By Rachelle Thomas
Women continue to shell out big bucks for expensive cosmetics, beauty treatments and visits to a dermatologist to treat skin problems when they have a cheap, safe and effective alternative right in their refrigerators or grocery stores–carrots! Carrots offer many healing benefits for a variety of skin conditions and at a fraction of the cost of pricey, name-brand cosmetics.
Do you know why? Carrots are a valuable source of vitamin A, which is a major vitamin for healthy skin, and contain high levels of antioxidants which help balance the PH of your skin and prevent free radical damage of skin cells. Carrots can help eliminate mild cases of acne, help alleviate wrinkles and dry skin, and improve the appearance of hair and nails. They’re a superior source of beta-carotene and alpha-carotene, fiber,biotin,vitamins B, C, D, E, K and B6, potassium and thiamine. They have many skin care remedies.
Apply carrot juice directly on blemishes to help fade them away
In addition to their skin health benefits, carrots provide useful qualities and benefits for the body as well.
- Enhance the quality of breast milk.
- Lower cholesterol and blood pressure.
- Help improve eyesight, especially night vision.
- Regulate blood sugar.
- Help to reduce photosensitivity to promote skin renewal and protect the skin from sun damage.
- Maintain digestive and urinary tracts.
- Promote colon health.
- Reduce risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.
Other Uses of Carrots
- Fresh carrot juice will help relieve stress and fatigue, and cleanse and energize the body.
- Carrot soup is a natural remedy for diarrhea by calming the bowels and slowing down bacterial development.
- Raw or grated carrots can be placed on wounds and cuts to help decrease inflammation.
Carrots are delicious eaten raw or cooked and there are many ways to include them in your diet. Shredded, raw carrots make a great addition to your salad. There are a variety of soup recipes that use boiled or pureed carrots. Carrot sticks with your favorite dip make a great healthy snack. Although they contain the most vitamins in their natural form, enjoy them in a loaf of carrot bread and even carrot cake!
If you don’t like eating them, visit your local health food store where you can find fresh carrot juice, or carrots mixed with other fruits and vegetables. Carrots are rich in carotenoids and make an invigorating and refreshing juice, so if you want healthy, glowing skin, eat (or drink) your carrots! Eight ounces of carrot juice contains as much as 800% of your daily recommended dosage of vitamin A.
Good nutrition along with the addition of carrots or fresh carrot juice can help create and maintain soft and smooth skin. Other carotenoid-rich foods good for the skin include cantaloupe, apricots, sweet potatoes, spinach, and other fruits and vegetables that have deep green, yellow, orange and red colors.
Carrot seed oil is used in many skin care cosmetic products and is used to treat dermatitis, eczema, rashes and wrinkles cause by free radicals. Many of these types of products offer extraordinary skin protection and conditioning benefits, balancing both dry and oily complexions.
Your skin in the outside indicator of your inside health. So the saying, “you are what you eat,” is true. The most basic skin care begins by eating right.
The next time you reach for a bag of potato chips or a soft drink, grab a carrot instead and you’ll be on the road to beautiful, youthful-looking skin without the high price tag of expensive cosmetics. just think, great healthy skin is just a carrot away…
For nourishing and moisturizing benefits, try this natural skin care recipe made with carrots as a special treat. Mix 1 tablespoon of grated carrots with 1 tablespoon of grated apples. Put on your face and leave for 15 to 20 minutes. Rinse with warm water