Optunia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract


Plant extracts

Optunia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract at a glance

  • Rich source of polyphenolic antioxidants to soothe and help strengthen skin
  • Helps offset skin damage due to airborne pollutants
  • Considered non-fragrant and non-irritating
  • Derived from a type of cactus known as the prickly pear

Optunia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract description

_Optunia ficus_-indica stem extract comes from a type of cactus known as prickly pear. This plant’s stem is a bountiful source of antioxidant compounds known as polyphenols, many of which are excellent at visibly reducing the look and feel of sensitized skin. _Opuntia ficus_-indica stem extract is non-fragrant. Along with being a great source of antioxidants, it also contains polyunsaturated fatty acids and amino acids which deliver replenishing and hydrating benefits to skin. Like many plant-derived antioxidants, this one helps neutralize the damaging effects of airborne pollutants. This plant’s polysaccharide content in its cladodes (stem) also helps improve skin’s elasticity and ability to visibly recover from damage. _Optunia ficus_-indica stem extract usage levels range from 2–5%; however, the concentration of the plant extract itself is much lower (0.1–0.7%) since it’s supplied in blends of water, citric acid, sodium benzoate, and potassium sorbate or similar preservatives. It’s considered safe for skin.

Optunia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract references

  • Pharmacognosy Magazine, October 2017, pages S424-S429
  • Carbohydrate Polymers, February 2017, pages 128–136
  • Environmental Science and Pollution Research International, November 2015, pages 17,799-17,809
  • Molecules, September 2014, pages 14,879-14,901
  • Phytomedicine, May 2006, pages 352–358

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Ingredient ratings


Proven and supported by independent studies. Outstanding active ingredient for most skin types or concerns.


Necessary to improve a formula's texture, stability, or penetration.


Generally non-irritating but may have aesthetic, stability, or other issues that limit its usefulness.


There is a likelihood of irritation. Risk increases when combined with other problematic ingredients.


May cause irritation, inflammation, dryness, etc. May offer benefit in some capability but overall, proven to do more harm than good.


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