Ingredient Spotlight: Prickly Pear Extract

August 19, 2019 3 min read

Ingredient Spotlight:  Prickly Pear Extract - Mikel Kristi

Plant-based Ingredients In Skincare: 

Plant based skincare ingredients are nothing new. They’ve been used for centuries to care for our skin and bodies. Since plants cannot move away from danger, they adapt and  develop unique qualities to ensure their survival. Many of the most effective skincare ingredients come from plants that have evolved to survive in the harshest of environmental circumstances. The desert is one such unrelenting  climate, with its arid soil, low humidity, high UV radiation, and intense heat, cacti have become hearty, resilient plants. The Opuntia Ficus-Indica Cactus, or Prickly Pear Cactus, provides us with one of our newest Mikel Kristi ingredients, Opuntia Ficus-Indica (Prickly Pear) Stem Extract. Living in Tucson, we’re surrounded by these adaptive cacti and have seen first hand the resilience of these powerful plants. What better ingredients to use to care for our skin than one that can defend against a myriad of environmental stressors.

Why Prickly Pear for Skincare?

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?

Mikel Kristi Skincare Formulations Using Prickly Pear Cactus Extract

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

  • Ethically sourced, cruelty free, clinically validated, fragrance free.
  • A potent anti-aging cocktail formulated with ingredients your skin will fall in love with!
  • Targets uneven skin tone, dullness, textural irregularities, and fine lines. 

Vital A Rejuvenating Serum 

  • This ultra transformative serum is a synergistic blend of Vitamin A, Niacinamide, and our proprietary skin brightening compound. Rejuvenate the look and feel of your complexion. 
  • Ethically sourced, cruelty free, clinically validated, fragrance free.

Vital C Repair Serum 

  • This ultra transformative serum is a synergistic blend of Vitamin A, Niacinamide, and our proprietary skin brightening compound. Rejuvenate the look and feel of your complexion. 
  • Ethically sourced, cruelty free, clinically validated, fragrance free.

Core Collection

  • 5 products including:
    • Refreshing Botanical Wash 60ml
    • Lavender Hibiscus Toner 60ml
    • Bio Peptide Revitalizing Serum 30ml
    • Vital A Rejuvenating Serum 30ml
    • C Radiance Moisturizer 30ml
  • Our Core Collection provides everything you need to achieve balanced, healthy , beautiful skin. For skin to function optimally there are specific core needs that must be met, no matter what your skin condition. These are; 
    • Exfoliation 
    • Protection 
    • Restoration 
  • Ethically sourced, cruelty free, clinically validated, fragrance free.
Christy Hall
Christy Hall


1 Response

Mary Anna Copp
Mary Anna Copp

August 31, 2019

Use your products every day. I enjoy reading the new updates keeping me informed and educated on good shin care and health.

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