Carrots Nutrients For Balanced Skin

July 26th, 2011

A summer day would often find me with a tall carrot, apple, ginger juice freshly squeezed and chilled. It would be an understatement to call this tasty beverage an energy booster. With my now orange tinted lips, the most natural lipstick shade, I am charged ready to take on anything—I can feel the nutrients coursing through my body. Imbibing that elixir had become a sort of family summer tradition while gallivanting through New York City streets.

And while you’re bustling through the city summer sun or lying on the beach, remember the first benefit of carrots. The carotenoids, a compound in the bunny food, boost your skin’s capacity to protect itself against damage from exposure to UV rays. Vitamin A promotes overall immunity and the growth of skin tissue, is a natural detoxifying cleanse for the liver, and enhances clear vision for those “beautiful eyes.” How many grandmothers have used that “pretty eyes” line to coax children into eating their carrots? It worked on me. Those skin-loving antioxidants fend off assault from free radicals due to the daily brush with pollutants, allergens, chemical additives in food, and smoke. With, what I endearingly call the “anti’O’s,” you can treat skin conditions like eczema and dermatitis. This is no wonder why many of the best spas in New York City offer juices made with carrots to their clients while they wait.

When we think of vitamin C, often the daily dose of orange juice comes to mind. Carrots also pack the vitamin C that is essential for healthy balanced skin because it stimulates collagen production and maintains skin elasticity. Carrot’s alpha-pinene and carotol have been used traditionally to treat skin infection and balance blood pressure. With a glass of carrot juice you can reduce acne, blemishes, black heads, scars and inflamed skin while improving your skin tone. Two things to remember are: the orange friend has lots of natural sugars and diabetics are cautioned against excessive servings and overdoing intake also leads to a neurological condition called carotenemia that actually turns the skin the color orange over time. If that’s your goal, then munch away. The upside is carrots are an anti-carcinogenic recommended for reducing melanoma, the most severe of skin cancer cells. Carrots, simply put, are revitalizing for skin that has been taken through the elements.

Some other vitamins, minerals and nutrients you will find in carrots are:

Vitamin K, and B6
Panthenic acid

I found this lovely aromatic idea for one of the best facial masks that I have used in a long time. It made my skin feel so good after a day in the sun:

1 Tsp. organic carrot juice
Tsp. organic coconut oil
Tsp. raw organic honey (your choice variety)

Mix it together for a mask that you can apply after cleansing your skin. Let the mixture sit on your face for 15 minutes then rinse thoroughly with warm water. If you have time you can pull out the blender and mix the flesh of a young organic coconut with:

1 organic medium carrot
1 Tsp. organic coconut oil
1 Tsp. raw organic honey (your choice variety)

You now have fresh tropical smelling, beautifully rejuvenated skin that will be the envy of both city dwellers and beach combers.

Antropia Luna has a Bachelors of Fine Arts from Pratt Institute and a Masters degree in cultural anthropology from New Mexico State University–now writing health and wellness articles for Joanna Vargas Skincare Sanctuary in NYC and trekking the national museum scene freelance.