The genius behind Puristry is our focus on specific star ingredients, to highlight their many skin benefits. That’s why chemist and founder Susie Wang formulated our Nopal Cactus Cleanser with a whopping 70% of pure nopal cactus. We couldn’t help but focus our attentions on this unique desert superstar, to create a visually gorgeous cleanser with potent results.
Benefits of Nopal Cactus in Our Organic Cleanser
We created this organic facial cleanser to be safe and gentle enough for everyone to use. It has the ability to calm inflammation, making it perfect for acne prone and sensitive skin. Nopal is also super high in antioxidants and phytochemicals. These battle free radicals and environmental pollutants, which can attack cells and cause premature signs of aging, wrinkles, dark spots, and even cancer.
The nopal cactus may be one of the most betalain rich plants in existence; betalains are the pigments that make the nopal cactus fruits the bright red color they are. Betalains contain a high amount of antioxidants, and are found in only a few fruits and vegetables around the world. Some other plants that contain Betalains are beets, swiss chard, and bougainvillea flowers.
How to Use Nopal Cactus Organic Cleanser
Using a hydrating organic facial cleanser is beneficial for any skin type. Because fatty acid and electrolyte rich nopal cactus retains tons of water in your skin, it’s best to use this cleanser every day. With its gentle and effective foaming action, you can use Nopal Cactus Cleanser to remove face makeup or cleanse bare skin. To increase hydrating benefits, follow with another hydrating element like our Flower Water Toner. To lock in the water from your cleanser (and toner), it’s important to end your routine with an emollient facial oil or moisturizer.
Vitamins and Nutrients Found in Nopal Cactus
Vitamin A: Offers superb anti-aging, antioxidant, and moisturizing capabilities. Accelerates cellular renewal and stimulates fibroblast and collagen in the skin, thereby reducing appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
Vitamin C: Helps to stimulate cell turnover, increase elasticity, and brighten the skin. May also help reduce appearance of fine lines and wrinkles and boost collagen production.
Vitamin K: Plays a key role in maintaining skin elasticity and helping to prevent signs of scarring in skin tissue.
Vitamin B6: Excess oil is well known as one of the main culprits that cause acne. Vitamin K helps to prevent acne by reducing and regulating excess sebum (oil) production.
Riboflavin: Aids in tissue repair, key for retaining moisture in skin, and helps to protect skin from eczema and dermat
Phytochemicals: Contain potent natural antioxidants that fight oxygenated molecules, aka free radicals.
Polysaccharides: These are what help the skin to absorb and retain hydration in skin. Often times we lose hydration in our skin from being dehydrated or exposed to the elements for too long, but adding polysaccharides to the skin can help to prevent this hydration loss. Polysaccharides can prevent signs of aging by keeping the skin supple and soft, and are able to help with renewal and repair of the skin.
Health Benefits of Nopal Cactus
This high fiber fruit and vegetable hybrid can help to lower bad cholesterol, and its high water content makes it a hydrating, healthy food with a high nutrient content and low caloric value. Nopal cactus has over 200mg of potassium and only 5mg of sodium, making it a great snack option for those seeking to lower blood pressure with a high potassium, low sodium diet. This healthy snack has also been linked to lowering blood glucose levels, and is packed with amino acids, carbohydrates, beta carotene, and even protein.
Nopal Cactus grows in the U.S., Mexico, South America, and as far as the Mediterranean region and Australia. These plants thrive in dry, warm climates.
Historically, nopal has identified with many uses. Its anti-inflammatory properties were utilized to help heal cuts, bruises, burns, and insect bites. To relieve congestion, the thorns of the cactus would be removed, the pads cut off and heated, then placed against the chest for relief. In Mexico, it was discovered that nopal could be used to make a bright, waterproof paint, which farmers painted along the borders of their properties to keep out predators and mark property lines with neighbors.
The fruit of the nopal cactus can even be eaten, after it’s been prepared properly. Don’t forget to remove the thorns! Try dicing up a few pieces and tossing into your favorite pico de gallo salsa recipe, and pair with chips and nopal cactus water or nopal cactus lemonade (perfect for summer).
With its skin-beneficial properties, rich history, and endless nutritional uses, we believe that nopal cactus is truly a wonder plant!