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!