Optunia Ficus-Indica Stem Extract Best Plant extracts Anti-Ageing 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.