Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer Review

Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer has made its mark in the skincare world with a fairly high concentration of Cereus grandiflorus (Cactus flower, or prickly pear cactus) extract. Originally used in anti-hair loss products because of its ability to reduce the enzyme 5-alpha-reductase (Wella), cactus flower extract has also shown abilities to hydrate, moisturize, and condition the skin, with mild antioxidant properties as well.

Overall, I see Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer as an alternative to belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb – around the same price point; similar hydrating abilities (Lady’s mantle in the belif product, versus Cactus flower in the Boscia product); and even similar texture (this Boscia product is a tad thicker, stickier, and tackier, but aside from that, pretty similar). It’s a product that is “lovely to have” for moderately dry to very dry skin, and I recommend using it after a serum and before a moisturizer, should your skin need more hydration. However, I don’t think this product is going to revolutionize your skin, because it just doesn’t have the potent ingredients in high concentration I like to see for that sort of thing (like retinoids, AHAs, peptides, hyaluronic acid, vitamins C and E, etc.). But, if you just want a mild moisturizer that works, this is a solid product, fancy messaging aside. For more, read on!

Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer Review

Cactus Flower is Only a Mild Antioxidant, From What I Can Tell 

A few studies have demonstrated that cactus flower is a mild antioxidant (Food and Chemical Toxicology, Archive on Homeopathy). A couple of popular websites claim that cactus flower has “high” or “unbelievably high” levels of antioxidants, but I personally can’t find the scientific literature to back this up. Furthermore, considering that cactus flower antioxidant levels will vary with the part of the plant used, when it was harvested, how it was harvested, how the ingredient is formulated, and how the product is packaged and transported and stored, I really am averse to say that this or any other plant extract is “extremely high” in antioxidants, unless we’re talking about a particular formulation. With Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer, you’re dealing with an open-top jar, so the light, heat, and air exposure with regular use will likely diminish the antioxidant content over time anyway. (I personally would use it all within one month of opening.)

Cactus Flower is Mildly Soothing and Anti-Inflammatory

Cactus flower naturally contains several fatty acids, which help to maintain the skin’s moisture barrier, providing a protective layer that may aid in healing. Most of the hydrating, healing, and soothing properties attributed to cactus flower are due to its high fatty acid content.

Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer Review

Electrolytes for Your Skin are Bogus

Electrolytes have been dubbed by many as “the hydration ingredient of 2020,” and cactus water is a natural source of electrolytes. Electrolytes, put simply, are minerals that attract water. So when you drink, say, Gatorade, the electrolytes you lose are replenished, which helps you to rehydrate better.

With the skin, it’s not really the same thing. When you apply electrolytes to your skin, most of the minerals are larger than 500 Daltons, the size needed to penetrate the skin. What’s more, when electrolytes are applied to the skin, they evaporate very quickly (Healthline).

So, while cactus water helps your skin rehydrate due to its fatty acids, if anyone tells you that it’s also due to electrolytes, that’s simply not true. Sorry.

The Untold Issue of Many Plant Extracts

As stated above, plant extract potency varies based upon: 

  • When it was harvested
  • How it was harvested
  • How the ingredient is formulated
  • How the product is packaged
  • How the product is transported
  • How the product is stored
  • How the product is used 

I’m really averse for these reasons to laud products that are mostly plant extracts, unless these issues are openly discussed by the parent company in the marketing literature.

Personal Use and Opinions

Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer glides onto the skin pretty easily, without pulling or tugging, and drinks in fairly well. It leaves the skin a tad tacky for the first minute or so, so it’s good to apply and then, maybe, like, brush your teeth or brush your hair, before continuing on with the rest of your skincare routine or makeup. Otherwise, it’s a pleasant moisturizer – faintly scented, green-yellow and translucent, and absorbs pretty well.

Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer Review

Bottom Line

Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer is a “pretty good” moisturizer. It’s on par with belif The True Cream Aqua Bomb – a solid, low-to-mid tier priced ($38) moisturizer, which is good for barrier repair and protection, but probably not an anti-aging powerhouse. If your skin is dry, irritated, or inflamed, go ahead and use it – no issues there. But if you’re looking for something with more anti-aging properties, I would recommend AHAs, retinoids, concentrated vitamins C and E, peptides, hyaluronic acid, and the like.

Ingredients in Boscia Cactus Water Moisturizer

Water/Aqua/Eau, Butylene Glycol, Glycerin, Cyclopentasiloxane, Cereus Grandiflorus (Cactus) Flower Extract, Coccinia Indica Fruit Extract, Ocimum Sanctum Leaf Extract, Solanum Melongena (Eggplant) Fruit Extract, Ocimum Basilicum (Basil) Flower/Leaf Extract, Aloe Barbadensis Flower Extract, Myrothamnus Flabellifolia Leaf/Stem Extract, Simmondsia Chinensis (Jojoba) Seed Extract, Curcuma Longa (Turmeric) Root Extract, Melia Azadirachta Leaf Extract, Melia Azadirachta Flower Extract, Corallina Officinalis Extract, Epilobium Angustifolium Flower/Leaf/Stem Extract, Ammonium Acryloyldimethyltaurate/VP Copolymer, Sodium Hyaluronate, Sodium PCA, Citric Acid, Carbomer, Caprylyl Glycol, Disodium EDTA, Saccharide Isomerate, Propanediol, Ascorbic Acid, Palmitoyl Tripeptide-1, Palmitoyl Tetrapeptide-7, 1,2-Hexanediol, PEG-10 Dimethicone, Potassium Hydroxide, Polysorbate 20.

Please refer to the ingredient list shown on your product for the most up-to-date information.

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