They are naturally low in calories but packed with vitamins and antioxidants at the same time. Munching this crunchy snack is known to be good for the eyes but what many of us are unaware about it how a regular diet of carrots can make you easier in the eyes too. Not only does this tasty vegetable provide you with a warm, yellow skin tone, but it also adds a dash of glow to your complexion and more.

 Nutritional ingredients

It is crunchy, tasty, and highly nutritious. Carrots are a particularly good source of beta carotene, fiber, vitamin K1, potassium, and antioxidants. They also have a number of health benefits.

Carrots are a good source of several vitamins and minerals, especially biotin, potassium, and vitamins A (from beta carotene), K1 (phylloquinone), and B6.

Vitamin A: Carrots are rich in beta carotene, which your body converts into vitamin A. This nutrient promotes good vision and is important for growth, development, and immune function

Biotin: A B vitamin formerly known as vitamin H, biotin plays an important role in fat and protein metabolism

Vitamin K1: Also known as phylloquinone, vitamin K1 is important for blood coagulation and can promote bone health

Potassium: An essential mineral, potassium is important for blood pressure control.

Vitamin B6: A group of related vitamins, B6 is involved in the conversion of food into energy.


Using carrots for maintaining beauty

Carrots can also contribute to a healthy complexion. This is because vitamin A helps repair skin tissue and protects against the sun’s harsh rays. Carrots are also high in beta-carotene in addition to vitamin A, and contain nutritious minerals and antioxidants. Carrots, while being beneficial to the eyes, are also good for your digestive system and your teeth.


Beauty benefits Promote skin health

Carrots are rich in carotenoids. Research suggests that fruits and vegetables rich in these compounds can improve complexion and one’s overall appearance. They achieve this by giving your skin a healthy glow. Be mindful, though – overconsuming carrots (or other foods high in carotenoids) can result in a condition called carotenosis, wherein your skin appears yellow or orange

Might enhance hair growth

Carrots are powerhouses of vitamins A and C, carotenoids, potassium, and other antioxidants – all of which contribute to hair health. There is limited research on this, though.


Health benefits

Carrots have a number of health benefits. They’re a weight-loss-friendly food and have been linked to lower cholesterol levels and improved eye health.

What’s more, their carotene antioxidants have been linked to a reduced risk of cancer.

Carrots are found in many colours, including yellow, white, orange, red, and purple.

Orange carrots get their bright color from beta carotene, an antioxidant that your body converts into vitamin A.


Selecting carrots as a part of a beauty treatment

Always patch test your skin before using any sort of natural ingredients on your skin to ensure your skin does not react and form an allergic reaction


Growing carrots for beauty treatments

qCarrots are best grown in full sunlight, but can tolerate a moderate amount of shade. Carrots grown in shade won’t be as robust as those in full sun.

qMake sure the soil is free of stones. Stones obstruct the path of carrot roots, which can result in a stunted and misshapen crop.

qTill the soil before planting. Carrots need deeply-tilled, loose soil that they can easily push through.

q Use the right type of soil. Carrots grow best in sandy or loamy soil.


- Compiled by Ruwini Jayawardana

Carrot beauty treatments

There are various face and hair masks that included carrots.

A carrot facial pack is very effective for facial skin restoration and aids you feel fresh, firm and revives the skin immediately after use. This is due to the carotene contained in carrots. Carotene is a component that contributes to the colour of the carrot and once it is absorbed into our body, it turns into Vitamin A. It also functions to prevent further skin problems by forming a skin protective films to maintain balance for our skin.

* Homemade carrot facial pack recipe

1. Cut a carrot in half. Grind it. Squeeze out the juice and replace it into a bowl.

2. Mix 1 tbs honey and yokes with flour.

3. Optional: put a thin cloth on your face and apply the mixture onto the cloth.

4. Remove cloth after 20 minutes. Wash off excess using a steamed towel followed by a cold towel.

Additional facial care tip: If your skin is oily, the effects can be maximized by adding egg whites and yogurt as it suppresses sebum (oil) secretion.


Carrot  hair detox

This recipe is ridiculously simple and works wonders. The ingredient list consists of one item: a carrot. Take your small to medium sized carrot and shred/grate it into small pieces (as you would for carrot cake).

Next, rub the grated carrot into your hair and let it set for 15 minutes. After you’ve finished waiting, rinse it out. You may need to collect the carrot pieces if they are too large to go down the drain! The finished product will be very clean hair with all that build-up rinsed away!

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