OPUNTIA FICUS INDICA EXTRACT
To survive in a dry climate, the Opuntia ficus indica plant uses its “leaves” (cladodes) to save water. Under the prickly surface, cladodes contain a juicy, soft gel filled with mucilages and other polysaccharides that bind and preserve water molecules. In Portugal, farmers working in the fields know very well the properties of this natural gel and are used to place Opuntia cladodes to moisturize and protect the skin and wounds. OPUNTIA FICUS INDICA EXTRACT can be considered a vegetal origin of hyaluronic acid. OPUNTIA FICUS INDICA EXTRACT is an aqueous extract obtained from opuntia cladodes juice containing the natural blend of mucilages and fibers.
When applied topically, it produces a physical barrier on the skin, protects against environmental stressors, deeply moisturizes the skin and promotes skin repair processes.
WHAT IT DOES
OPUNTIA FICUS INDICA EXTRACT can be used to keep skin moisturized and promote cutaneous reparative processes. As reported in several testing studies, topical application of Opuntia polysaccharides has the power to increase skin hydration degree and the rate of skin regeneration by re-epithelialization of cutaneous lesions.(1)
HOW TO USE
OPUNTIA FICUS INDICA EXTRACT can be used to formulate several cosmetic products such as skin moisturizer, anti-aging, wound-healing products for face and body.
SKIN REPAIRING AND MOISTURIZING EFFECTS OF OPUNTIA EXTRACT – OPUNTIA FICUS INDICA EXTRACT
Mucilages contained in Opuntia cladodes are complex polysaccharides, composed of arabinose, galactose, rhamnose, xylose and galacturonic acid, which form molecular networks able to retain large amounts of water(2). Moreover, bioadhesive properties of Opuntia polysaccharides were recently underlined in scientific researches using a cell model(3). Hydrating and protecting effects of Opuntia extract have been proved by in vitro and in vivo models(1). Tests on keratinocyte cell line (Time Lapse Experiment) showed that extract of Opuntia can induce strong skin repair effects (wound-healing action), similar to hyaluronic acid. In volunteers, topical application of 2% extract of Opuntia formulation produced about 15% skin hydration increase after two weeks of treatment.
1. Opuntia ficus indica extract in skin hydration and repair
2. Manpreet K, et al., Pharmacological actions of Opuntia ficus indica: a Review. JAPS 02(07):15-18(2012).
3. Rizza L, et al., Caco-2 cell line as a model to evaluate mucoprotective properties. Int J Pharm 422(1-2):318-322(2012).