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We all know that carrots are good for us. From an early age, we’re told to eat up our carrots so that we can see in the dark. An Old Wive’s Tale? Actually, it’s absolutely true, thanks to the fact that carrots are rich in vision-improving lutein and vitamin A.
But carrots aren’t just good for our eyes. I’ve recently been road-testing Carrot Oil, extracted from the seeds of the wild carrot plant Daucus carota or from carrot flesh, and discovered that it’s a powerhouse of skin, hair and health-boosting antioxidants, vitamins A, B, C, D, and E and essential fatty acids.
Not only does Carrot Oil help to defend skin against environmental damage, pollutants, toxins and free radicals, it also accelerates healing. From rehydrating dry skin and flaky nails to repairing frazzled hair, Carrot Oil is a brilliant, all-round remedy – so I’m giving it a try!
What type of Carrot Oil: Essential or Carrier?
Carrot Oil comes in two forms – essential oil or carrier oil. Carrier oil is a vegetable oil made by cold pressing carrot seeds. It can also be made from the carrot flesh. You can mix it with other plant oils such as Sweet Almond Oil or Coconut Oil, with essential oils (lavender, ylang-ylang, mandarin.) Or use it on its own to cleanse, moisturise and condition.
Carrot seed essential oil is made by distilling carrot seeds using steam and can be diffused or inhaled, as well as applied topically when diluted with a carrier oil.
My Top Ways To Use Carrot Oil
One of the best things about carrot oil is the fact that it’s such a multitasker. You can use it on your hair, nails and skin, either directly if you’re using a carrier oil, or added to a bath, or your body lotion or moisturiser, if you’re using carrot essential oil.
Here are some of my favourite ways to use it.
The Benefits of Carrot oil for skin
I’m sure I’m not the only one who finds that my skin is as dry as flaky pastry. It looks anything but glowing at this time of year. I put it down to extreme temperatures – freezing cold outside and, then hot inside. Normally in cold weather, when I’m in the car, the heater is on full-blast too! Even regular outdoor activities like walking the dog aggravate my skin, making it prone to redness. (I have a touch of rosacea which is worse in the winter.)
Carrot oil has helped my skin on so many levels. With regular use, the combination of essential fatty acids and vitamins A, B, C, D and E have definitely reduced redness and made my skin softer, smoother, more moisturised and plumper too – brilliant!
Facial Cleansing Oil
Using oil to cleanse your skin might seem counter-intuitive, but it has become one of the most popular and effective ways to cleanse. Originating in Japan and Korea, where oil cleansing has been part of daily cleansing rituals for years, the technique not only cleanses the skin, it hydrates, rebalances and exfoliates in one.
Impurities are gently dissolved, with most people finding they have fewer blackheads, less visible pores size, and as oil removes oil, people with oily or combination skin types often find that the method helps to reduce oiliness over time. Carrot Oil is perfect to use for oil cleansing and it really does help to melt away impurities.
How To Oil Cleanse with Carrot Oil
One of my favourite ways to finish the day, cleansing with carrot oil leaves my skin feeling super-clean and soft.
- Warm a drop of oil in your hand, then gently massage it into your skin with upward, circular movements.
- Run a clean flannel (I use a bamboo cloth) under hot water, then hold it gently over your face. This allows the steam to ‘lift away’ dirt, make-up and dead skin cells. Wipe away the residue to leave clean, hydrated skin.
- You can finish by applying a bit more oil, but normally you won’t have to. If your skin does feel a bit tight afterwards, it may be that the water has been too hot. Go for warm water, rather than very hot, especially if you have sensitive skin.
Body, Bath and Massage Oil
Carrot Oil is a great remedy for parched, ‘crocodile’ skin, especially on shins, knees and elbows. I use around 3 drops for my legs and 2 to 3 drops on my upper body. Don’t be alarmed when you first use Carrot Oil as it will turn skin orange!
After about 10 minutes, the oil absorbs and only leaves a hint of colour. I normally use this as a body oil in the evening before I put my PJs on. Give it time to soak in before getting dressed, or be sure to wipe off any residue, otherwise, it can come off onto your clothes.
Most Carrot Oils don’t have much of an aroma, so I like to add a couple of drops of DoTerra Serenity oil at bedtime. This has a gorgeous, deeply soothing smell, and because it contains chamomile and lavender, it also helps me get a good night’s sleep. You can even add a few drops to your bath if you prefer, or use it as a massage oil too.
Manicure and Pedicure Oil
I have to admit, I haven’t got my toes out yet – they are still tucked into cosy socks and boots! But I’ve been using carrot oil to nourish on my fingernails and cuticles, and absolutely love it. It makes my nail varnish look really shiny too, and also hydrates my hands, making them look less prune-like and feel less dry.
Pre-shampoo Hair and Scalp Oil Conditioning Treatment
I’ve also been road-testing Carrot Oil on my hair. As some of you may know, I’ve been a hairdresser for over 20 years and tested products for most of that time. I was also a Technical Consultant for L’Oréal for a couple of years, so I’m used to testing hair and beauty products.
Carrot Oil definitely makes my hair feel soft while boosting shine and minimising frizz. It washes out easily without leaving any oily residue. If you have white-blonde or porous blonde hair, I wouldn’t use this as a conditioning treatment as it could leave an orange tinge.
My hair is dark blonde hair, so it didn’t affect the colour. In some cases, Carrot Oil can help to boost thinning hair, so if you are post-baby or menopausal, this could be a great addition to your hair care routine. My own hair looks and feels healthier and shinier after every application.
How to Use
- Apply 1 or 2 drops to your palm, then rub the oil through dry hair, massaging your scalp well and working the oil into any damaged areas or dry ends.
- Apply more if necessary.
- Leave for 30 minutes.
- Rinse well, shampoo twice, then apply your usual conditioner.
4 Multitasking Carrot Oils to use from top-to-toe
Fushi’s organic Carrot Tissue Oil is cold-pressed from sustainably-sourced carrots and infused with Sweet Almond Oil. Highly reparative, it’s especially good for sun-damaged or mature skin.
Rich in minerals, vitamins and essential fatty acids, Botanical Beauty’s Carrot Seed Oil contains over 600 carotenes and can also be used as a natural self-tanner. It can also be used in the sun to protect skin against harmful UV ray
This carrot oil comes highly recommended for dry and sensitive skin. It can also be used as an intensive pre-shampoo treatment oil for damaged hair, a cleansing oil for face and body, and as a natural self-tanner.
This infusion of active carotenoid compounds into Sunflower Oil can be used on its own as cleanser and conditioning oil for hair, nails and skin, or added to your daily moisturiser or body lotion to boost the benefits.
As you can see, I’ve used Carrot Oil in multiple ways, and have really enjoyed testing it. My skin certainly feels more nourished, and my hands and nails look a whole lot better than when I started. And if you’re trying to reduce your waste, Carrot Oil is the perfect multi-purpose must-have. You only have to buy one product for your face, body, cuticles and hair. I haven’t tried using carrot oil as a self-tanner or in the sun yet, but I’ll definitely give it a go this summer!
Let me know if you try any of them!
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