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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

 

What is the definition of antioxydants?

How do they functions? What are they?

Free radicals

Free radicals are unstable compounds mainly formed of oxygen. They are generated during the normal functioning of the body, but their production can be increased by pollution, cigarette smoke or prolonged exposure to the sun, for example. Their chemical structure causes them to damage other atoms by “oxidizing” them. They are however more or less kept in check by the body’s natural antioxidants. However, certain factors can upset this balance. If free radicals exceed the body’s ability to neutralize them, they can contribute to the development of several diseases, including cardiovascular disease, certain types of cancer and other diseases associated with aging.

 

Before understanding the usefulness of antioxidants, we must know the role of free radicals in our body. Free radicals are unstable molecules that our body produces in small quantities through the oxygen we breathe.

 

Free radicals are very reactive. In small quantities, they participate in the fight against viruses and bacteria. In excess, they accelerate the deterioration of cells. Factors like air pollution, tobacco, aging and even sunlight favor their synthesis, this is called “oxidative stress”. As a result, we become vulnerable to many diseases such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, eye disease, cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. The most visible effect of an overproduction of free radicals is the aging of the skin.

 

Antioxidants come into action when the number of free radicals in our body is too high. Their job is to counter, decrease and inhibit the action of free radicals. Thus, the adoption of a diet rich in antioxidants helps to stay healthy and fight against the diseases mentioned above.

The foods richest in antioxidants are:

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  • Red fruits (blueberry, strawberry, raspberry, etc.)
  • Nuts (pecans, hazelnuts, etc.)
  • Citrus fruits (orange, grapefruit, lemon, etc.)
  • Green vegetables (spinach, artichoke, broccoli, etc.)

THE DIFFERENT TYPES OF ANTIOXIDANTS

There are many substances that can act as an antioxidant. The best known antioxidants are:

 

  • Vitamin E

It helps cells to regenerate. It’s a great anti-aging product.

 

  • Vitamin C

Vitamin C is a particularly powerful antioxidant to defend our immune system. It helps fight colds. It is also involved in the formation of collagen (gives elasticity and resistance to the skin).

 

  • Vitamin A

Vitamin A plays a decisive role in vision. It is also essential in bone growth, the conditioning of skin cells and the regulation of the immune system.

 

  • Selenium

Selenium activates the antioxidant enzyme in our body: glutathione peroxidase. Together with vitamin E, it protects cells against premature aging.

 

  • Zinc

Zinc promotes scarring of the skin. It also acts on the endocrine system, respiration, respiration and fitness.

 

  • Polyphenols

Polyphenols are flavonoids capable of protecting our body against cardiovascular disease.

All women whose skin begins to show signs of aging, from 45-50 years of age.

  • People who, from the age of 30, want to take preventive action to limit the impact of free radical attacks on a daily basis.
  • All those who are very exposed to pollution, who work outside, live in the sun, those who smoke …
  • Women aged 50 and over who wish to use a long-acting deep-acting anti-aging product without the risk of irritation
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The DEFINITIVE virtues of Vitamin C: INSIDE AND OUT

Vitamin C is found naturally in fruits such as cherries, strawberries and oranges.  It is not synthesized by the body (not found naturally) and we need to consume it.

The Vitamin C that we consume

This form is also called bioidentical. It is a synthetic vitamin C which is identical to the natural form: L-ascorbic acid. This synthetic acid is made from the fermentation of cereals (most often corn). It is therefore of natural origin. But we cannot say that it is a natural ascorbic acid since it comes from various transformations which we use in chemistry.

WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT ROLES OF VITAMIN C?

  • Reduced mental and physical fatigue
  • Good psychological functioning
  • Regeneration of the reduced form of vitamin E
  • The proper functioning of energy metabolism
  • The proper functioning of the immune system
  • The protection of cells against oxidative stress
  • The proper functioning of the nervous system
  • Normal collagen formation for the skin and for proper functioning of blood vessels, bones, cartilage, teeth and gums
  • The proper functioning of the immune system during and after intensive physical activity

In addition to the above mentioned:

Promotes good skin health

Vitamin C participates in the polymerization (synthesis) process of collagen fibers. Collagen is a protein that plays a vital role in the maintenance and regeneration of bone mass, tendons, ligaments, blood vessels and the skin.

It gives elasticity and resistance to the various organs and tissues of our body. Vitamin C therefore helps the body to form scar tissue and heal wounds.

High vitamin C intakes have also been shown to reduce the likelihood of wrinkles and dry skin

Increases the assimilation of iron and calcium

Vitamin C improves the absorption of iron. This property is important because iron is an absolutely essential mineral for the body which needs it for the production of hemoglobin and the regulation of cerebral and muscular functions. Adequate absorption of iron is therefore necessary to avoid anemia and fatigue.

Fights free radical damage

Vitamin C is one of many antioxidants that help protect the body from damage caused by harmful molecules called free radicals, as well as toxic chemicals like cigarette smoke.

Free radicals can build up in the body and contribute to the development of health problems such as cancer, heart disease or arthritis. Free radicals form when the body breaks down food or when it is exposed to smoke, tobacco, or radiation.

Improves physical performance

Some studies have shown that supplementing with vitamin C would increase physical performance and muscle strength, improve oxygen delivery during physical exercise, and reduce blood pressure.

 

 

WHAT ARE THE SIGNS OF DEFICIENCY IN VITAMIN C?

Vitamin C deficiency manifests itself in several ways in the body:

  • General fatigue
  • Lack of appetite and weight loss
  • weakened immune system (repeated infections, colds, flu)
  • Swollen and painful joints
  • Slow healing
HOW DO YOU PICK OUT A GOOD VITAMIN C?

There are different qualities on the market. More than 95% of world production comes from China, the rest from Scotland or the USA.

The quality criteria are as follows:

  • Purity: the manufacturing process must result in a 100% ascorbic acid product, that is to say 100% pure.
  • It must be dextrorotatory L-ascorbic acid, the only form which is in plants and which has a vitamin power.
  • Traces of solvents: the solvents used for its manufacture must be undetectable
  • Traces of toxic: pesticides and heavy metals from corn cultivation must also be undetectable in analyzes

 

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The Miracle actions of Vitamin C

Vitamin C has a lightening and antioxidant action it is used to prevent aging, reduce wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and spots. It promotes better healing of the epidermis and limits skin inflammation. As for the age spots, it reduces the oxidation linked to melanin. It is therefore acclaimed for its global action because it gives a boost to your skin for a good-looking effect in a few weeks.

Here is a great natural skin Brightening Mask DIY

In a small cup or bowl

1 Open and empty 10-12 capsules of 500 mg Vitamin C (powder capsules)

  1. Add spoonful of Collagen Powder
  2. Add 2 spoonful’s of Rose Water
  3. Add 3 -4 spoonful’s of lime juice

Mix together and apply under the eyes and all over face.

Leave on for fifteen minutes and rinse off.

Results are beautiful, fair looking skin