CARROTS! Straight from the garden, in all their dirty glory! Sometimes we forget about the tried-and-true vegetables with all of the new, exciting super foods popping up all the time. But that’s a huge mistake. Carrots, for example, should definitely not be forsaken. The tops are full of goodness and I’ll put them in a salad or a smoothie for a blast of Vitamins A & C, and chlorophyll. (They’re missing from the ones above because we had some bunny visitors who had had a an all-you-can-eat sesh. 🐰) And coming straight from the garden, full of rich, organic soil can help support a healthy gut microbiome, which is good for just about everything, including your skin. Don’t be afraid of a little (garden) dirt…
Carrots are a great skin food because they’re full of beta-carotene, which our bodies convert to vitamin A (think: retinol). Getting good doses of vitamin A on a regular basis helps protect your skin from sun damage, fights wrinkles, hyper-pigmentation, uneven skin tone, and aids in the repair of damaged tissue (that means heals scars). It may even help with combating oily skin and acne (again, think: retinol). Topically, carrot seed oil and essential oil (those are two different things) are also a POWERHOUSE of nutrition for your skin, giving you much of the same skin benefits of eating them, but in a much more direct way. I keep some of the essential oil on hand and add it to my body oils and lotions, and also to my facial moisturizers. But it’s a strong scent – bright and herbal – so start out small and add a drop or two at a time.
Try a mask at home. Use grated, fresh carrots or carrot juice, with plain yogurt and/or honey and/or lemon juice (just a tad) and/or avocado and/or olive oil, and leave on for 5-10 minutes. Rinse with tepid water and GLOW, baby!