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Carrot Oil for Face
‘If you eat your carrots, you will see in the dark’. We have heard of this one. But ‘carrot oil for face?’ Not such a common, widespread turn of phrase!
Initially a slight white lie to make children eat their carrots, this phrase actually has some truth attached to it. Vitamin A (beta-carotene) protects the cornea and decreases the risk of vision loss from age-related macular degeneration. The combination of lutein and vitamin A present in carrots, works together to help prevent loss of peripheral vision. So, carrots DO support your eye health, but they won’t give you superhuman vision in the dark and the ability to see everything, so don’t hold your breath.
However, carrot seed oil has super benefits for use on the face! But first, here’s a little bit about this rejuvenating oil.
Carrot Oil: A Brief Summary
Carrot Oil, also known as Queen Anne’s lace, is produced from the dried seeds of the wild carrot plant (Daucus carota) of the Apiaceae or Umbelliferae family. The oil produced has a yellowish brown colour and a woody, earthy aroma. Carrot Seed Oil is often used as a carrier oil in massage and combined with other essential oils. The plants origins can be traced back to Egypt, France and India, and has been used since the times of ancient Greeks and Indians.
Carrot Essential Oil vs Carrot Carrier Oil
It is important to differentiate between these two types of carrot oil so that you can use the one that is needed for your specific skin concerns or ailments. For example, the carrot seed carrier oil can be used in massage, and can be combined with other plant oils and essential oils. Carrot seed essential oil can be diffused or used in direct inhalation, as well as applied topically in diluted form with a carrier oil. You can also add carrot seed essential oil to skincare products to boost the nourishing effects of the product on the skin.
Carrot essential oil – this is made through steam distillation of carrot seeds from the Daucus Carota plant.
Carrot carrier oil – this is a vegetable oil made by cold pressing the carrot seeds instead of through steam distillation.
Health Benefits of Carrot Oil
Using carrot oil for face can transform the appearance of your skin but consuming it internally can support your health in various ways. The good news is that normally what is good for your health is usually good for your skin, and consuming carrot oil can nourish your skin from the inside out. I guess this is yet another way to use carrot oil for face!
- It detoxes the blood, tissues and organs like the liver and kidneys, so supports the body’s natural ability to detox itself. It may be good for people with arthritis as research suggests that it detoxes toxins such as uric acid from the blood, joints and tissues. Arthritis is a condition that occurs when an excess of uric acid circulates in the bloodstream and deposits as sodium urate crystals in the joints. Carrot oil can work against this process.
- When carrot essential oil is used in aromatherapy, the aroma can sooth stress and anxiety. It can relieve muscle aches, so you can add it to your bath and let your poor muscles soak it up, whilst breathing in the aroma, to keep you going through stressful times.
- It can possibly fight against the effects of infections as the oil is antiviral and antiseptic. This means that it can be used with the potential to cure sores, ulcers and stomach problems.
- Carrot oil is a great stimulator. Not only does it stimulate circulation and metabolic functions, it stimulates the secretion of hormones, and brain functions and nerves. This can make you feel more alert and make you feel more energetic!
Benefits of Carrot Oil for Face
Here is the main list of benefits of carrot ooil for face that you should know:
- Regulates Skin Sebum
Not only this, but it’s suitable for all skin types, including sensitive skin. It has the power to balance out dry or oily skin as it gives skin enough moisture without clogging pores.
- Rejuvenates Skin
Carrot oil is used to protect the skin from ultraviolet rays and has strong antiaging properties due to its rich content of vitamins A, C, and E. If you are looking for an oil to brighten and tone the skin, using carrot oil for the face can boost dull, lacklustre skin to radiant and glowing. Its high carotol content rejuvenates the skin cells.
- Treat and Reduce Rosacea
Linoleic acid (beta-carotene) is anti-inflammatory and is therefore ideal for treating the inflamed skin of rosacea.
- Fights Wrinkles
Carotenoids are the secret ingredient for fighting fine lines and wrinkles, as this is a powerful antioxidant. As mentioned above, vitamins A, C, and E work for this purpose. These antioxidants together improve the elasticity and suppleness of the skin. It also minimises large pores and tightens the skin.
