Cactus. What is it good for? Before you say ‘absolutely nothing’ we’d like to give you some facts about our prickly friend.
Cactus plants are packed with super-high levels of essential fatty acids, including vitamin E and flavonoids. This is what enables a cactus plant to retain all that moisture. Not only that, but this combination of vitamins and essential acids can also help to sooth irritations and nourishes skin when applied topically.
You will find cactus extract in many products these days, from shampoos that add hydration to dry hair, to face masks that calm down red and blotchy skin.
To show how diverse and adaptable cacti are, we’ve picked out our ten favourite cactus-infused products:
- Garnier Fructis with Active Fruit Protein Moisture Lock 10 in 1 Rescue Leave-In Spray with Cactus Extract – $5
If you have particularly dry hair or split ends then a quick spritz with this spray immediately adds shine and helps to strengthen weak hair follicles. For best results spray on damp hair.
For those who have to try and tame unruly or frizzy hair, this shampoo from R + Co might do the trick. By adding tons of hydration it calms down the frizz and gives you bouncy and shiny curls once again.
This skin gel contains a blend of amino acids and healing herbs that all help to sooth irritated and inflamed skin. Non-sticky, it nourishes the affected areas and also contains aloe vera, a natural product that is known to cool down skin that has been sun-burned.
If the shampoo we’ve suggested doesn’t calm your frizzy hair down then using it in combination with this conditioner should do the job. You leave it in after shampooing and your locks become silky, defined and lustrous.
A good product here that can help with the ageing process as powerful antioxidants improve the skin’s surface, adding hydration to reduce fine lines and wrinkles, whilst calming down blemishes on the skin.
A good primer here that guarantees your make-up will last all day, and all while you are benefiting from the skin-healing properties of prickly pear flower extract, which helps to add radiance and stop irritation.
For hair that is in dire need of super hydration, whether it’s due to over-colouring or excessive bleaching, this regenerating shampoo is high in antioxidants which add moisture and nourish hair follicles.
This is a super product that you just spray all over your face and is useful if you’ve spent the whole day out in the sun with no protection as it will calm skin down and sooth it immediately
A purifying mask here from Tata Harper that detoxes skin from pollutants, dirt and grease using prickly pear seed oil, white clay, and lactobacillus. This combination work together to unclog pores, cleanse, and hydrate skin.
An eye serum here that uses high quantities of vitamin E to add moisture to the dry areas under your eyes. Also contains linoleic acid, Vitamin A, and coffee bean extract which have known anti-ageing properties.