A commercial break cannot go by without one company or another claiming to have found the fountain of youth; with most of them being lies- sorry, this is not a matter of opinion but a matter of fact. However today’s guest author is offering an alternative to all those lotions and potion, with natural skincare solutions found in the most unlikeliest of places- carrots! Yup, you read that correctly, carrots!
Now that you mention it, Bugs Bunny was always glowing!
Natural Skincare Solutions- The Benefits of Carrots
Bugs Bunny has a glowing complexion beneath all the fur. Why? Because the carrots he constantly munches are one of the best kept secrets, being one of the most potent natural skincare solutions around, that provides a wonderful boosts for the skin. So, what’s up, doc? What’s in a carrot that makes skin so radiant that it could stop traffic? Simple: water, beta carotene, and antioxidants. These three properties can set the tone for amazing skin.
The number one natural skincare solutions for nurturing healthy skin is, and should always be: hydrate. Water, the fuel for life, is the perfect hydrator and, as such, is an essential force in promoting healthy skin. Carrots contain plenty of water, which aids in digestion, keeps the body cool, and maintains the health of every cell in our body. Without it, dehydration would prevent us from attaining nutrients from our food, and we would be unable to maintain our organs. With our skin – the organ in question – signs of dehydration would include dryness, itchiness, chapped lips and eventually wrinkles.
Beta carotene is yet another benevolent force contained in carrots. Throughout time, your skin cells are constantly shedding and replacing themselves and beta carotene aids in this process by being converted into vitamin A by the kidneys. Vitamin A helps to repair body tissues and a deficiency in this important vitamin could cause dry hair, nails and skin, as well as – once again – wrinkles. Antioxidants, another property of beta carotene, eliminate free radicals from the body. Free radicals, while helpful in small amounts, can be detrimental to the body in excess; and we all know by now that antioxidants are one of the best natural skincare solutions we can have in our back pockets!
Grab some carrots
So, ready to get a jump-start on beautiful skin and begin maintaining an ageless appearance? Head to the grocery store and grab some carrots. In fact, take it a step further and go organic. Carrots are perfectly fine consumed raw, steamed, roasted, or boiled, and they make a palatable juice as well (fruit juices can always be added along if carrot juice isn’t quite your favorite beverage).
There are many skin products that contain carrots as they are so beneficial to the skin. The beta-carotene is converted into essential vitamin A by our clever bodies and boosts the look and feel of the skin. Brands include Burt’s Bee’s and YesToCarrots which contain lots of carrots for extra oomph for tired and dehydrated skin.
A cheaper alternative
If you want to skip the eating part altogether, soak a carrot overnight, puree it and use the puree as a mask. For increased benefits, add your favorite whole-food ingredients, such as honey, egg, avocado, yogurt, cooked oatmeal, or bananas. Blend your chosen ingredients together, clean your face, apply the mask, let it rest for up to thirty minutes, then rinse thoroughly and moisturize. Refrigerate or dispose of any leftovers. A carrot mask can treat acne, blemishes, bags, and wrinkles. It is also fantastic for the hair and can be applied to the hair for increased nutrition and shine. It also effectively works against dry scalps and can be applied directly to the scalp area after mixing mashed up carrots with warm olive oil and honey for a soothing hair mask, happy carrot-care!
Catherine is a freelance writer and writes about topics including beauty, skincare, health, cosmetic surgery and organic products.