- Treats and Sooths Sun-Burned Skin
The linoleic acid content is good for a multitude of skin ills, including skin that has been sunburned, because of the anti-inflammatory effect. The healing effect of vitamin E sooths the skin after sunburn.
- Supports a Golden Tan
Carrot oil is in a lot of tanning oils, as it stimulates the production of melanin in the skin if applied before sun exposure. Apply before going outside to help you achieve that golden goddess look, but make sure to still apply sun cream, as ‘the prune’ is not a good look.
- Natural Sun Cream
Whilst this should not be used in place of your usual sun cream, carrot oil does have properties that protects the skin from UV damage. I repeat: you should not replace your sun cream with carrot seed oil. Add a few drops into your sun cream instead. This can be an added boost of sun protection, whilst also supporting a tan and nourishing your skin with antiaging antioxidants! It’s a win-win, right?
Carrot Oil for Face? What About Carrot Oil for Hair too?
Rubbing carrot oil into your scalp can promote hair growth and prevent hair loss through the extra nutrients that will reach your scalp through an improved blood circulation. Vitamins A and E in carrot oil has this effect, as well as making your hair smoother and shinier. The nourishing and moisturising properties of carrot oil makes hair softer and strengthens the hair roots. The result is that hair grows stronger and healthier.
It also protects hair from environmental stressors, in the same way that it does this for the skin. Use the oil daily to achieve the optimal of all the benefits.
You can also look up all the amazing DIY hair recipes on the internet to make your own powerful haircare products.
How to Apply Carrot Oil for Face
Here are the best tips for applying the carrot oil in your face:
Apply the carrier oil all over the face as a moisturiser but test out how it works for your individual skin over a few weeks. Keep your skincare routine the same when you do this, without adding any other products to the mix. Then, you know that any results, positive or negative, will be from the carrot oil. You might prefer it as a night moisturiser depending on how it feels under makeup, or on the skin when you apply it.
You can make a great antiaging serum yourself by combining it with other essential oils, carrier oils, and serums. There are tonnes of DIY beauty recipes for organic skincare, and it can be exciting to experiment with different magical, healing ingredients. You can also use carrot oil, either in essential oil form or carrier oil, on its own as a serum. Serums should always be applied before moisturiser, as lighter consistencies should always be applied first, and the heaviest last.
- Facial Massage Blend
Apply a few drops of Carrot Essential Oil in a carrier oil of your choice, such as jojoba oil, for a facial massage oil blend. Give yourself a facial and relax knowing that you’re massaging this oil into your skin.
Precautions for Using Carrot Oil
- It is always vital to patch test any oil before use because our individual skin has the potential to react with anything we put on it. You can do this by pouring a drop on the inside of your arm and leaving it there for at least half an hour. Your skin will react quickly if it is allergenic. For the most part, carrot oil is non-toxic and non-irritating, but irritation can be caused if applying a large amount of the oil to sensitive skin.
- Never take carrot essential oil internally!
- Do not use during the first three months of pregnancy. Nursing mothers and pregnant women should avoid ingesting it altogether.
- If you take any liver medication, talk to your doctor about the safety of using carrot essential oil.
- Keep it away from children’s reach and don’t allow them to use it.
- Don’t overuse, as vomiting and convulsions can be caused.
- Ask your doctor about using the oil if you have asthma or epilepsy.
Tips for Buying and Keeping Carrot Oil for Face
- Always look for cold-pressed carrot oil, as this can guarantee top purity and quality of the nutrients.
- Look for organic brands and the logos of organic certifying bodies, such as the Soil Association, Ecocert and USDA Organic. This can guarantee that there are no nasty chemicals that are damaging to our health and that the ingredients were grown sustainably and ethically. Finding organic products to buy from can be made easier by searching the directories of these organic certifying bodies.
- Keep cold pressed carrier oils in a cool, dark place to maintain the maximum shelf life. Refrigerated bottles should be brought to room temperature before you use them.
Who knew that these orange fellows could pack so much power? Will you be using the healing of carrot oil for face?
Written by Jess Burman
BA (Honours) in Writing
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