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Succulents are a hot trend right now. Not only are they taking over home décor idea boards on Pinterest, but you’re also likely to see at least one item in every shop you visit with a succulent design on it (like this adorable succulent mug). Succulents have even inspired hair colors, manicures, and now, skincare routines.
Succulents target inflammatory, circulatory, oxidant, and ultraviolet aggressors.
Succulents have actually played a role in skin care for years. Aloe vera, for example, the gel obtained from aloe plants, is a popular remedy for sunburn and other skin irritations. Aloe is known to calm sensitive skin and reduce inflammation. Dr. Craig Kaffert, board-certified dermatologist and president of Amarte Skin Care, told The Fashion Spot that succulents grow in warm, dry regions (such as cacti in the desert) and therefore are built to survive extreme conditions by storing water. Naturally, then, these plants are perfect for use as moisturizing ingredients in skincare products.
Kraffert also explained that succulents are adaptogens, which means they are a type of plant that can stabilize processes in the body. Succulents can reduce body stressors and optimize physiologic functions. As adaptogens, succulents target inflammatory, circulatory, oxidant, and ultraviolet aggressors, as well as improve the texture of skin, when regularly used topically.
Prickly pear cactus and portulaca oleracea extract, also known as purslane extraxt, are also often found in skincare products. Extracts from the leaves and seeds of prickly pear succulents contain antioxidant vitamin E, which shields the skin from environmental aggressors like pollution, according to Stylist. The extract has also been known to have anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. Purslane extract also has anti-fungal and anti-microbial properties as well as pain-relieving properties. Is there anything succulents can’t do for us?
Other wonder-ingredients found in succulents include blue agave, which treats acne, blackheads, and wrinkles; yucca, which prevents hair loss and soothes wounds and redness; and the cactus flower, which prevents signs of aging and maintains the skin’s natural moisture.
If you’re interested in working succulent extracts into your skincare routine, there are a few cactus-based brands such as Pacifica, KINDri, Glycelene, KYPRIS Beauty, and Puristry. These brands are vegan and cruelty-free, and they have a ton of products to protect, hydrate, and plump your skin!
Succulents can reduce body stressors and optimize physiologic functions.
— Dr. Craig Kraffert