I’m a full-on water-drinker – I don’t drink soft drinks or alcohol. So, when I heard about this new trend, I had to read up on it. Scroll down to see if it’s worth the hype.
What Is Cactus Water?
Cactus water is the juice you get from the prickly pear cactus. It’s pink in color, low in calories and sugar, and full of antioxidants and electrolytes. There are plenty of brands available, but your best bet for reaping the benefits (which we’ll explain below!) is to choose those without added sugars and calories – on its own, it only has about 4 grams of carbs and about 20 calories.
The Internal Benefits of Cactus Water
As I mentioned, it’s full of anti-inflammatory antioxidants. These antioxidants can help with cell damage, improve muscle recovery, and decrease blood pressure and cholesterol, to name a few. It’s popularly used as a hangover reliever, and it’s been used for a long time to help with constipation and pain.
There’s also some research that suggests that it can help with stomach ulcers. In studies with rats, it has shown to slow growing stomach ulcers and decrease intestinal damage from ulcerative colitis.
Skin Benefits of Cactus Water
Cactus water can do wonders for your skin. You’ll find it all over, in sheet masks and body oils, because it rejuvenates your skin and hydrates it, too. Outside factors can cause your skin barrier to break down, and cactus water helps to build it back up.
The antioxidants that can help internally can also help your skin. Betalains fight aging by stopping the destruction of collagen and elastin, stopping wrinkles in their place. Pair it with sunscreen, and you won’t show any sign of aging.
These are our favorite products that feature this magical ingredient:
While the name has coconut water, there’s also cactus in this cleanser. Wash away dead skin and impurities, let hydration and health in.
Cactus water is one of the top ingredients in this gel cream. Your skin will look dewy — you’ll practically be glowing.
If you’re looking for a drinkable dose of cactus water, this drink has no added sugar or calories — keeping it 100% natural.
Basically, dermatologists love it, and the results of studies seem promising. It’s been around for a long time, and it isn’t going anywhere any time soon. Do you drink cactus water? Do you use it on your skin? Let us know in the comments!
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