Prickly Pear Seed Oil
The illustrations in the pie chart to the left show that the prickly pear seed oil has a remarkably high content of vitamin E (Tocopherols) and Linoleic acid. Vitamin E is a super antioxidant that helps to repair and protect the skin against free radicals (molecules that cause damage to the collagen, the cement that holds the skin together, causing dryness and and wrinkled skin) providing exceptional skin hydration, cell regeneration and healing. Vitamin E is especially good for mature and/or drier skin types.
Linoleic acid plays a large part in the composition of prickly pear seed oil, an element that helps to fill out and plump the skin, smoothing fine lines and wrinkles and at the same time increasing firmness, also an element beneficial for mature or dry skin. It is a polyunsaturated fatty acid that forms part of the Omega 6 fatty acids. Deficiency of this can result in dryness in hair, loss of hair and poor healing of wounds. Linoleic acid is often used as an anti-inflammatory and the treatment of acne.
Argan oil is also well known for its healing, conditioning and repairing abilities, just the same as with the prickly pear seed oil but it is composed of a higher concentration of Oleic acid as you can see. Oils and moisturisers with higher values of oleic acid are slightly richer and heavier so have a tendency to be extra moisturising for your skin. They deliver much needed hydration and make for an effective night treatment.
Argan oil with its high concentration of oleic acid is often used in hair products because of its ability to tame frizz and boost shine as well as promoting healthy hair growth.
The palmitic acid and stearic acids present in both the prickly pear seed oil and the argan oil are very similiar.