics that contain active ingredients such as plant extracts, vitamins or antioxidant complexes. These are active ingredients capable of creating a barrier between the skin and external pollutants, thus preventing them from interacting and penetrating the skin more deeply.

 

 

Our skin acts as a protective barrier thanks to “shield cells”, but the ozone alters this natural barrier by oxidizing the lipids in the skin and fine particles infiltrate our cells.

Faced with its repeated attacks, they activate their defense system and exhaust themselves in this fight, leading to deficiencies in vitamin E and C, the main antioxidants in the skin.

It is an oxidative cascade: the collagen is degraded, so the wrinkles grow;

pores are enlarged and the production of sebum stimulated, which increases the number of pimples.

Skin barrier becomes imbalanced and reacts with patches of eczema.

Skin shines on the surface but suffers from dehydration

 

Here is How to counteract pollution attack on your skin

  1. An anti-dull complexion cleansing

Proper daily cleaning is the first step to avoiding the harmful effects of pollution. A very gentle ritual to remove unwanted particles: “The most important thing is not to alter the hydrolipidic film which protects our skin with overly aggressive products.  Replace the vitamin E deficiency with Morganna’s Prickly Pear cleansing oil

  1. In dept cleansing with mask

Once a week, and to deeply purify your epidermis, it is highly recommended to make a remineralizing and purifying clay mask.

Green, white, pink or yellow clay, choose carefully the clay that best suits your skin type.

1 / To make your mask, mix a little clay with water until you form a smooth and homogeneous paste, or use a ready-to-use mask.

2 / Then apply in a generous layer on the entire face and leave on for ten minutes.

3 / Your mask must not dry to be effective. Remember to re-moisten it if necessary with a little floral water, then rinse with clear water.

  1. Put on a cream or gel with a protective shield. The skin is a protective barrier but it sometimes needs a boost in the face of the aggressions of urban pollutants. Cosmetic innovations incorporate complex active ingredients that do not deplete the antioxidant reserves of cells. They also form a film (non-occlusive to let the skin breathe) preventing fine particles from reaching the skin.

Morganna’s Korean Orchid SC: The virtues of Edelweiss The “glacier flower” owes its multiple benefits to the extreme conditions of its natural environment. To fight against the cold, the wind and other external aggressions, this flower contains free radical scavengers, which fight against the aging of skin cells.

Morganna’s Radiant skin (STEP2) with White horeround to protect from urban pollution : http://https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVcgIsKlYxg&t=112shttps://www.morgannasalchemy.com/product/radiant-skin/

  1. Inside purer atmosphere: The air we breathe is 10 times more polluted: “It’s domestic pollution. Formaldehydes (a gas released from synthetic materials, furnishings or cleaning products) released by furniture, combustion and heating products, scented candles, pollute our homes. Without forgetting tobacco, household products, paints or DIY products, animal hair, humidity … the list goes on. This may seem obvious, but to dilute the pollution, open the windows at least 10 minutes a day in each room!

 

  1. Protecting your skin against pollution also involves targeting your diet: prefer products rich in vitamin C (parsley, kiwi, pepper, red fruits, broccoli, etc.) and vitamin E (wheat germ oil, fish fat, sunflower seeds, …). Certain food supplements can also help you. Thus protected, the skin is armed to fight against external aggressions and the effects of pollution.