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Move over argan oil, there’s a new kid in town. Barbary fig seed oil, sometimes referred to as prickly pear seed oil, is having a moment. With twice the vitamin E of argan oil and an abundance of antioxidants and essential fatty acids, barbary fig seed is a healing, soothing, and age-preventing powerhouse. Although the French began bottling barbary fig several years ago, it’s only recently begun to make an appearance stateside in the form of facial serums and moisturizer. The thick, burnt-sugar scented oil treats and repairs rosacea, inflammation, psoriasis, wrinkles, fine lines, and damaged skin. If you’ve been wary of facial oils, you’ll appreciate that this one absorbs rapidly, leaving no greasy residue. It also helps balance oil production, a boon to acne sufferers.

As barbary fig seed oil becomes more mass-market, be sure to look for brands who source theirs from Tunisia, where it’s cold-pressed from the seeds—versus pressed from the pulp—for maximum potency and effectiveness. You’ll pay more, but you’ll also get noticeably better results. Try: La Bella Figura Organic Barbary Fig Seed Oil ($90) and La Bella Figura Barbary Fig Renewal Serum ($125).

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