Skincare's hottest ingredient is... cactus?

We're willing to put just about anything on our faces in pursuit of glowing, youthful skin (snail slime comes to mind), but when we heard that people were harnessing the power of the humble cactus, we were concerned. (Does it, umm, hurt?)

Don't worry, it's not the prickly parts of cacti, it's cactus water, which is derived from the fruit that grows on the prickly pear cactus. The fruit is juiced and turned into a puree that has a bunch of health benefits. It’s rich in the amino acid taurine, which helps stop free radicals and muscle tissue damage, and it’s high in a rare form of antioxidants called betalains, which have hydrating and antiaging properties. 

Sounds great, but how do we reap the benefits? A number of brands have jumped on the cactus water bandwagon, from Boscia's Cactus Water Moisturizer to Make Beauty's Succulent Skin Gel

So what do you think? Would you try it? 

Summer beauty finds to stock up on

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If you are looking for a bronzed glow that is also good for your skin, then this vitamin-packed serum is going to be your new summer must-have.

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After using this suds-free wash for a few days, you will never go back to your traditional shampoo and conditioner combo.

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Exfoliate away all of your dead skin with this hydrating coffee and sugar scrub that smells like cake frosting.

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Apply your foundation flawlessly thanks to this beloved makeup sponge that now comes in a new gemstone hue. Chic.

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According to Sephora this buildable foundation is "cruelty-free, noncomedogenic, silicone-free, isododecane-free, perfume-free, and non-toxic." Consider us sold.

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If you are in need of a last-minute gift or just want some extra TLC for your skin, try out these cream-to-sheet masks.

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We can't wait to get out hands on this lip balm that is sure to become another cult favorite like the brand's blush with the same name.

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This lip duo is all your bag needs no matter your look -- the glossy lip tint changes color based on your body temperature.

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If you are looking to even out your skin texture and clean out clogged pores, this 2-in-1 organic mask is just what you need.
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Refresh and mattify your face with this minty mist that will leave your face shine-free and rejuvinated.

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This little brush set is perfect for those wanting to use minimal brushes -- that are still cute enough to Instagram.

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This highlighting balm comes in four shades and is perfect everything from a light daytime look to a more dramatic evening vibe.

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If you are in need of a moisture boost this summer, this mask -- made with hyaluronic acid -- will keep your skin hydrated.

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