We love retinol because it supplements the human body with something it cannot produce completely on its own. Though many will argue that animal-derived retinols are more potent, we stand by the value in creating alternatives that are just as effective. The carotenoids we’ve sourced from carrot seed oil are harvested from the gorgeous flowering tops of wild carrots, commonly known as Queen Anne’s Lace. I featured these beautifully lacey plants in my wedding bouquets, totally unaware of the hidden gems hiding inside of their buds! Carrot seeds aren’t actually seeds by the standard botanical definition. They’re more similar to tiny, shriveled fruits of the flowering plant that grows above ground, while the carrot grows beneath the soil.
Vitamin A and retinol are closely related, but depending on how you apply or ingest, they can show a multitude of beneficial functions. While many choose to supplement vitamin A into their diet with dairy, meat, fish, fish oil or vitamins, there are also many wonderful vegetarian sources. Dark green leafy vegetables and yellow or orange fruits and vegetables are the best sources of beta-carotene, which converts to vitamin A inside of our bodies. This source of retinol as vitamin A is extremely beneficial for healthy mucus membranes and our immune system, which is super helpful in the fight against colds and viruses. And as most of you know, beta-carotene is a must for maintaining healthy vision and eye health.
Beta-carotene is not only a carotenoid, but an antioxidant too! It helps to neutralize free radicals within our body and will do the same for our largest organ: our skin. Free radicals are byproducts of chemical substances and pollution that can wreak havoc on our cells, which in turn affect our internal and external health. Free radicals have been thoroughly linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, lowered immunity and heightened signs of aging. In short: supplementing beta-carotene into your diet can show loads of both long and short term internal health benefits.
When applied topically, retinol has tons of impressive anti-aging benefits. If used early, it helps to increase skin’s elasticity and boost collagen production. This encourages skin’s foundation of suppleness so as we age, we’ve already worked to develop a defense against fine lines and wrinkles, making it harder for them to form. For mature skin, retinol can help increase collagen and stimulate cell renewal to slough dead skin layers that often lead to fine lines and dry skin. With repeated use, it can also diminish age or sun spots.