From prickly pear pads, a milestone for nutritional and nutraceutical industry - dried and powdered product

Moisturizes and soothes the skin

Dried powder from the cladodes of Opuntia ficus indica is the indispensable ingredient for formulating natural products to help the physiological processes of the skin while respecting its structure. In fact, cladodes are very rich in mucilage and pectins which have an emollient, moisturizing and soothing effect, just like the more famous aloe.

For creams and other products

Scientific studies* show that the sugars contained in the mucilages from the inner part of cladodes possess not only a distinct moisturizing function but also remarkable antioxidant properties, which fight free radicals and oxidative stress in the skin caused by long-term sun exposure. One of the main applications of these mucilages is to hydrate the skin, especially after extensive exposure to the sun.

Versatile and easy to use

The powder formulation, the delicate fragrance (slightly close to tea) and neutral color make it easy to use in any cosmetic-type preparation and make it an ideal base for everything from creams to gels.

* Opuntia ficus indica nella nutri cosmetica Luana Perioli, Valentina Vergoni Dip.di Chimica e Tecnologia del Farmaco, Università degli Studi di Perugia

* Antioxidant properties and chemical characterization of Spanish Opuntia ficus-indica Mill. cladodes and fruits by Lucía Andreu,Nallely Nuncio-Jáuregui,Ángel A Carbonell-Barrachina,Pilar Legua,Francisca Hernández, Journal of the science of food and agriculture.