The prickly pear cacti have developed highly effective moisture-retention abilities and resistance to UV-A radiation, which are characteristics that are incredibly beneficial for our skin. Prickly Pear stem extract is made from extracts of the prickly pear fruit and stem, and has been found to be an effective ingredient for skin hydration, nourishment, and protection. Aqua Cacteen is being called the next generation Aloe Vera. This ultra refined aloe vera elixiris rich in antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins to protect, soothe, and moisturize the skin. It also protects against environmental stressors that we are bombarded with every day to firm and deeply hydrate the skin.Skin Benefits of Prickly Pear
So how does it work? Prickly Pear stem extract provides your skin with vitamins A, B, and C and vital nutrients like calcium, magnesium, and potassium. It also has a high concentration of piscidic acid which is a potent antioxidant that plays a role in UV protection. In clinical studies, it was found that adding Prickly Pear stem extract to skincare products enhanced the products ability to soothe, firm, and hydrate the skin. And, who can’t use more of that?
At Mikel Kristi, we believe in using innovative plant-based ingredients to deliver you anti-aging results that you’ll love. If you can have beautiful skin in the harsh desert climate, then you can have beautiful skin anywhere on earth. In our most recent formulation upgrades, Prickly Pear stem extract was added to our Bio Peptide Serum, Vital A Rejuvenating Serum, and Vital C Repair Serum, making these already amazing anti-aging products even better.
The Mikel Kristi line of products formulated with Prickly Pear stem extract include:
Bio Peptide Revitalizing Serum
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Hello beauties!! Let’s have a little skin care education today and talk about a popular ingredient many of my patients have been asking me about lately. It’s called niacinamide, pronounce (ni-ah-cin-ah-mide). It can be found in many foods such as meat, fish and milk, green vegetables and beans. But the real craze is its presence in lotions, creams, sunscreens and facial serums. It comes with a lot of tout and patients are all too excited to tell me they have purchased products with this ingredient, even if they don’t know just what properties this ingredient has! So, let’s discuss.
The truth about sunscreen!
Facts and Myths about one of the most important products you use should be using EVERYDAY!
There are some very popular truths and misconceptions about sunscreen. Let's clear some of those up today!!!
1. Sunscreen is not always necessary
Many people think sunscreen is only needed on very sunny days. If I can't see the sun, do I really need sunscreen?? The answer is yes. If you are outside, you are being exposed to UV rays. Wear that sunscreen. And don't forget about your body. The tops of your shoulders, arms, and chest need just as much sun protection as your face.
Safety & Sun Protection
Living in Arizona means that we are in the sun almost every day of the year, and summertime activities, vacations, picnics and pool parties mean we are in the sun even more. But regular exposure to the sun can wreak havoc on the skin, leading to unsightly brown spots, redness, broken capillaries, large pores, saggy skin, wrinkles and skin cancers. To prevent these changes, a broad-spectrum sunblock needs to be applied daily.