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4 Reasons Prickly Pear is the Best for Hydrating Your Skin and Body

4 Reasons Prickly Pear is the Best for Hydrating Your Skin and Body

TODAY IS NATIONAL SKINCARE EDUCATION DAY and it's a hot one. That's why prickly pear (cactus flower) is the PERFECT way to celebrate because it's the best natural source for helping hydrate both your skin and body.  

National Skincare Education Day logo

Hear Me Raw uses vitamin-, nutrient- and antioxidant-rich prickly pear in The Hydrator Ultra Nourishing Moisturizer because nothing retains water better than a cactus. And it's MUCH better than moisturizers derived from crude oil like mineral oil, petrolatum, PEG's (polyethylene glycol), and others that have no nutritional benefits at all and simply form a barrier on your skin. (Note: A key part of Hear Me Raw is our highly sustainable packaging with reusable glass jars and lids and recyclable refill pod. See below.)

Hear Me Raw The Hydrator Jars and Refill Pod


What is Prickly Pear?

Prickly pear, also known as Opuntia is a super-fruit flowering from the cactus plant. Bright pink, orange, purple, or yellow in color, the prickly pear grows on the edges of the cactus plant and can reach up to 7 meters in size. The plant’s home is found all over the world– in Mexico, the Caribbean, along the Lebanese coast,  and a large variety of the Southwestern United States. 

Cactus with prickly pear

How does the cactus plant survive the hot and dry conditions of the desert? Cacti are so supreme at retaining water that some species of cactus can go two years without water. The prickly pear is strong and has what it needs from the inside. We as humans should be taking note from this intelligent plant as we face the harsh conditions that everyday life brings us. The cactus is invincible in tough conditions and we want to be too, so here’s a little more information on what this powerful plant can do.

Red and Yellow Prickly Pears

4 Reasons Prickly Pear is So Good for Your Skin and Body

This super-fruit works wonders for all skin types, from acne-prone to wrinkled. It's packed with hydration and essential vitamins that help repair and rejuvenate dry, damaged skin while keeping those pesky signs of aging at bay. Prickly pear is packed with natural antioxidants and electrolytes like vitamin C, magnesium, and potassium– all of which support our body’s immune system. So, getting down deep, here are the 4 reasons:

 Prickly Pear Infographic

1. The Anti-Aging Benefits of Prickly Pear

It's packed with hydration and essential vitamins that help repair and rejuvenate dry, damaged skin, while keeping those pesky signs of aging at bay. Prepare for a youthful and radiant glow, thanks to prickly pear's electrolytes and antioxidants.

2. How Prickly Pear Can Help Heal Dry and Damaged Skin

Dry, damaged skin? Prickly pear to the rescue! This incredible super-fruit brings much-needed healing and hydration to your skin. With its magical mix of moisture and essential nutrients, it restores balance and bids farewell to dryness. Get ready to embrace a healthier, nourished complexion with the help of prickly pear's transformative powers.

3. From Acne to Wrinkles

Looking for a skin hero that does it all? Look no further than prickly pear! This versatile super-fruit caters to all skin types, tackling everything from pesky acne to stubborn wrinkles. With its hydrating properties and essential vitamins, prickly pear becomes your skin's ultimate ally. Say hello to clearer, smoother skin and wave goodbye to those unwanted signs of aging, all thanks to the incredible benefits of prickly pear.

4. Prickly Pear and Sun Protection: How it Can Help Keep Your Skin Safe from UV Damage

Worried about sun damage? Let prickly pear come to the rescue! This sun-loving super-fruit is rich in antioxidants, making it your skin's natural defense against harmful UV rays. Say goodbye to sun damage and hello to healthy, protected skin. Keep your collagen levels up and revel in a resilient, shielded complexion with the help of prickly pear.

How to Incorporate Prickly Pear into Your Skincare Routine 

Fortunately, there are incredible ways to incorporate this natural hydrating plant into your skincare. The fruit can be eaten raw or made into a  puree for smoothies and refreshments and is known for its impressive hydrating compounds for the body and skin.

