Carrot is a root vegetable which is used as a vegetable, as a salad and also as the main ingredient of various pastries like Carrot Cake. Carrots are available in various colorful variant like red, orange, white, purple etc., but the most commonly found variant are the orange Carrots. Carrots are great food because of their wonderful health benefits but there are also some beauty benefits of carrots and we will be talking about how carrots can benefit our skin and hair.
- Glowing Skin
Consuming carrot is good for our skin as it keeps our skin healthy and vibrant. This is because of the presence of a number of antioxidants and vitamin C in it. The antioxidants present in carrots helps in regaining the lost glow of our skin. An inexpensive homemade face mask made with grated Carrots and some honey can help make your skin glow.
- Treats Skin Blemishes And Scars
Regular consumption of carrot juice can help in providing relief from scars and skin blemishes. Other than this, you can also apply carrot pulp on your skin to aid in the clearing of skin blemishes.
- Anti-aging Benefits
Carrots are an amazing anti-aging natural food because of the presence of natural antioxidants like Vitamin A and Vitamin C in them. The antioxidants fight the free radicals in our body, stabilizes them and prevents them from damaging our skin cells. Thus, preventing the signs of ageing like wrinkles, pigmentation and uneven skin tone. Vitamin C also helps in the prevention of wrinkles by aiding the production of collagen in our body which is a vital protein required for maintaining skin elasticity.
- Protects Against Harmful Sun Rays
Carrots are very beneficial for our skin when it comes to protection against the harmful radiations of the Sun. This skin benefit of Carrot is because of the presence of Beta-carotene in it. Beta-carotene gets converted to vitamin A and helps in repairing skin tissues and also protects our skin from harmful radiations of the sun. Carrots are also a rich source of Antioxidants and Carotenoids which increase the immunity of our skin against Sunrays and also heals Sunburns. Consumption of Carrot juice acts as a natural sunblock.
- Suitable for Dry Skin
Carrots are very beneficial for people with dry skin because of the presence of Potassium in it. If you have dry skin, you should consider consuming Carrot juice on a regular basis as it will prevent deficiency of Potassium which is a major cause for dry skin, and at the same time it will keep your body and skin hydrated. Another method of using Carrots for dry skin is to submerge a peeled Carrot in a glass jar filled with coconut oil. Place the jar in sunlight for 2 – 3 days. Strain the oil and use it daily as a skin moisturizer.
- Treats Various Skin Ailments
Carrots help in keeping our skin healthy and vibrant, prevents premature signs of ageing, treat sunburn. Consumption of carrots (in moderation) is also very effective in preventing and curing various skin ailments like pimples, acne, rashes, dermatitis etc., because of the presence of Antioxidants and Vitamin A in it. It is important to remember that you should not consume it too much as excess consumption of Carrot can temporarily change your skin color to yellowish orange.
- Possesses Healing Properties
Applying raw or grated Carrots on cuts and wounds can heal them quickly and also provide relief from inflammation. This benefit of Carrots is because of its anti-inflammatory properties which also make it effective for skin revitalization and improving skin tone.
- Great For Oily Skin
Carrot is very beneficial for people with oily skin as it can help in making their skin healthy and glowing. When using Carrot for oily skin, boil a Carrot in water and blend it in a blender. Add 2 teaspoons of Honey to it and mix well to form a smooth paste. Apply this on your skin (make sure that it is not too hot though), leave it on for 20 minutes and then rinse it off with warm water.
- Reduces Visibility Of Wrinkles
Carrots are beneficial in preventing the early signs of premature ageing like wrinkles, uneven skin, fine lines etc., thus reducing the risk of premature-ageing. You can DIY a Carrot anti-wrinkle pack to take advantage of this benefit. Simply grate a Carrot, mix it with 3 teaspoons of whole milk cream, apply it on your face at least once a week. This will not only help in combating against fine lines and wrinkles, but will make your skin healthy and smooth.
- Treating Hair Loss
Carrots can do wonders to our hair as it is very effective in fighting hair loss because of the presence of vital nutrients in it. These vital nutrients not only help in dealing with hair loss, they also help in making our hair stronger, thicker and shinier. Regular consumption of Carrot juice will do the trick, but remember moderation though.
- Promotes Hair Growth And Prevents Premature Greying Of Hair
Carrots a great source of Vitamin C and Vitamin E, and both these Vitamins are well known for their hair benefits. Regular consumption of three to four ounces of carrot juice can stimulate hair growth and make our hair thicker by improving blood circulation in the scalp. It not only helps in hair growth but also reduces the risk of premature graying of hair.
Just two carrots a day can contribute about 300 % RDA of Vitamin A. Carrots are a good source of Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Manganese and Potassium. They also contain Vitamin E in small quantities as well as Vitamin B Complex. A cup of carrot juice contributes about 80 calories and is ideal for weight watchers.
However, there are also some side effects of carrots when consumed in excess.
- Can Lead To Allergic Reactions:
There are few individuals who are hypersensitive to the carrot. Some common side effects among such people are skin rashes, diarrhea, anaphylactic reactions, hives and swelling. Such allergies are caused due to the allergen present in carrot pollen. Allergens present in carrot are similar to those contained in potato, and nuts. Individuals, who are allergic to such vegetables, should also be cautious while consuming carrot.
- High In Sugar Content:
Consuming Carrots is not a good option for diabetic people as Carrots have high sugar content with a glycaemic index of 97. The sugar gets converted into Glucose and raises sugar levels in the body quickly. It is best for diabetic people to consume steamed carrots in small amounts.
- Not Recommended For Breastfeeding Women:
Carrots are rich in vitamins and minerals, which are very important for the body. But studies have proven that carrot changes the flavor of breast milk. So breast feeding women should avoid drinking Carrot juice in excess.
- Interaction With Specific Existing Diseases:
Individuals suffering from Diabetes, bowel problems, low sugar level and hormone problems should consult their physician before including carrots in their diets as Carrot is known to interact with such diseases and triggers symptoms, making them worse.
- Skin Discoloration
Carrots leave the skin abnormally yellow to orange in color, when taken in large amounts. This discoloration is caused by beta carotene, a carotenoid content in carrots. This discoloration can be seen on palms, hands, face and soles of the feet.
- Can Cause Flatulance:
Carrots contain 12 grams of carbohydrates and 4 grams of fiber. When fiber and carbohydrates doesn’t get digested in your intestine, they become fermented in the colon. This results in gas formation in the intestines, leading to stomach cramps, bloating and gas trap.
For these reasons, one should always eat carrots in moderate quantity.