Recent Washington Post article by Casey Seidenberg on the benefits of carrot was of special interest to us as producers of herbal organic beauty formulations. Basically, health experts recommend carrot in food which is an important source of Vitamin A, that is fundamentally useful for healthy eyesight, but it is equally important in skin care business. As organic skin care experts, we at Herbally Radiant greatly value Vitamin A as a very effective ingredient in our beauty formulations, and we have been putting Vitamin A, along with Vitamin B and Vitamin E, in several of our top range products.
Dr. Mehmet, Cardiologist, well describes how it matters to our skin : “..Vitamin A (retinol) protects plants from UV-induced free-radical damage. In skin products, vitamin A is described as an antioxidant that protects the skin against photoaging by fortifying each cell against damage by exposure to free-radicals. In higher concentrations, vitamin A can act as a humectant, drawing water to the surface of the skin. Moreover, vitamin A (topical retinol) is described as improving fine wrinkles associated with aging. Thus, vitamin A actually treats the signs of aging or photoaging.”
There are more than 500 carotenids, but the most important in terms of pro-vitamin A is beta carotene. Generally, the darker and more intense the color of a fruit or vegetable, the more beta carotene it delivers. Carotenoids are antioxidants that prevent and repair cellular damage and aging and reduce inflammation in the eyes and elsewhere in the body. The carotenoids have been shown to help prevent age-related macular degeneration by slowing down the aging of cells. Hence the popularity of many skin care products containing this ingredient.
While testing the effect of various combinations of ingredients, we have seen that Vitamin A and antioxidants protect skin from sun damage too. Deficiencies of vitamin A cause dryness to the skin, hair and nails. It prevents premature wrinkling, acne, dry skin, pigmentation, blemishes, and uneven skin tone. Some health conscious experts recommend using carrots as home-made convenient facial mask.
Herbally Radiant uses Vitamin A through Retinol Palmitate Oil in its ‘Radiant’ Face Cleanser, Carrot seed essential oil in ‘Radiant’ Serum and ‘Radiant’ Age Defying Cream.