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by Team Puristry July 27, 2017

Find out what makes this multi-use desert plant a true skin care gem

Puristry focuses on specific, star ingredients in order to highlight their many skin benefits, which is why our Nopal Cactus Cleanser consists of 70% pure nopal cactus. Read on to discover the multitude of other reasons why we couldn’t help but focus our attentions on this unique desert superstar, to create a visually gorgeous cleanser with potent results.

Nopal Cleanser

Uses and Benefits of Nopal Cactus

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 that fight those pesky free radicals which can attack cells to 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.

Vitamins and Nutrients Found in Nopal Cactus:

Vitamin A: Offers superb anti-aging, antioxidant, and moisturizing capabilities. It accelerates cell 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. It 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 dermatitis.

Phytochemicals:Contains 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.

Tidbits and Nutritional Benefits For Our Favorite Desert Flora

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 of course; 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).

Want to try an easy, delicious vegan recipe for summer that uses nopal cactus? Try our recipe below (pairs perfectly with nopal cactus pico de gallo and nopal lemonade)!

With its skin-beneficial properties, rich history, and endless nutritional uses, we believe that nopal cactus is truly a wonder plant! -

Vegan Nopales Street Tacos

Ingredients

  • 3 nopal cactus/ prickly pear pads (de-thorned, washed, and trimmed ⅛ in around edges)
  • 8 corn tortillas
  • 2 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small white onion, diced
  • Fresh, diced jalapeno to taste (optional)
  • ½ cup fresh chopped cilantro
  • Juice of 2 limes
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Organic canola or grapeseed oil

Directions:

Chop cilantro, then dice tomatoes, small white onion, and jalapeno; separate into small bowls. Halve, then quarter limes.

Heat skillet over medium-high heat with tablespoon of oil. Take de-thorned, washed, and trimmed cactus pads and place flat into skillet, cooking for 3-4 minutes each side or until pale green and lightly browned. Remove from heat. Cut into ½ inch strips, and place into medium bowl; toss with pinch of salt and pepper to taste.

In preheated oven, warm tortillas directly on rack until light, golden brown; oven times may vary, so careful not to overcook! Remove tortillas and lay cactus strips down first, followed by tomato, onion, and jalapeno. Dress with fresh cilantro, then drizzle with fresh squeezed lime. For a vegetarian version, finish with crumbled cotija cheese. Enjoy!

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