It’s harvest time in Arizona. It’s time to give prickly pear its moment in the sun, which is pretty easy in this desert life. This fierce superfood holds concentrated plant richness with amazing health benefits created by holding it down in the desert’s harsh environment. We harvest the juicy leaves from native cacti to create succulent selfcare for all.
Don’t squeeze a cactus!
They are gorgeous to look at, but you know better than to just grab a prickly pear cactus, right? If you’re curious about a prickly pear’s ripeness, watch the fruit color change from green to a solid red or yellow color. This is the most important indicator, and often only indicator, as to the fruit’s ripeness. If the fruit feels firm, it is another indicator that the fruits are fully ripe. Again…don’t squeeze a prickly pear while still thorny.
According to our friends at Arizona Cactus Ranch, harvesting prickly pears is best done in the late summer when the fruit has turned to a deep magenta color and has no green remaining. The peak season for prickly pears is late summer through early winter.
The Prickly Pear Glow
Prickly pear is great for all skin types and especially great to help hydrate, smooth and revitalize. The oil of prickly pear helps to address signs of aging and provides immediate skin-softening that finishes with a dewy glow.
Prickly pear contains the highest level of betalains in the world. What are betalains? These phytonutrients are found in rich colored fruits (like pomegranate) and have amazing anti-inflammatory properties that have been known to help promote skin elasticity and can help stimulate collagen production. If your skin is prone to skin conditions that cause redness or swelling, betalains can help alleviate these symptoms.
Is there such a thing as too much of a good thing in skincare?
Since prickly pear is a very alkaline ingredient, it does have to be formulated to work well with your skin’s barrier. Fortunately for you, the Cactus Crush pure body cream is a well-balanced formula. Your skin will get all the amazing antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits of prickly pear cactus plus other plant rich ingredients.
Desert-Derived + Sustainable
The desert harvested prickly pear we use is more sustainable than argan oil. We buy it from a local farm right here outside of Tucson, Arizona Cactus Farm, where they’re actually planting the cactus. Prickly pear cacti are also grown outdoors, so you’re getting all the benefits of the intense Arizona weather and in the concentrated nutrients it provides. No pesticides are used on this sustainable farm.
Can Prickly Pear Change Your Life?
We think it can. If you would like to try your first Prickly Pear offering, we have a recommendation:
Cactus Crush natural body cream for crepe skin. It is a synergistic blend of botanicals that target all the contributing causes of crepe skin to immediately reduce its appearance and help stop its long-term progression. Oh, and it smells good enough to eat!
We are obsessed with this best-selling vegan body cream, but don’t take our word for it. Here is a review from a customer in Santa Fe:
“Apparently my skin is thirsty, and nothing quenches quite like Cactus Crush! I didn’t know what crepe skin was when I bought it. It was the rich texture and fresh fragrance that did the trick. Now I realize that I feel better when my skin feels good. I love that I can have prickly pear cactus and hyaluronic acid in a body cream!”
Prickly Pear Is Good For Your Skin
We didn’t stop with just one skincare super star. Here are the other key ingredients that make Cactus Crush a fan favorite:
Botanical Hyaluronic Acid naturally helps draw moisture from the environment into the skin and to helps smooth out crepe texture. Studies have also shown that long term use can help build collagen.
Vitamin B5 – Regenerates skin and helps support skin structures to retain skin resilience and elasticity.
Organic Sugar Cane helps increase cellular turn over which makes crepe skin lines look less deep by gently removing the top outer layers of dead skin.
In addition to succulent self care, go ahead and introduce prickly pear in your life in different ways.
You’ve probably seen it in cocktails (hello, Prickly Pear Margarita) but take a shot of prickly pear juice straight or mix it into a smoothie! Juiceries sell drinks with prickly pear in them because the prickly pear borders on being a superfood. Smart venues like Topo Arizona sell delicious prickly pear soft serve because it tastes like a dream!
We’re so fortunate to have so many powerful and beautiful ingredients at our fingertips in Tucson. We invite you to add prickly pear into your routine! It’s so easy to crush hard on this desert beauty body cream. We know you will too.