Carrots are generally everyone’s favourite vegetable – or at least the one that’s most tolerated – but they’re becoming a favourite skincare ingredient, too. These days, the products with carrot seed oil are rising in popularity, and for good reason. However, there is a difference between carrot seed oil and carrot oil. The former is an essential oil.
In this blog, TABIIB takes a look at this ingredient – what it is, its benefits, and how it can help.
What Is Carrot Seed Oil?
Carrot seed oil is an essential oil extracted via steam distillation from the seeds of Daucus carota plant. Queen Anne’s lace is another word for it.
It possesses antibacterial, antioxidant, and antifungal properties – which are useful in skincare products. It’s different from carrot oil. Carrot oil is made from a mixture of crushed carrot roots and coconut oil. This oil can be used in cooking and food.
The various health benefits of this ingredient are:
Aromatherapy uses essential oil to improve physical and mental well-being.
Naturopathic practitioners believe that carrot seed oil stimulates nerve function – which helps diminish anxiety and stress. On an organ system level, it also improves digestive function, supports kidney health, and encourages cellular detoxification.
- Rich in antioxidants: The beta carotene compound present in carrots does wonders for your skin. It has a known antioxidizing effect on free radicals that cause sun damage.
- Antibacterial: A 2016 from Portugal states that carrot seed oil has antibacterial properties which can inhibit the growth of several strains of bacteria.
- Antifungal: This ingredient has carotol: a chemical compound that reduces fungal activity.
- Encourages skin purging: Beta carotene is a precursor to Vitamin A – which when applied topically, causes breakouts and purging. This doesn’t sound too good but it’s actually a blessing. Skin turnover is an essential part of bringing livelier and healthier skin cells to the surface.
There are a few claims that it also has anti-aging properties but it’s difficult to determine. Most studies don’t have conclusive results, and as such, cannot be quantified.
How To Use Carrot Seed Oil
Topical application is generally considered safe. However, a too high concentration can damage your skin. It’s important to use this essential oil by mixing it with another ingredient or carrier oil, so as to minimise risks.
Beta-carotene oxidizes when exposed to sunlight which is why dermatologists recommend using it as part of your nighttime skincare routine. If you’re using it in the morning, always follow up with a broad spectrum sunscreen.
The Bottom Line
As with any other skincare ingredient, it’s best to consult an expert before adding it to your routine. You can book an appointment on TABIIB and get answers to all your questions. That being said, carrots aren’t the only superfood which can help your skin. Check out more superfoods you can add to your skincare routine.