Both prickly pear oil and argan are a great way to preserve the water content in our skin. Not only will they help to seal in moisture but they will also infuse the skin with precious vitamin E as well as essential fatty acids. Both of these Moroccan oils contain the same valuable elements that provide great benefit not only to the skin but to hair also. Our body loses moisture in a number of different ways and this water loss can cause skin to look and feel dull and dried out.
Water Content In Skin
The skin consists of approximately 64% water, depending on age and gender. It is the largest organ of the body and is made up of varied skin cell layers. Water is important in the skin for many reasons as it is an essential nutrient for the survival of every cell and behaves first as a building material aiding the repair, maintenance and replacement of cells. As we age, the normal functions within the skin become less efficient and water content decreases leaving our skin cells more dull, dry and wrinkled.
Glycosaminoglycans are a group of carbohydrates found naturally in the body. These glycosaminoglycans are responsible for preserving and supporting collagen and elastin in the skin, helping also with maintaining moisture. These carbohydrates help to plump up and fill skin cells when they combine with water and are reliant on liquid taken in through the body whether consumed or otherwise. Also, as we age, they become less efficient and don't absorb water so well. The gradual decline in water within the cells results in skin that not only becomes more dull and dry, but also it starts to form fine lines and wrinkles over time. This situation is added to by the fact that the glands that secrete oil to the surface of the skin, shrink, leaving it without a protective film of oil that would otherwise seal in moisture.
Apart from the gradual decline of moisture with aging, there are many other reasons by which water can be lost through the skin, such as sweating, sun exposure and alcohol intake but we can help to preserve it to keep our skin looking its best.
Help Is At Hand!
Opuntia Moroccan Oils are considered to be dry oils and are a fantastic way to keep skin looking and feeling soft and supple without leaving it greasy. The fruits from which they are derived are 100% organic and cold pressed which means they haven't been subject to harsh chemical fertilizers during the growth period nor stripped of valuable nutrients during extraction. No perfumes or additives are contained in our oils so you can expect a completely natural product.
To find out more about Organic Moroccan Oils from The Opuntia Company, follow the links below.
Moroccan prickly pear seed oil - Contains a high amount of linoleic acid that is great for skin softening as well as a high level of vitamin E (895mg per Kg) Moroccan argan oil - World renowned beauty oil, rich in fatty acids and vitamin E (620mg per Kg)