Pretty Prickly: 4 Cactus-Inspired Beauty Products
Natural skin care ingredients can be found just about anywhere, and by anywhere we mean even the dry, barren desert. Known for its hostile living conditions for plants and lack of vegetation, the desert is probably not the first destination to come to mind in relation to beauty, but don’t discount it just yet. A must-have, antioxidant and vitamin-rich extract dwells in the brutal landscape and it’s giving similar formulas a run for their money (and not for nothing). Can you guess what it is?
Ding, ding ding! Cactus flower extract is correct. Derived from a thorny cactus, this do-good elixir is making heads turn largely due to its skin benefits like deep moisture. With bitter cold temperatures on the horizon, there’s no better time than now to stock up on moisture-boosting buys formulated with superstar ingredient. Below, cactus-inspired items you need this season to help keep parched skin at bay.
Kiehl’s Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist
Have skin that’s dull and flat? Breathe new life into your complexion with this cooling, refreshing face mist formulated with extracts of cactus flower and Tibetan ginseng! Each spritz can help hydrate skin, even under dry—read: desert-like dry—conditions. Throw it in your purse for an instant pick-me-up while on the go.
Kiehl’s Purifying Hand Treatment
Our hands do so much for us, don’t you think it’s only fair that we treat them to a little extra TLC from time to time? For hands that feel as smooth as a baby’s bottom, look no further than this purifying treatment boasting a formula infused with soothing plant extracts of cactus flower (duh) and Tibetan ginseng, as well as a blend of lavender, geranium, and rosemary essential oils. The result? All-day hydration and improved overall skin texture, even under low humidity conditions typical to airplanes. (Yes, it’s TSA-approved.)
The Body Shop Long Handled Cactus Body Brush
Dry skin isn’t going to exfoliate itself. Give it an extra hand by pairing this useful brusher—made with cactus fibers—with your favorite shower gel or soap. The long handle is great for use in hard-to-reach places like your lower back.
The Body Shop Cactus Scrub Mitt
Is an exfoliating mitt more up your alley? Take your sloughin’ to the next level and stimulate circulation with this mitt made with fibers that are handspun together from Mexican cacti.
Want even more skin care inspired by succulents? Check out our favorite products formulated with aloe vera!