Carrots: They've always been up there when it comes to our list of favorite vegetables (after kale, spinach, and broccoli, obviously), but now carrots are also earning themselves the status of one of our favorite skin care ingredients too—and for good reason.
Carrots come rich in beta-carotene, the substance that gives them their orange color, but thankfully, on the skin it has an entirely different effect. Read all about it below!
What is Carrot Seed Oil?
Carrot seed oil is an essential oil, which has antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It can be extracted in plenty of ways, and carrot extract doesn't always come from the seeds, but you can think of it like any other essential oil. (When carrot oil has been extracted for skin care, it's not meant for use internally. So...please don't eat it. Topical use only.)
Benefits of Carrot Seed Oil for Skin
Rich in Antioxidants: The beta carotene found in carrot seed oil is rich in antioxidants, which are vital in fending off skin-damaging free radicals found in everything from polluted air to the sun's rays.
Increases Cell Turnover: Beta-carotene is a precursor to vitamin A—the vitamin responsible for cell regeneration—so when it's applied topically, it steps up the skin's rate of cell turnover, bringing the younger, healthier skin cells to the surface!
Side Effects of Carrot Seed Oil
Well, just as eating too many carrots will tinge your skin orange, so will putting too much carrot extract on your skin. In fact, most beauty formulations that involve carrot only use the ingredient itself in small percentages. It's often towards the middle, if not the end, of the ingredients list. But even so, take caution and only use products with heavier concentrations of carrot extract at night. When exposed to sunlight and heat, beta-carotene can easily oxidize and cause skin discoloration and irritation.
So, it’s recommended to use carrot seed oil in the evening, as part of an evening routine.
How to Use It
If you're not a fan of carrots, don't worry—you don't have to start sneaking them into your diet. In fact, to benefit from the glow-boosting properties of carrots, you don't even have to start adding them to most meals. Instead, you might want to slip a carrot-infused skin care product somewhere into your regimen. Luckily, more than a few products have it as an ingredient! Carrot seed oil works very well in synergy with vitamin E (Tocopherol). Also, carrot seed oil, when used in a formulation, should always be combined with olive oil, hazelnut oil or any other 'carrier oil' rather than applying a pure carrot seed oil directly on the skin.
The Best Products With Carrot Seed Oil
At Wild Naturals, you wouldn’t be able to count all the skin benefits of our products on both hands! We’ve combined the ultimate blend of natural ingredients with more benefits for all different types of skin so that everyone can have beautiful, radiant skin. With the help of our star ingredient, manuka honey, it’s benefits are on its own very length, but included with it is:
- Aloe Vera – replacing water as the first ingredient in the list
- Shea Butter – an ancient ingredient used for treating burns and helping repair skin
- Coconut Oil – a potent moisturizer and anti-aging buffer
- Hemp Seed Oil – rich with fatty acids to keep skin elasticity and skin tone
- Cehami Flower Extract – anti-inflammatory and skin soother
Your skin will never feel more rejuvenated and replenished than after incorporating our skin care products into your regimen! Shop our full line of face, body, and hair care today and discover what you’ve been missing – carrot skin benefits included!