Hydration from the outside: Prickly Pear Skincare

HEAR ME RAW's The Hydrator with Prickly Pear+ Ultra-Nourishing Moisturizer uses the succulent tissue and the root system of prickly pear and adds to it a panoply of other amazing hydrating and moisturizing ingredients like Mexican poppy stem cells, maqui berry, coconut water, cucumber, and watermelon oil to give your skin a radiant and healthy glow. With a light feel and fragrance coming from these wonderful ingredients, it's vegan, gluten-free, petroleum-free, paraben-free, phthalate-free, and cruelty-free.
Prickly pear and other amazing natural ingredients in Hear Me Raw The Hydrator
This natural product is dermatologist-tested and safe for sensitive skin. HEAR ME RAW’s The Hydrator can be used as a day or night cream or as an overnight mask by applying a thick layer on before bed, only to wake up with your skin enriched with hydration. It's available in jars, refill pods, and travel sizes and you can find them all on our website here.

Hydration from the inside: Prickly Pear Beverages

By drinking Pricklee Cactus Water beverages, which come in three super refreshing and delicious flavors– Original Prickly Pear, Tropical Mango + Ginger, and Wild Strawberry + Hibiscus, these refreshments contain all of the electrolytes and antioxidants needed to replenish your system.

Pricklee Cactus Water
Great as a daily refreshment or after a good workout, with Pricklee Cactus Water, we can regain energy and refill on those electrolytes our bodies lose on its own within a day.  You can find Pricklee beverages at your local grocer or here on their website!

The Benefits of Pairing the Two for Maximum Hydration

Pairing these two invigorating products together will ensure the most hydration out of your skincare routine. Our body’s make up is about 70% water and when losing that hydration within our day, it certainly needs to be restored.

Pricklee’s Cactus Water is more natural and contains less sugar than your Coconut Water which has been the media’s go-to hydration drink for a while now. These all-natural products, Pricklee Cactus Water and HEAR ME RAW’s The Hydrator are what’s going to make sure that you have the natural and immediate care your body needs for its full supply of nutrients that are being lost in your everyday active lives.

Frequently Asked Questions About Prickly Pear Skincare Products and Hydration

Q: How do I drink Pricklee Cactus Water best?

A: The possibilities are endless! It’s super refreshing on its own– I personally love to have Pricklee as a non-alcoholic beverage option for my guests– it’s like offering a lemonade but with WAY more benefits to one’s body.

It’s super satisfying on its own with its delicious taste and detoxifying properties, but can also be easily added to a smoothie, or to counter my initial non-alcoholic offer, it can even be added to your favorite cocktail as a healthy mixer. Pricklee has hang-over preventatives within its make up (those electrolytes will save us sometimes!) and can be a delightful addition to many a cocktail concoction of your own.

Q: Where can I find Pricklee Cactus Water beverages?

A: Pricklee Cactus Water is picking up its market within stores! You can find the revitalizing beverage at ShopRrite, Sprouts Farmer’s Market, and more! You can order Pricklee Cactus Water beverages here online as well. 

Q: Are there other products to pair with Hear Me Raw’s Hydrator?

A: Yes! The Hydrator is the perfect follow up to The Brightener with Chlorophyll+ Oxygenating Rinse Off Mask, The Clarifier with French Green Clay+ Oil-controlling Rub-Off Mask, and The Detoxifier with  Charcoal + Purifying Rub-Off Mask. And if you want to sample all of them, you can buy HEAR ME RAW’s The Fab Four Bento Box which gives you a variety of each. These all come in travel sizes as well for those quick trips where you still want to keep your skin in check.

Q: How do I know which mask of HEAR ME RAW’s products will suit me best?

A: Take the Quiz! On HEAR ME RAW’s website, this quiz will ask you questions specific to your own skincare needs and routine to assist you with which mask of HEAR ME RAW will suit your individual skin type best.

Q: Wrapping Up. Why Prickly Pear Is the Ultimate Solution for Hydrated, Healthy Skin?

A. YOU ONLY DESERVE THE BEST – BE BRIGHT & STRONG LIKE THE PRICKLY PEAR! On National Skincare Education Day, we all get a lovely reminder to take care of ourselves the way we really deserve.

In the wild and harsh conditions of the desert, it is extremely evident that it is none other than the prickly pear cactus plant that is self-sufficient with its massive healing properties inside. Why wouldn’t we want the same for ourselves?

After all, in the hectic schedule of our everyday lives, you deserve it– and thanks to thoughtful businesses like Pricklee and HEAR ME RAW, we can immerse ourselves with the nutritional value that the prickly pear cactus plant has to offer.

Like the prickly pear, we deserve to feel strong, refreshed, and resilient, and most importantly, feel our absolute BEST.

By Meaghan Cleary and Mike Indursky

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