Carrot oil has a long and distinguished history in traditional medicine, where it has been variously employed as a painkiller and muscle relaxant.
These days it is most often used as a source of vitamin A and beta carotene, as well as a popular food coloring and flavoring, and as an element in some fragrances.
Carrot oil as a vital ingredient for skin treatment
Carrot oil is a rich source of cartenoids, which are antioxidants.
Antioxidants are particularly important for combatting the effects of harmful oxidants, or free radicals in the body, which occur as a by-product of the synthesis of energy.
Left unchecked, free radicals can attack and destroy healthy tissue, causing any number of problems, not the least of which is cancer.
Supplementing the diet with antioxidants such as those found in it can therefore reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer.
They also protect against damage to the skin caused by excessive exposure to UV radiation from the sun, which is why carrot oil is used as an active ingredient in many sun protection products.