Optunia ficus-indica stem extract

A type of cactus also known as prickly pear whose stem is a bountiful source of antioxidant compounds known as polyphenols, many of which are excellent at visibly reducing signs of sensitised skin.

Optunia ficus-indica stem extract is non-fragrant. Along with being a great source of antioxidants, it also contains polyunsaturated fatty acids and amino acids which deliver replenishing and hydrating benefits to skin.

Like many plant-derived antioxidants, this one helps neutralize the damaging effects of airborne pollutants.

References for this information:Journal of the Science of Food and Agriculture, December 2017, pages 5,065-5,073
Pharmacognosy Magazine, October 2017, pages S424-S429
Environmental Science and Pollution Research International, November 2015, pages 17,799-17,809
Molecules, September 2014, pages 14,879-14,901

See amino acids

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