What is Carrot Root Extract?
Carrot root extract is the oil-soluble extract derived from the carrot's edible orange portion. It is made by macerating the carrot root in a carrier oil like sunflower or olive oil, and the resulting product (base oil + carrot root extract) is commonly referred to as carrot oil or carrot root oil. (This is not to be confused with carrot seed oil which is derived from the seeds.)
How Carrot Root Extract Works
The orange pigment beta-carotene, also known as provitamin A, is contained in the root extract. It is well-known for being a strong antioxidant, a suntan accelerator, and a skin-regenerative molecule. Carrot oil also contains vitamin E and certain fatty acids, which give it additional antioxidant and barrier-repairing properties.
Carrot root extract is an organic oil that has antibacterial, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
What Carrot Root Extract Does To The Skin?
- Antioxidant Properties: Carrot root extract contains a lot of beta carotene, and is high in antioxidants. Antioxidants are essential for fighting off skin-damaging free radicals present in everything from contaminated air to the sun's rays.
- Increases Cell Turnover: When added topically, beta-carotene serves as a precursor to vitamin A, the vitamin responsible for cell regeneration, according to a 2004 report. As a result, it can increase the rate of cell turnover in the skin, adding newer, healthier skin cells to the surface.
- Lucy Yu Liangli; Kevin Zhou Kequan; John Parry (2005). "Antioxidant properties of cold-pressed black caraway, carrot, cranberry, and hemp seed oils". Food Chemistry.