Is your skin thirsty? Hydrate it with succulent-fueled beautifiers.
There’s a reason that cute cactus on your desk can survive without much attention—its fleshy leaves are able to retain water, sustaining the plant in even the driest climates. That resilience makes succulent derived ingredients ideal for skin care. "Cactus extract contains high levels of antioxidants that calm inflammation, while its oils hydrate," explains Joshua Zeichner, MD, director of cosmetic and clinical research in dermatology at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Try these products for optimal hydration this summer.
Pacifica Cactus Water Micellar Cleansing Tonic
Like other micellar waters, this one draws out dirt and oil from the pores. But thanks to cactus water, it’s also super hydrating. Use it to remove makeup—no rinsing required!
Pur Blue Agave Mask
The all-star trio of agave extract, green tea, and ginseng in this electric blue peel off mask leaves skin looking plump and brighter after only 15 minutes.
Honest Hazel Eye Gels
These cooling gels perk up delicate undereye skin, helping to de-puff and brighten. Meanwhile, collagen sourced from cacti packs a powerful anti-aging punch.
Mychelle Hydrating Cactus Mask
Reach for this mask when your skin needs a boost of hydration. Prickly pear and blue agave extract reduce redness and restore moisture back into dehydrated skin.
Kiehl's Cactus Flower & Tibetan Ginseng Hydrating Mist
A light mist that's perfect post-workout or during a flight. Cactus flower helps restore water loss in the skin, while ginseng promotes skin cell turnover.