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Turn Prickly Skin Into a Smooth Canvas with Cactus

These desert plants are obviously really good at retaining moisture
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It's no secret that cacti are trendy, but did you know the photogenic desert plant can work wonders on your skin and not just your Insta account? Whether we're talking agave, nopal cactus or prickly pear, cactus is rich in vitamins and minerals and helps to reduce inflammation, boost hydration and protect your skin from the elements. This roundup of products features the cactus in its many varieties. Consider adding one or two to your own regimen and notice how quickly you can turn prickly skin into a smooth canvas.

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No bathroom is complete without a bottle of micellar water, which gently removes dirt, grime and makeup with an easy swipe of a cotton pad. Pacifica's Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic combines micellar water with cactus water for a super refreshing, effective wipe down.

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Berbere fig is another name for prickly pear, the bright pink fruit that grows atop the iconic paddle cactus. Shea Terra Organics sells a 1-oz. bottle of pure, 100% cold-pressed prickly pear seed oil, which isn't exactly easy to come by. You can apply the oil straight to your skin, add a drop to your foundation or mix it with other oils to create a personalized blend.

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Huxley is a K-Beauty skin care line that utilizes ingredients from the desert in all its products. It just launched a trio of face masks that can be used alone or together, and one of our faves from the trifecta is the Sweet Therapy Scrub Mask. It gently exfoliates via sugar and walnut shell powder while simultaneously infusing a heaping dose of moisture via cactus extract and prickly pear seed oil.

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Few things as satisfying as slathering on a thick, nutrient dense, velvety leave-on mask, which is exactly what Herbivore's Moon Fruit Superfruit Night Treatment is. This creamy blue mask is formulated with prickly pear, goji and red raspberry to impart antioxidants, fruit enzymes to gently resurface, indigo root to soothe and kokum and shea butter to lock in moisture.

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