You may or may not know that argan oil and the oil taken from the seeds of the prickly pear fruit actually consist of exactly the same vitamins, fatty acids and antioxidants. What then makes them different? As you can see from the diagrams below, prickly pear seed oil contains a lot more linoleic acid and vitamin E in comparison.
Linoleic acid is an essential fatty acid that occurs naturally in the body. It is part of the omega 6 group of fatty acids and is responsible in maintaining the good health of the skin barrier, the front line of protection to keep toxic chemicals out of the body. Linoleic acid also keeps the skin water resistant as it seals in moisture and essential nutrients, lubricating it which in turn helps to prevent water evaporation. A shortage of linoleic acid in the body can cause hair loss and dryness as well as poor repair of injuries. (Source) This all important nutrient is an effective anti-inflammatory, and is known for lessening the occurrences of dermatitis as well as treating acne prone skin that has been found to be deficient in linoleic acid.
The Vitamin E content of prickly pear seed oil is also a lot higher per Kg in comparison to that of argan oil. It is a key ingredient used in moisturisers and anti-aging creams throughout the beauty industry due to the fact that it is an effective antioxidant that helps to prevent external influences that damage the skin cells known as free radicals. These free radicals can bring about wrinkles, age spots and other signs of aging.
Many businesses in the beauty industry have now turned their heads towards this power packed oil that is set to rival even the world renowned argan oil. No doubt, we can expect to see prickly pear seed oil on UK shelves in the near future.
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