Did your mother tell you to eat carrots because they support your eyesight? If she did, she was right, as carrots are an excellent source of vitamin A, key for eye health.
Recent research studies have identified carrots as protective food against cardiovascular disease, as well. In a 10-year study in the Netherlands, participants who were eating at least 25g of carrots a day (less than one-quarter cup) had a significantly lower risk of cardiovascular disease, with risk going down further for those who ate more.
In skin care, however, we’re most excited not about the carrot itself, but the seed! Like other seed oils, carrot seed oil has several skin benefits, including the ability to rejuvenate dry and mature skin. Moreover, scientific studies have revealed that a cup of carrots can provide over 400% of our daily needs in anti-oxidants in the form of beta-carotene, a strong anti-oxidant. Due to the mentioned high concentration in antioxidants, carrot seed oil is a component in many skin anti-aging formulas.
It is worth noting that carrot seed oil rejuvenates the skin look and offers a toning and hydration feeling. Scientists relate this to “carotol,” a primary component found in carrot seed oil. Carrot seed oil also contains moisturizing vitamin E and protective vitamin C that cooperate to rejuvenate, tone and firm our skin.
Finally, carrot oil offers skin enough moisture without clogging the pores, making it suitable for all skin types.
In fact, anyone with dull and damaged skin should definitely look for the carrot seed oil in the ingredients of the natural skin care products he/she uses. Its ability to rejuvenate and protect will have your skin look glowing and healthy in no time.